Portugal’s Miguel “Inca7bar” Silva has been a successful poker professional for the past 10 years. Throughout that time he’s made plenty of big online final tables in events such as the Turbo Series, Super Tuesday and High Roller Club, but none compared with Event 63-M of the Spring Championship of Online Poker 2021.
Silva, who is now based in Malta, outlasted an enormous 3,131-player field in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition to win $90,409 and his first SCOOP title.
“The tournament started really well,” he tells us. “I started winning pots right from the start and I was able to build my stack gradually. I was never short on Day 1.”
When Day 2 rolled around, Silva had 27 big blinds and quickly lost almost half of them. However, he was then dealt pocket aces and secured a double up. “I was able to keep moving up from there, and when we were down to the final 30, I managed to win a big 100-big-blind pot with pocket kings against pocket queens.”
That monster pot gave Silva the chip lead and the belief he could really win the tournament. “From then on, I was simply managing my stack and putting pressure on others,” he says. He remained one of the top chip counts through to the final table.
“The final table had some good players, but as I was a big stack I could make things difficult for them,” he says. “Finally, I got heads-up with a 3:1 chip disadvantage. Still, I managed to turn it around and ended up winning the title.”
Like most players from his generation, Silva began playing with friends at high school before setting his sights on the PokerStars freerolls.
With some experience under his belt, Silva eventually loaded up his account with €50. “I started to win little by little,” he says. He won enough that he travelled to play a €110 live event on the PokerStars Solverde Poker Tour, a series of events across Portugal, which he ended up taking down for just shy of €15,000.
“It was only my third live tournament ever,” says Silva. “That money made a big difference in my life. I was only 22 and it was the moment I decided to become a professional poker player.”
Silva has been grinding ever since. “I’ve played a lot of online poker series, but [for this SCOOP] I undertook more intense and technical preparation. I ended up being rewarded.
“Now I’m enjoying the win, but I will still continue to work harder than ever on my game to improve it every day, in order to win more titles and be one of the best.”