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Italian Pirate Plunders '08 WSOP!: Pescatori Takes Down Event 24
After a quiet 2007 WSOP, Max "Italian Pirate" Pescatori struck gold in Event 24 of the 2008 WSOP. Pescatori is one of the most recognizable players on the poker circuit. His trademark white sunglasses and Italian bandanna make him a favorite among poker fans, and his friendly attitude gets respect from players.
Poker has been getting more and more popular in Italy and the timing of his second Max Pescatori laughing all the way to the bank.
It was good to be heads-up against Kloeckner though. I thought we were the two most deserving players. I had a good read on him. I really thought when we were three-handed I had an amazing chance to win it even if I wasn't chip leader.
It eventually happened and I never [even] really had to get lucky on anybody. It was great. I mean you get lucky, but I was never behind or anything.
How good does it feel to win a bracelet after a somewhat quiet 2007 WSOP?
2007 was problematic for several reasons. My mind was not completely there for one. I really wanted to focus this year. One of my friends called it a sophomore slump and I think that's fairly accurate. I wasn't playing my best in 2007 because of certain personal problems but I knew I wanted to do well this year.
My 10th-place finish in the Aussie Millions was huge and I knew that if I played better I could have finished first, second or third in that tournament. It was my fault I was knocked out there. I got unlucky but it was still my fault. I had to have a good WSOP and this is, of course, the ultimate prize.
What do you think of Italy's chances during their next game at Euro2008?
I'm going to call a few of the players up and be like "Come on." Many of them really like poker. I actually played against some of the players in Italy. Poker is really starting to take off there.
Thanks Max and congrats.
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Max Pescatori, along with Dario Minieri and Dario Alioto, forms the elite trio of Italian poker players. With his dramatic bracelet win in Event 24 Pescatori reestablishes himself as the top Italian player in the world. In fact, right now, Pescatori is looking a lot better than Italy's national football squad, which is saying a lot. Expect more from this crafty Italian in the future.