Max Pescatori

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 14:36

Max Pescatori

A poker biography of Max Pescatori.

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Name - Max Pescatori

Born - Milan, Italy

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If you are a World Cup and poker fan, then you probably know this Italian poker player who celebrated the World Cup Championship day, not only because Italy won over France but also because he himself outlasted 1,290 participants who competed for the 2006 WSOP No-Limit Hold'em Championship title. On the 9th of July 2006, the world witnessed not only how Italy struggled and survived in kicking France to grab the title as the globe's top soccer team, but also the rise of Max Pescatori, popularly known as "the Italian Pirate," to fame. At that time, he smoothly went all the way to the finals and played heads up with Anthony Reategui just to claim his $682,389 and first WSOP bracelet. Dubbed by people today as a lucky coincidence, the said event was the first and the highlight of Pescatori's poker life.

But even if people call the experience a result of luck, coincidence, or ingenuity, it could be said that this fellow deserves his title and status in the gambling community because of his indisputable wins. Pescatori began as a pro poker player in 2002 when he joined the Pot of Gold Tournament where he bagged $342 for winning the eighth place. Though his prize during the event was not huge, Pescatori took the experience as a challenge to thrive for more. So, he joined the next Pot of Gold Tournament and this time, won second place with $2,791.

He continued to persevere and sharpen his games with other poker tourneys like the World Poker Challenge 2003 Season 1 Limit Hold'em event, where he finally won first place with $24,333 in 2003. Topping in such a competition may be considered a good sign for the Italian player, as he joined the prestigious 2003 Grand Prix De Paris Season 2 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tourney, where he took the third place and brought home $7,130.

But the next year proved to be a more fruitful one for Pescatori. During the Legends of Poker WPT Season 3 No Limit Hold'em Event 18, he gained the title and the $106,630 prize money as first place in 2004. From then on, the poker champ continued to make his name legendary in the gambling world as well as to bag big jackpots. Pescatori won another first place during the The Vegas Open in June 2006 and the 37th Annual World Series of Poker in July 2006. Recently, he won second place in the No Limit Hold'em Tournament, with $15,602 as prize. Today, he is estimated to have total earnings exceeding $1,500,000.

Even though this professional poker champ enjoys his experiences and money from poker, he never forgets his own struggles when he first arrived in the United States. Pescatori, though having difficulty in speaking English, went to America just to pursue his poker career. Fortunately, he met other poker masters such as Marco Traniello, Jennifer Harman, Evelyn Ng, and Valter Farina, all of whom helped him develop his poker skills. But among these enthusiasts and experts, Pescatori is said to owe his achievements to Farina, who taught him everything about the professional poker world and helped him significantly to become a full-time poker pro in 1999.