SCOOP 2012: Make it six final tables, two titles for caprioli

SCOOP logo 2010.gifWhen Rodrigo Caprioi graduated from university, he had degrees in statistics and history, which even he admits is sort of weird.

"That´s very unusual as those are two completely different areas," he said.

But that's what Caprioli is like. He likes it unusual.

"I don´t like normality and routine, I always need different things to see and do," he said.

If you don't know Rodrigo Caprioli--the man they call Zidane in Brazil--you probably don't know much about the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker.

As of this moment (and frankly, these stats could change at any time) Caprioli has made six SCOOP final tables (tied for third among all players). He's won two SCOOP championships. He's cashed 31 times for $249,588. He's one of eleven players worldwide with more than one SCOOP title. In short, the 31-year old man from São Paulo, Brazil is statistically and historically one of the best SCOOP players in the world.

All of that should help explain why, as much Caprioli likes to be surprised, the fact that he added a second SCOOP title to his resume this week isn't that big a shock. Caprioli won Event #4-H, $2,100 Badugi for $39,000.

"I'm very dedicated. I study and play a lot, so I know I´ll have many more results like this one," he said.


Rodrigo Caprioli, two-time SCOOP champion

After a 2011 that he considered fairly unremarkable, 2012 started badly. Very badly.

At one point, Caprioli co-owned a language school in São Paulo where he worked for five years before turning pro. Up until 2012, his life as a pro and PokerStars Supernova Elite was going swimmingly. Then came this year.

"I started this year running really cold in live cash games here in São Paulo. I always win playing online, but it´s always hard when things go wrong for a long time," he said.

That all became irrelevant when Caprioli showed up in Monaco a few weeks ago for the EPT Grand Final, made the final table, and won €315,000 for his fifth place finish.

He followed that up with another SCOOP title this week. Now, he has his eyes set on bigger goals.

"I´m playing to be the Player of the Series in at least one of the levels or overall," he said. "I´m reaching Supernova Elite again this year, and I hope to get a final table in next WSOP and to win a bracelet in the WCOOP."

Those would be some impressive stats to rack up. Historic, even.

But, if there is a guy suited for racking up historic statistics, Rodrigo Caprioli is probably him.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in SCOOP