The Team Max Pescatori winning just a few days ago it seems like the Italians are on the rise in the poker scene. What is the reason for the sudden rise of Italian poker talent?
Well, we are speaking about the game to each other and getting better. I talked to Max [Pescatori] before going into this final table and it was good. We are evolving as players. There are four Italians with bracelets - Max, Dario Alioto, Valter Farina and me. [Editor's note: John Spadavecchia won the $5,000 2-7 Draw event].
I'm very happy that poker is growing in Italy.
Who is the best player in Italy?
[Laughs] Max Pescatori.
Can you contrast the low of getting unlucky against Justin with the spade-flush and the high of getting lucky with the four on the river versus Seth Fischer? How were you feeling at those two different moments?
I would have liked to have won with no suck-out. I wanted to have a clean victory. It would have been much better but I'm still happy. I would have liked to won the hand with the best hand.
How did you adjust your game after getting unlucky against Justin?
I was having nightmares about coming in in third place because I've done that two times at the EPT. I started playing a little tighter. During the break I got some text messages from friends that said, "Dario don't worry you won't do that." I trust them.
Did you enjoy the atmosphere around the final table with the huge group of Italian supporters?
I'm very happy about that. It means Italy has some good people.
Dario you obviously have a very aggressive style. Is six-handed your best game? It seems to suit you very well ...
Well I used to think heads-up was my best game but after getting it all in with 4-3 I might be changing my mind [laughs]. I would agree that other than heads-up, six-handed is my best.
Thanks for your time, Dario.
Dario Minieri has been killing the online world of poker for years so it seemed like it was only a matter of time before he took down a giant live tournament. Although Minieri got lucky at this final table there's no doubt he's a skilled player who would have taken one down in time anyway.
With Max Pescatori already having claimed one bracelet at the 2008 WSOP, this could be the year that Italy really comes into its own in the poker world. Minieri, Alioto and Pescatori already form a powerful trio of poker players and it's likely there are more on the way as the game continues to explode in Italy.
In the meantime, congratulations to Dario on his big victory.