Event #13 No-Limit Hold’em Final Report

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
Official Results and Report
 
Event #13
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $2,500
Number of Entries: 1,290
Total Prize Money: $2,967,000
Defending Champion (2005): Farzad Bonyadi
 
Official Results:
 
1.
Max Pescatori
Milan, Italy
$682,389
2.
Anthony Reategui
Chandler, AZ
$356,040
3.
Justin Pechie
Thompson, CT
$206,207
4.
Michael Scott Lesle
Lake Elsinore, CA
$148,350
5.
Corey Cheresnick
Coral Springs, FL
$118,680
6.
Tri Ma
Houston, TX
$103,845
7.
Mike Matusow
Las Vegas, NV
$89,010
8.
Terrence Chan
Vancouver, Canada
$74,175
9.
Matt Heintschel
Escondido, CA
$66,758
10.
William Lin
Denver, CO
$59,340
11.
David Derringer
Louisville, KY
$54,890
12.
Sarah Bilney
Canberra, Australia
$50,439
13.
Larry Weinberg
Aptos, CA
$45,989
14.
Melissa Hayen
Las Vegas, NV
$41,538
15.
David Chiu
Rowland Hts, CA
$37,088
16.
Jay Fung
Boca Raton, FL
$32,637
17.
Ylon Schwartz
Brooklyn, NY
$28,187
18.
Richard Osborne
Martinez, CA
$23,736
19.
Joe McGowan
La Quinta, CA
$19,286
20.
Jerry Denicholas
Tampa, FL
$19,286
21.
Jose Torres
Hollywood, FL
$19,286
22.
Erick Lindgren
Las Vegas, NV
$19,286
23.
Chris Chung
Irvine, CA
$19,286
24.
Joe Cassidy
Costa Mesa, CA
$19,286
25.
Farzad Rouhani
Gaithensburg, MD
$19,286
26.
Mark Bonsack
Maple Valley, WA
$19,286
27.
Flex Bolotin
Brooklyn, NY
$19,286
28.
Sam Grizzle
Las Vegas, NV
$14,835
29.
Michael Berra
St. Louis, MO
$14,835
30.
Danny Fuhs
Las Vegas, NV
$14,835
31.
Jamie Pickering
Surfers Paradise, Australia
$14,835
32.
Nathan Meyvis
Bloomfield Hills, MI
$14,835
33.
Jenny Kang
Portland, OR
$14,835
34.
Elliot Dornbusch
Aventura, FL
$14,835
35.
Steve Numoto
Hayward, CA
$14,835
36.
Luzhe Zhang
Vienna, Austria
$14,835
37.
Timothy Stearns
Burbank, CA
$11,868
38.
Steven C. Hoefs
Avalon, CA
$11,868
39.
David Plastik
Las Vegas, NV
$11,868
40.
Allen Pock
Fullerton, CA
$11,868
41.
Adam Harrington
Albuquerque, NM
$11,868
42.
Stephen Gin
North York, Canada
$11,868
43.
Joanne Liu
Las Vegas, NV
$11,868
44.
Steven Cohn
Friendswood, TX
$11,868
45.
Russ Salzer
Hollywood, FL
$11,868
46.
Scott Fischman
Las Vegas, NV
$8,901
47.
Eric Froehlich
Springfield, VA
$8,901
48.
Alex Shin
Los Angeles, CA
$8,901
49.
Ricky Green
Austin, TX
$8,901
50.
Zack Ballenger
Dallas, TX
$8,901
51.
Kenneth K. Lee
Oakton, VA
$8,901
52.
Mark Wilds
Biloxi, MS
$8,901
53.
Roy Thung
White Plains, NY
$8,901
54.
Seth Berger
Malbern, PA
$8,901
55.
Neil Florin
Miami, FL
$7,418
56.
Mike Bradshaw
Eagle, ID
$7,418
57.
Fred Goldberg
Hollywood, FL
$7,418
58.
Daryn Firicano
Woburn, MA
$7,418
59.
Quim Do
Los Angeles, CA
$7,418
60.
Frank Digiacomo
Palm City, FL
$7,418
61.
Richard Sharpe
Henderson, NV
$7,418
62.
Kevin Nathan
Roseville, CA
$7,418
63.
Men "The Master" Nguyen
Bell Gardens, CA
$7,418
64.
Dustin S. Pattonson
Edinburg, TX
$5,934
65.
Joel Criste
San rafael, CA
$5,934
66.
Kurt Paseka
Bayside, NY
$5,934
67.
Tony Cousineau
Daytona Beach, FL
$5,934
68.
Kevin Ho
Gainesville, FL
$5,934
69.
Jonathan Friedberg
Las Vegas, NV
$5,934
70.
Andrew Kurita
Brooklyn, NY
$5,934
71.
Derek Dix
Chico, CA
$5,934
72.
Eric Hicks
Scottsdale, AZ
$5,934
73.
Salvatore Passariello
Las Vegas, NV
$5,934
74.
Matthew Ing
Honolulu, HI
$5,934
75.
Ariel Schneller
Blacksburg, VA
$5,934
76.
Doug Sanders
Calgary, Canada
$5,934
77.
Keith Hawkins
Middleton, UK
$5,934
78.
Harry D. Scannell
Dearborn Heights, MI
$5,934
79.
Garrett Patrick
Aspen, CO
$5,934
80.
Mike Brown
Springdale, AZ
$5,934
81.
Davie Minto
Alamogordo, NM
$5,934
82.
Marcello Cabrera
Visalia, CA
$4,451
83.
Joel Nichols
Marion, OH
$4,451
84.
Tyler Herdklotz
San Diego, CA
$4,451
85.
Jimmie Smith
Norman, OK
$4,451
86.
David Raby
Sweetwater, TX
$4,451
87.
Greg Violette
Henderson, NV
$4,451
88.
Jay Minor
Indianapolis, IN
$4,451
89.
Bao Dong
Allen, TX
$4,451
90.
Dan Bates
Nacogdoches, TX
$4,451
91.
Steve Day
Edmonds, WA
$4,451
92.
Scott Bohlman
Homer Glen, IL
$4,451
93.
Brian Hub
San Jose, CA
$4,451
94.
Aidiliy Elviro
Miramar, FL
$4,451
95.
Minh Ly
Las Vegas, NV
$4,451
96.
Brian Wideman
St. Louis, MO
$4,451
97.
John Hurst
Dallas, TX
$2,671
98.
Leonard Demehak
Streetsboro, OH
$2,671
99.
Musa Mustafa
Hickory Hills, IL
$2,671
100.
Allie Prescott
Memphis, TN
$2,670
101.
Dwight Derringer
Louisville, KY
$2,670
 
Goooooooooooooooooooal!
 
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.
 
Name
Chip Count
Seat #
Max Pescatori
$464,000
1
Justin Pechie
$357,000
2
Tri Ma
$117,000
3
Mike Matusow
$335,000
4
Anthony Reategui
$959,000
5
Matt Heintschel
$116,000
6
Corey Cheresnick
$249,000
7
Terrence Chan
$494,000
8
Michael Lesle
$146,000
9
 
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