The "Italian Pirate" has just plundered the bracelet here in Event 24. Max Pescatori outlasted a pro-heavy field of 457 players over the course of three long days to take the title and the hardware.
It was a hard-fought battle for our champion. He jumped out to a chip lead early in Day 2, but found himself in the middle of the pack by the end of the day. Today, he sat patiently while the opponents at his table went after each other, sticking his nose in only when he had a chance to snag some chips. Midway through the day, he re-acquired the chip lead once again, only to watch Kyle Kloeckner overtake him prior to the heads-up battle. But Pescatori made quick work of his opponent, running down his chip stack and capturing the title.
For his three days worth of work, Pescatori will take away $246,471 and something money can't buy: his second WSOP gold bracelet.
Congratulations to Max Pescatori, Champion!