LAPT8 Brazil: Rojas rolling, Backmann building, and thousands in Millions

We're starting to sort the big stacks from the small ones. And we're starting to say Tchau! to the post-dinner bustouts here on Day 1B of the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event in São Paulo now that late registration and the reentry period is no more.

With less than 200 remaining from the huge Day 1B field, Jerson Backmann has edged up over the 110,000-chip mark to sport the biggest stack on his side of the room. And LAPT6 Peru winner Patricio Rojas has performed similarly at a neighboring table, pushing up toward 115,000 post-dinner.


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Patricio Rojas

Brian Rast has done well for himself so far today, having chipped up around 75,000. Thiago Nishijima (70,000), Team PokerStars Pro Online member Jorge "Baalim" Limon (65,000), and Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez (60,000) have also each at least doubled their starting stacks.

Bruno Politano is sitting behind a stack of about 55,000. And two-time LAPT champion Fabian Ortiz has a little under 50,000 at present.


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Fabian Ortiz

Others we've noticed include Tony Baggio (40,000), Nicolau Villa-Lobos (40,000), and Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (35,000).


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Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari

Two-time LAPT champ Oscar Alache (35,000), Regis Kogler (25,000), Nicolas Fierro (25,000), Jeff Gross (20,000), and Rafael Pardo (15,000) are also continuing to battle. Meanwhile Friend of PokerStars Felipe "Mojave" Ramos has hit the rail

Surrounding the Grand Final on all sides, the final two of four starting flights for the first preliminary event of the BSOP Millions have been playing out today here in the Golden Hall.

The R$460 event ultimately drew more than 3,850 entries total (!) -- the biggest tournament in terms of entries ever in Latin America -- adding an excited buzz all about as the festival gets going in earnest.


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Thousands in the BSOP Millions (click to enlarge)

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.