As players get closer and closer to the final table, Portugal’s Pedro Oliveira believes there is some meat on the bone when it comes to players left in the tournament.
The 32-year-old now calls Sao Paulo, Brazil, home after online poker was made illegal in his home country. With 14 years of experience as a pro (he’s been playing since age 18), he’s hoping to take advantage of his online and live tournament experience. Hyper aggressive and willing to take chances to grab any pot, he’s looking to make some moves to keep his perch as one of the leaders.
Fourteen remained after the dinner break and he liked his chances of making the final table.
“With the competition that I play on a daily basis online and in high-stakes games, that competition is way, way harder,” he says. “I’m not saying there are not good players, there are a few good players, but there are a few amateurs in a $10,000 buy-in with $8.15 million for first – it’s sweet.”
When not playing online and in high-stakes cash games, Oliveira has some small business investments. With a degree in economics, he loves discussing anything to do with money, business, and finance. And when not talking business and money or playing poker, he’s pretty specific about his pastime: “I like to go to the beach and party.”
If he can bring home the title, no doubt Oliveira and his friends will be doing plenty of partying.