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WSOP Event #31: Dario Minieri King of Chaos

Bo TalonCorrespondent IJune 18, 2008

Dario Minieri has won event #31 ($2,500 No-limit Hold'Em 6-handed) and takes home $528,418 and his first World Series of Poker bracelet. 

The super aggressive, 23 year old, scarf wearing, Italian "kid," sat atop the leaderboard from the start, ending day one in second place then continuing his hot streak to finish day two, and start today's final table in 1st place. 

Raising about 1/3 of the hands at the final table, Minieri seemed to have control of the table, and eventually was able to take what had always seemed to be his.  Yet, all of this came with one of the craziest final tables I've seen for some time.

Though it shouldn't have been a huge surprise with a super aggressive Minieri at the wheel, the final table consisted with some of the biggest suck outs, and the biggest moments in these people's poker playing careers. 

The game really didn't seem to start till it got down to the final three: Minieri, Seth Fischer, and Justin Filtz.  What had always looked to be Minieri's tournament with at least a million chip advantage suddenly became basically even a little after hand 100, with Minieri at 1.8 mil, Fischer at 1.7 mil, and Filtz at 1.565 mil.

Yet, after some hands Minieri began to take control of the game again, when suddenly the craziest began.  On hand 154 on the night everyone limped in to see a flop of 2h 10h 7s.  After checks from Fischer and Minieri, Filtz bet 85k from the button only to be raised by Minieri up to 240k.  Filtz paused for a while before finally deciding to move all in, allowing Minieri to realize where he was at and instantly call.

Minieri- Q 10 vs Filtz- J 10, Minieri has him dominated, being more than a four to one favorite.

Turn- 5s, even better for Minieri now, since there is no chance of a tie, and Filtz only has three outs...All Minieri has to do to knock out Filtz is avoid one of the last three Jacks in the deck as...

River- Jc...Filtz wins the hand to stay alive and here we go again...

10 hands later more excitement begins as Minieri makes a raise to 150k preflop, just to watch Fischer reraise up to 525k, just to have even more action take place as Filtz stands up and moves all in for 1.3 mil...Minieri folds but Fischer makes the call showing...

Filtz- As Ah vs Fischer- Ac Kh... Filtz is in amazing position to double up and have a great shot at taking the title being over a 15 to one favorite in the hand

Flop- 9d Jh Kc...uh oh Fischer can take the lead with a K on the turn but Filtz still in a great position being a 9 to one favorite until...

Turn- absolute miracle card for Fischer, who now has Filtz stuck up against the wall, needing to hit the last Ace in the deck in order to take the hand...

River- Jd...but no such luck for Filtz as he is eliminated in 3rd place, taking home just under $215,000.

So now it is heads up and for the most part is just players taking the blinds when in position with little showdowns occurring as usual heads up, when suddenly possibly the most exciting hand of the tournament occurs at hand #191...

Fischer raised to 180k and I'm guessing in Minieri's mind was just trying to steal the blinds and antes when Minieri decided to push all in for about 1.5 mil just to watch Fischer instantly call him, they show...

Fischer- Ks Kd vs Minieri- 3s 4s...Dario realizes he made a huge mistake as he is a 4 to  oneunderdog with the championship at stake...

Flop- 2d 8s of the best flops that Dario could be looking gaining a flush draw and is now only a two to one underdog in the hand

Turn- Dario some more outs, yet still keeping Dario at about a two to one disadvantage...Dario needs to hit either a spade, four, or three on the river to stay alive in the tournament...

River- 4h...Amazingly Minieri escapes and doubles up through Fischer to take back the chip lead now having about a three to two advantage in chip stacks.

Less than ten hands later Minieri finshed Fischer off after raising to 125k pre flop and having Fischer move all in over the top with an instant call by Minieri showing...

Minieri- Qd Qh vs Fischer- Kd 10d

Fischer was unable to improve on his hand and Minieri took down the title.

Congratulations goes out to Dario Minieri on his first bracelet in one of the craziest final tables I have seen for some time.


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