Nothing lasts forever and eventually even the best things come to an end, something that appears to be particularly true when it comes to Filippo Candio. He is widely regarded as one of the best Italian poker players in the world, and one of the most successful when it comes to tournaments. Filippo used to be a regular at major tournaments and he tried not to miss any edition of the World Series of Poker.
His best result so far came in 2010 when he made the final table and finished in the fourth place, to win a total amount of $3 million. Candio’s online career is less glamorous but he is an all-around player, capable of winning both live and tournaments hosted by internet poker rooms. That’s why, the poker community was somewhat surprised when he announced his intention to quit poker on twitter:
È da tempo che penso sia il caso di ritirarmi dal poker giocato. Un tempo pensavo che fare quel che ho fatto mi… http://t.co/iVq6vhavei
— filippo candio (@filippocandio) March 8, 2014
Basically, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the fact that he was recently accused of tax evasion and apparently he got sick of these accusations. This year, another news outlet published a story based on old facts that were supposed to incriminate Fillipo, but they were quickly forced to retract the story. The alleged facts were proven wrong two years ago but for some odd reason the publication found it worthwhile to fire another bullet at the poker professional.
The impact of the story should’ve been minimal, but the Italian poker pro was obviously affected by this seemingly never-ending campaign and announced his retirement. He told the media that he contemplating the possibility of quitting poker some time ago, but this new outburst of accusations acted as a catalyst. Following his triumph at the World Series of Poker in 2010, he was only mildly successful and it is very likely that this lack of results provided him with the impetus to make a career change.
Candio announced on Facebook that following the Campione D’Italia tournament which is scheduled to take place in late March, he will be retiring. The poker pro said nothing about his intentions and it is anyone’s guess what he will be doing after quitting poker, but the best way to find out is to follow him on social networks. Those who are familiar with the world of high-stakes poker and major live tournaments, probably remember the amazing suck outs that helped Fillipo make the 2010 WSOP final table.
Check out this video to refresh your memory: