Life's come a long way for Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari. Not so many years ago he pitched up in Vegas with nothing more than a few bucks in his pocket and a head full of dreams.
Now he's back as one of Brazil's best known players, and having the time of his life as he ploughs his way through the WSOP.
Today he's playing the $1,500 Limit Hold'em day one, and is sharing a table with fellow Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, something that he could never imagined as a struggling freeroll and small stakes player when he touched down in Vegas for the first time.
Then he kickstarted his carerr by winning $500 in a Binions tournament, and next day used that to buy in to a $450 event, which he won for $22,000!
Now he's playing for much more - the winner in this event will win $197,488, a tidy sum generated by the 643 runners. Only 63 of them will be paid. You can follow Akkari's exploits on his Twitter page, which he updates in an entertaining mixture of Brazilian and English.
Negreanu had got off to a sluggish start, bleeding chips, but now claims to have "woken up" and his chips are heading north again, much to Akkari's disappointment.
Also playing in the $1,500 Limit event are Team Pros Victor Ramdin, Ylon Shwartz, Marcel Luske, and Noah Boeken.
Meanwhile Chad Brown is going along nicely in day two of the $2,500 Omaha/7-card Stud 8 Hi-Low 8 or Better event, and is in the top ten with 95 players remaining. 40 will get paid.