LAPT Grand Final: Seven countries, one title, all the marbles

lapt-promo.gifWhen the LAPT first visited this amazing city at the beginning of this season, the event happened in the same room of the same hotel. When the first event of Season 4 reached the final table in Sao Paulo, half of them called Brazil home.

This year? Things look a lot different.

The final eight players hail from seven different countries. Among them is a face recognized in all of those nations and pretty much everywhere else, too. It belongs to Daniel Negreanu. The Team PokerStars Pro who came down to Brazil on a lark achieved something yesterday that no other player has. Negreanu is the first player to have made final tables on the EPT, APPT, and LAPT.

While it's an achievement worthy of note, that alone will not get Negreanu the big onyx champion's trophy. There are seven others from around the world who want to take the title back to their people. Germany's Daniele Nestola is best-situated to make that happen. He enteres today's final table contest with the chip lead.

Here's how they stack up today.

Seat 1: Felipe Morbiducci (Chile) 347,000
Seat 2: Daniel Negreanu (Canada) 702,000
Seat 3: Jonathan Markovits (Ecuador) 991,000
Seat 4: Carlos Ibarra (Chile) 1,297,000
Seat 5: Daniele Nestola (Germany) 1,892,000
Seat 6: Juan Gonzalez (Argentina) 548,000
Seat 7: Gasperino Nicolas (Venezuela) 1,190,000
Seat 8: Vitor Torres (Brazil) 273,000

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Play kicks off here at noon. Keep an eye on our LAPT Grand Final live coverage page for updates and features throughout the day.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Grand Final