Cast your mind back to March of this year and the EPTs first visit to Malta. It’d been some time since a brand new stop had been added to the tour and the EPT wasn’t the only event in town that week. As well as the EPT festival there was the stand alone Global Poker Masters.
It comprised of eight teams of six players representing Italy, Russia, United States of America, Germany, Canada, Ukraine, France and the United Kingdom and there’s no polite way of saying this, but nobody gave Italy a chance. But, if history teaches us anything about Italian teams it’s that they’re at their best when they’re written off. They weren’t fancied before the 1982 or 2006 Soccer World Cup’s but lifted the trophy on both occasions and they made a mockery of their 22/1 odds in Malta to defeat Russia heads-up to win the inaugural Global Poker Masters.
Since then Bendinelli has racked up another eight cashes, including one already here in Malta, in the €300 Malta Cup. During the dinner break we spotted him doing a interview to camera for one of the many media here in Malta. Unfortunately his Main Event is now over though as he four-bet shoved for around 25 big blinds with Q♠J♠ only to run into Thomas Muehloecker’s aces.
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