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Max Pescatori Wins Third World Series Of Poker Bracelet In $1,500 Razz Event

Italian Poker Pro Banks $155,947 For The Victory


Max Pescatori was a staple of the tournament circuit during the early years of the poker boom and had quite a bit of success at the World Series of Poker, earning bracelets in both 2006 and 2008, but other than a few small victories in Europe, it had been a while since he had seen the winner’s circle in a major event.

The man known as the Italian Pirate made his presence known in a big way Wednesday night, however, when he came out on top of the $1,500 razz event at the 2015 WSOP, picking up his third career gold bracelet and the $155,947 first-place prize. The 44-year-old from Milan, Italy, who now resides in Las Vegas, has nearly $3.3 million in career live tournament earnings.

“It’s been a while,” Pescatori admitted. “This is very sweet, that’s for sure. I’ve done good here, but nothing matches winning. I knew this game was strong for me, so I felt that this gave me a good chance to get my third in this one.”

The event drew a field of 462 entries, an increase of 110 players from 2014, creating a total prize pool of $623,700. Other notables who made the money included Tom Schneider (47th), Mickey Doft (46th), Ylon Schwartz (29th), Randy Ohel (21st), Bart Hanson (13th), Cyndy Violette (9th), Eli Elezra (5th), Matt Smith (4th), Chris George (3rd) and Ryan Miller (2nd).

Past winners of this event include Doyle Brunson, Billy Baxter, T.J. Cloutier, Ted Forrest, Huck Seed, Tom McEvoy, Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth and Jeffrey Lisandro.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Max Pescatori $155,947 720
2 Ryan Miller $96,349 600
3 Chris George $61,247 480
4 Matthew Smith $44,164 360
5 Eli Elezra $32,345 300
6 Randy Kaas $24,049 240
7 Robin Lee $18,149 180
8 Matthew Mendez $13,902 120

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.