Commentary

Pescatori wins second bracelet

Updated: June 17, 2008, 6:48 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN Poker Club

Event 23 | Event 25

Max "The Italian Pirate" Pescatori thwarted Allen Cunningham's attempt to win his fourth bracelet in four years by winning his second bracelet in Event 24 of the 2008 WSOP. Since 2004, Pescatori has been a staple at the WSOP with 17 cashes. His victory over the 457-player field in the $2,500 half pot-limit Omaha/half pot-limit hold 'em event earned him $246,509.

Max Pescatori
IMPDI for the WSOPMax "The Italian Pirate" Pescatori got his nickname because, well, just look at him!

In 2004, Pescatori began his WSOP success by cashing twice in $1,500 buy-in events. 2005 marked his first WSOP final table and a six-cash showing, but it wasn't until 2006 that Pescatori earned his first bracelet in Event 13, a $2,500 no-limit hold 'em tournament. Three cashes in 2007 and three more so far in 2008 have been turning a lot of heads in the poker world.

"Winning two bracelets in three years in the modern era of the WSOP puts Max near the top of anyone's list of the best tournament players," said Howard Lederer.

Pescatori felt relieved to have won number two, but this time around, he claims something else was missing.

"The joy [of this win] can never be the same as winning my first one when Italy won the World Cup," Pescatori said. "The first bracelet is always the best one. But this second win is also important because it is the confirmation of skill. This serves to affirm to myself and gives me confidence that I am pretty good."

Other notable finishers include Cunningham (fourth), Minh Ly (eighth) and Lederer (12th).

Below are the complete results of Event 24 of the 2008 World Series of Poker:

Event 24: Half pot-limit Omaha/half pot-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $2,500
Entries: 457
Prize pool: $1,051,100
Players in the money: 45

1. Max Pescatori ($246,509)
2. Kyle Kloeckner ($152,409)
3. Greg Hurst ($94,599)
4. Allen Cunningham ($76,204)
5. Kyle Hegeman ($62,014)
6. Jonathan Depa ($48,876)
7. Lennart Holtkamp ($38,365)
8. Minh Ly ($30,481)
9. John-Paul Kelly ($22,598)
10. David Penly ($14,715)
11. David Bergerson($14,715)
12. Howard Lederer ($14,715)
13. Martel De La Chesnaye ($12,087)
14. Kory Mitchell ($12,087)
15. Dustin Sitar ($12,087)
16. George Rahme ($9,459)
17. Ryan Carey ($9,459)
18. Henning Granstad ($9,459)
19. Kenny Fitzgerald ($7,357)
20. Gabriel Costner ($7,357)
21. Steven Hudak ($7,357)
22. Alan Vinson ($7,357)
23. Pascal Perrault ($7,357)
24. Jean-Philipp Leandri ($7,357)
25. Rolf Slotboom ($7,357)
26. Mark Davis ($7,357)
27. Daniel Fuhs ($7,357)
28. Patrick Bueno ($6,306)
29. Sorel Mizzi ($6,306)
30. Paul Taylor ($6,306)
31. Daniel Martin ($6,306)
32. Zachary Hyman ($6,306)
33. Thibaud Daram ($6,306)
34. Jesse Mceuen ($6,306)
35. Hilbert Shirley ($6,306)
36. Nicholas Gibson ($6,306)
37. Allen Kessler ($5,255)
38. Jeffrey Duvall ($5,255)
39. Justin Phillips ($5,255)
40. Shawn Buchanan ($5,255)
41. Charles Satterwhite ($5,255)
42. Daniel Didech ($5,255)
43. Richard Stephen ($5,255)
44. Paul Chenoweth ($5,255)
45. Joshua Mammon ($5,255)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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