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Humberto Brenes (born May 8, 1951) is a professional poker player. Brenes resides in San José, Costa Ricamarker with his wife and three children.

Brenes began his career in gambling by playing baccarat, but later made his way into poker. He started to play tournaments in 1974 and became a regular tournament player in 1988.

In 1988, he made the final table of the WSOP main event, finishing in fourth place and winning $83,050. He has collected two World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, cashed over 50 times at the WSOP, and made three World Poker Tour final tables.

Brenes' two bracelets came at the 1993 World Series of Poker in limit Texas hold 'em and pot limit Omaha. He tied with Phil Hellmuth, Jr. for highest number of money finishes (eight) in the 2006 WSOP. He also finished first, winning $502,460 at the Jack Binion 2002 World Poker Open, beating Erik Seidel heads up.

Brenes's unique dress makes him easy to spot at tournaments, as he tends to wear bright tracksuits, two pairs of glasses on top of each other, and a visor. He uses a toy shark as a card protector, the origin of his nickname.

He also is a member of Team PokerStars.

Two of his brothers, Alex Brenes and Eric Brenes, have won World Poker Tour titles.

In 2007, Brenes cashed in the money in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Championship, placing 83rd out of a field of 6,358 players, winning $82,476. Brenes was eliminated by Hevad Khan. In the hand Brenes with approximately 1,500,000 in chips had raised to 85,000, Khan then re-raised to 205,000, Brenes in dramatic fashion then went all-in holding and was instantly called by Khan who held pocket Aces, one of which was a spade. The board came 3♠ 5♠ K♠ 10♠ giving Khan the ace high flush.

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,500,000. His 55 cashes in the WSOP account for $2,096,005 of those winnings.

World Series of Poker bracelets

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1993 $2,500 Limit Hold'em $149,000
1993 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha $128,000


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