A day after Brian Hastings won his second World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet while playing a WSOP 2015 event, Max Pescatori, the Italian professional poker player, won the fourth WSOP bracelet of his career when he defeated a 111-strong player field in the $10k buy-in Stud Eight-or-better Tournament.
Pescatori won his third WSOP gold bracelet two weeks back while playing the $1,500 buy-in Razz tournament. He also won a prize of $292,158 for the same.
He said: “I believed I could do it, because stud is my best game. 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 professional poker player, who is now 44 years of age, has won as much as $3.6 million playing live poker tournaments alone. He told Card Player that his aim was to become the most successful European poker player at WSOP 2015. Since he has already won four bracelets, he has pulled himself ahead of George Danzer, Davidi Kitai, and Dominik Nitsche.
Pescatori could secure his bracelet only after overcoming tough situations at the gaming table. Calling it a “streaky game,” he admitted that luck is essential for winning. However, if a player hangs on and grabs some cards, showing some determination, he/she “can make up a lot of ground in just a few hands.” That is exactly what happened to Pescotari.
Among the finalists of the event were Stephen Chidwick (2nd), Daniel Negreanu (3rd), and Gary Benson (5th). Negreanu was hoping to win his seventh WSOP bracelet at the event.
Players who finished in the cash were Phil Galfond (16th), Huck Seed (15th), Mike Leah (14th), Bart Hanston (13th), Ben Yu (12th), and Yuval Bronshtein (11th).
The final table results are as follows. As the winner and runner-up of the event Max Pescorati and Stephen Chidwick won $292,158 and $180,529, respectively. The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth were Daniel Negreanu ($113,062), Aleksandr Denisov ($81,865), Gary Benson ($63,981), Thomas Butzhammer ($51,022), Richard Sklar ($41,433), and Alan Ledford ($34,192), respectively.
The WSOP 2015 landing page has the complete schedule along with event recaps and player interviews.