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João Vieira – Professional Poker Player

  • João Vieira

  • Professional Poker Player
  • $109,603 prize money from 3 weeks of online poker

How does João make money online?

João is a professional poker player. He participates in poker tournaments – both online and offline – and wins prize money if he performs well enough.

Online he plays poker using the nickname Naza114.

This video shows João in action during a live poker tournament:

How much money does João make?

As of this writing, the Hendon Mob poker database list’s João’s “total live earnings” as $3,810,652.

However, for the purposes of this profile I’m focusing on João’s earnings from playing poker online.

The same database shows that João won prize money totalling $109,603 playing in five online poker tournaments during a 3-week stretch in July-August 2020:

Since February 2018, Vieira has been sponsored by the online poker room Winamax (source).

The terms of that sponsorship are unclear. But from what I’ve read online, it seems many pro poker sponsorship deals involve an annual cash payment to the player, a budget for tournament buy-ins, and perhaps even performance bonuses.

How did João get started?

Winamax has a short bio of João on their website.

Highlights:

  • João is a former professional basketball player, having played 7 years for his hometown team in Madeira, Portugal.
  • João started playing poker with his basketball teammates, presumably in his mid- to late-teens.
  • João then began participating in online tournaments. He had some success with those, and began entering offline tournaments as well.
  • In December of 2011, at only 22 years of age, João dropped out of university to work full-time playing poker.
  • In August 2012, he won more than $60,000 playing in live poker tournaments in Barcelona (source).

What type of online business does João have?

According to our framework João has an Esports business, and we’d consider it a Level X online business.

Other ways to make money online

There are many other ways to make money online, to work from home or anywhere in the world.

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