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World Series Of Poker
 $2,500 No Limit Holdem Result
7th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 13 (3 day event)
Entries -- 1290 (1056)
Buy-in -- $2,500
Prize Pool -- $2,967,000
Max Pescatori
(Las Vegas, NV, USA)
wins $682,389 and
his WSOP bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Max Pescatori NV $682,389
2 Anthony Reategui AZ $356,040
3 Justin Peche CT $206,207
4 Michael Lesle CA $148,350
5 Corey Cheresnick FL $118,680
6 Tri Ma TX $103,845
7 Mike Matusow NV $89,010
8 Terrence Chan Vancouver $74,175
9 Mike Heintschel CA $66,758
22 Erick Lindgren $19,286
28 Sam Grizzle $14,385
39 David Plastik $11,868
46 Scott Fischman $8,901
63 Men "The Master" Nguyen $7,418
77 Keith Hawkins (Darlington, United Kingdom) $5,934
Key Facts 
101 places paid.
Milan poker pro scores for $382,389 on same day Italy wins World Cup

Las Vegas, NV - When Italian soccer star Fabio Grosso smashed the winning kick past French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez in Berlin's Olympiastadion to win the 2006 World Cup for Italy, Max Pescatori was half a world away madly celebrating. The Milan-born Pescatori was posted in front of a big-screen television along with dozens of his fellow countrymen in a Las Vegas bar, cheering the Italian national soccer team to victory.

Pescatori was so euphoric that he was late for another appointment later that day. The appointment just so happened to be a seat at the final table in the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em championship at the Rio. Never mind that a whopping $689,382 in cash and a gold bracelet was at stake for first place. The World Series of Poker gives away millions of dollars in prize money every single day. But Italy wins the World Cup only once in a generation.

Does karma exist? Some players will swear to it. Max Pescatori certainly believes it - especially now. After seeing his beloved Italy win international sport's most coveted trophy, Pescatori knew that this was going to be his big day. Nicknamed 'The Italian Pirate' for his scruffy bandanna-capped buccaneer-look, Pescatori swash buckled through 1,290 entrants in three days and ended up winning his first-ever WSOP title. For Pescatori, the win was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

After 1,281 players were eliminated during the first two days of tournament play, Pescatori arrived at the final table ranked third in the chip count. The early chip leader was Anthony Reategui, fittingly one of two former WSOP gold bracelet winners of the final nine. Superstar Internet pro Terrence Chan arrived second. Colorful poker personality Mike 'the Mouth' Matusow (with two gold bracelets) started Day Three in the middle of the pack.
by Nolan Dalla
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