“I think poker is a constant learning process,” says Brazilian pro Marcelo de Medeiros Silva, a.k.a. “Marcelinhobf” on PokerStars.
“It’s as if it were a big puzzle, and every day we are assembling it piece by piece,” he continues. “Then a time comes when you realize you know enough to know more than the field about the game.”
That’s when epiphanies happen. Breakthroughs. Triumphs. Personal, professional… however you want to define them.
It’s a great analogy. We have to think Medeiros enjoyed one of those moments when playing Event #5-M of the 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker. You know, one of those “at last I can see the ‘big picture'”-type moments such as he describes.
That’s because from a 1,218-entry field, Medeiros emerged with all the chips and a SCOOP title in the $215 buy-in, six-handed pot-limit Omaha event.
The 32-year-old from Rio de Janeiro has been playing poker about five years and professionally for the last two.
In fact, as he reflects on his SCOOP win, two moments from the tournament stand out for him.
“One was when I was chip leader with about 50 left,” he says. “I was dominating the table.”
It was one of those great stretches tournament players get to enjoy sometimes where everything seems to be clicking.
“The other moment came at the final table,” he says. “I was short, but I was aware of the profile of each player. I managed to double-up and then was able to apply some ICM pressure on my opponents.”
“Only one played with me, and in fact we ended up heads-up.” The final two players made a deal, and from there things favored Medeiros. Soon the title and big $34,375 first-place prize was his.
“Of course, to win a tournament you always need some luck. I think with this one it was the combination of keeping my technique up to date with my luck,” he grins.
“I play SCOOP whenever I can, and I love to play Omaha,” says Medeiros, explaining further why capturing the victory was especially sweet.
“Despite it being a very important title and filling me with happiness, my plan going forward remains the same,” he says. “I’ll keep trying to make short steps forward with my game, and to balance my personal and professional life.”
“My goal is to be a better human being — that’s before I want to become the best poker player,” he says.
“And of course, above all, to be happy.”
Sounds like Medeiros has a good idea of the “big picture.”