Because we just witnessed another stellar WSOP November Nine, we thought we’d commemorate the event by posting short bios of each players.
Federico Butteroni hails from Rome, Italy and finds himself carrying the hopes and dreams of Italy as the first Italian to make the World Series of Poker Main Event final table since Filippo Candio finished 4th in 2010. Butteroni faces a massive uphill challenge as he sits last in the chip counts with 6.3 million chips, just 10% of what Joe McKeehan chip leader holds.
Butteroni is one of the lesser known players at the final table with a €5,000 cash for 15th place back in 2010 at the IPT 2 San Remo main event for his first recorded cash. However, it wasn’t until 2014 he turned up on TheHendonMob.com radar again in Perth, Australia cashing for $14,640 across four tournaments in May and June at the Crown Casino. Fast forward to May 2015 and it appears as though Federico headed to Las Vegas for the summer via the Czech Republic where he had a small cash.
Before the Main Event, Butteroni had three cashes in Las Vegas, including a 20th place in Event 28, the $1,500 NLHE Monster Stack for $45,633 and a victory in the popular Rio Daily Deepstacks (3 pm) $235 tournament for $31,756.
Despite sitting last in chips, Butteroni has the desire to give himself every chance of victory when he announced Phil Hellmuth would be coaching him for five days in Las Vegas in the lead up to the final table. Unfortunately, Phil had to cancel the plans due to TV commitments with ESPN but is looking forward to rooting for the Italian and his 16 big blinds.
Tanking is a hot topic in the live poker scene, and Butteroni started to take his time on some occasions on day six and seven of the main event, with the clock often being called on him numerous times. It was clear he didn’t let the haters get to him, with his natural passion and excitement coming through with loud roars at the positives and groans when things didn’t go his way.
He did have one player come to his defense in the week preceding the final table with Daniel Negreanu tweeting: “Lots of hate for Butteroni tanking and it’s totally inaccurate and unfair. He didn’t tank excessively in any spot during my stint with him”.
Butteroni is a polarizing character as a result of his actions at the table, but many have seen through these traits and would enjoy seeing the humble Italian get a few more chips in his stack allowing fans from Italy and further abroad to ride the highs and lows alongside him.
2015 WSOP November Nine result:
Federico Butteroni was eliminated in 8th place for which he earned $1,097,056.