The Italian professional poker player Max Pescatori must have one of the most fascinating personas in the game. Known as the ‘Italian Pirate’, he’s often to be seen sporting a bandana that features the colors of the Italian flag, and he’s become a legend in America among his native people. Max won his first gold bracelet by winning the $2.5K No Limit Hold’Em WSOP competition in 2006, which also brought him more than $682K. He earned his second bracelet at a $2.5K No Limit Hold’Em/Omaha tournament in 2008, where he took home $246.5K.
Max Pescatori was born in Milan in 1971, and he worked as a sales assistant at a suburban supermarket before turning to full-time poker. He completed his national service in the Carabinieri, but now he writes regularly for card magazines, and has appeared on posters advertising the World Series of Poker.
He displayed a talent for the game early in life in the form of Rummy, finishing 2nd in a tournament at the tender age of 11, partnering his uncle Livio. His decision to become a professional poker player alarmed his family, but the success it’s wrought more than proves Maximillion’s wisdom in pursuing his passion as a career. To embark on his ascent to the heights of poker he sold his car, a Peugeot 106, and he’s never looked back. He had planned on learning the dealer’s trade in Vegas and retuning to Italy, but success gave him a very good reason to remain in America.
A bona fide professional since 1999, Pescatori has long since stopped worrying about where the next month’s rent will come from. With 2 WSOP bracelets under his belt, he’s a household name with the skills to remain successful at the very highest level of the game. Observers of top-class poker will need no reminding that Max Pescatori is one to watch, whatever table he’s at.