LAPT8 Brazil: Sunny skies, eyes on the prize for Grand Final Day 2

We're approaching mid-afternoon once again here in São Paulo, where the skies have been much less cloudy than usual with patches of blue peeking through all about. The question of who will be the next Latin American Poker Tour Main Event champion has begun to clear up a little as well, although there's still a lot to happen before the spotlight shines down on a winner.

With a big Day 1B turnout on Thursday, the R$10,000 event drew a total of 426 entries, and there are still 202 players remaining from that group with hopes of continuing forward to the weekend and Sunday's final table.

Best positioned at the moment is Armando Sbrissa who'll be returning to the biggest stack of anyone with 217,200 to start Day 2. He's trying to match the achievement of his brother, Victor, who won this very event two years ago at LAPT6 Brazil.


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Armando Sbrissa

Felipe Difini (203,800) and Alban Juen (201,200) are next in the leaderboard line, with Leo Henrique Liberal (194,400) and Bruno Nunes (185,400) rounding out the top five.

Also coming back to above average stacks are Ariel Celestino (126,400), Amos Ben (123,700), two-time LAPT champion Mario Lopez (116,000), last year's LAPT Brazil Main Event winner Caio Hey (103,400), and two more two-time champs, Nacho Barbero (101,600) and Oscar Alache (99,000).

Diego Ventura, Brian Rast, Jeff Gross, Marco Zevola, Alex Manzano, Helio Neves, Bruno Politano, Bruno Kawauti, and Sebastien Sabic are just some of the many familiar names also in the start-of-Day-2 counts, with Jorge Limon and Caio Pessagno of Team PokerStars Pro Online and Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari still in the mix as well.

Meanwhile the 32-event Brazilian Series of Poker Millions is heating up as well, with more preliminaries in action today to fill the 151 tables in the spacious Golden Hall here in the World Trade Center São Paulo complex.

Yesterday was a record-breaker for the BSOP and for poker in the region generally speaking, with an incredible 3,866 entries in the first event, a R$460 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament. That's the biggest field ever (by far) for a tournament in Latin America.


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Inside the Golden Hall

The schedule currently calls for them to play all of the way down to 32 players today. An announcement was just made signaling the start time has been pushed back a bit to 3:30 p.m. -- that's 12:30 p.m. ET and 6:30 CET. Stick close and follow along through the sunset and into the evening and we'll see which stars are left shining at the end of play 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.