While poker success is ultimately down to the hard work of the individual, behind every success story there are other people who deserve some credit.
Fellipe “FellipeD” Drapichinski, who took down his first Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) title earlier this series with victory in the $55 Sunday Kickoff (#42-M) for a career-best $49,740, has a couple of people he’d like to thank right off the bat.
“I would like to thank my wife Melissa who is always by my side, and my daughter Lara who inspires me every day.”
The 28-year-old, from São José, Santa Catarina, Brazil, entered the $55 Sunday Kickoff among a slew of other events, and for much of the event, it was smooth sailing.
“It was a quiet tournament in general as things were happening naturally,” he says. “I managed to gain a lot of chips in the final stretch and that made things easier to get to the final table.”
It’s never easy outlasting a tournament with 6,152 players, but that only makes the victory even sweeter.
“It is very gratifying to become a SCOOP champion, especially as it comes with the biggest prize of my career so far,” he says. “I hope there are more titles to come!”
Drapichinski has been a professional poker player for the past seven years having discovered poker when his brother took him to play a live game with friends. He’s a multi-table tournament grinder, with an average buy-in of $120.
“I’ve gone through some very difficult periods,” Drapichinski says. “But today is honestly the best moment of my career. I always try to keep my feet on the ground and keep evolving as much as possible with the people I have by my side today.”
Despite the large score, Drapichinski doesn’t think the win will affect his day-to-day life too much, particularly during SCOOP.
“I will continue doing the same things and I’ll always try to evolve in this game that I chose as my profession for the rest of my life,” he says. “For the rest of SCOOP, I will be very confident.”
Brazilians are absolutely crushing this year’s Spring Championship of Online Poker, with three new champions from Brazil crowned yesterday. The poker community in the country is very supportive of each other, as Drapichinski confirms. “I must thank my team leaders and my friends for all the knowledge they’ve shared with me over the years.”