Sao Paulo born Andre Akkari was a software company worker in his native Brazil when he discovered the game of poker whilst working on a new project. Little did he know then that poker, and his record playing it, would soon send him all over the world.
The project that started it all actually involved poker and after downloading the software as part of his research Andre was soon playing at the play money tables. After reading a poker book to grasp the fundamentals, a new hobby was born.
Sometime later his switch to live poker proved successful and Andre regularly recorded cash finishes in tournaments across South America and beyond. His biggest results came during a 2006 trip to Las Vegas where he won two Bellagio Cup events each with big cash prizes. He also cashed in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January 2008, $16,000 for a top 100 finish. Later in 2008, Andre finished 2nd in the WCOOP $10,300 HORSE event, cashing for $200,000. He then made a deep run in the low-level Main Event at the 2010 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), eventually finishing in 5th for a cash of $57,564. The 2011 World Series of Poker* then provided Andre with his biggest-ever cash, when he won a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, good his first bracelet and a career-high $676,117.
Being a family man Andre’s time away from poker is spent with his wife and kids. He’s also a regular movie goer and enjoys playing soccer with friends. He can also be heard providing his expert commentary for poker shows on ESPN Brazil.
A member of Team PokerStars Pro, more success is likely just around the corner for Andre who is an obvious choice as an ambassador for Latin American poker.
|Bellagio Cup II $1,000 No Limit Hold'em||Aug 2006||1st||$57,000|
|Bellagio Cup II $1,000 No Limit Hold'em||Aug 2006||1st||$83,500|
|EPT 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure||Jan 2008||97th||$16,000|
|EPT Monte Carlo €500 No Limit Hold'em||Apr 2008||2nd||$75,004|
|PokerStars WCOOP $10,300 HORSE||Sep 2008||2nd||$200,000|
|PokerStars SCOOP $109 Main Event (Low)||May 2010||5th||$57,564|
|2011 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em||June 2011||1st||$676,117|