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(pokernews.com)- Italy’s first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event wrapped up at the Casino Campione on Tuesday night when local hero Sergio Castelluccio took down the title and won the €114,100 top prize.
To bring home the first WSOP Circuit ring of his career, Castelluccio survived a field of 612 players that included many of Italy’s top poker players such as 2015 November Nine Federico Butteroni, Poker Hall of Fame nominee and four-time WSOP bracelet winner Max Pescatori, former PokerStars Pro and WSOP bracelet winner Dario Minieri, WSOP APAC champ Scott Davies, and the accomplished Zach Wilson.
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The huge number of players who turned out for the debut of the WSOP Circuit in Italy made the €990 Main Event held in Campione the biggest among all the Circuit events held in 2015.
“I thought I had some good chances to win [the Main Event] but I wasn’t too sure I could make it,” Castelluccio said while receiving the WSOPC ring. “I have never won a WSOPC ring in my career, and I feel great now that I have one, especially as it comes at the end of a long event like this one.”
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After his latest success, and thanks to the six-figure prize he took home, Castelluccio now sits ninth on Italy’s all-time money list (source: the HendonMob) with live tournament winnings of $1,812,074. The WSOP Circuit victory allowed him to pass Andrea Dato ($1,709,847) and to get closer to Minieri, who sits eighth in the rankings with live tournament winnings of $1,897,580.
Amongst Castelluccio’s most remarkable results are a first-place finish in the Italian Poker Tour (IPT) Sanremo in 2010 for €200,00, a fourth-place finish in the 2012 EPT Grand Final Main Event in Monte Carlo for €400,000, and a fourteenth-place finish in 2013 WSOP Main Event for $451,398. Earlier this year, Castelluccio won the Italian Poker Tour (IPO) for €24,323, and put together several more cashes including ones in the World Poker Tour in Montenegro and in the EPT Grand Final Main Event in Monte Carlo.
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