Alex Livingston, bracelet holder and third place finisher in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, is another foreign player to join KSOP GGPoker South America. The Canadian is very dedicated to the sport and has competed in dozens of games in the sport. He gave an interview to Mundo Poker to explain his decision to come to Brazil.
“I was talking to Felipe over dinner with David Baker, Mark Gregorich and other mixed gamers and he mentioned this event. I love traveling there.” Play poker. Since I was visiting new places and experiencing new cultures while completing this massive event that cost R$100,000, I decided to come here and see what it would be like,” he revealed.
Arrived at the huge Riocentro’s KSOP GGPoker South America surprised experienced and well-traveled professionals with its 22,000 square meters of lobby space. “This event is very cool. It’s unlike any other poker room I’ve ever seen. It’s like a large esports arena or convention center. It’s cool and works really well,” Alex said.
One comment from a Canadian in the conversation mentioned Brazilian food. Livingston plays a lot of cash games, and the hotel has an indoor lounge Free meals were offered. He visited several local restaurants, but the one that caught his eye was the famous Sushi Leblon in Rio de Janeiro’s trendiest neighborhood.
“The food was very good. I only ate in the VIP lounge here, but I’ve had local food a few times and it tasted good. Interestingly, one of the best meals I had on this trip was at a Japanese restaurant. Sushi leblon. It was so good I had “the best dessert of my life” there.
Passionate Brazil The ethnic characteristics of ancestry and openness attracted the attention of Canadians. He lamented that many Brazilians couldn’t communicate in English but made comments about the country’s players.
“Honestly, the players are very nice and lively. I really like the atmosphere here.” It seems that people really enjoy playing poker and they express their feelings in a friendly way . Instead of rubbing people’s joy on their faces, they show that they are happy. Everyone shakes hands as they are eliminated.
Livingston, who is used to playing in the United States, was asked if he thought any difference in performance occurred between recreational players in Brazil and the countries that host the WSOP every year. “I’m not sure.” I think they are different styles. Players here are more willing to fight for the pot. But there are all categories of players here. “Just like in the United States, there are weaker players, there are really good players, and there are some average players,” he said.
Alex at the KSOP during the Mundo Poker broadcast Playing against Léo Rizzo on the GGPoker South American TV table, it ended in a draw without even getting an all-in preflop with AK over the São Paulo player’s A6. He talks about Rizzo’s performance at the start of the R$100,000 Super High Roller and what it’s like to play with the energetic casual player.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t see his “Phil Hellmuth entry” because I signed up late, but I loved playing against him. When he won the bottom with “Pow, Pow, Pow” He was a lot of fun when it came to the pool. “Obviously he played a lot of hands and when you play big buy-in it’s great to have a guy with that style at the table, but he was a lot of fun. ”
Speaking of Brazilian pro players, Livingston noted that Yuri Martins and Mojave are friends and mentioned that during his weeks at the GGPoker KSOP in Rio de Janeiro Another national star caught his attention.
“Yuri is my friend, but he is not here. The Mojave is a friend of mine too. There were a lot of good players here, I don’t know all the names, but now I remember Felipe Bojanowski. He’s a great player. I’d like to remember more names, but poker is really growing in Brazil. After a lot of hard work and coaching, there is now a solid base of top players. “
In the end, the star said he would very much like to come back next year, praising the organization of the event but making one request.
“In most respects, everything was fine very good. I hope they do at least one more big buy-in event next year. More R$25,000 and R$50,000 tournaments would be great. The organization is great and it’s nice that the hotel is right next to the lobby. “The dealer was great, I have nothing to complain about,” he concluded.