Fagner “FagnerCR7” Brito doesn’t usually play Omaha games. But after an exciting two days of intense PLO action, he earned the right to call himself a SCOOP champion. Now, Brito is one step closer to his ambition of being a professional poker player.
Following a heads-up deal, Brito won the 14-L: $11 PLO (6-max) for $7,716. The PokerStars Blog caught up with the 30-year old Brazilian to find out more:
PS Blog: Talk me through your SCOOP win. Was there anything different that you did this time? What obstacles did you run into?
Fagner Brito: To start with, I almost never play PL Omaha tournaments. I usually play more No Limit Hold em. As there are three tournaments with extremely different buy-ins, I knew that the field would be softer, or at least at the same level as me.
I had moments of luck, including a hand at the final table. But I played like never before. I pressed and was able to let go when necessary.
PS Blog: How did you start playing poker? And how long was it before you played your first major event like SCOOP?
FB: I started playing poker on Facebook, a little game I had there. Then I started to play live in a club in my city. I accumulated some trophies across different cities. I believe I have won around 25 trophies for tournaments over 4 years.
At the same time I was playing on PokerStars. I had a lot of flashes, but always came out negative, and have been hitting the post a lot in tournaments for some time. I believe that it is the second or third time that I played a SCOOP event.
PS Blog: What things did you learn that really changed your game for the better?
FB: Well, I learned that persistence is the key to everything. Adding a little luck and a solid strategy, you can get far. I stayed focused and woke up determined to follow that. But the experience of being in such a tournament is something that I will take with me for my entire life.
PS Blog: What was the key moment in the SCOOP tournament – the moment you realised you could win the whole thing?
FB: Wow, there was one moment that I even closed my eyes for. On Day 2, I called the river with a pair, and (if I had lost) would be left with just three big blinds. Due to the fact that I played with the player a little earlier, I figured he was bluffing. I paid and closed my eyes. When I opened them, the chips were coming to me.
My heart accelerated, but at that moment I became the leader chip. And then, I had the feeling that I would win. But first of all, I already woke up to that feeling and I trusted that.
PS Blog: What now? Will this change your approach to the game? Will anything be different for you?
FB: Yes. I’ll be able to play bigger events a little bit and pursue my goals. I feel that I have evolved a lot in Omaha. I saw things that I haven’t seen before. There were some very good players, but I felt very comfortable, and I think there were some with less solid gameplay than me. But it will change a lot.
PS Blog: Finally, can you tell me a little about yourself? Your age, your job, where you live and what that’s like. Your poker ambitions, or just for life in general.
FB: I’m 30 years old, from BA-Brazil. Today I live in Boa Nova. It was here that I met my girlfriend, and we live together. It was also here that I spiked the tournament.
My profession is Jewelry Designer, but due to the moment in the whole world, I am not exercising the function. I usually work selling jewelry and watches.
My ambition is to stay focused and to be a professional poker player. It changed my life a lot to win this tournament. In such a difficult time the money was very welcome. But mainly it’s great to be recognized. I always dreamed of winning a SCOOP event, and yesterday I woke up predestined to that.