Brazil Home to Online Poker "Elite" says PokerStars Ambassador Andre Akkari
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The Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) is currently running on PokerStars, and although it may be a far cry from the boisterous rails and passionate poker fans that attend the live event, there's still something to be proud about for all Brazilians.
That's according to PokerStars Ambassador Andre Akkari, who says that the BSOP has earned its place as the biggest event in Latin America and one of the biggest in the world. And that isn't changing now it's being hosted online.
Akkari "Super Excited" for BSOP Online
After what has been a "horrible" year, Akkari says he's super excited to be playing in the BSOP this month on PokerStars.
"The last year has probably been the worst year for our planet. For poker, it's also been really sad, especially for live events. To see everything shut down and not be able to enjoy our passion of being at the live felt.
"But online poker has been incredible, so it's been great to play with the PokerStars community on the virtual tables."
Akkari says that the BSOP Online offers players not only the chance to be a BSOP champion and to win a trophy, but also to face off against the best poker players in Latin America.
"We have the elite in online poker in Brazil!"
"Brazil at the moment it's where you can find some amazing players, some of which are among the top in the world," says Akkari. "You have to keep your eyes on Rafael Moraes, Yuri Dzivielevski and Bruno Volkmann, and some others. We have the elite in online poker in Brazil!"
With live poker reopening apace in the United States and around the world, we asked Akkari if he was excited about the return of live poker? You bet.
"More than you can imagine!" he said. "I’ll try to play as much as I can in all the big online series and I am so happy that the live events are on in United States. So I’ll play the Hard Rock event in August, World Series of Poker in October and some more tournaments at the end of the year. I am hungry to get back!"
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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.