PokerStars welcomes Brazilian to team

Alexandre Gomes

PokerStars is continuing its South American invasion by signing Brazilian poker pro Alexandre Gomes to its team of players.

Gomes became the first Brazilian to win a World Series of Poker gold bracelet this year when he won the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event. More than 2,300 players from around the world competed in the event, including Kirill Gerasimov from Russia, who also made the final table.

With the win, Gomes picked up his first major event cash and pocketed $770,540.

"Alexandre is a fantastic addition to the world champions of Team PokerStars Pro. Through a mix of card playing skills and competitive spirit, he has exploded on the poker circuit and we believe he will continue to be a player to watch," said Andre Akkari, Team PokerStars Pro.

Gomes, 25, was born in Curitiba, Brazil, and was a partner in a corporate law office in his home city until he ventured into online poker. Previously he'd just been a social player, playing poker as a hobby with his friends, and then he discovered tournament play on PokerStars.


Eventually he was doing well enough at online poker to be able to quit his job as a lawyer and become a full-time professional player.

According to PokerStars, Gomes was making regular cash finishes in some of the biggest PokerStars tournaments by early 2007. In February 2008, he made one of his biggest wins on the poker site when he cashed in the Wednesday Hundred Fifty Grand for $65,333.

Gomes also started taking on live tournaments in Brazil with some success, and had taken on previous WSOP events before finding success this year.

"I've always dreamed about playing on Team PokerStars Pro and winning a golden bracelet," Gomes said. "Now, I have realized both dreams at the same time. I don't want to wake up!"

Gomes, who plays at PokerStars as Allingomes, joins a stable of pros at the poker site that includes Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Barry Greenstein, Isabelle Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Bertrand Grospellier, Humberto Brenes and more.

For more information about Gomes and about the many unbeatable deals the site has in store for players, visit PokerStars.

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