Scott Calcagno Outlasts Nelson Maccini for Terminator Bracelet

Scott Calcagno outlasted a heads-up match of almost 200 hands to win the Terminator event. (Photo courtesy of Poker Asia Pacific)

Scott Calcagno outlasted a heads-up match of almost 200 hands to win the Terminator event. (Photo courtesy of Poker Asia Pacific)

Scott Calcagno out-dueled Nelson Maccini in an epic heads-up match that lasted nearly 200 hands to win his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the AU$1,650 Terminator event. He earned $53,581 for the largest cash of his career and took down the fourth event of WSOP APAC.

“I’ve just played every event as it comes. Winning a bracelet has never been a goal, but I’ll take it, it’s pretty cool,” Calcagno said. “Nelson played pretty solid heads-up. I thought it was going to take a long longer. It helped that I ran a big bluff at the start to set up the dynamic.”

“I don’t usually play tournaments, mostly cash games. I don’t think I will start playing any more tournaments,” Calcagno added. “I just like to play both cash and tournaments. I get bored playing the same games all the time.”

Maccini held the lead at the start of the final table, followed by Andrew Dales, Calcagno and the lone American Brandon Shack-Harris behind. Nick Piskopos, Joe Cabret, Duncan McKinnon, Tony Hachem and Henry Tran.

The first elimination came when Calcagno, Cabret and Dales went to a flop of K K 5. All three players checked, the turn came 8, Calcagno bet, Cabret called and Dale mucked. The river came 4, Calcagno bet a stack that covered Cabret and he called with pocket aces. Calcagno showed him bad news with pocket fives for a flopped full house and Cabret was eliminated.

Two hands later Tran opened, Hachem moved all in and Tran called holding pocket aces. Hachem tabled pocket tens and had to improve to stay alive. The dealer spread 5 4 2 Q 2, Tran’s aces held and Hachem was out in eighth place.

About 30 minutes later Tran shoved on the button and Piskopos called from the big blind, tabling A J. Tran flipped up Q 9 and watched his tournament fade away when the board ran K 8 3 8 4.

About 20 hands later Piskopos and Maccini went to a flop of T 7 4. Maccini check-called for the K turn, Piskopos bet, Maccini raised, Piskopos shoved and Maccini called holding K T. Maccini was ahead with a set of sevens, the river bricked 4 and Piskopos was eliminated.

Thirty minutes later Calcagno and McKinnon saw a J T 7 flop, McKinnon check-raised all in holding K Q and Calcagno snap-called with pocket kings. The board finished 3 J and McKinnon was out in fourth place.

Ten hands later Dales moved all in from the small blind and Calcagno called from the big with A K. Dales tabled A 6 and smashed the A J 6 flop. But the J turn gave Calcagno the advantage and the river came T. Dales hand was counterfeited and he was eliminated.

Heads-up play began with Maccini holding 580,000 to Calcagno’s 545,000. The pair battled over the course of 175 hands of heads-up play with each player holding the chip lead at some point. Calcagno won a key pot when they went to a K 7 5 flop, Maccini led out and Calcagno called. The turn came A, Maccini bet and Calcagno called. The river came 6, Maccini checked, Calcagno moved all in and Maccini called. Calcagno tabled pocket fives for a flopped set, Maccini mucked and Calcagno took over the chip lead.

Calcagno kept the lead for over an hour before the final hand. They went to a T 8 6 flop, Calcagno check-called and the turn came 8. Calcagno check-called a second time, the river came 4 and Calcagno bet enough to set Maccini all in. Maccini called, tabled A T for two pair but Calcagno tabled 8 6 for a turned full house and ended the tournament.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Scott Calcagno – $53,581
  2. Nelson Maccini – $33,107
  3. Andrew Dales – $23,919
  4. Duncan McKinnon – $17,603
  5. Nick Piskopos – $13,188
  6. Brandon Shack-Harris – $10,050
  7. Henry Tran – $7,786
  8. Tony Hachem – $6,131
  9. Joe Cabret – $4,903
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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