Of all the members of the 2014 WSOP Main Event’s November Nine, none have a story to tell quite like that of Bruno Politano. The final table will be teeming with professional table grinders, online poker prodigies and even an outright amateur of the felt, but Politano falls into his own classification of poker player; one that’s hard to define, but incredibly fun to watch.
Politano has been playing poker for as long, if not longer than all of his fellow November Niners, but he doesn’t consider himself a poker pro. He is a hard worker, owns his own shop back in his home town of Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, and only plays poker as a hobby. He just happens to be extremely good at it.
The Brazilian poker player has racked up more than $400,000 in cashes over the last 12 years, both from live and online poker tournaments. His live tournament prowess has seen him land in the money in major events 10 times dating back to 2011, with six of those being final table finishes (11 cashes with 7 final tables if you count the 2014 WSOP Main Event). His 3rd place finish in the 2013 Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) Main Event earned him his largest live cash to date, R$105,000 (USD $47k).
Bruno also plays online poker at Full Tilt and PokerStars under the moniker “Foster18”. He picked up the nickname ‘Foster’ as a teenager while playing the popular game, Quake, and it’s stuck with him ever since. Under that alias, he’s racked up just over $200k in tournament winnings from Full Tilt, and another $104k playing online tournaments at PokerStars.
Making it so deep into the 2014 World Series of Poker has turned Bruno Politano into an overnight sensation back home. He is the very first poker player from Brazil to make the final table, and even though he’s the lowest stack of the November Nine with just 12,125,000 – which happens to be the largest low-stack in November Nine history – he and his fellow countrymen aren’t worried. Politano’s rail was the most boisterous of them all on Day 7 and is expected to swell to at least 200 when the final table reconvenes on November 10.
Politano says that his secret weapon is intuition. He believes “in energy and good vibrations”. Bruno uses mental tools like intellect and calculations, but says his intuition is what has driven his success the most over the years. He is also incredibly proud to have an enormous fan base cheering him on, and says that the energy they provide is another source of those good vibrations he relies so heavily upon.
If he were to go on to win the bracelet, it would a “dream come true”, said Politano. He’ll have a lot of ground to make up as the smallest stack of the November Nine, especially considering the gap between the Brazilian and the Dutch chip leader, Jorryt van Hoof, is a staggering 26.25 million. But whether he lasts five minutes, five hours or takes down the championship, it’s guaranteed to be an entertaining ride infused with the gaiety of his eccentric entourage.
2014 WSOP November Nine Players and Chip Counts
|Jorryt van Hoof||38,375,000||Netherlands|