Palumbo outlasts 2,949 in Event 44

Palumbo becomes sixth Italian bracelet winner in WSOP history

Updated: July 2, 2012, 11:16 PM ET
By Gary Wise | Special To ESPN.com

If you're going to fly to Las Vegas from Genoa, Italy, you need to do something pretty major to justify the expense. Italian professional poker player Rocco Palumbo went above and beyond.

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Rocco Palumbo Rocco Palumbo defeated a huge field in Event 44 to win his first WSOP bracelet.

Event 44, $1,000 no-limit hold 'em, started with 2,949 runners and when all was said and done, it was Palumbo who was left standing, wearing his brand new gold bracelet and holding the check for $464,464. He was the first Italian to win a WSOP bracelet since Max Pescatori in 2008.

"Surely, it was really a good moment for me, but surely a very good moment for Italy," Palumbo told WSOP.com. "I'm happy for me, but I'm very happy for Italy. It's going to be a very good thing for poker in Italy. I'm very happy about that and the future of poker in Italy."

Palumbo, 23, entered the final day of the three-day event as one of the smallest stacks amongst the 16 survivors, and his lot hadn't improved by much when the final two tables consolidated to one. He finally started his climb when he eliminated Kevin Elia, who'd started the final table second in chips, in sixth place. Palumbo's next victim was third-place finisher Thomas Conway. That triumph gave Palumbo the chip lead, and he never relinquished it.

During heads-up play, Palumbo was a force. Starting with a small chip lead, he quickly extended it with a series of small victories against Nelson Robinson. He finished Robinson off when Robinson four-bet all-in with Ks-6s. Palumbo called with Ad-9d. The board came 4h-Ah-Js-4c-Kh and holding the superior two pair, Palumbo earned the biggest win of his professional life.

Palumbo has had tournament success in Europe, most notably on the European Poker Tour, but the bracelet win was the first of his career in four-digit buy-in events. His plan going forward is to play the remaining no-limit hold 'em events on the WSOP schedule.

Other notable finishers included Blair Hinkle (24th), Mickey Petersen (30th) and Joe Tehan (73rd).

Below are the complete results of Event 44 at the 2012 World Series of Poker:

Event 44: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,000
Entries: 2,949
Prize pool: $2,654,100
Players in the money: 297

1. Rocco Palumbo ($464,464)
2. Nelson Robinson ($288,448)
3. Thomas Conway ($203,437)
4. Niel Mittelman ($146,931)
5. Jason Everett ($107,411)
6. Kevin Elia ($79,646)
7. Anke Berner ($59,478)
8. Patrick Karschamroon ($45,040)
9. David Forster ($34,503)
10. Darren Rabinowitz ($26,727)
11. Francisco Azares ($26,727)
12. Travell Thomas ($26,727)
13. Jaspal Brar ($20,941)
14. Paul Sokoloff ($20,941)
15. Mario Delis ($20,941)
16. Keven Stammen ($16,588)
17. Miltiadis Kyriakides ($16,588)
18. Jeremy Halaska ($16,588)
19. Michael Bena ($13,297)
20. David Copeland ($13,297)
21. Jacob Schindler ($13,297)
22. Klein Bach ($13,297)
23. William Daymon ($13,297)
24. Blair Hinkle ($13,297)
25. Mazin Khoury ($13,297)
26. Adam Latimer ($13,297)
27. James Farrington ($13,297)
28. Adam Heger ($10,776)
29. Tarek Riester ($10,776)
30. Mickey Petersen ($10,776)
31. Inge Forsmo ($10,776)
32. Michael Reed ($10,776)
33. Balazs Somodi ($10,776)
34. Timothy Roupp ($10,776)
35. Trenton Bledsoe ($10,776)
36. Sheldon Summers ($10,776)
37. Alex Rivera ($8,812)
38. Christopher Moutzouris ($8,812)
39. Todd Keikoan ($8,812)
40. Julian Parmann ($8,812)
41. Fatih Dayik ($8,812)
42. Kathy Saraf ($8,812)
43. Nghia Nguyen ($8,812)
44. Alexey Popov ($8,812)
45. Ryan Hartmann ($8,812)
46. Joseph Vollero ($7,299)
47. Hans Hein ($7,299)
48. Jeremiah Mckenna ($7,299)
49. Charles Botos ($7,299)
50. David Carlson ($7,299)
51. Blake Cahail ($7,299)
52. Tolga Ural ($7,299)
53. Dexter Evans ($7,299)
54. Trevor Pearlman ($7,299)
55. Shawn Van Asdale ($6,104)
56. James Wall ($6,104)
57. Richard Ocovino ($6,104)
58. Michael Wolf ($6,104)
59. David Cairns ($6,104)
60. Thomas Biague ($6,104)
61. Simon Welds ($6,104)
62. Amnon Filippi ($6,104)
63. Jose Nadal ($6,104)
64. Kevin Iacofano ($5,149)
65. Maya Antonius ($5,149)
66. Alex Dovzhenko ($5,149)
67. Ruslan Gazaev ($5,149)
68. Jarred Solomon ($5,149)
69. Joseph Fulford ($5,149)
70. Steven Meyers ($5,149)
71. Paul Leckey ($5,149)
72. Mikhail Voloshen ($5,149)
73. Joe Tehan ($4,406)
74. Gonzalo Ramirez ($4,406)
75. Jeremy Ausmus ($4,406)
76. Ivan Demidov ($4,406)
77. Jan Bendik ($4,406)
78. Jude Ainsworth ($4,406)
79. Jason Cohen ($4,406)
80. Danny Estes ($4,406)
81. Tucker Hummel ($4,406)
82. Christopher Conrad ($3,795)
83. Braden Pan ($3,795)
84. Mikhail Lakhitov ($3,795)
85. Edward Yoo ($3,795)
86. Eric Anderson ($3,795)
87. Jefferson James ($3,795)
88. Soi Nguyen ($3,795)
89. Christian Sanchez ($3,795)
90. Vinny Pahuja ($3,795)
91. Scott Zakheim ($3,318)
92. Shane Weber ($3,318)
93. Jeffrey Schnettler ($3,318)
94. Keanu Tabali ($3,318)
95. Hemanth Kumar ($3,318)
96. Jordan Lewis ($3,318)
97. Tony Dam ($3,318)
98. Levi Wilson ($3,318)
99. Hugo Perez ($3,318)
100. Wenlong Jin ($2,920)
101. Ibrahim Ban ($2,920)
102. Dara Davey ($2,920)
103. Daryl Katz ($2,920)
104. Jonathan Little ($2,920)
105. Kenneth Shei ($2,920)
106. Andrew Gordon ($2,920)
107. Donald Matusow ($2,920)
108. Mark Herm ($2,920)
109. Tim Miles ($2,920)
110. John Lane ($2,920)
111. Martin Jacobson ($2,920)
112. Joe Cada PokerStars Team Pro ($2,920)
113. Fernando Furlaneti ($2,920)
114. Feizal Satchu ($2,920)
115. Douglas Stavolone ($2,920)
116. Daniel Attie ($2,920)
117. Denys Drobyna ($2,920)
118. Dennis Firestone ($2,920)
119. Lars Seltner ($2,920)
120. Robert Wiercinski ($2,920)
121. Joshua Weiss ($2,920)
122. David Charalambous ($2,920)
123. Kevin Olsta ($2,920)
124. Larry Kirk ($2,920)
125. Sean Biotti ($2,920)
126. Peter Sajevics ($2,920)
127. Eric Drake ($2,920)
128. Cody Zartman ($2,920)
129. William Greenberg ($2,920)
130. John Dunning ($2,920)
131. Ubaid Habib ($2,920)
132. Mark Houghton ($2,920)
133. Alexander Moser ($2,920)
134. Stewart Yancik ($2,920)
135. Paul Janssen ($2,920)
136. Carsten Luxig ($2,601)
137. William Higgins ($2,601)
138. Mark Shaffery ($2,601)
139. Roger Levin ($2,601)
140. Sheldon Mayer ($2,601)
141. Richard Harroch ($2,601)
142. William Vogel ($2,601)
143. Ola Klevard ($2,601)
144. Jeremy Dann ($2,601)
145. Collin Moshman ($2,601)
146. Christopher Bibb ($2,601)
147. Stanislaw Kretz ($2,601)
148. Matt Iles ($2,601)
149. Anthony Gargano ($2,601)
150. Weldon Thompson ($2,601)
151. Michael Cordell ($2,601)
152. Ken Evanowski ($2,601)
153. Paul Berende ($2,601)
154. Byron Kaverman ($2,601)
155. John Ellis ($2,601)
156. Joseph Gray ($2,601)
157. Eric Wilkinson ($2,601)
158. David Cai ($2,601)
159. Jenerik Aule ($2,601)
160. Kevin Rabichow ($2,601)
161. Zachary Dowhower ($2,601)
162. Arthur Jones ($2,601)
163. Dianne Hull ($2,601)
164. Getty Mattingsley ($2,601)
165. Marc Gruttner ($2,601)
166. Matthew Ireland ($2,601)
167. Robert Lum ($2,601)
168. Julian Galvan ($2,601)
169. Justin Young ($2,601)
170. Ryan Gentry ($2,601)
171. Steve Karp ($2,601)
172. Clayton Mozdzen ($2,336)
173. Steven Brown ($2,336)
174. Justin Zaki ($2,336)
175. Jean Luc Voyer ($2,336)
176. Konstantin Maslak ($2,336)
177. Wlodzimierz Panasiuk ($2,336)
178. Jamey Cates ($2,336)
179. James Callahan ($2,336)
180. Jason Ng ($2,336)
181. Steven Kelly ($2,336)
182. Todd Akiyama ($2,336)
183. Steven Gibbs ($2,336)
184. Yashar Darian ($2,336)
185. Aviv Azoulay ($2,336)
186. Anthony Petreccia ($2,336)
187. Allen Kim ($2,336)
188. Sascha Stopa-Chavez ($2,336)
189. Philip Cook ($2,336)
190. Sebastien Roy ($2,336)
191. John Gravagna ($2,336)
192. Edgar Henry ($2,336)
193. Dariush Imani ($2,336)
194. Benjamin Alcober ($2,336)
195. Richard Lapwood ($2,336)
196. Matt Wilkins ($2,336)
197. Mike Arzoumanidis ($2,336)
198. Michael Cantrell ($2,336)
199. Matt Keikoan ($2,336)
200. John Patgorski ($2,336)
201. Luca Moschitta ($2,336)
202. John Hartmann ($2,336)
203. Pablo Gonzalez ($2,336)
204. Steven Fiorentini ($2,336)
205. Stephen Plache ($2,336)
206. Angel Garcia ($2,336)
207. Jeffrey Taylor ($2,336)
208. Aleksandr Mozhnyakov ($2,123)
209. Sarah Beard ($2,123)
210. Craig Sweden ($2,123)
211. Andrew Touchette ($2,123)
212. Reynolds Buchanan ($2,123)
213. Brian Lewis ($2,123)
214. Konstantin Puchkov ($2,123)
215. Oscar Miranda ($2,123)
216. Valerio Greco ($2,123)
217. Jeffrey Frye ($2,123)
218. Joe Gualtieri ($2,123)
219. Scott Sitron ($2,123)
220. Richard Clark ($2,123)
221. Clifton Allen ($2,123)
222. Matthew Berto ($2,123)
223. Andrew Robinson ($2,123)
224. Kelli Griggs ($2,123)
225. Eric Wulff ($2,123)
226. Justin Kerrihard ($2,123)
227. Lee Taylor ($2,123)
228. Paul Welcome ($2,123)
229. Joseph Labiosa ($2,123)
230. Phillip Weast ($2,123)
231. Mukul Pahuja ($2,123)
232. Radoslaw Jedynak ($2,123)
233. Thorsten Schuler ($2,123)
234. Matthew Henson ($2,123)
235. Charlie Canlas ($2,123)
236. Derek Bickerstaff ($2,123)
237. Jason Deutsch ($2,123)
238. Andrew Weisner ($2,123)
239. Darin Minkel ($2,123)
240. David Emmons ($2,123)
241. Joshua Tieman ($2,123)
242. Trenton Flanigan Jones ($2,123)
243. Sheldon Phelps ($2,123)
244. Donald Rogers ($2,123)
245. Matthew Bannantine ($2,123)
246. Gionni Demers ($2,123)
247. Barry Hutter ($2,123)
248. Robert Scott Pendergrast ($2,123)
249. Nathan Weed ($2,123)
250. Steve Cha ($2,123)
251. Mehdi Gernone ($2,123)
252. Sean Rice ($2,123)
253. Salvatore Dicarlo ($1,937)
254. Alexander Bateman ($1,937)
255. Jean Gaspard ($1,937)
256. Charles Thompson ($1,937)
257. Antone Cook ($1,937)
258. Paul Chaney ($1,937)
259. Bela Toth ($1,937)
260. Pascal LeFrancois ($1,937)
261. Erik Seidel ($1,937)
262. Trevor Bodenham ($1,937)
263. Martin Finger ($1,937)
264. James Tarby ($1,937)
265. Ronald May ($1,937)
266. John Pratt ($1,937)
267. David Tran ($1,937)
268. Raymond Garcia ($1,937)
269. Adam Kornuth ($1,937)
270. Dmitriy Shilnikov ($1,937)
271. Victor Ramdin ($1,937)
272. Jonathan Bennett ($1,937)
273. Matthias Kurtz ($1,937)
274. Anton Kozlovskiy ($1,937)
275. Raigo Aasmaa ($1,937)
276. David Meland ($1,937)
277. Attila Kovesi ($1,937)
278. Jonathan Hales ($1,937)
279. Sonny Lee ($1,937)
280. Patrick Cahill ($1,937)
281. Mohannad Elrifai ($1,937)
282. Edward Brogdon ($1,937)
283. Kevin Gabbay ($1,937)
284. Jose Cazares ($1,937)
285. Joshua Norris ($1,937)
286. Karen Longfellow ($1,937)
287. Chad Weinman ($1,937)
288. Russell Calverley ($1,937)
289. Kevin Eyster ($1,937)
290. John Mcdonald ($1,937)
291. Charles Hall ($1,937)
292. David Stephen ($1,937)
293. Dustin Fox ($1,937)
294. Richard Tatalovich ($1,937)
295. Connor Cronkhite ($1,937)
296. Stuart Pfeifer ($1,937)
297. Jason Mayfield ($1,937)

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