The main event of the World Series Of Poker 2011 has never been so close, and we keep discovering our qualified players, here, on the Chiliblog.
This week, an other brazilian player!
Nelson, can you please introduce yourself for our readers please?
My name is Nelson Dantas, I’m 35 years old, live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and i own a marketing agency. My second life is: Poker Player.
How long have you been playing poker for and how did you discover the game?
I’ve been playing poker since 2002 and I started to play live in 2004. When I was younger i used to play five cards draw, and since I found Texas holdem, I never went changed back.
What do you play? What limits and what’s your favourite?
I always play Texas holdem. I don’t usually play many cash games, and usually go for tournaments. My favourite tournaments are the guaranteed with $109 to $300 dollars buy in. When I play cash, I usually go for $1/$2 tables.
Why do you play on Chilipoker?
I’ve known Chilipoker for some time, but I had never played there myself. When I started, my goal was to play the WSOP qualifiers and try to get a package for the WSOP Main Event. I discovered that this Mega Super Satellite was the online tournament that was giving more on the guaranteed package and decided to play it, and all went well. Hope to keep playing there and keep winning tournaments.
Have you ever been to Las Vegas before, and have you played the WSOP before?
This is my fourth year in Las Vegas to play the WSOP main event. On the first year I went there because I was the Brazilian online champion, what guaranteed me a seat on the main event. That year i fell right near the bubble. With that came a sponsorship offer from another site which i accepted. On the second year with the sponsorship, I played the main event again and finished 535 th, being the second best Brazilian that year. And last year I also played the main event, but did not manage to get to day 3. I hope that this year i can get to the 6th day.
How did you qualify this year and was it difficult?
I qualified by playing the satellite on Chilipoker with 30 packages guaranteed. Any tournament that awards 5% of the field is, we can say, tough. But I tried to play a solid game to grow my stack continuously so that in the end of the game i would not have the problem to bust on the bubble. So I happen to pick up AA right on the third hand, where i was BB and the button had KK, forced an all in pre flop and doubled up right from the start. From there onwards I always managed to keep myself in the top 30. In the final i tried to keep myself within the top 15, and end up working just fine. GUARANTEED PACKAGE TO THE WSOP MAIN EVENT !
What events are you going to play once you are in Las Vegas?
I will arrive in Vegas on the 5th and i want to play some tournaments at the Caesars, the Wynn and the Venetian, but from the WSOP I wanted to play just the main event. My focus this year is on the main event.
Is it going to be your biggest event ever? What other major events have you played before?
The main event is always the biggest event played by anyone, but i played several big tournaments, especially in Brazil.
Other than you, who do you think has a good chance for a bracelet this year?
The main event is very hard, not many people have a chance to get there, and the field is monstrous (around 7000 players) which does not give any favouritism to anyone. There are many aspects that influence a tournament where there are 9 days to find out who is the champion.
You manage to reach the heads up of the main event, in November. What do you do?
Going to focus even more to win, won’t let the opportunity slip through the fingers, in case i get to HU, but in case i get to HU the first thing i would do was to buy an apartment in Las Vegas to spend more time there. I Would also help some philanthropic identities here in Brazil.
What can you say to all the Chilipoker players to make them want to support you during the WSOP?
In the beginning i’ll post step by step of the main event on my twitter and facebook live, and also will pick a % to do a Freeroll on the site for all my followers.
What do you think about the Chilipoker team for the WSOP and about the fact that we Connect Players?
I think it’s very interesting because it gives a strong base and safety to us players, besides we have contact with other players from the same team to exchange experiences and all…
Are you looking forward to meeting Liz Lieu?
Yes, always. Let’s see if she can give some luck to the WSOP event. hehehe
Thanks Nelson, and Good luck for the series!!
In other news today, our CEO Alexandre Dreyfus and Also Norson Saho, made it to day 2 in the event #54 at the WSOP, a $1,000 NLHE. Norson has 17,500 chips and Alex about 15,000. There are 360 players left and they both are between 160th and 200th so far. Good luck to both of them!