Share this on contributor Robbie Strazynski was able to catch an exclusive one-on-one interview with legendary Brazilian footballer player and member of Team PokerStars, Ronaldo! Check it out for yourself!

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I was thinking, you know, all your life you’re playing football – what we call soccer, in America – and that’s a team sport, and so much effort is always put into the team and you huddle around in a team, and the coach is always coaching a team. Of course, you’ve experienced tremendous individual success on the football pitch, and the question is: When you sit at the poker table, it’s obviously an individual pursuit, so how do you make the adjustment from all your life playing a team game, and all of a sudden having to sit and focus individually on yourself and your own performance?

Well, I grew up living in a team, with other players, and that was my life. I still live in a team now. I have my team who travel with me, and I’m not alone at the table – with my fans and my staff I don’t feel alone at the table, at all.

Alright, okay. Well, another place where you certainly wouldn’t feel alone is at home. The question is: Do you ever invite some friends over and have a fun game and play for pennies or something like that?

For sure.

With your PokerStars chips, I’m sure.

Yeah, for sure, and the table as well.

Yeah? Wow that’s cool.

I still work a lot, and travel a lot, but when I’m at my home town I like to play with my friends. I live in São Paulo but I come from Rio de Janeiro and I have a table in Rio, and a table in São Paulo.

Oh yeah, everywhere you go!

I love to play with friends too, but I prefer playing tournaments because with friends we play very symbolically, so when you bluff people just pay. It’s not the true game. I prefer to play here because people pay a lot of money and they are actually afraid to go home early. So, the bluff is more powerful.

That’s wonderful. You heard it here, at, with Ronaldo.

Robbie Strazynski

Robbie Strazynski is the founder of the poker blog, co-host of the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast, and co-creator of the Poker Notes Live mobile app. He has written for numerous gambling publications and has been part of the industry since 2009.