LAPT7 Brazil: A spirited rivalry
All week, our Argentine photographer Carlos Monti has been explaining me the rivalry between his home country and Brazil. It dates back to some 18th and 19th-century territorial disputes, but in the modern era, it's more about national pride. And football, of course. In American terms, they're kind of like the Yankees and the Red Sox...although that particular rivalry might be more openly hostile than the one between these two nations.
At the top of Level 28, we're down to 15 players and two monster stacks have emerged over the last hour. Defending champion and Sao Paulo native Victor Sbrissa has been on a steady upswing and just took out Daniel Marquez in 16th place when his K♣Q♣ held up against K♠J♠. The hand took Sbrissa's stack up to 4.9 million.
Although Sbrissa is already sporting what would be an above-average final table stack, his is not the largest in the room. Matias Ruiz's pocket aces paid off in a big way over on the featured table when Joao Luis Herreros got the rest of his chips in preflop with pocket sixes. Ruiz's aces held up and he doubled to 5,785,000, good for the chip lead.
The Argentina-Brazil rivalry is alive and well here on the LAPT, although in this case, the Brazilians have the numbers on their side. Of our remaining players, 11 are Brazilian, 2 are from Argentina, and one apiece hail from Portugal and Mexico.
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.