Joao Vieira is better known as Naza114 amongst his online poker buddies. A professional online poker player, Naza114 is from Funchal, Portugal, and is currently among the top ten best online poker players. Naza114 has earned a total of $2,488,146.69 through his online poker career, which was mostly spent at poker tables on PokerStars, Full Tilt, Party Poker, 888 Poker and Betfair Poker sites. Except on 888 Poker and Party Poker, where he uses the screen name JVieira114, Vieira uses the screen name Naza114 on all other sites.
Vieira’s favorite player is Phil Galfond and his favorite live gaming venue is his home, where he enjoys gaming with his friends. Poker is his passion, but he also enjoys a bit of reading, basketball and debates on politics. In fact, he played professional basketball for 4 years and also enjoys workouts.
Online Poker Career and Wins
Naza114 has had a rather fruitful online poker career so far, with his earnings from professional poker crossing 2 million in less than 5 years time. Naza114 is a regular at Party Poker, where he earned his highest cash prize of $ 37,830.00 in March 2012, in the $100k guaranteed High Roller. His second biggest win, which is $ 37,520.28, was for winning the PokerStars Bigger $162, which guaranteed a cash prize of $100k.
Among his other big wins include –
$30,000.00 in February 2011, for the $215 Sunday 2nd Chance on PokerStars, which guaranteed $250k
$ 23,574.18 in September 2012, for the Sunday Challenge Rebuys on 888 Poker
$ 21,508.20 for the $265 NLH Knockout event on PokerStars
$ 20,651.32 for the Big $55 on PokerStars and
$ 19,722.00 for the $109 Turbo NLH event with 1A and 1R on PokerStars.
Naza114 also partook in some of the popular professional online poker championships like the WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) and the SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker). He had over 15 cash wins in the WCOOP, although the total he earned through them is a little more than $26,000. Naza114’s highest cash win in the WCOOP is $ 10,636.50, when he ended at the 12th position in the 48th event, the $1,050 buy-in NLH $600K Guaranteed event.
He also took part in the TCOOP (Turbo Championship of Online Poker), where his highest win was a meager $ 4,232.80. SCOOP was another event that Naza114 was an active participant. He participated in more than a dozen SCOOP events in 2012, and earned close to $50,000. His highest cash win at the events was around $20,000 and his lowest was just $ 35.61.
Live Poker Career
Naza114’s Live Poker career included participation in less than 5 major events. He mainly participated in the Spanish Estrellas Poker Tour in 2012 and the Fourth Estoril Poker Open Championship in 2008. In all, his earnings from these poker events amount to more than $60,000. His latest was the € 10k NLH – High Roller event in the Estrellas Poker Tour, when he ended in the 8th place, and took home $40,091 on August 23. Only a few days before that, on August 19, Naza114 stood 41st in the €5,000 NLH EPT Main Event and bagged cash prize of $20,641.
Naza114 is a regular at Party Poker, PokerStars and Betfair, where he spends a lot of his time. His recent cashes include $ 1,325.16 on (PokerStars – Big $162), $ 958.48 (Betfair), and the $ 513.00 (PokerStars – RNLHE Big Antes) on Nov 1, 2012.
“You have to learn how to live without the big scores and big paydays.”
“That’s all life asks from you: endless attitude, endless work, and even more endless passion and love for what you do”.