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Benvenuti Team Italy to World Team Poker
Thursday, 29 April 2010 13:27 By Marie-Lizette C. Acoba

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 29, 2010, World Team Poker (“WTP”) has just added Team Italy to its roster of international teams.

 

TEAM CAPTAIN

 

MARCO TRANIELLO

Career Tournament Winnings : $ 478,035

Ranked 18th Italy All Time Money List

The Team Italy Captain caught the poker bug from his wife, Jennifer Harman. During the couples’ home games, Marco played poker with some of the world’s top players. The exposure to high-caliber players turned Traniello into a formidable opponent. Since then, Marco has continued to challenge himself to improve, putting in extensive game time and honing his skills on a daily basis. He is always laboring to develop his cash game and tournament strategy. Marco is a cheerful and lively person, whose rock-solid style is nearly impossible to crack. Marco is one of the ten members of the Circle of Outlaws.

 

TEAM MEMBERS

 

CRISTIANO BLANCO

Career Tournament Winnings : $ 732,380

Ranked 11th Italy All Time Money List

The first time Cristiano he played on-line Hold’em, he went in without knowing the rules to take down a $5K Guaranteed tournament. He exploded onto the European poker scene in March 2007 when he finished in 2nd place at the Dortmund leg of the European Poker Tour (“EPT”), winning €380,000. Known as the “Italian Stallion,” his good looks and easygoing demeanor have made him one of the most recognizable and most popular poker players in Italy’s poker scene.

MICHELE LIMONGI

Career Tournament Winnings : $ 599,703

Ranked 14th Italy All Time Money List

Michele has started 2010 with a bang, winning the €2K No Limit Hold’em event at the EPT Deauville in January 2010 and placing 2nd in April 2010 in the €2K No Limit Hold’em event at the EPT San Remo. Limongi is well versed in mixed games, having placed 4th in the 2009 WSOP $3K H.O.R.S.E event and taking down 1st in the Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 7-Stud event at Casino di Campione’s 2009 Italian Rounders Poker Tour.

FLAMINIO MALAGUTI

Career Tournament Winnings : $ 110,507

Ranked 149th Italy All Time Money List

The owner of the popular Rock n Roll cafe on the Las Vegas Strip, Malaguti is a successful entrepreneur, skilled poker player, football fanatic (soccer in the U.S.A.) and tennis prodigy Zaza Malaguti’s number one fan. Also known as “Flamingo,” he placed 6th 2009 WSOP No Limit Hold’em Shootout.

DARIO MINIERI

Career Tournament Winnings : $ 1,657,123

Ranked 3rd Italy All Time Money List

Also known as “Skarf-Ace” for wearing his lucky scarf behind a mountain of chips at the 2007 WSOP, Dario is known as young internet phenom. This Italian high-stakes player famously had a Porsche Cayman delivered to his door, purchased with his Frequent Player Points before he could even drive, won his first WSOP bracelet in 2008, and won the EPT High roller tournament in Warsaw in 2009.

LUCA PAGANO

Career Tournament Winnings : $ 1,243,430

Ranked 5th Italy All Time Money List

An on-line high stakes cash specialist and successful tournament player, Luca has cashed in more EPT events than any other to date and was the EPT Player of the Year in 2007. Pagano is a careful study at the table who builds on his results carefully and methodically. Also a member of the Circle of Outlaws, Luca is part of the new generation of international poker stars.

SALVATORE PENGUE

Career Tournament Winnings : $ 218,591

Ranked 59th Italy All Time Money List

Salvatore “Totoro” Pengue was born in Naples. Salvatore has been placed in several European tournaments, with his two biggest cashes being his 1st place win at the 2008 7 Tappa Campionato Italiano €1K No Limit Hold’em - Main Event and his 10th finish in the 2008 €8K No-Limit Hold’em Main Event at the EPT Barcelona Open.

 

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Marie-Lizette Acoba
Director of Public Relations
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marie-lizette@worldteampoker.com
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