Thousands of poker players come every year to Las Vegas to take part in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and do their best to win a prestigious WSOP bracelet. The majority of them return home without ever making it to the final table and only a selected few go on to win the event and a WSOP bracelet. Italian poker player Max Pescatori is having no such trouble at the 2015 WSOP which is currently taking place at the Rio Convention Center.
Pescatori had already won two WSOP bracelets prior to the 2015 WSOP event but would increase his tally to four WSOP bracelets as he is having an amazing run in June.
He won his 3rd bracelet on the 1st of June after he won the $1,500 seven card razz in event #9. He added his 4th bracelet on the 19th of June when he won the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship which was event #41.
Pescatori had to go through 111 players to finish in first place and take home a prize of $292,158. The competition at the final table was tough as Pescatori had to go through the likes of Stephen Chidwick and Daniel Negreanu but in the end managed to hold his nerve and beat some of the best poker players in the world. Chidwick finished in second place and won $180,529 and while Negreanu came in third and received $113,062.
In a statement, Pescatori said
I believed I could do it, because stud is my best game. Coming into the series, I thought this event was my best shot to win another gold bracelet. The win in razz wasn’t the event I necessarily thought was my best chance, so that was nice to get it there. But I always thought stud was the game where I could go deep. I even spent a lot of time beforehand studying and thinking more about the game.
The 44 year old poker player who is known as the “Italian Pirate” and has so far accumulated more than $4 million in career prize money, making him the number one poker player on Italy’s all time money list.
Pescatori’s goal is to leave the 2015 WSOP as the most successful European poker player and he has already achieved that goal with four bracelets beating the likes of George Danzer, Dominik Nitsche and Davidi Kitai.