LAPT7 Brazil: Broken records

No more second chances. The re-entry period is over and this tournament has morphed into a good old-fashioned freezeout. Going forward, everyone is operating without a net and every few minutes a dealer waving a yellow seat card cries "Eliminacao!"

With a total of 1,150 entries (669 today and 481 on Day 1A), the LAPT7 Brazil is officially the largest-ever tournament held in seven seasons of the Latin American Poker tour. The previous record was set in Season 6, where the LAPT Vina del Mar drew 1,024 entries. It is also the richest prize pool ever created on the tour, a massive R$4,496,500 (just over $2 million USD). It also welcomed the most online satellite qualifiers ever in the history of the LAPT.

LAPT-BSOP-SP-7S-9742.jpg

When it comes to prize pools, Brazil delivers

Currently the clock shows 315 players remaining and over the next two hours, that number will be cut by a significant percentage. Already we've lost Joe Ebanks and Joao Neto since the close of re-entry. Also bidding farewell was Andre Akkari, who struggled on a short stack over the last level and despite his best efforts, could not run it up.

akkari_day1b_saopaulo.jpg

Team Pros Nacho Barbero and Christian de Leon are still alive and kicking with about 38,000 apiece. Bill Gazes is sitting on 43,000 in chips and his tablemate Fabian Ortiz has 37,000. Walid Mubarak has chipped up to a comfortable 65,000 while Bolivar Palacios is looking to make a move with only 20,000 remaining.

bolivar_palacios_day1b_saopaulo.jpg

Over on the featured table, Alex Gomes has made his new home in Seat 3 replacing the busted Ariel Bahia and is sitting on about 100,000 in chips. On his left, Caio Pessagno has chipped up to 30,000 and Ivan Frietez has 70,000.

Two more levels to go tonight before the real work begins on Day 2.

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.