WCOOP Profile: Pi R a winner

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgWith the ranks of Team PokerStars Pro growing every day, it's pretty common for a WCOOP player to run into a member of the Team at the table. It's less common to meet a member of the Team with whom you have shared a pretty significant moment.

That's exactly what happened to Chris "PiMaster" Viox when he entered the WCOOP $215 WCOOP NLO8 event a couple of days ago. He ended up right across the ethereal table from Barry Greenstein.

"Which is kind of ironic," Viox said, "because his last bracelet at the WSOP in Razz in 2008? I final tabled it with him."

Viox went on to take third and watch Greenstein win the bracelet. When they met in WCOOP, the results would be different. Greenstein finished in 19th and Viox walked away with a WCOOP bracelet.

"It was a huge relief because I had been in the midst of a long stretch where I just couldn't get anything going," he said after the win.

Viox, a 33-year-old married father of two from Illinois, is a full time poker player who uses his spare time to invest money for friends and family. In just the past few years, he's won nearly $400,000 in the live poker world, not to mention no small amount of cash online.

"[The WCOOP win] is my second largest score behind a 3rd place in the Sunday Million on Stars for $85,000. I have four or five live scores better than this," he said.

After that third place Razz finish back at the WSOP in 2008, Viox hasn't run incredibly well. Now, with a big WCOOP win, he once again is starting to feel good.

"I am just trying to get things going more consistently in the right direction," he said. "I've been about even since the 2008 WSOP. So, this is a nice step forward."

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in WCOOP