Eric Brenes is a Costa Rican businessman, and poker player, and brother of professional poker players Humberto Brenes and Alex Brenes.
Brenes began playing poker with friends and family in Costa Rica. He traveled often to the United States to watch Humberto and Alex play in tournaments, but rarely played in them himself because he was focused on the family businesses and his farm in Costa Rica.
He began to play tournaments in the late 1900s in Costa Rica and cashed in small tournaments. His brothers encouraged Eric to play more in the U.S. because the tournaments payouts were better and the television exposure would be beneficial. He also began playing in the World Poker Tour, where both his brothers have made final tables and Alex had won a title.
Eric won a WPT title and a $1 million prize in 2004 during the third season of the WPT. He defeated a final table that included Mike Matusow, John Juanda, and Layne Flack. His big win sent him into 3rd place on the all-time Costa Rican poker players' tournament cash list, behind only his brothers Humberto (1st) and Alex (2nd).
Eric does not play in as many tournaments as his brothers, but his WPT title has proven to everyone that he is a talented poker player, just like his brothers. As of 2009, Brenes's total tournament winnings exceed $1,000,000.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013