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as the “Godfather of Costa Rican Players”, Humberto Brenes was born May 8, 1951 in San Jose, Costa Rica and holds a degree in
Industrial Engineering from the University of Costa Rica. Introduced to poker as a youngster, he learned the ins and outs of
the game from his father. The money didn’t mean a great deal to his father if he lost, so sometimes he would win a pot and give
the money back, because he felt bad for his opponent. As Humberto sat and watched men take advantage of his father’s generous
good nature, he decided then that if he was to become a poker player, he would always play to win. And win he has…
Beginning his career in 1974, solely as a tournament player, he has risen to the top of the poker elite. Humberto Brenes has over
$5,000,000 in tournament winnings. Some of his most notable accomplishments being gold bracelets in the 1993 $2500 Limit Hold’em and
$1,500 PL Omaha events at the WSOP, and wins at Jack Binion’s World Poker Open $10,000 NL Hold’em Championship (2002), and Seven Card Stud (2003).
Unlike other professionals, Brenes does not play in cash games, preferring to concentrate on the tournament circuit. His games of
choice are No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and Seven Card Stud. Humberto’s strong card sense, his uncanny ability
to read his opponents, and his ability to remain calm at the table are what he believes to be his keys to being a successful player.
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Aside from being immensely talented, Humberto is one of the most entertaining players to watch on the circuit today. From
his famous “All-Eeeen” declarations, to his open-mouth
shark card protectors, he is a master entertainer
at the table. While playing, he can regularly be heard singing old rock classics or a number of Spanish ballads native to his home
of Costa Rica – much to the chagrin of his less level-headed opponents
A classic Humberto story took place at the 2007 WSOP Limit Hold’em Shootout event. Sitting at the table with Rolf Slotboom,
Brenes was seen searching through his iPod. Having discovered his song of choice, he proceeded to sing in Spanish at full
volume. After a few bars belted out surprisingly in tune, he turned to Rolf and asked, “You know this one? Sing with
Humberto!” Not amused, Rolf went back to rustling his stack of chips topped by a box of Tic Tacs. “You no fun”, quipped
Humberto, waving his hand playfully. “You be careful or my sharks come for you.” Brenes then maneuvered his sharks to the
nearby vicinity of Rolf’s chips and pretended to nibble away at his stack. “My sharks like candy and chips. Feed Humberto’s
sharks”, he proclaimed. It’s easy to see why Humberto
Brenes has become a crowd favorite at any event in which he plays.
Respected by many of his fellow poker players as a great tournament rival, he is not the only Brenes that is a success on the poker circuit.
Humberto has two brothers, Alex and
Eric, who are equally talented. Alex made a name for himself when he
won the WPT Hollywood Invitational 3 and was followed months later by Erick who captured the win at the WPT Aruba-Ultimate Bet 3. Read about Humberto's
Bellagio World Poker Tour appearances.
In 2006, Humberto joined Team PokerStars
where he plays as "Humberto B".
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