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Sometimes I also play, but money is definitely not my main motivation.
At the Mind Sports Olympiad there is no money at all: you just play for the medal!
I discovered the ISOP in the beginning of 2016, and the good thing is that the registration fees to the tournaments are low, and so the prizes.
There is no money and poker remains what it should be: a fantastic game, maybe the most complete one.

La Nuova – June 4 2016


Season more colorless then the previous one, some ITM but no brilliant. Last May, I arrived to Italian Championship, placed in one of the first positions of the Omaha’ ranking, so I decided to focus overall on it! Here, for example, an immagine of the final table brillianty won by “notary” Mr. Grimaldi.


Wasted the occasion of the first Omaha I reached a Deep final table (TV) with 171 competitors, finishing on 5th position, that is not so bad.

This is the description by Pokerfactor, about the hand that caused my elimination (before it “I was halved” loosing with Q-Q against 5-5):

Super rush of Armando Masci that became monster chipleader (more then 7.000.000 against 3.000.000 of his direct pursuer), after having elimated Dario De Toffoli: Masci open at 230.000 from ctg with 99, 3bet of Dario De Toffoli, in SB with AJ and call of his rival.

Flop A9Q, cbet 600.000, call Masci.
Turn J, push of Dario for 1.500.000 and snap call of Armando.
River 5 and we remained on 4.


I played the important Omaha and 6-max tournaments, but in an unsatisfactory way: had some bad luck but I don’t think to have lost just “the minimum”. Ok, chapter closed, at Omaha I finished only at 5th on the annual rank.

I won one of the 3 tickets for the Main Event offered in a freeroll with about 200 participants; here we had few chips and the where a lot of all in…and I had been really lucky, winning more then one hit “from the bottom”.

But, at Main I found Enrico Mosca in a state of grace, he dominated the table taking advance of his best “rush”: he defeated me with a straight at the flop, which I didn’t believe ….with my two pair.


Nothing more rilevants till the journalist chiampionship, during which I finished runner up (2nd), such as last year.

On the video, you can see the hand that condanned me: with colour runner runner should I limite myself to watch the 15.000bet of Paolo Emilio Pacciani? Could I smell sthat also him had colour runner runner (and nut too!)?


We are arriving at last tournament played, the PRO Championship, already won last year.

For a sequence of circumstances, this year the tournament was not so participated, but the players quality was really high, because all the best ranked player, to fight for a placement on the Italian Team, which will flight to Last Vegas. I’m talking about players such as Vecchi, Mosca, Scalzi, Zaric, Jacopek…

I was finally really focused and I was able to win the third ISOP bracelet (reaching Max Forti, the only one player with 3 bracelets at the moment).

At the end of day1 we remained in 3 players, with Camarda widely leading, followed by Vecchi and I was the short. But I resisted. I smelt a pair of traps and I did some good folds, better few chips than out! Then the wind changed, I became more aggressive, Camarda defeated Vecchi and heads up started; I smelt some big traps and I tryed to change continuosly my game, making difficult for my opponent guessing my hands.

The right situation happened with 7-4 of spades and at flop colour and straight project. Here is the description of Pokerfactor:

The winner of PRO Italian Championship is Dario De Toffoli!
After Alessandro Vecchi exits in third position, the tournament is decided between Salvatore Camarda and Dario De Toffoli.
The crucial hand opens with a miniraise at 20K of Salvatore with K5♣, and Dario answers with a call.
On board K3♠6♠ Dario open 25K and Salvatore raised to 50K. De Toffoli calls and we arrive at turn: 5. Now Camarda bets 80K and Dario announces the all in.
Call of Salvatore that shows his two pair. But, De Toffoli with 7♠4♠ catched a straight that results the winner point after the river.
Camarda stayed with few chips and later he was defeated by Dario after very few hands.


I had given up playing poker because it was too professional for me, too specialized.
Then, in January 2016 – I went to the Casinò La Perla of Nova Goriça during the VI round of the ISOP (Italian Series Of Poker) 2015-2016.
I played and won a side (6-Max) with 103 participants. It has been a revelation.
Here I got to see that poker is not only a job but also fun. The right motivations, serious competions but without too much money, friendly atmosphere, perfect organization and wonderful hospitality. What else could you ask for?
Also the 6-Max formula has been ideal for me. And so every month I took part to the ISOP winning another 6-Max in April, and then winning “surprisingly” the 6-Max Player of the year.

Prize Prize giving to Dario De Toffoli as Player of the Year 6-Max 2016

Intervista all’ISOP di febbraio 2016

Animated by these successes, I also took part to several events of the final ISOP of May that was giving out 21 different prizes.
I took part to it just to have fun, without any particular ambition, and because I had received some free registrations thanks to my previous victories. I was surprised to get such results and I really had a lot of fun.
I won one second place and two first places.

Click on ItaliaPokerClub to check out all the 21 prizes.
Click here for the general ranking of the 6-Max Poy 2015-2016.


Second place behind Dario Massara of Sky and before Daniele Mondini from the Italia Poker Club. It was a lot of fun to play at a TV poker table. Here below you may watch the entire final game, cards and comments start to be active when six players are left.


It begun in a bad way, I had to register again in the first levels, but then, gradually things changed and at the final table my agressive way of playing got its results.

Interview after the Over 50 Championship


The finalists of the Italian Pro Championship. From the left: Liwei Sun, Dario Massara, Michele Rinaldi, Roberto Sosa (sì, il calciatore), Stefano De Grandis, Francesco Zollo, Dario De Toffoli, Antonello Casilio and Roberto Roberti.

Intervista dopo la vittoria al Campionato PRO

On Poker factor some comments about this Championship.
Here some articles on Gioconews and ItaliaPokerClub



At the MSO poker is made for amateurs and nothing more!
No dealers, the very same players deal the cards on turn.
And there is no money to win. Not a penny. One plays to win a medal and to increase his score to make it for the Pentamind.
Each evening a little tournament (pot limit) in different styles: Texas Hold’Em, Omaha, but also 7 card Stud, London Low Ball, 5 Card Draw, Pineapple.
And each tournament doesn’t last more than 3-4 hours!
A little tto fast, a bit “home made”… but simply wonderful!

Until now I have won 14 poker medals at the MSO. Here they are:

Poker Pineapple Pot Limit
1 Michael Cresswell
2 Dario De Toffoli
3 James Heppell

Poker 5 Card Draw
1 Andres Kuusk
2 Dario de Toffoli
3 Martin Hobemagi

Poker 5 Card Draw
1 Ankush Khandelwal
2 Dario De Toffoli
3 David Jameson

Poker : Pineapple Hold’em (Pot Limit)
1 Mike Dixon
2 Celestino Vaz
3 Dario De Toffoli

Poker : 7 Card Stud (Pot Limit)
1 David Levy
2 Dario De Toffoli
3 Mike Dixon

Poker London Lowball (Pot Limit)
1 Etan J. Ilfeld
2 Dario De Toffoli
3 Andres Kuusk

Poker : 7 Card Stud (Pot Limit)
1 Dario De Toffoli
2 Etan Ilfeld
3 Tim Hebbes

Poker – Poker : Omaha High (Pot Limit)
1 Jan Stastna
2 Joey Ho
3 Dario De Toffoli

Poker – Poker : Texas Hold’em (Pot Limit)
1 Dario De Toffoli
2 Josef Kollar
3 Martyn Hamer

Poker – Amateur World Championship
1 Dario De Toffoli
2 Martyn Hamer

Poker – Seven Card Stud
1 David Levy
2 Dario De Toffoli
3 Andrew M. Smith

Poker – Texas Hold’em
1 Dario De Toffoli
2 Daniel Gormally
3 Ben Player

Poker – Omaha
1 George Hassabis
2 J. Butler
3 Dario De Toffoli

Poker – Omaha
1 Gary Lee
2 Dario De Toffoli
3 Reiner Knizia