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Former Footballer Shines at PCA
Ex-professional soccer player Paulo Rink showed off his poker chops on Day 3 of the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
The Brazilian was stacking players left and right as he amassed over 800k by the third level of the day.
“I’ve been playing good poker over the last three days,” said Rink. “Sometimes I’ve had the cards but the rest of the time I’ve been bluffing.”
Rink, who was born in Brazil but played for the German national soccer team, started playing poker in 2008 when he was invited by PokerStars to a tournament in Argentina.
“I really liked the game,” reminisced Rink. “I actually cashed in my first tournament. I started to educate myself because I don’t like to play and just lose.”
Two years later, Rink feels he’s learned a lot about the game and did not look out of place surrounded by professional sharks at the PCA.
There is a small part of his game that Rink thinks has been influenced by his long career in soccer.
“You have to learn to control your emotions,” he said. “It’s important your hands aren’t shaking at the poker table.”
Rink qualified for the event through a $33 satellite on an online poker site and has already guaranteed he will get an impressive return on that investment with payouts already up to $33k.
What’s particularly exciting for Rink is seeing his fellow Brazilians succeed at the game. With less than 100 players left in the 2011 PCA there were three Brazilians in the field.
“Poker is really crazy in Brazil right now,” he said. “We’ve got tournaments with thousands of players and it’s great to see some good players coming out of Brazil.”
Rink now lives in his hometown of Curitiba and is still involved in professional soccer and works as the sports director for Division 1 team in the region.
Despite his busy schedule, Rink mentioned he plans on playing more tournaments in the future. In the meantime he was focused on going as deep as he possibly can in this year’s PCA.
“I’m just happy to still be in it,” he said.