LAPT7 Brazil: Cassio Killes leads Day 1A field, "Chacal" hot on his tail
With ten levels of play complete, Day 1A of the LAPT7 Brazil is in the books. From today's 481 entries, 151 players advanced to Day 2 and no doubt we'll see more than a few of the 330 fallen at the cage tomorrow afternoon, firing off another bullet. Both Day 1A and 1B have unlimited re-entries for the first seven levels, a format heartily embraced below the equator by amateurs and Team Pros alike. Once the chips were counted, bagged, and tagged, local grinder Cassio Killes held the overnight chip lead with 244,300. Killes had a banner day and eliminated one of the most feared players in the field when he picked up pocket aces against Nacho Barbero's A♠Q♣.
Killes is closely trailed by BSOP regular Marco Cheida with 229,600 in chips. Although this silver-haired Brazilian may look like a kindly grandfather, he is a serious force at the poker table with 18 BSOP cashes on his C.V. as well as a third-place finish at LAPT Panama in Season 5. Oh, and that's not a cute little dog protecting his chips-- it's a jackal, the ruthless predator that inspires his nickname, "Chacal."
Six Red Spades started their Main Event today, but only three survived. While Andre Akkari, Nacho Barbero, and Christian de Leon all made late-level exits, Leo Fernandez (120,900), Jorge Limon (112,500) and Angel Guillen (90,000) advanced to Day 2 with healthy stacks.
Other familiar faces surviving Day 1A include Damian Salas (179,500), Jefferson Melo (98,900), Felipe "Mojave" Ramos (81,500) and online wunderkind Mayu "marocca5" Roca (124,200).
With an even larger crowd expected tomorrow, we're a pretty strong favorite to cross the 1,000-entry mark. Akkari, Barbero and De Leon will no doubt return to fire again. And then there's the question of Ronaldo. Will he dive in to this field? Or will the impending World Cup whisk him away?
Join us tomorrow at 3pm local time where we'll do this dance all over again. And if you're in the greater Sao Paulo area with R$4,400 burning a hole in your pocket, there's a seat open for you.
Until then, boa noite e boa sorte do Brasil.
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.