The Lock Poker family has been expanding. Jose Macdeo, a promising young player from Portugal, was signed to the LockPRO ELITE team over the weekend. CEO and owner of Lock Poker Jennifer Harman has already expressed faith with the newcomer. She dubbed him the “new face of the game”, and many have commented that he perfectly personifies the new generation of young, up and coming poker professionals.
Jose Macdeo first caught the attention of the poker world earlier this year, when rumours about him began to circulate the web. Apparently, the mysterious 18 year-old had deposited a mere $30 into online casino, and within a matter of months had turned it his deposit into over $2 million. The story was confirmed by Macedo in the Two Plus Two Poker forum, where he revealed his identity for the first time.
Macedo was raised solely by his Mother after his father passed away when he was 4. He was always a talented mathematician, but oddly didn’t get off to a great initial understanding with poker. He initially believed that the game was solely luck based, and didn’t think he had much talent for it. However, he heard the incredible story of Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan from a school mate and became inspired. Depositing $30 (begged off his Mother’s credit card) he started grinding 6-10 hours a day at 1c/2c cash tables. Within a month and a half he was up to $2,500.
However, the budding player hit a block at the $5/$10 games. His play before this point being extremely tight, and he did not know how to open up in order to add a looser kind of play to his game. He turned to the advice of coaches such as Dan “jungleman12″ Cates, building up his game until he was able to play at his present level of $25/$50 regular and $50/$100 heads-up No Limit Hold’em.
The young poker protégée continues to play online under the name ‘Girah.’ His story is truly inspirational and can be read in full at the 2+2 fourms, where he wrote and uploaded it himself. It seems the poker world will be hearing a lot more of Jose Macdeo in the future.