Every week the Global Poker Index releases a 300-poker players list that ranks the best based on various factors and a surreptitious patented formula. This gives a chance for underdogs who are continuously improving their results to get the limelight. The US sharks still dominate the list substantially; however, other nationals are faring well. On the February 26th compilation, the GPI released its list as usual, among the players in the circular is Joao Vieira, he is Portuguese and has been around the poker industry for quite some time. Though his resume is a succinct piece when compared with top-ranked players, it is worth poring over. He garnered 2440.50 GPI points to place 79th, his penultimate position was 124th, and this shows an improvement. Delving into his significant tournaments where he has appeared, he lacks EPT, WPT or WSOP accolades but seems to be on the right track.
As aforementioned, Vieira’s covered events date a few years ago, he was spotted first in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Main Event in Barcelona in 2012 where he finished 41st to walk away with €16,800 and later in the €10,000 High Roller in the same tournament placing 8th to net €32,630.
The next year, he ventured into the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour €10,300 High-Roller, Prague for a 13th place to net €28,450. 2014 saw him reappear in the PokerStars.com EPT Season 11, first in the €10,300 High-Roller in Prague finishing 7th to get a whacking €103,870, €10,300 High Roller in Barcelona to garner €46,600 and lastly in the £4,250 Main Event in London where he was 13th, good for £27,750. Another notable accomplishment in 2014 was in the PokerStars.com Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High-Roller where he finished 8th to rake in $157,940.
As of February 2015, his live tournament winnings were above $598,873. If he brings a final table down, he is poised to outpace numerous players in the GPI list soon.