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Brazil came within striking distance of making the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table but, unfortunately, Bruno Kuwauti busted out in 15th place. On the bright side Kuwauti took home over $451,000 and managed to outlast 6,337 other poker players. PokerListings.com speaks to Kuwauti about going deep in the world's biggest poker tournament and the blossoming poker scene in his home country.
My name is Bruno Kawauti. I'm from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I've played poker since 2007 and 2008 professionally. I started playing with friends, home games. Then I started learning the game and studying the game. Then I started playing cash games. Now I play live cash games, online cash games, and big tournaments. I've played poker last year, I was the in the main event and I was busted with two hours also, so that's kind of frustrating.
Money is not my main goal in poker, of course I want it. A poker player is competitive by nature, so I will be back here next year to try to do it again, and the next year, and the next year, and the next year. That's all about the competition. The bracelet of course, I don't know if it's going to be the main event or no-limits holding or portling overhaul, but I've going to get one I know.
It's getting very big in Brazil. Poker stars are now sponsoring the Brazilian Series. Ronaldo, the ex-soccer player, has joined the Poker Stars team. We had Kauppis, one of the best online players in the world. He passed through Kau Anderson. So it's definitely getting huge there. There's a lot of players getting good, getting better, and a lot of people starting to play.
For everyone that really wants to play poker, if you really put effort, time, dedication, discipline, studies, a lot of hours playing, everyone can be a poker player no matter what stakes they are playing. I think you have to aim to the high stakes. If you're playing low stakes, you need to get better and put effort into this and aim to the high stakes.
All over the world there are people that think poker is gambling, only luck. Brazil has already changed it, we are proving there's a lot of results. Brazil is getting better and a lot of good players; online and live. I don't think in Brazil they think that anymore.
The money that I won in the World Series, I'll reinvest in poker, it's bankroll, and play other events and keep playing. I'll never stop playing, like I said, I'm very competitive in nature, so I'll keep playing.