If you have a chip and a chair, you’re in with a shot. If you have two chips and your name is William “JUCA_PIRAMA1” Oliveira, then you’re a dead cert to make a comeback and win the lot.
The tournament was the low edition of Event 57 of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), a $55 No Limit Hold’em event which attracted 12,350 entries and built a $618K prize pool.
Brazil’s Oliveira, a 35-year-old poker pro from Limeira, was in the mix as part of a busy SCOOP schedule, during which he’d make already made several Day 2s.
“Unfortunately most had been very short,” he tells us. “I thought #57-L would be the same. Thirty minutes before the tournament paused for Day 2, I was down to just two big blinds.”
Somehow, in that final half an hour of the day, Oliveira spun those two big blinds into a stack of more than 50.
“I came back for another day of work without building up my expectations. Things went smoothly, but I lost a very big pot with two tables left and entered the final table with just ten bigs.”
Oliveira has been a professional since 2016, having built up a bankroll from playing $0.50 and $1 games before switching to multi-table tournaments (“I met a guy named ‘DennysRamos2’ and he was awesome for my evolution. He helped me with theory and techniques and every day I got better and better. I am very grateful to him!”).
In the years since he’s made plenty of final tables, most notably a SCOOP FT back in 2018. “I had already lived the experience, but I didn’t get to the top and busted in third place.”
Determined to go two spots better this time around, Oliveira managed to navigate his way through the ICM spots, leaning on the hard work he’s been putting in away from the tables.
“Poker becomes more demanding over time and in my dedication to the game I made investments in my setups, software, coaching and other things. In poker, we’re always looking to the long term because poker is a game of variance and variance is only possible to dilute in the long run.”
The variance would go his way this time. “When we got to three-handed, I stopped and thought ‘I’m not going to let this one go’. With God in charge, today I can say that I am a person accomplished in what I do.”
Oliviera won the $55 #57-L outright for $79,315, his largest career score to date.
“Being the champion of such an important event, it’s kind of indescribable, not only for the value of the money but knowing that you fought very hard to conquer your space and make it to the top,” he says.
“It is a magnificent feeling and I am very happy. As a player, this victory only gives me more strength to continue working harder and harder to conquer new challenges in poker, and also to be able to continue in the series with much more confidence.”