2010 November Niner Filippo Candio Quitting Poker

Filippo Candio WSOP 2010 November Nine

Former November Niner Filippo Candio claims to be quitting poker, saying he is aggravated by false reports of tax evasion (Image: ESPN)

Filippo Candio, the only Italian player to make the World Series of Poker (WSOP) November Nine, has announced his decision to retire from poker.While it’s believed the almost-30-year-old – who won just over $3 million after an extraordinary run at the 2010 WSOP – had been considering quitting the game for a while, it seems that an Italian television report that claimed he was facing charges for tax evasion was the final straw for him.

“I thought my performance was going to bring me some glory and serenity,” Candio said on his Facebook page, “but today I still read on various blogs and websites that this would not be the first time I commit tax offenses. Next People’s Poker Tour’s event at the end of March, which is going to be right after my 30th birthday, is probably the last tournament I will ever play. Thank you, and goodbye.”

Taxing Situation

Candio was quick to defend himself, claiming that the report stemmed from a leading Sardinian  daily newspaper, L’Unione Sarda, which bizarrely reprinted a two-year-old news story that had exaggerated routine investigations by tax authorities into the player’s winnings into something more sinister. The story was then picked up by Italy’s private television network Canale 5.

“I am not being investigated as I am not part of the so called ‘Stealth Operation’,” Candio fumed, referring to an anti-tax fraud operation by the Italian police two years ago. “The tax board is carrying some checks on my situation, which is quite normal for a poker player. From my side, I am also trying to help them as much as I can to make my situation crystal clear. I am just tired of all these lies.”

Candio is from an upper-class Italian family and studied Classics before becoming a poker player. He arrived on the live tournament scene in Italy in 2007 and, prior to his feat at the World Series of Poker, he won the Campionato Italiano 2009, in Sanremo, for €140,000 ($194,215).

Lots of Luck

He will be remembered not for his poker prowess – which appeared questionable at the 2010 Main Event-  but more for his wild, excitable celebrations and heinous suck-outs. Candio cracked aces twice in quick succession, both times for huge pots, first against Jordan Cristos and then against Joseph Cheong. The latter hand, in which Candio managed to make a straight on the river after calling Cheong’s 3 bet all-in on the flop with 7-5 on a 5-6-6 board, has become something of a YouTube sensation and a valuable lesson on how not to play tournament poker.

Friends say Candio plans to move to Cagliari to launch a start-up incubator project. We wish him all the luck in the world – although with his propensity to crack aces, he may not need it. Candio still refers to his 2010 adventure as “the run of his life”.

Written by
Philip Conneller
As part of the team that launched Bluff Magazine back in 2004, and then as Editor of Bluff Europe, Philip Conneller has (probably) written thousands of articles about poker and has travelled the globe interviewing the greatest players in the world, not to mention some of the sexiest celebrities known to man in some of the world’s sexiest destinations. The highlight of his career, however, was asking Phil Ivey (as a joke) how to play jacks, and emerging none-the-wiser. Philip once won $20,000 with 7-2 offsuit. He has been told off for unwittingly playing Elton John’s piano on two separate occasions, on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He became a writer because he is a lousy pianist. He lives in London where he spends his time agonizing about Arsenal football club, yet in Wenger he trusts.


MasterOfDisaster wrote...

How he celebrated his wins in the WSOP lol

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