Brilliance of Brazilian Card Sharks
Top Poker Professionals from South America
When it comes to poker glory, no one can claim an expanding audience better than European countries. With a growing list of poker professionals, it is becoming a continental version of Las Vegas. But from the big cities in Europe, the limelight is now slowly being turned to the land of capoeiraA and football in South America”that is Brazil.
Much like Vancouver’s poker scene, Brazil attracted several poker pros. You see, Vancouver’s Edgewater and River Rock Casino has long been the favorite of card sharks. Brian Hastings, Maria Ho, and Phil Galfond are just a few of many poker players who has moved to Vancouver’s poker-rich setting. With Brazil now serving as an emerging market for online poker players, naturally, it became the South’s equivalent of Canada.
While Brazil’s local casinos are closed, these devotees spend their time grinding on virtual poker rooms. And so, this brought the nation to greater heights in the competitive entertainment industry. Here are just three Brazilian poker pros you may not have known about:
A 2011 WSOP bracelet winner and largely considered as one of the best in the online poker world, Andre Akkari is a card fiend not to be messed with. With his nifty skills at the felt, he has already earned around $1 million in career tournament earnings. But see, before he fell in love with the tactical sport, Akkari first worked in a software company that specialized in creating flash animations. He eventually stumbled upon a poker portal and soon fancied the intricacies of the simple hobby. From then on, he cut his teeth on poker and eventually earned the title as one of Brazil’s best.
With a staggering $3.4 million earnings on his plate, Alexandre Gomes easily earns a spot in Brazil’s list of best poker players. Like Akkari, he too has already won his WSOP bracelet. In fact, he adds more glory to the country’s fame by topping the World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. With more than a handful of first place finishes under his poker belt, Gomes remains a legend for aspiring poker pros.
We all know poker is a male-dominated sport. It’s highly unlikely that we find women playing in the tournaments, but over the years we saw more female players competing at the felt tables. If the World Series of Poker has the likes of Lady Maverick Vanessa Rousso or Team partypoker.com’s Canada-born member Kara Scott, Brazil has Maria Mayrinck. Today, she is one of the most familiar Brazilian faces in poker circuits. Maria Mayrinck is not only popular among female card sharks. In fact, she’s a celebrity in the poker world and is considered the highest earning female Brazilian poker player of all time.