175 Platinum Passes awarded

175 Platinum Passes awarded

Simone Ferretti


IPO Nova Gorica

After injury forced a premature end to Simone Ferretti’s professional football career, the Tuscan became a familiar face around the Italian poker tables as the game enjoyed a boom in the country from around 2009. But Ferretti drifted away from the tournament game as the game became tougher for Italians, and went six years without a recorded tournament cash. It was all the more remarkable, and welcome, then that he returned to action in the most dramatic fashion, winning the Italian Poker Open (IPO) Main Event in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, in October 2019, a victory that also earned him a Platinum Pass to the PSPC.

“Poker is like life: there are times when you have to learn how to stand the suffering, only to come back,” Ferretti said after securing his dramatic comeback victory.

The 39-year-old father-of-three said he will now redouble his efforts to catch up with the game that he left behind for six years, and will speak to his friends Dario Sammartino, Gianluca Speranza and Mustapha Kanit as he prepares for a tilt at the PSPC.

“Winning a PokerStars tournament is a dream that every Italian player wants to achieve,” he said of his IPO victory, which also brought a €106,000 payday. But when he thought about winning a potential $5 million as PSPC champion, he said: “I would take a permanent break from any commitments! I’d enjoy every moment of my life with my beautiful family, my wife and my three children.”