LAPT7 Brazil: Sbrissa sinks Franco, Guillen doubles

Air horns, beer-soaked fans, waving flags, and deafening chants. It's pandemonium to my delicate American ears, but for the folks inside the tournament room, it's nothing out of the ordinary. Brazilian final tables take on the aura of a rowdy football match, a stark contrast to the staredowns and tank-fests we so often experience north of the equator. Even the three remaining tables of players in the High Roller event across the room are completely unperturbed by it all.

"Welcome to Brazil," deadpanned's Sergio Prado.

We've just lost another player. Juan Pablo Franco appeared frustrated and card-dead all afternoon and finally shoved for 1,095,000 from early position. Victor Sbrissa called on the button and the blinds folded.

Franco Q♣9♠
Sbrissa A♦T♠

Sbrissa's supporters were on their feet as the flop came down A♠6♣5♥ (cue the air horn). Then the turn fell the K♥, leaving Franco drawing dead (cue the confetti cannon...yes, a confetti cannon). Franco departed the stage in seventh place (R$105,000) and Sbrissa reclaimed the chip lead.


Juan Pablo Franco, seventh place

We've also seen a couple of the smaller stacks double up. Alex Sako did it for a second time at this final table when his A♠Q♠ rivered Broadway vs. Joaquin Ruiz's pocket nintes. A short time later, Ruiz slipped even further when he doubled up Andre Cuco, his Q♥T♥ failing to improve against pocket sixes. Cuco moved up to 3.1 million and Ruiz fell to 6.4 million.

And just now, Angel Guillen moved in for 2.1 million from the small blind with 9♠9♥ and Andre Cuco called with A♥Q♣ in the big blind. Guillen survived the J♠7♦6♣6♠K♠ board and doubled to 4,380,000, leaving Cuco on 1.8 million.


Here's a look at the current chip counts:

Victor Sbrissa - 8,755,000
Joaquin Ruiz - 5,985,000
Caio Hey - 5,065,000
Angel Guillen - 4,350,000
Alex Sako - 2,900,000
Andre Cuco - 1,710,000

Six players remain with 10 minutes to go in the 100,000/200,000 level.


Photography from LAPT7 Brazil by Carlos Monti. Live streaming of the final table in both Spanish and Portuguese is available via 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.