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There’s a good reason the English language PokerStars Blog team are here in São Paulo. The BSOP Millions is the largest poker tournament of the year for an entire continent; there’s no way we could have missed it.

The R$3,500 No Limit Hold’em Main Event field here at the Sheraton WTC has been absolutely enormous. First, there was Day 1A back on Friday. That attracted 715 players, and when all was said and done the man who bagged the most chips was Wilson Darrella. He turned his 30,000 starting stack into 267,300, and led the 282 survivors.

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Wilson Darella topped Day 1A

Then came Day 1B on Saturday. Another huge turnout of 885 players were whittled down to 353 at the end of play, and we now had a new overall tournament chip leader in Adrovan Rodrigues, who managed to spin it up to 281,000. Rodrigues won a SCOOP event earlier this year, and has already won a NLH Turbo Knockout side event here at the BSOP Millions.

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Adrovan Rodrigues took over on Day 1B

And finally, we had yesterday’s Day 1C. It was the largest flock of players yet, with 914 taking their shot in this one. By the time the day was done, the new Day 2 and overall chip leader was Leandro Medeiros. The São Paulo local managed to increase his starting stack by more than ten times, ending play with 309,700. He’s the man everyone is chasing right now.

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Leandro Medeiros leads them all on Day 2

Day 2 brought all of those survivors together for the first time, with play kicking off at 2pm today. There are plenty of big names still in the mix, including Team PokerStars Pro and local legend Felipe ‘Mojave’ Ramos. He finished Day 1C with a respectable 201,800 – the sixth largest stack.

Also still alive in this one are Twitch extraordinaire Jeff Gross and LAPT9 Chile champion Rodrigo Strong. We’ve become used to seeing Strong on the European circuit recently, so it’s a refreshing change to see him grinding in his home country. He took 152,600 into today.

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Strong took down LAPT9 Chile for $120,565

Here’s a look at the biggest stacks in the room right now:

POSITION NAME CITY COUNTRY CHIPS
1 LEANDRO MEDEIROS SAO PAULO BRAZIL 309,700
2 ADROVAN RODRIGUES JUNIOR RIO GRANDE DO SUL BRAZIL 281,600
3 CUEVA BELLY PERU 270,200
4 WILSON JOSE LOPES DARELLA SANTA CATARINA BRAZIL 267,300
5 ZEVOLA MARCO ARGENTINA 245,300
6 GONZALO ANDRES ARAUJO BRAZIL 230,900
7 MAURO Tabarin SAO PAULO BRAZIL 230,400
8 EVERTON DA SILVA BEZERRA LARGE NORTHERN RIVER BRAZIL 225,000
9 FELIPE MEISTER PARANA BRAZIL 221,500
10 MARCOS ANTUNES CARNEIRO SAO PAULO BRAZIL 218,200
11 LEONARDO MARIO Meiler NARCELLI RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL 211,000
12 Menezes MACHADO LEONARDO RIO GRANDE DO SUL BRAZIL 203,900
13 ARMANDO JOSE COLLADO Lanuza NICARAGUA 201,900
14 FELIPE MOJAVE SAO PAULO BRAZIL 201,800
15 OSWALDO RENE LEWIS ARGENTINA 201,500
16 KAHLIL ELIAS ASSIB Zattar SANTA CATARINA BRAZIL 197,700
17 JOAO MATHIAS BAUMGARTEN RIO GRANDE DO SUL BRAZIL 196,700
18 WILLIAM BARBOSA RODRIGUES SAO PAULO BRAZIL 196,100
19 WENDEL FAVARO LAUTERTE RONDONIA BRAZIL 195,600
20 Volmir MARCHIORO MATO GROSSO BRAZIL 195.500

Stay with us on the PokerStars Blog as we bring you the latest from the BSOP Millions. And remember, our live updates coverage of the last ever LAPT Main Event kicks off tomorrow!


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Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog. Photos by Carlos Monti.

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