Alexandre GomesMon, 10 Nov 2008 21:20
A poker biography of Alexandre Gomes.
Name - Alexandre Gomes
Born - Curitib, Brazil
Poker Rooms - Pokerstars.com
Hailing from Brazil, Alexandre Gomes is a professional poker player, and the first Brazilian and South American to get a World Series of Poker bracelet. But poker hasn't been a major focus of Gomes' life. He pursued a law degree and graduated in 2005. He made use of his degree by finding a job at a corporate law office in Curitiba, where he became a partner. He was no stranger to poker, often playing the card game with his friends. But then he chose to try online poker and found that he loved playing in online tables. He then began to study the game and hone his poker skills. When he began winning big money, he realized that he can establish a career as a professional poker player. After much deliberation and careful consideration, he decided to give up his law career in pursuit of a full-time career in professional poker playing.
During the early months of 2007, Gomes was already cashing in on some of the largest tournaments in PokerStars. It was in 2008, though, that he got his most significant win on the site, which was during the Wednesday Hundred Fifty Grand, in which he won $65,333. He followed that up with a $20,700 win when he placed fifth on a PokerStars Super Tuesday event. It was also during this time that he began to make an impact on the live poker scene. He had been participating in live tournaments in various places in Brazil, making it to the final table in several events. He then decided to go to Las Vegas to play at the World Series of Poker, in which he participated in event 48, a $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Even though Gomes was still relatively a newcomer in the live tournament poker scene, he succeeded in winning the WSOP bracelet, edging out other professional poker players with more experience than he had. He also won $770,540 for placing first in that event.
Alexandre Gomes' thoughts on being a pro poker player
In an interview, Gomes states that being a professional poker player is not as easy as it seems. One has to study the game and prepare his mind. It's not only mathematical and technical skills that are involved. Perceiving people is also important to play well. From someone who's only in his mid-twenties and has already earned his own WSOP bracelet, it seems that Gomes hasn't started to become overconfident or complacent. He's constantly honing his poker skills, if not through joining live tournaments, then by playing in PokerStars.com, where he is part of Team PokerStars.
He also claims that it helps to be given support. While Gomes was playing his final hands during the WSOP, he was greeted with loud cheers from the rail, where friends and Brazilian onlookers chanted words of support in their native language. After Gomes won, he threw a party in Brazil as a gesture of thanks.
Although Gomes is usually busy playing poker in live tournaments and online tables at PokerStars.com, he still finds the time to play sports. He regularly plays soccer with his friends. He's also a huge fan of the Curitiba Foot Ball Club.