LAPT7 Brazil: The search for a new champion continues

Cards are back in the air at the LAPT7 Brazil, the 400 survivors from Day 1A and 1B combined into a single field. Play wrapped early this morning at just past 3 am and with 329,900 in chips, Anderson Kim is the runaway chip leader. Vitor Talamini is his closest competitor with 260,800 and Day 1A leader Cassio Killes arrives today with 244,300 to work with. Other notable big stacks include Marco "Chacal" Cheida (229,600), Victor Vargas (190,300) and Damian Salas (179,500) and Mayu "marocca5" Roca (124,200).

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The coveted BSOP bracelet

Chasing a record third LAPT title is our very own Nacho Barbero, who bagged up 53,800 last night, while his fellow Team Pro Leo Fernandez (119,200) strives for a second win after taking down his first trophy in Panama last season. Team Pro Angel Guillen survived to Day 2 with a 90,000 stack and Team Online's Jorge Limon woke up today to find himself on the live streaming featured table. You can tune into the live action all day today with commentary in Spanish and Portuguese on PokerStars.tv.

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Leo Fernandez, out for his second LAPT title

167 of our Day 2 players will make the money, guaranteeing themselves at least a R$7,000 payout. The other 233 will go home only with fond memories, and perhaps a bad beat story or two. First place will pay out R$800,000 (about $357,700 USD) with six-figure prizes going to the top seven players. Take a look:

1st -- R$800,000
2nd -- R$470,000
3rd -- R$330,000
4th -- R$250,000
5th -- R$190,000
6th -- R$140,000
7th -- R$105,000
8th -- R$75,530
9th -- R$59,000
10th-11th -- R$49,000
12th-13th -- R$43,900
14th-15th -- R$39,400
16th-17th -- R$35,000
18th-20th -- R$30,600
21st-23rd -- R$26,250
24th-27th -- R$22,000
28th-31st -- R$18,700
32nd-39th -- R$16,100
40th-55th -- R$13,750
56th-71st -- R$11,500
72nd-95th -- R$9,550
96th-119th -- R$8,650
120th-143rd -- R$7,750
144th-167th -- R$7,000

Crack open a cerveja and pull up a chair. Heroes will rise, villains will fall and fortunes will change hands with the turn of a card. We'll be here all day, as the search for a new LAPT champion continues.

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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.