LAPT Sao Paulo: Csome looking to deny Brazil title at final table
Brazil is ready to make history. It announced its intentions when it packed this record-breaking tournament with its countrymen. At its beginnings, the main event was made up of 60% Brazilian people. Now, with the final table in place, Brazilians are sitting in five of the eight seats and stand a decent chance of winning Brazil's first ever LAPT title. They only have a couple problems, chief among them Argentina's Leandro Csome.
Csome finished Day 1 with the chip lead and near the top of the field on Day 2. At day's end, he held the chip lead with 2,875,000, a million more than Alex Manzano's second place and 1.6 million more than the nearest Brazilian. Here's how the final table players stack up against each other in advance of tomorrow's championship match. Players are listed in the order they'll be sitting.
Seat 1: Santiago Nadal (555,000)
Seat 2: Marcio Motta (1,205,000)
Seat 3: Marcelo Fonseca (1,245,000)
Seat 4: Joao Neto (1,395,000)
Seat 5: Alex Manzano (1,730,000)
Seat 6: Leandro Csome (2,875,000)
Seat 7: Bruno Politano (1,030,000)
Seat 8: Henrique Bernardes (440,000)
If you're just catching up and don't know much about our final table players, Manzano is a PokerStars qualifier with a scant live record, but obvious skill for the game. Csome, who folks call "pelu" (aka "wig") because he owned a hair salon, has been at the top of the field since Day 1. Santiago Nadal came very close to making a WSOP final table last summer. Joao "joao bauer" Neto won a WCOOP bracelet in 2010. The remaining Brazilians have all recently had strong showings in their home country's tournaments.
There were two people of distinction who got just within kissing distance of the final table, but ultimately fell short. Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes made a signature deep run but ended up in 15th place. Daniela Zapiello was the last woman in the event and a Brazilian crowd favorite. She ended up finishing in 22nd.
This day sort of seemed to fly by until the end, but we we managed to get the details of every bust out from 24th through 9th places. You can see how it all happened in happy little time-stamped updates in the links below.
For the final table chip counts, you can look above where we've already posted them or go have a nice sortable look on the LAPT chip count page.
For all there is to know about who has cashed and what the rest still have in front of them, we have that, too, on our prizes and winners page.
There are also lots of moving pictures of nice-looking women and old, ugly men over on PokerStars.tv.
Join us back here tomorrow at 1pm for final table coverage. We'll be on scene as soon as we recover from the churrascaria coma we're hoping to induce tonight.
All photography © Carlos Monti