LAPT8 Brazil: Games people play

Afternoon is turning to evening in São Paulo. Day 2 the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event has now pushed through its first four one-hour levels and with 109 players remaining the Argentinian Maximiliano Gallardo has increased his stack up close to the 300,000-chip mark, the likely leader at present.


Maximiliano Gallardo

Bustouts of note over the last couple of levels include Gallardo's fellow countryman, Mario Lopez, whose quest for a record third LAPT Main Event title (and second straight) has come to an early end.

Brian Rast also has been ousted from the event, having lost the last of his chips after being on the wrong side of a queens-versus-kings encounter.

Rast is back in action already, though, joining the throng playing the first of three Day 1 flights over in the R$3,000 Brazilian Series of Poker Millions Main Event today. Around 800 are in action in that one at present, with the remaining two starting flights this weekend expected to create another enormous BSOP field.


Brian Rast

Elsewhere in and around the Golden Hall there has been plenty of other activity on the side, including another of the workshops in the #PokerStarsExperience series that have been held every day we've been here so far.

After yesterday's meeting discussing Professor Cristiano Torrezan's highly interesting university course in "Poker Basics," today the topic was "Passion for Games." The panel included Pablo Myazawa, former editor-in-chief of Rolling Stone Brasil and founder of the Imagine Games Network (IGN), Ari Aguiar of ESPN Brasil, Leonardo Bueno of the QC Akkari Team, and professional gamer Cleber "Fuzi" Fonseca.

The discussion ranged over several topics, including the important place of games in Brazilian culture (and elsewhere) as well as the relationship between poker and eSports.

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Sharing a "paixão pro jogs"

Also earlier today in the front part of the hall Friend of PokerStars Felipe "Mojave" Ramos was a friend to a group of women bloggers aiming to take part in the BSOP Millions Ladies Event that kicks off next Monday.

The group included experts in food, fashion, and a number of other topics, but none had previous experience with poker. Ramos caught them up on basics of game play and a few central strategy ideas to help them compete in the event.

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Readying for the Ladies Event

Players are now taking a dinner break, after which they'll be continuing with their games. The plan in the Grand Final remains to play down to 32 tonight.

Photography from LAPT8 Brazil by Carlos Monti. You can also follow the action in Spanish here and in Portuguese here.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.