Rafael Moraes spoke about the growing popularity of poker in Brazil
In the latest interview, Moraes shared a story about playing against Neymar, and now the PokerStars ambassador said that players like the football star are helping to develop poker in Brazil. Before the start of the BSOP series, Rafael Moraes spoke about the growing popularity of poker in Brazil. The Brazilian poker player has already won the BSOP title and is confident that the current series will be highly successful.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if BSOP breaks another record. BSOP Millions is the most anticipated poker event in all of Latin America. This is the series that I like to play the most, so I’m looking forward to participating in it,” Moraes said.
Moraes recently played a game at PokerStars, where he had two Red Spade passes that allowed him to attend the Brazilian Grand Prix. This game was held as part of a collaboration between PokerStars and the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.
“It was astonishing. I had a chance to play two Red Spade passes in my PokerStars home game. And my community went crazy — everyone wanted to win this pass. To meet the two winners and see how they react to the fantastic chance PokerStars gave them was just marvellous,” said the Brazilian.
Akkari called Moraes one of the leading players in Brazilian poker
Poker fans and professional poker players have long been influenced by Brazilian superstars such as Neymar or Ronaldo. Moraes says they inspire people and allow them to work their way to the top.
“Brazilians love all kinds of sports. If a Brazilian succeeds in any sport, you can be sure that everyone will start talking about it, watching, and practicing. It’s the same with poker. From the first days when guys like Andre Akkari started winning major titles, poker began developing here,” Moraes added.
Akkari called Moraes one of the leading players in Brazilian poker, but Moraes says that there are more media faces helping to develop the popularity of the game.
“When people like Neymar or Ronaldo play poker and attract media attention, poker continues to grow. It grows every year. I have no doubt that as poker develops in Brazil, we will have new national heroes from poker,” the Brazilian said.
Rafael Moraes is among the top 10 most profitable Brazilian players, with earnings in live poker in the amount of 1.8 million EUR. His best achievement is considered to be the first place in the EPT Monte Carlo high roller, where he earned 568,200 EUR. As for online poker, here, his earnings reached 6 million USD. Moraes became a PokerStars ambassador last summer.