LAPT7 Brazil: A star-studded feature table
It's Day 1B of the LAPT Brazil and as expected, every one of the 41 tables up here in the main ballroom are full, with another eight in action downstairs. Yesterday's starting flight drew 481 entries and we have already surpassed that number today with 510 entries and counting. Re-entries are available for the first seven of the ten levels we'll play today and we've already spotted a slew of Day 1A bustouts giving the Main Event another go, including Andre Akkari, Christian de Leon, Fabian Ortiz, Walid Mubarak, and Joe Ebanks.
When it comes to live streaming, the LAPT is on the cutting edge. Even the Day 1 action is beaming across the intertubes and today's featured table is positively loaded. In Seat 1 is BSOP Foz do Iguazu winner Iggiane Bertholdi. A former dealer, Bertholdi is the tour's second female champion, and padded her bankroll to the tune of R$178,275 with her win.
Seat 3 is currently home to top Brazilian player Ariel Bahia. In 2014 he's been on a tear on the live circuit, with final tables in side events at the PCA and EPT Vienna and a win in a €500 NLHE Turbo event at the EPT Grand Final. Bahia has also made two final tables at the WSOP and has three top 20 finishes in LAPT Main Events.
Over in Seat 5 is another familiar face on the LAPT. Every time I lay eyes on Joao "joao bauer" Neto, I can still hear Maria "maridu" Mayrinck screeching "Joao Bauer saves the world!" as she railed him to a runner-up finish here in Sao Paulo in Season 4. Also a prolific online player, Neto won a WCOOP bracelet in 2010, defeating over 12,000 players in Event #3, $215 NLHE for a $335k score. Neto already doubled his 25k starting stack when his ace-king flopped an ace to snap off pocket queens.
And in Seat 9, back for another round is the ever-colorful Ivan Freitez. He had a wild day yesterday, building up a 100k stack only to dust it off in less than an hour. Freitez won the EPT Grand Final in 2011 and he won't let you forget it, especially if you dare to bluff him.
To check out the live stream head over to PokerStars.tv. Additional links to the Spanish and Portuguese-language versions are available below.
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.