Hadouken! Ryu Alioto is PLO Champ

Hadouken!
Dario "Ryu" Alioto after his WSOPE victory, Event 2, Pot-Limit Omaha

Twenty-three-year-old Dario Alioto is the second-ever winner of a Tony G. in a three-handed battle to take down the £5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event after a marathon day at the tables on Day 4 of the WSOPE.

Alioto, whose online tag is "Ryu", defeated 164 other competitors, including some of poker's biggest names, to take down his first Max Pescatori cheering for you at the final table?

Best Friends Forever
Best friends forever?

Great. Last year I was cheering for him when he won his bracelet, so it's like a back-to-back victory.

Max: That's right! You were there. You were there the whole time.

How are you guys going to celebrate?

Dario: I still have to find out! I'm going to get started right now, for sure!

Are you going to play the Main Event?

Yeah, I'm going to play. I don't know which day but I'm definitely going to play.

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Two WSOPE events are in the bag and both have seen Europeans claim the top prize. To win this event, Alioto had to outlast such players as Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Andy Bloch and the aforementioned G, but he did so with friend and mentor Max Pescatori cheering him on from the rail. As the final table played out, Pescatori related the story of how his compatriot had asked him earlier how he could get sponsored by a poker site, as Max is by FullTiltPoker. Pescatori told the youngster that poker rooms don't sponsor skilled players, but famous ones. With this victory and thrilling PokerListings.com interview, Alioto can rightfully lay claim to both talent and fame, and those sponsorship dollars should start rolling in quickly.

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