While Felipe Ramos navigates his way through Day 4 of the World Series of Poker Main Event under the watchful eye of his Instagram followers, Vivian Saliba is doing the same live on PokerGO. The Brazilian professional was the youngest female to enter this year’s Main Event and after recording a career-best cash in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship earlier this summer, she is looking to replicate that result in the year’s biggest event.
“Not really, Omaha is such a different game and I’m essentially a PLO player.” Saliba said when she was asked if he recent results have given hear confidence heading into the Main Event. “Of course, I play Hold’em too but it isn’t my main game. I’m super happy that I’m doing well in the Main.”
This year is Saliba’s second at the World Series of Poker and while she didn’t play the Main Event last year, she likely wishes she did. The 24-year-old was surprised on Day 1, as her starting table was not what she expected from one of the world’s most prestigious events.
“I was shocked no Day 1, I was expecting better players.” Saliba said candidly. “Because of that, I was playing too loose and I was playing really bad on Day 1. I couldn’t adjust my game and I lost a lot of chips because of that. On Day 2, I played completely different. The structure allows you to make up for some mistakes.”
With some early mistakes behind her, Saliba is focused on the present and on the action at the outer feature table. While it has been a little slower than she would have liked heading into moving day, she has moved into a position where a deep run is only a few days away.
“That is true,” Saliba laughed when the topic of the final table was brought up, before adding, “I’m taking one step at a time, there is a still a long way to go but I’m not nervous.”
One thing that has quelled any potential nervous, support from friends and fans back home. Much like Ramos, the social media support from Brazil has been palpable throughout Saliba’s Main Event run.
“I’ve been receiving thousands of messages!” Saliba said, with a smile. “I can’t reply to everybody but it makes me super happy and positivity is welcome.”
Saliba is hoping there are a few more days without the chance to reply to her supporters back home. That would mean that she has continued to run deep in the WSOP Main Event and by that point, Saliba will have likely picked up a few more thousand fans to cheer her on towards the final table.