LAPT8 Brazil: Reentry door about to close; total field 400-plus

We were saying at the start of today's second and final Day 1 flight of the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event how after the 132-entry turnout yesterday, today's field would certainly be bigger, perhaps even doubling that total.

Well, they've reached the dinner break, after which late registration ends and the ability to reenter will finally be taken away. According to the big board the total number of Day 1B entries is up to 289 -- well over twice yesterday's total -- with a small chance that number could increase still more once players return for Level 7. That means 400-plus altogether.


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Railing the LAPT Grand Final

One of late arrivals today was the Peruvian Diego Ventura who joined the fray during Level 5 after having busted a day ago. But just before the break, Diego Ventura was felted again after his A♣Q♣ failed to improve against an opponent's pocket kings. We'll see if he returns for one last try.

LAPT8 Chile champion Mario Lopez arrived late today as well, looking for a second Main Event title this year to go along with his win at the Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona event in August. The Argentinian has struggled so far, however, and is sitting with about half the 30,000-chip starting stack.

Ale Braga is here as well, trying to cash in a third LAPT Main Event this season as well as add a fifth BSOP cash in 2015 to her poker résumé. Braga busted earlier today but has reentered, and will be trying to spin the starting stack up once more when play resumes.


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Ale Braga

Prize pool and payout information should come a little later tonight. Meanwhile we'll see if anyone can top the 217,200-chip standard Armando Sbrissa set last night as the Day 1A leader.


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"Can you believe this huge turnout...?"

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.