LAPT Punta del Este final table player profiles
Seat 1: Rafael Lopes Monteiro, Brazil (PokerStars Player) - 810,000
Rafael Lopes Monteiro from Florianopolis, Brazil splits his time between poker and his studies. The 22-year-old student has been playing poker (mostly online) for the better part of three years. Monteiro's career live tournament earnings total just under USD $50,000. Monteiro enjoys playing tennis and working out at the gym in his spare time.
Seat 2: Felipe Sangalli Pasini, Brazil (PokerStars Qualifier) - 345,000
Felipe Sangalli Pasini is a 24-year-old professional poker player from Passo Fundo, Brazil, who learned how to play poker at home games with his friends. Pasini has been playing for approximately five years, mostly online, and prior to this week, had no live tournament cashes. No matter how he ends up at Sunday's final table, this will be the largest win of his career. Pasini is an avid soccer fan, and says his hobbies outside of poker are "friends, parties and beer."
Seat 3: Nelson Trad Neto, Brazil - 405,000
Nelson Trad Neto from Campo Grande, Brazil is a 24-year-old public relations specialist and part-time poker player. Neto is relatively new to the live tournament scene, but has earned more than $180,000 on PokerStars, playing under the alias "DJMAJNUN" over the past four years. When he's not working or playing cards, Neto is a DJ back in a Brazil. His music of choice is electronic/dance.
Seat 4: Carlos Adolfo Watanabe, Peru (PokerStars Player) - 430,000
Carlos Adolfo Watanabe, the only Peruvian player at the final table, has been a hobby poker player for the past 10 years. The 38-year-old industrial engineer from Lima notched his first and only major tournament cash at the 2010 PokerStars.net-sponsored NAPT Los Angeles Main Event (15th - $21,000). Watanabe, a regular at PokerStars, enters the final table as one of his short-stacks with 430,000.
Seat 5: Alex Gustavo Komaromi, Uruguay - 2,920,000
Final table chip leader Alex Komaromi is the only remaining Uruguayan in the Punta del Este Main Event field. No player from Uruguay has ever won an LAPT Main Event title. Komalomi is 21 years-old and lives in Montevideo - the largest city and capital of Uruguay. Komaromi is a full-time student and part-time poker player, who's flirted with the live tournament circuit for the past three years without recording any major results. A win on Sunday would easily be the biggest of Komaromi's young career.
Seat 6: Claudio Enzo Daniel Piedrabuena, Argentina - 490,000
At 52, Claudio Enzo Daniel Piedrabuena is the elder statesman of the LAPT Punta del Este Main Event final table. Piedrabuena has been playing poker for 34 years - longer than most of our final-tablists have been alive. Piedrabuena is a businessman who calls Rosario, Argentina home, and when he's not working or playing cards with his friends, his favorite pastime is golf.
Seat 7: Fernando Da Cunha Araujo, Brazil (PokerStars Qualifier) - 860,000
Fernando Da Cunha Araujo is a 26-year-old professional poker player from Florianopolis, Brazil. Araujo grew up playing poker with a close group of friends and is now an online pro, and a six-year veteran of the game. This, his first LAPT event, Araujo says his greatest influence has been fellow Brazilian pro Thiago Pessotti, who goes by "GUITOSBR" on PokerStars. Should he reach the heads-up portion of Sunday's final table, Araujo would most like to be sitting across from fellow Brazilian Felipe Pasini.
Seat 8: Engelberth Steve Varela Moreno, Venezuela (PokerStars Qualifier) - 1,840,000
Engelberth Steve Varela Moreno is the mystery man of the LAPT Punta del Este final table. Little is known about the young Venezuelan, other than he's recorded two previous cashes on the LAPT: a 17th place finish in Lima back in April ($5,420) and a 13th place finish in Florianopolis during LAPT Season 3 ($9,245). We do know one thing - Varela can play, and he'll most definitely make his presence known at Sunday's final table, unbagging a second-best 1,840,000 in chips when play begins.