An incredible story has been circulating online for several months about a mystery 18 year-old Portuguese player who managed to win around $2 million from an initial $30 deposit at Betfair.
Now it seems the rumour might well be true after a person by the name of José Macedo stepped forward to confirm the tale via the Two Plus Two poker forum.
Going into incredible details about his life and poker journey on route to winning the staggering sum, José Macedo then proceeds to tell the tale of a young, talented mathematician who was raised solely by his mother following the death of his father.
Explaining the attitude which helped him succeed in poker, José Macedo writes: “My Mum would always tell me that my father admired brave men, that he admired men who took risks and took life by the horns.”
Aged 16, it would seem Jose took his mother’s advice to heart in a big way and after being further inspired by the success story of Tom “Durrr” Dwan, he determined to learn all that he could about playing poker, down to the tiniest details.
Eventually Macedo deposited $30 online at Betfair and starting at the 1c/2c cash tables and grinding 6-10 hours everyday, he had managed to turn his deposit into $2,500 within a month and a half. As he elaborates:
“At this point, I was playing 100NL and the games were starting to get tougher. I noticed that the best players at my tables were playing a looser style than me (I was really tight, like 15/13). Slowly I began to open up my game and that got me to think more deeply about hands. This eased my transition into HU, where I would end up playing most of my volume.”
Having then been introduced to Hold’em Manager, José Macedo says his game reached a new level and he progressed up the stakes until he reached $5/$10 NL, where he hit another block. It was then he sought out the guidance from coaches, including Dan “jungleman12″ Cates, until he was then able to play at his present level of $25/$50 and $50/$100 heads-up NL Hold’em.
José Macedo also post great details as to how many hands he played at each level and what profits he made, all of which can be viewed here.
If confirmed, Portuguese poker prodigy José Macedo’s story is a truly inspirational tale for all aspiring poker players everywhere. Betfair Poker has also stated that the Portuguese Isildur1 has now agreed to answer a few questions posed by them, which should appear on the site in the next few days.