by Joseph Smith Sr.
Bruno Politano is the first Brazilian to claim a seat at a World Series of Poker Main Event final table. He will come into the final two days of the Big Poker Show in November at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as the table's short stack with 12,125,000 in play money. He will also bring a lot of enthusiasm and a rail that's proven to be among the most boisterous of all time even when we include Joe Hachem's infamous – “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” – “Oi!, Oi!, Oi!” – support group at the 2005 Main Event final table.
Politano's resume includes three prior WSOP cashes for a total of $25,404. The biggest win before the 2014 Main Event's award of $730,725 for making the November nine was $47,493 he collected for third place in the 2013 Brazilian Series of Poker Main Event. His first WSOP cash was for $2,548 when he finished 148th in a $1K No-Limit Hold'em event in 2011. He collected some prize money during two events in the 2014 WSOP, 17th in event #39 yielded $20,148 and 135th in event #58 provided another $2,708 in prize money.
Our 2014 Main Event's short stacked player began the journey to the November Nine on Day 1C as part of the prevailing insanity of the largest ever WSOP Main Event Day 1 flight at 3,768 players. Politano finished this grueling day with 66,800 in chips. Day 2 pushed the stacks to 72,400 and Day 3 he made it into six figures at 110,000. Day 4 saw a startling advance in chip strength when Politano finished with 2.289 million in play money. Day 5 produced a more than double resizing of the chip stacks and the 5.475 million landed him in the 4th spot on the chip leader board. When the dealing was done on Day 6 the chip stacks contained 11,625 million in checks, good for 6th on the leader board of 27 remaining players. Day 7 brought a modest increase to 12,125,000, a seat at the November final table and the short stack label.
Every tournament final table has a player that is short stacked. Most of them are just happy to be at the final table which generally means some serious money. If you're going to be the short stack can you think of a better time or table than the WSOP November Main Event final table? Politano will have about 30 big blinds at the current levels when play resumes in the fall. His uber-Brazilian aggressive style of play will probably produce either chips for his anemic stack or a quick exit to the condolences of the anticipated hundreds of rail birds cheering him on.
The 31-year-old Politano plans to play in the EPT and the WSOP Australia during the long break as he tunes his game for the upcoming uphill challenge. He also signed with 888POKER as their fifth 888POKER Ambassador for the online casino website. Sounds as though the Brazilian has things well in hand to perhaps win the race to that elusive gold bracelet. Can he win? Ask him, he'll quickly tell you he not only can win, he will win.
This concludes our November Nine bios and overviews. Looking forward to seeing everyone in November, Flipchip.