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Max Pescatori Wins Second World Series of Poker Bracelet This Summer

Pescatori Wins $10,000 Stud Eight-Or-Better Championship For $292,158 and Fourth Career Bracelet


Just one day after Brian Hastings captured his second bracelet of the 2015 World Series of Poker, longtime Italian poker pro Max Pescatori did the same, topping a field of 111 players in the $10,000 stud eight-or-better championship event.

Pescatori, who now has four bracelets overall, won his third bracelet just two weeks earlier in the $1,500 razz event. For the victory, the man known as the “Italian Pirate” banked $292,158.

“I believed I could do it, because stud is my best game,” Pescatori said. “Coming into the series, I thought this event was my best shot to win another gold bracelet. The win in razz wasn’t the event I necessarily thought was my best chance, so that was nice to get it there. But I always thought stud was the game where I could go deep. I even spent a lot of time beforehand studying and thinking more about the game.”

The 44-year-old now has $3.6 million in career tournament earnings. Going into the event, Pescatori told Card Player that he wanted to be the most successful European at the WSOP. Now with four bracelets, he has surpassed Davidi Kitai, George Danzer and Dominik Nitsche to move into first place.

In order to secure the title, Pescatori had to overcome a brutal stretch of cards that saw his stack whittled down to just three big bets during four-handed play.

“This is a streaky game,” Pescatori said. “You need some luck of course. But if you can hang in there and then catch some cards, if you are determined, you can make up a lot of ground in just a few hands. That’s what happened.”

Other notables at the final table included Stephen Chidwick (2nd), Gary Benson (5th) and Daniel Negreanu (3rd), who was looking for his seventh bracelet. Other players who made the money included Yuval Bronshtein (11th), Ben Yu (12th), Bart Hanston (13th), Mike Leah (14th), Huck Seed (15th) and Phil Galfond (16th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Max Pescatori $292,158 600
2 Stephen Chidwick $180,529 500
3 Daniel Negreanu $113,062 400
4 Aleksandr Denisov $81,865 300
5 Gary Benson $63,981 250
6 Thomas Butzhammer $51,022 200
7 Richard Sklar $41,433 150
8 Alan Ledford $34,192 100

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