Joao Vieira, known on PokerStars as “Naza114”, is one of online poker’s most successful players. In fact, he recently took the top spot as the highest earner in online tournament poker.
Here we take a detailed look at Joao “Naza114” Vieira; the person, the player, and his defining achievements.
Name: Joao Vieira
Birthplace: Madeira, Portugal
First recorded online cash: Jan 2012
Number of tournament cashes: 11,636 (June 2021)
Online poker tournament earnings: $24.8+ million (June 2021)
Joao “Naza114” Vieira recorded his first win in 2012, and has since amassed over $24.8 million in online tournament earnings, including nearly $12 million from PokerStars games.
Vieira plays at a number of online sites. Here’s a list of his known usernames:
Naza114 (PokerStars, Full Tilt, Winamax, Carbon Poker)
Joao Vieira (GG, PartyPoker)
MisterN411 (Party Poker)
JVieira114 (Bwin, 888Poker)
Vieira’s poker record is impressive by any standards. He has 29 six figure wins (over $100k), including titles in major series and consistent High Roller Club results. Vieira has earned most of his top scores in recent years, including a meteoric rise through the ranks in 2021.
Here are Viera’s top five poker results across all sites:
(Screenshot from PocketFives, June 25.)
When it comes to his PokerStars results, Vieira again earned his top scores in high stakes games, including NLHE and PLO, and each resulted in a six figure wins. He’s had prolific success in major series, particularly SCOOP.
Here are Vieira’s top five PokerStars results:
(Screenshot from PocketFives, June 25.)
Joao Vieira is consistently ranked the number one poker player in Portugal. He also recently overtook Niklas “Lena900” Astedt in terms of all-time online poker tournament winnings.
Vieira regularly claims victory in Omaha and mixed games, as well as Texas Hold’em, and has earned titles in several major competitions – WCOOP, SCOOP, Blowout Series and Turbo Series. Here’s a list of his accolades:
WCOOP titles: 4
Blowout Series: 1
Turbo Series: 1
Joao Vieira has demonstrated his ability to consistently lock up first place finishes in online poker’s biggest events. He’s shown particular spark in SCOOP and WCOOP, earning multiple titles in each. Here’s a breakdown:
It may have taken Vieira a few years to build up the momentum in his online poker career, but it was only a matter of time until he would start winning titles. Vieira earned his first in 2018, when he took down the 42-H: FL Draw 2-7 for $49,595.
The following year, 2019, Vieira showed incredible form. This was his time to shine. First, he won the 26-H: PLO event for $86,846 and then, just one week later, came first in the 52-H: Midweek Freeze for $86,877. Not content with a double, Vieira finished the series with a huge win in the $10k PLO Main Event, earning $384,948 for first place and locking up his fourth career WCOOP title.
Second only to WCOOP in terms of prizes and bragging rights is SCOOP, and Vieira has plenty of achievements here too – he’s bagged five titles.
It all started in 2017, when Vieira won the 30-M: Sunday Warm-Up for $118,890.
In 2019, he battled through a huge field to take down the 12-L: $109 NLHE for $72,136, then made it a double with a first place finish in the 24-H: HORSE event for $48k.
Seeming unstoppable, and no doubt still riding the highs of the previous year, it seemed inevitable that Vieira would earn a title once again in 2020. And indeed it happened; he took down the 33-M: Thursday Thrill for $186,342 (inc. $97k in bounties).
Most recently, in 2021, Vieira locked up his fifth career SCOOP title in the 43-H: $25k Super Tuesday, earning an astounding $469,987, his biggest online score to date. Vieira finished second in the $2k version of the same event, adding $110k and a near-miss to an already unbelievable night.
Vieira also picked up titles in both the Blowout Series and Turbo Series in 2021.
In the Blowout Series, Vieira came first in the 36-H: $5k High Roller event for $123,068. In the Turbo Series, he won the 39: $215 PKO for $59,056 (inc. $25,485 bounties).
There’s still loads to come on the online poker calendar, including WCOOP 2021, so expect to see more of Vieira as he tops tables and continues his recent rampage.
According to HendonMob, Joao Vieira has amassed $3,810,652 in live poker winnings.
In 2019, along with his incredible online results, Vieira earned one of live poker’s most prestigious prizes, topping the WSOP 2019: $5k 6-max event for $758,011 and claiming his first bracelet.
Vieira has also seen success in other major live events, including the European Poker Tour (EPT). He came fifth in the EPT Monte Carlo High Roller for $251,052.
$3.8 million is a significant sum but, like many of online poker’s greats, Vieira has shown much more success online, where currently sits as the world’s highest earning tournament player.
Here we take you through the news stories covering Joao Vieira’s poker career over recent years. The articles are in chronological order so that you can follow the player’s journey through to the present:
SCOOP 2017 player of the year – We mentioned earlier that Vieira’s success in SCOOP goes far beyond the first place finishes that earned him the titles, and 2017 is the perfect example of this. Vieira made seven final tables, won one, and finished second, third and fourth in others to top the overall leaderboard.
First ever WCOOP title – In 2018, Vieira made an impact on WCOOP in the way that only he does; by winning his first title in the 2-7 Triple Draw event and, in the same night, taking down a Side Event for a bonus of well over $100k.
Four days in and one SCOOP 2019 title – After a year absence from the winner’s list, Vieira returned on Day 4 of SCOOP 2019 to claim his first title of the series.
HORSE event for second SCOOP of 2019 – Vieira is something of a mixed game specialist and, after already winning one title in the series, he proved it, taking down the 24-H: HORSE event for $48k. (May 2019)
PLO victory launches WCOOP 2019 campaign – Vieira had his sights set on WCOOP 2019 from the offset, and it didn’t take long before he started winning titles, the first in a PLO event.
Midweek Freeze for second WCOOP 2019 title – On Day 15 of WCOOP 2019, Vieira won the Midweek Freeze to bag $86k and his second title of the series. On the same night, he finished second in another Omaha event, almost becoming the first player in history to win two in one night. Almost.
Vieira makes it three WCOOP titles in one series – Vieira had nothing short of an excellent WCOOP series in 2019. He was one of only two players to earn three titles. On Day 19, he won the PLO Main Event to pick up his biggest score of the series.
2020 SCOOP title buffed by huge bounties – We were all expecting it, and two weeks into the 2020 series it came; Vieira won his SCOOP title in the 33-M, earning a lot of bounties to bring his total prize up to $186,342.
Blowout Series success marks New Year with a bang – Every series he enters seems to go Vieira’s way, and the Blowout Series was no different. After a heads-up battle with Swedish pro Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Vieira won 36-H for $123k to start off the new year with a bang.
Turbo Series title as 2021 run continues – Continuing his recent run of form, Vieira earned his first Turbo Series title, expanding his cabinet of online poker accolades and earning $59k.
Vieira’s finest SCOOP night yet – This article details the night Joao Vieira crushed the $25k Super Tuesday and came second in the $2k version of the same event, earning his biggest online score and defeating two extremely tough final tables of pros in the process. This was Vieira’s most recent SCOOP title and the fifth of his career.