Humberto Brenes: The Maestro From Costa Rica

Humberto Brenes is a Costa Rican poker player. He was born on May 8, 1951. Humberto is presently residing in San Jose, Costa Rica together with Patricia his wife and their three children. He attended college at the University of Costa Rica where he finished an Industrial Engineering course.

Humberto was first exposed to poker at an early age. He regularly watched his father play some poker games. His father usually wins but gave back to his opponents whatever amount of money they lost. Humberto was bothered by his father actions, thinking that the opponents are just taking advantage his father's generosity. This experience taught Humberto the value of winning.

Humberto and his brother were once partners in a cookie business. He eventually became one of Costa Rica's most successful businessmen. Brenes owns several restaurants, a construction corporation and the television station, Univision. At one time, he was in the export business like nuts, chocolate and several fruits.

Humberto started his gambling career by engaging in baccarat games but shifted to poker. In 1974, Humberto started to participate in some minor poker tournaments but took the game seriously in 1988. Throughout his poker career, Brenes owns two gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker, 40 times in the money at the WSOP and reached three final tables at the World Poker Tour. Humberto's two WSOP's bracelets came in 1993 when he won in pot limit Omaha and limit Texas holdem. Humberto equaled Phil Hellmuth's record of eight money finishes at the WSOP in 2006. He also won at the WPT's Jack Binion Open in 2002. He beat Eric Seidel in their heads-up play and took home $502,460.

Humberto Brenes is probably one of poker's well-known and charismatic players the world has known. Brenes unique fashion style made him the darling in poker tournaments. He will come in the gallery dressed in his signature bright tracksuits, visor and a pair of glasses. Humberto is also identified with his toy shark which serves as card protector and where he got his nickname "The Shark". He is also a part of Team PokerStars. Brenes can easily be spotted by his headset. Humberto likes listening to music that enables him to relaxed.

Brenes was in the money for finishing at 83rd position at the 2007 WSOP $10,000 buy-holdem no bet limit main event. He earned $82,476.

As of 2008, Humberto Brenes' current live tournament earnings exceed $5,300.000.

Humberto's bracelets at the World Series of Poker

Year Tournament Prize ($US) 1993 $2,500 buy-in Limit Holdem $149,000 1993 $2,500 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha $128,000