Yuri Dzivielevski

Yuri Dzivielevski

About Yuri Dzivielevski

Current ResidenceFlorianopolis, Brazil
BornNovember 27, 1991
Birth PlaceCuritiba, Brazil
Total Winnings$5,118,957

Yuri Dzivielevski Trivia

  • Most know by online alias ‘theNERDguy’ on PokerStars.
  • Two-time World Series of Poker Bracelet Winner + Six-time WCOOP Champion.
  • Brazilians #1 on All-Time-Money-List in regards of live career earnings.
  • One of world’s best online poker players with over $15 Million in career earnings.
Side Games10
Steam Control8
Against Strong Players8
Against Weak Players9

When you have been grinding online poker tournaments in the last decade, especially on PokerStars and GGPoker, you must know ‘theNERDguy’ or ‘undercoverdren’. This legendary online poker player made his way up to the live poker scene for a while now as well, but do we know his whole story? Often they stay under the radar, but if you live in Brazil like Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, there is no escaping from the hundreds of poker lovers all across the country.

Busting the Bankroll Instead of Going to University

Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, a 32-year-old professional poker player from Brazil, has learned poker the hard way. While growing up, his parents were off course trying to get him to study at university like his brother and sister, but Yuri had found his true passion already in poker by then. He got some poker books through his brother, and during college he was reading the books day in day out.

By the time he was 18 years old, he got his first experience with busting his entire bankroll. Something which wasn’t part of his idea of playing poker. He was feeling that his attitude towards poker, the swings, the moods which comes with it, were affecting his surroundings. It made him realize something drastically had to change. A purpose was needed in poker, a dream, a goal which would get him hooked for life. As the feeling of busting your entire bankroll is the worst feeling you can have, while trying to contribute to the family household as well.

Family is very important for Yuri. Growing up in a family of father, mother and three kids, was hard at times. His father ran his own company, on which his bigger brother helped out. As that went sideways, Yuri was also dealing with a dilemma. Going to university or play poker? He took the risk and went on to follow his dream to make his income from playing poker professionally.

The first year he started to play professionally went really well and had immediate impact on his surroundings as well in a positive way. He helped the family getting out of the poor situation they were in, and his sister even mentioned that she perhaps could not have made it to where she is now, being a doctor as profession. Until this very day, Yuri is still providing for his whole family.

In 2014, during the WCOOP Main Event on PokerStars, he became runner-up behind another online wizard called Fedor ‘’CrownUpGuy’’ Holz. It would become the first real life changing cash for Yuri Martins Dzivielevski as he pocketed $708,251 for making a deal with the last 6 players of the tournament. It became a landmark in his career. As per now, he had the goods of exploring other variants in poker. Which helped him to be one of worlds best mixed games players in live, as well as online.

Online Nicknames:

theNERDguy ( PokerStars ) 

undercoverdren ( GGPoker ) 

jaimelavocat ( Winamax ) 

shitakemushu888poker ) 

xitaquemuxupartypoker )

samadhii ( iPoker )

On the Hunt for Glory

When we are looking purely at his live results, the first big score appeared in his second tournament where he ended as runner-up, collecting $109,449, losing the final Heads-Up against friend- and former study partner Fellipe Nunes. This all happened in 2011, and when looking into his stats, he didn’t even play that much live in the beginning. Two years later, he first made his way to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the dream of every poker player, sadly for Yuri it wasn’t quite his time yet as he didn’t make any notable cashes that year.

Again two years later, in 2015, he made his first big score by winning the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) for $175,155. An extraordinary amount of course, but for players like Yuri Dzivielevski cashes like this are peanuts. Online he was crushing that hard in this time, that it became more about the fame of winning something, a bracelet for example. Fast forward to 2019 it finally happened.

In a $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better event, he managed to win the whole event for $213,750 and scooping his first ever WSOP bracelet. And within that same year, he finished 28th in the Main Event for $261,430 as he got coolered with Ace-King against Aces.

His second bracelet he won during an online WSOP event in the likes of a $400 PL Omaha event, taking it down for $221,557. Scores like this mean a lot to the passionate Brazilian and to be able to reach to the top of the world, even more.

High Roller Circuit

The High-Roller scene is another one of his ambitions. Where he sniffed around here and there already in the past, it was until 2022 that he started playing such events more regularly. And also here he is showing that he is not to mess with, scooping a $25K high roller event in Monte Carlo during the European Poker Tour for $473,217 after beating an impressive final table with for example Daniel Dvoress, Byron Kaverman, Andras Nemeth, Sam Grafton, and Sam Greenwood.

Currently, Yuri Dzivielevski is absolutely crush the online tournaments. With six WCOOP titles and several runner-up finished on his name, Titan events, and Big Game, GG High Roller events and what not, he is to be found right at the top of the charts, topping his estimated online earnings at approximately $15.000.000!

‘TheNerdGuy’ is someone to look out for at the poker tables. Wherever he goes, he always tries to dominate the situation. And by continuously improving his game, he is miles ahead of many regular poker players already. We are positive we will see much more of him in the near future as he is currently one of the most valuable poker players in the world.

High Scores:

DateTournament nameBuy-inPlaceCash prize
Aug/12BSOP Main Event, Sao Paulo $1,0002nd $109,449
Nov/15LAPT PokerStars Grand Final, Sao Paulo $ 5,0001st $175,155
Jun/19WSOP #51 Mixed Omaha, Las Vegas $2,5001st $213,750
Jun/19WSOP Main Event, Las Vegas $10,00028th $261,430
Jul/20WSOP Online #42 PL Omaha $4001st $ 221,557
Nov/21WSOP #78 Razz Championship, Las Vegas $10,0003rd $123,254
Mar/22European Poker Tour NLHE HR, Monte Carlo €25,0001st € 473,217
June/22WSOP #56 Poker Players Championship, Las Vegas $50,0002nd $895,614
Sep/22Triton Poker NLHE 6-max, Kyrenia $30,0002nd $749,073
Sep/22Triton Poker NLHE 8-max, Kyrenia $75,0004th $630,000

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