Team Brunson’s Pescatori Wins Big at the 2006 WSOP

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In a big win for Team Brunson, Max Pescatori of Milan, Italy finished first in the July 7th $2,500 No Limit Hold’em World Series of Poker (WSOP) event, taking home a paycheck of $682,389.

In a big win for Team Brunson, Max Pescatori of Milan, Italy finished first in the July 7th $2,500 No Limit Hold’em World Series of Poker (WSOP) event, taking home a paycheck of $682,389. This win, combined with previous wins, pushes Pescatori over the one million dollar mark with lifetime winnings of $1,544,801. Pescatori’s win gives Team Brunson its largest payout and first coveted championship bracelet for the 2006 WSOP. With this big win and 1,440 in points, Pescatori is currently in 9th place for the WSOP Player of the Year (POY).

Pescatori ($2,320,000) had a commanding chip lead over Reategui ($900,000) before the final hand. In the final hand of heads-up competition, Reategui, holding Qc Td, raised $40,000 pre flop, which Pescatori, holding Jc 8c, called. The flop was Tc 7d 6h, which gave Pescatori a gutshot straight draw. With a pair of 10s, Reategui bet $100,000. Pescatori raised to $350,000, at which time Reategui went all in. The Kh on the turn did not help either player, but the 9d on the river gave Pescatori a jack high straight and his first ever WSOP championship. Reategui took home $356,040 for his second place finish.

Turning pro in 1999, Pescatori has played at the final table of eight major events in his poker career. He is also the owner of two WSOP Circuit rings. Pescatori, known as the “Italian Pirate,” finished first in the 2006 The NPL-Vegas Open (No-Limit Hold'em), 2005 WSOP Tournament Circuit-Harrah's Las Vegas (No-Limit Hold'em), 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit -Atlantic City (Limit Hold'em), 2004 Legends of Poker (No-Limit Hold'em), 2003 World Poker Challenge (Omaha Hi/Lo), and 2003 World Poker Challenge (Limit Hold'em). You can visit Pescatori’s official web site at http://www.maxpescatori.com/.

For more information on Team Brunson and photos of Pescatori’s win, visit Doyle’s Room at http://www.doylesroom.com/.

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