The Shark

Humberto Brenes

Allow me to introduce myself – Humberto Brenes, renowned as “The Shark” across the poker realm. As a professional player, I’ve carved a remarkable path to success, leaving a lasting impression. Born on May 8th, 1951, in beautiful Costa Rica, I’ve now found solace in the welcoming embrace of Miami Lakes, Florida, alongside my beloved wife Patricia and our three wonderful children: José Humberto, Roberto, and Jessica. Fortune has favored me endlessly, opening doors to extraordinary opportunities. Guided by relentless pursuit and unwavering commitment, I stand proudly amongst the most esteemed figures in the history of poker. Rest assured, my journey is a testament to unwavering creativity, unwavering trustworthiness, and unwavering intellect.


in my life

I began my gambling career playing baccarat, but later I made my way into poker. I started playing tournaments in 1974 and became a regular tournament player in 1988.

In 1988, I made the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event, finishing in fourth place and winning $83,050. I have collected two WSOP bracelets, cashed 72 times at the WSOP, and made three World Poker Tour final tables.

My two bracelets came at the 1993 World Series of Poker in Limit Texas Hold ’em and pot limit Omaha. I tied with Phil Hellmuth, Jr. for the highest number of money finishes (eight) in the 2006 WSOP. I also finished first, winning $502,460 at the Jack Binion 2002 World Poker Open, beating Erik Seidel’s heads up.
In 2006, I proudly finished 36th in the WSOP Main Event among a staggering field of 8,773 players. Then, in 2007, I achieved another remarkable milestone in my gambling career. I cashed in the money once again, this time in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship, securing the 83rd position out of a competitive field of 6,358 players. This incredible feat earned me a well-deserved prize of $82,476. It was an intense moment when I was eliminated by Hevad Khan. I made a daring move, going all-in with A♥ K♥, only to be instantly called by Khan, who held pocket Aces, one of which was a spade. The board revealed 3♠ 5♠ K♠ 4♦ 10♠, granting Khan the winning ace high flush. However, with my 83rd-place finish, I etched my name in WSOP history by outlasting an astounding 15,012 Main Event players over a span of two years. This remains the proudest milestone in my gambling journey.


Began gambling


Became a regular tournament player and finishing in fourth place at the World Series of Poker


Winning two bracelets at the World Series of Poker in the Limit Texas Hold ’em and Pot Limit Omaha events.


Beating Erik Seidel’s heads up finished first at the Jack Binion 2002 World Poker Open


Finished 36th in the WSOP Main Event in a field of 8,773


Placing 83rd out of a field of 6,358 players in the No Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship and winning $82,476.


Has been selected among the 10 finalists to enter the hall of fame of poker 2013


Some videos about me

In the newspaper

Few players hammed it up for the cameras more successfully than Humberto Brenes. The outgoing Costa Rican found a natural fit as the centerpiece of many a televised poker moment. His thick but charming accent, garish tropical wear and clever use of card protectors made him a fan favorite.

Brenes frequently employed a small shark to guard his station at the table, moving it forward to figuratively gobble up the chips he would take from opponents.


Poker pro Humberto Brenes is so far having a stellar World Series of Poker. The 63-year-old grinder had seven cashes at the 2014 WSOP as of Saturday afternoon, putting him on pace to break the record of 11 that was set by Konstantin Puchkov in 2012.



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