888poker just announced the addition of 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) November Niner Bruno Politano to their Ambassador Team. The team at 888 consists of pro poker players Sofia Lövgren, Xuan Liu, and JC Tran; and Shane Warne, a famous cricket player that loves the game of poker. With the addition of Poitano, 888poker's Pro Team is now up to five.
A few months ago 888poker dropped Uruguayan football superstar Luis Suarez for a biting incident in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
888poker went to Twitter on Sunday to have a little fun with followers by asking them who they thought would be the new ambassador.
Tomorrow, #888poker will reveal the newest member of #Team888. Can you guess who it is? 2014-08-17
Some of the Tweets were funny and entertaining - one in particular pointed toward the Suarez biting incident.
@888poker A new Racist Cannibal to replace Suarez? @PokerNews @pokerfuse 2014-08-17
Others went on to guess that the newest 888poker Ambassador could be Phil Hellmuth or Mark Newhouse who made the WSOP November Nine back to back. By the time the guessing ended, no one had put together the connection of Politano and 888poker coming together for the perfect fit.
Meet Bruno Politano
The world met Bruno Politano at the 2014 WSOP Main Event — outside of Brazil, most were unaware of his great game skills. Before becoming the first Brazilian to reach a WSOP Main Event Final Table, Politano was ranked 98th in Brazil on the Global Poker Index. That changed after his massive run in the WSOP that shot him up to 20th position in the rankings — by the time the end of 2014 hits, he could be much higher.
Born on October 15th, in 1982, Politano took his first breath in Ceará, Brazil; college days found him at Colégio 7 de Setembro in Fortaleza. The poker circles in Brazil recognize Politano and now, so does the rest of the poker playing world.
Some of Politano's poker playing friends are from his homeland and include Andre Akkari, Felipe Ramos, Maria "Maridu" Mayrinck, and Thiago Decano.
Before making the WSOP November Nine, Politano's biggest cash was a third-place finish in the 2013 Brazilian Series of Poker Main Event (BSOP) in Florianópolis for $47,493. He also has an eighth-place finish in the Latin American Poker Tour IV Sao Paulo R$5,000 Main Event for $27,206, and a seventh-place finish in the 2011 BSOP High Roller for $10,594.
The 31-year-old already has $730,725 locked up for his ninth-place WSOP Main Event standing. First place is worth a cool $10 million but for him to take that down, he has a lot of work to do. He will start the final table with 12,125,000 chips with blinds at 200K/400K/50K. He has the smallest stack going into battle — just slightly more than 30 big blinds.
During the last part of the WSOP Main Event in July, Politano's rail was a voice to be reckoned with and it's expected to be even more so when the November Nine puts cards in the air. Watch Politano's interview with PokerNews.com after he reached the November Nine:
Politano and 888poker have a great future together, let the games begin.