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Max “The Italian Pirate” Pescatori Wins His First-Ever WSOP Gold Bracelet
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.
“I have been playing poker for a very long time,” Pescatori said afterward.  “I have won
other big tournaments including a few on the WSOP Circuit -- but never at the World
Series of Poker.  To win this bracelet for me is very special, especially on the same day
that my Italy won.”  
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.
Matt Heintschel must not have been Italian.  The private contractor from Escondido,
California arrived as the lowest stack and went out on a peculiar hand when his ace-
eight was topped by his opponent’s identical hand.  Four diamonds came on board and
Heintschel held two clubs.  His opponent had a diamond, which completed the flush.  
Heintschel’s fate was sealed.  Ninth place paid $66,758.  
Terrence Chan’s 55-minutes at the final table were a complete nightmare.  Competing at
his first WSOP final table, Chan barely dragged a chip and went out with ace-king against
pocket fours.  Chan failed to make a pair and was eliminated.  Chan, who regularly plays
in the biggest online cash games in the world (and is quite successful at it), received
$74,175 for eighth place.
One of poker’s most animated characters went out next.  Unusually subdued for a final
table, Mike ‘the Mouth” Matusow was silent much of the time and went broke holding top
pair (tens) when his opponent flopped two pair (tens and nines).  Matusow later
complained that he was not feeling well, which perhaps explained the restrained
behavior and sub-par finish.  Matusow’s prize money amounted to $89,010.
About two hours into play, Anthony Reategui went on a tear.  He busted the next three
players.  Tri “Chico” Ma was eliminated in sixth place when his ace-queen suited was
busted by Reategui’s pocket aces.  Ma was drawing slim from the start, and drawing
dead by the turn.  Vietnamese-born Ma, now living in Houston, earned $103,845.        
Reategui’s next victim was Corey Cheresnick.  The Florida-based poker pro who also
holds a Masters in accounting, went out with ace-eight, which lost to a Reategui’s
straight.  Cheresnick added $118,680 to his poker bankroll.   
Michael Scott Lesle was the next player to enter Reategui’s meat grinder.  Lesle moved
all-in with king-queen suited, and was called down by Reategui holding ace-five.  The chip
leader flopped a five and Lesle failed to catch a pair.  Michael Scott Lesle, who finished
fourth at a WSOP final table back in 2003, took fourth place again this time, earning
$148,350 in prize money.          
Just when it looked like Reategui might end things quick -- the wind blew, the skies
opened, and the storms came.  Reategui started off three-way play with a 4 to 1 chip
lead over Justin Pechie.  Max Pescatori’s situation looked even worse.  Pescatori was out-
chipped by a 7 to 1 margin.    
Big comebacks usually start with seemingly benign beginnings.  Max Pescatori’s self-
confidence was boosted when he made an extraordinary call against Pechie.  On a board
showing 10-7-2-Q-10, Pechie made a large river bet and Pescatori thought for several
minutes before calling with king-nine – no pair (just king high).  Pechie mucked his hand,
Pescatori raked in the chips, the crowd started cheering, and the tournament ground
rumbled, foreshadowing the earthquake that was later to come.
Justin Pechie went all-in about a half hour later holding pocket sixes.  Pescatori called
with pocket eights.  The ground shook when both players flopped a set.  But Pechie’s
cheering section went silent when it was realized that the flopped six was no good, since
the Italian had also hit his pair.  When Pescatori spiked a fourth eight on the river – good
for quads – the final nail in Pechie’s tournament coffin was pounded.  Justin Pechie, a
poker pro from Connecticut, received $206,207 for third place.
The final hour of play was a stunning reversal of fortune.  Anthony Reategui, just one
lone opponent away from winning his second gold bracelet, watched in hopeless
frustration as every major pot of the last 30 or so hands went in Pescatori’s favor.  
Reategui, the champion of last year’s $1000 buy-in No-Limit Shootout, must have felt like
the poor French goalkeeper earlier in the day, desperately trying to fend off Pescatori
perfectly-placed shots.
The game winner came when Pescatori was dealt jack-eight suited against Reategui’s
queen-ten off-suit.  The flop came 10-7-6.  Reategui moved all-in with the top pair (tens)
and Pescatori called with an inside-straight draw.  A blank on the turn helped neither
player.  
Then, the inevitable Italian thing happened.  Before the final chapter in Pescatori’s dream
day is revealed, it must be divulges that in the Italian language, “PESCATOR” means
fisherman.  Max Pescatori was certainly fishing for his tournament life, a nine on the river
-- which is exactly what he caught, thus making the straight and ending the tournament.  
Pescatori reeled in a nine on the river, and the blue-shirted gallery rooting on their fellow
countryman broke out in wild celebration for the second time in a day.  Runner up
Anthony Reategui collected $346,040.  Max Pescatori won $682,389.
“Nothing can beat this.  For me, this is incredible,” Pescatori said.  “I told all my friends
that they have to watch for Italy to win (the World Cup) and then afterward to cheer for
me on the Internet to win here at the World Series.  This is the greatest day of my life.”   


by Nolan Dalla
2006 World Series of Poker
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
End of Day One 2006 WSOP Results and Tournament Report

Event #13
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In:  $2,500
Number of Entries:  1,290
Total Prize Money:  $2,967,000

Event Thirteen World Series of Poker Tournament Results
Official 2006 WSOP Results:

CHIP COUNT:
Player Name
Mark Wilds
Steve Cohn
Anthony Reategui
Danny Fuhs
Tri Ma
David Chiu
Erick Lindgren
Scott Fischman
Corey Cheresnick
Melissa Hayen
Joe McGowan
Justin Pechie
Joe Cassidy
Jamie Pickoring
David Plastik
Eric Hicks
Jerry DeNicholas
Keith Hawkins
Jay Fung
Alex Bolotin
Christopher Chung
William Lin
Yvon Schwartz
Jenny Kang
Men Nguyen
Neil Florin
Max Pescatori
Joel Criste
Luzhe Zhang
Steven Hoefs
Zach Billenger
Farzad Rouham
Michael Scott
Adam Harrington
Kurt Paseka
Richard Sharpe
Nathan Meyvis
Marcello Cabrera
Andy Kurita
Fred Goldberg
Roy Thung
Eric Froehlich
Mike Bradshaw
Allen Pock
Tim Stearns
Mike Matusow
Daniel Bates
Steve Numoto
Jose Torres
Mike Brown
Matt Heintschel
Alex Shin
Sam Grizzle
Quinn Do
Stephen Gin
Frank DiGiacomo
Ariel Schneller
Salvatore Passariello
Derek Dix
Matthew Ing
Larry Weinberg
Kevin Nathan
Ricky Green
Seth Berge
Sarah Bilney
Ken Lee
Harry Scannel
Jimmie Smith
Minh Ly
Kevin Ho
Richard Osborne
Doug Sanders
Scott Bohlman
Daryn Firicano
Joanne "JJ" Liu
David Derringer
Terrence Chan
Davie Minto
David Raby
Tony Cousineau
Bao Dong
Joel Nichols
Jon Friedberg
Dustin Pattinson
Elliot Dornbusch
Garrett Patrick
Mark Bonsack
Steve Day
Brian Wideman
Brian Hua
Michael Berra
Tyler Herdklotz
Greg Violette
Aipuiy Ewir
Jay Minor
Hometown
Biloxi, MS
Friendswood, TX
Chandler, AZ
Las Vegas, NV
Houston, TX
Rowland Heights, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Coral Springs, FL
Las Vegas, NV
La Quinta, CA
Thompson, CT

Brisbane, Australia
Las Vegas, NV
Scottsdale, AZ
Tampa, FL
Middleton Tyas, England
Florida
Brooklyn, NY
Irvin, CA
Denver, CO
Brooklyn, NY
Portland, OR
Bell Gardens, CA
Miami, FL
Milan, Italy
San Rafael
Vienna, Austria
Avalon
Dallas, TX
Germantown, MD

Albuquerque, NM

Henderson, NV
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Hollywood
New York, NY
Washington, DC
Boise, ID
Fullerton, CA
Burbank, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Nalogdoches
Hayward, CA
Hollywood, FL
Springdale, AZ
Escondido, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Toronto, Canada
Palm City
Blacksburg, VA
Las Vegas, NV
Chico, CA
Honolulu, HI
Aptos, CA
Roseville,
Austin, TX
Moben, PA
Canberra, Australia
Oakton, VA
Dearborn, MI


Gainesville, FL
Martinez
Calgary, Canada
Homer Glen, IL
Boston, MA
Las Vegas, NV
Louisville, KY
Vancouver, BC
Alamogordo, NM
Sweetwater, TN
Daytona Beach, FL
Allen
Marion, OH
Las Vegas, NV
Edinburg
Aventura, FL
Aspen, CO
Seattle, WA
Edmonds, WA
St. Louis, MO
San Jose, CA
St. Louis, MO
San Diego,  CA
Buhl, MN
Hollywood, FL
Indianapolis
Chip Count
$108,700
$104,500
$104,200
$98,800
$91,000
$91,000
$90,500
$89,700
$89,200
$72,900
$72,500
$69,500
$59,400
$58,900
$56,400
$56,100
$53,100
$53,000
$52,200
$52,100
$51,600
$50,800
$49,600
$48,800
$47,700
$46,400
$45,100
$44,000
$43,500
$43,000
$42,700
$38,000
$37,200
$35,000
$34,900
$34,300
$33,400
$32,300
$31,800
$31,700
$31,500
$29,900
$29,300
$28,800
$27,600
$27,200
$26,600
$26,100
$24,000
$24,000
$23,200
$23,200
$23,200
$22,500
$21,200
$20,600
$20,100
$19,000
$18,900
$17,800
$17,200
$16,900
$16,600
$16,000
$15,900
$15,700
$14,600
$14,500
$14,200
$13,700
$13,200
$12,800
$12,500
$12,500
$12,300
$12,200
$11,800
$11,800
$11,000
$9,300
$9,200
$8,800
$8,800
$8,700
$8,100
$7,700
$7,600
$6,300
$5,800
$5,000
$3,700
$3,200
$3,200
$2,300
$1,200
Table #
117
115
123
122
117
118
114
124
120
121
122
117
116
123
123
122
119
124
116
124
114
124
119
115
117
114
120
119
120
115
124
119
116
114
115
120
121
116
118
118
117
118
121
124
118
117
115
114
119
119
114
120
118
116
120
117
123
121
124
114
116
123
124
122
119
115
123
124
123
120
123
115
122
121
119
121
121
119
116
121
118
114
122
114
123
117
122
121
116
120
115
122
120
115
122
Seat #
5
2
1
2
1
6
9
5
2
2
9
4
2
8
7
1
8
6
1
4
7
9
1
5
2
5
4
5
9
8
8
9
3
8
7
7
1
8
4
8
3
3
6
3
2
8
9
2
3
6
4
3
1
5
8
9
6
5
7
3
6
4
2
8
4
1
2
1
5
6
9
6
6
4
2
3
9
7
7
8
9
6
7
1
3
7
5
7
4
5
4
3
1
3
4
IN THE MONEY FINISHERS:
97.
98.
99.
100.
101.
John Hurst
Leonard Demehak
Musa Mustafa
Allie Prescott
Dwight Derringer
Dallas, TX
Streetsboro, OH
Hickory Hills, IL
Memphis, TN
Louisville, KY
$2,671
$2,671
$2,671
$2,670
$2,670
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Name
Max Pescatori
Justin Pechie
Tri Ma
Mike Matusow
Anthony Reategui
Matt Heintschel
Corey Cheresnick
Terrence Chan
Michael Lesle
Chip Count
$464,000
$357,000
$117,000
$335,000
$959,000
$116,000
$249,000
$494,000
$146,000
Seat #
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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