LAPT Brazil: Final table set in Sao Paulo; Sbrissa seeks repeat

It took four days and nearly 30 levels of play, but the LAPT Brazil's 1,150-entry field has at last reached a final table. By this time tomorrow, the tour could have another repeat champion, with Season 6 Sao Paulo winner Victor Sbrissa's 9,325,000 stack towering over the rest of the remaining field. Argentina's Joaquin Matias Ruiz is second in chips with 5,425,000 and right behind him is Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen, now at his third LAPT Main Event final table.

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Defending champion and final table chip leader Victor Sbrissa

71 players made Day 3, Argentina's Juan Pablo Franco leading the way with 1,348,000 in chips. Red Spades Angel Guillen and Caio Pessagno found themselves seated side-by-side on the live streaming featured table and Pessagno soon made a lucky double-up through Guillen when his pocket fives flopped a set vs. pocket aces. Guillen wasn't down for long, though. When Joao Simao shipped the river a T♣7♦3♦4♦J♦ board, putting Guillen to a decision for his tournament life, the Mexican Team Pro tanked for over 15 minutes before making a stunning call with only a pair of fours. Simao was on a stone bluff with only ace-high and Guillen moved to the top of the pack with 1.67 million in chips.

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While Guillen flourished, Team Online's Pessagno ultimately fell in 26th place when Andre Cuco's Q♦J♦ flopped two pair against Pessagno's A♥Q♣. The hand put Cuco in the lead, but it was soon usurped by young Argentine player Joaquin Matias Ruiz when he doubled to 5,785,000 with pocket aces vs. Joao Luis Herreros's pocket sixes.

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Joaquin Matias Ruiz

Victor Sbrissa began Day 3 a little on the short-stacked side with 292,000 in chips, but caught some major momentum when he hit running hearts to make a flush against Fabio "F1oba" Pereira's set of sevens. Sbrissa moved up to 871,000 on the hand and padded his stack even further when he knocked out two-time LAPT final tablist Rafael Pardo. With the field down to 16, Sbrissa scored another KO, taking out Daniel Marquez when his K♣Q♣ held up against K♠J♠.

Sbrissa was up to 4.9 million after the hand and turned his big stack into a lethal weapon, dragging pot after pot as the final two tables grew short-handed. With 10 players remaining, five on each table, Gustavo Vascao opened for a min-raise to 160,000 and Sbrissa three-bet to 360,000 on the button. Vascao called and they saw a 9♥8♥7♦ flop. Both players checked and the 5♠ turned. Sbrissa checked again, Vascao bet 300,000 and Sbrissa raised all-in having Vascao well covered. Vascao folded and Sbrissa showed the bluff with K♦Q♦.

Guillen grew short stacked on the final table bubble, but doubled up when he won a race with 8♥8♦ vs. Vascao's A♥J♣. Guillen moved into safer territory with 2.65 million and finished the night with 3.79 million.

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Third time's the charm?

We were on the final table bubble for nearly an hour when Ruiz opened from the hijack and Pedro Soares three-bet shoved for 740,000 from the small blind. Ruiz called with A♦T♠ and trailed Soares's K♥K♦, but a A♠T♣5♥ flop turned everything around. Soares didn't hit his two-outer and the final table was set.

Here's how the final eight stack up:

Seat 1 - Caio Hey (Brazil) 2,715,000
Seat 2 - Angel Guillen (Mexico) 3,790,000
Seat 3 - Gustavo Lopes Vascao (Brazil) 1,700,000
Seat 4 - Juan Pablo Franco (Argentina) 1,840,000
Seat 5 - Andre Cuco (Portugal) 2,490,000
Seat 6 - Alex Sako (Brazil) 1,480,000
Seat 7 - Victor Sbrissa (Brazil) 9,325,000
Seat 8 - Joaquin Matias Ruiz (Argentina) 5,425,000

The final table will commence this afternoon at 3pm BRT (ET+1) and we'll be there from the first flop to the final river card falls. We do hope you join us again. Until then, bon noite e boa sorte do Brasil.

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Photography from LAPT7 Brazil by Carlos Monti. Live streaming of the action in both Spanish and Portuguese is available via PokerStars.tv. You can also follow the Spanish feed at PokerStars or via Facebook, and the Portugeuse feed at PokerStars or via Facebook.

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.