Max Pescatori has been a game player his whole life. So, it is not surprising that poker seems to come naturally.
Yet, along with his natural abilities, he has worked long and hard and has sought out advice from top poker players.
Pescatori was born in Milan, Italy. There, he was such a fan of games as a youngster that he would opt to practice them rather than go in for any other form of recreation. He and his father played a game called “Scopa” in a tournament when Max was 11 years old. They won, and went home with the trophy.
When Max turned 15 years old, he learned the game of poker and found he enjoyed it very much. In 1994, he left Milan to go to the United States to play poker in Las Vegas. He did not even know how to speak English.
He had always been a 7 Card Stud player. He started out with that game. However, after playing for awhile, Pescatori discovered that he could make more money if he stuck to playing hold ‘em poker. He was playing cash games in Las Vegas in 1998 when he met Valter Farina. This was the only Italian to win a WSOP bracelet at the time.
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Farina mentored Pescatori for the next year. In 1999, Max became a poker professional. Along with live action, he played on the internet. In 2001, he earned a place in the World Poker Tour’s Aruba Tournament through an online poker site. He was on his way to the big time.
Just before the tournament, he met a few poker pros who had been playing for several years. He especially hit it off with Jennifer Harman. She even let him in on the cards she held when she was playing at a table with some of the best in poker. He took away valuable lessons from that experience.
In 2003, Pescatori won his first major tournament event at the World Poker Challenge in Reno. It was a $300 Limit Hold ‘em event. He won the Omaha Hi/Lo a few days later. He made 10 final tables in all in 2003.
In 2004, Pescatori was present at 8 final tables in the Ultimate Poker Challenge. He won the WPT Legends of Poker No Limit Hold ‘em event for over $106,000. The next year, in 2005, he did well at the National Championships of Poker, got second place at the WPT Poker Showdown and also came in 5th at the Omaha Pot Limit event among other events he tried at the WSOP.
In 2006, Max Pescatori won his first WSOP bracelet with a win of over $682,000 in a No Limit Hold ‘em event. He continues his winning ways with a win of over $135,000 for first place at the Italian championships No Limit Hold ‘em in 2007.
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Max Pescatori, known as the “Italian Pirate,” has total winnings of over $1.8 million. He writes for Card Player Magazine and is also spokesman for the World Poker Exchange. He likes to play games other than Hold ‘em when he can, and is often found playing at the tables of Full Tilt Poker as one of their pros.
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