Aug 08, 2013
Two new Brazilian pros sign to team 888poker
By RTR Dennis
Just last week, 888poker signed Australia's Jackie Glazier to their team after she finished 31st in the 2013 WSOP Main Event. Now they've expanded their team even more by adding Brazilian pros Nicolau Villa-Lobos and Bruno Pereira Lima Kawauti. The duo will represent 888 at poker tournaments and events around the world, including the upcoming WSOP Europe.
Kawauti, who's from San Paulo, is probably the biggest name of the two new Team 888 members. He began playing live tournaments in 2010 and has quickly accumulated $543,435 in winnings. His first notable cash came in the 2012 WSOP Main Event, when he took 110th place and earned $52,718. Kawauti followed this up with an even more impressive effort when he finished 15th in the 2013 Main Event and collected $451,398. So not only did he earn a huge cash from this year's ME, but he's also got a lucrative deal with 888 too.
Kawauti is very excited about the signing as he said, "I am happy that 888poker is taking interest in Brazil. I look forward to playing with Team 888poker around the world and representing Brazil."
Moving to Villa-Lobos, he is already famous because he's the son of Brazilian rock star Dado Villa-Lobos. However, he's carved out his own name by earning $302,030 in live tourney winnings, which includes a win at the 2013 UKIPT Edinburgh tournament ($162,319). He's also had plenty of online poker success thanks to a win in the 2013 PokerStars $1,050 SCOOP-M Main Event ($451,398).
After inking his deal, Villa-Lobos said, "Can’t wait to start using the patch and representing 888 and Brazil around the world. It’s unbelievable being part of such a great team with amazing players."
Aside from joining Glazier on Team 888, Kawauti and Villa-Lobos will also join Tyler Bonkowski, Sam Holden, James ‘Jimmy’ Anderson, Bojan Gledovich and Ernst Hermans, along with sports legends Santiago Cañizares, Shane Warne and Patrick De Koster.