Rocco Palumbo Completes Italian Job
Italian player Rocco Palumbo has successfully topped an incredible field of 2,949 runners to life the title and a cheque worth $464,464 in the recently-completed $1,000 buy-in NLHE event at this year’s World Series of Poker.
Palumbo, who has scored consistent results in his native Italy including an EPT San Remo final table in 2011, eventually defeated America’s Nelson Robinson heads-up to land what is the biggest result of his poker career by quite some distance.
In the final hand of the tournament, Robinson opened his button to 120,000 and was raised by Palumbo to 300,000 total. The American then paused for a second and moved all-in, with Palumbo merely shrugging and pushing the extra into the middle.
With the cards on their backs it was the Italian who had the best of it with Ad 9d against Robinson’s Ks 6s, and he stayed ahead as the flop came 4h Ah Js. A board-pairing 4c on the turn ensured that there would be no miracle outdraw and the Kh on the river was too little too late.
Robinson did, however, add $288,448 to the almost $250,000 that he collected for finishing 33rd in last year’s Main Event, but it was Palumbo who was left basking in the glory of victory as he added his second cash – and first ever title – to his ever-improving World Series of Poker résumé.