Welcome to the fourth and final day of the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event from São Paulo, Brazil. From 426 entries just eight players remain, and later today one of them will become the last LAPT Main Event champion of Season 8.
Brazil is well represented at this final table with six of the eight players being from the host country, with the other two coming from Chile. The group includes Brazil’s all-time leader in online earnings, a near-November Niner, a player making his second LAPT Main Event final table of the season, and another making his second straight LAPT Brazil Main Event final table.
Seat 1: Alexandre Rivero (Brazil) — 1,490,000
Rivero has also done well on the European Poker Tour and at the World Series of Poker, including taking 19th in a $5K event at the WSOP in 2013.
Seat 2: Afonso Henrique (Brazil) — 2,885,000
Henrique has been picking up cashes of late in tournaments in Brazil in both hold’em and Omaha, but wherever he finishes today will represent his biggest tournament score by far.
Seat 3: Ricardo Chauriye (Chile) — 1,345,000
Before that Chauriye’s largest previous tournament score had come at the Gran Final Campeonato Nacional de Poker EPS in Santiago where he finished fourth of 257 in the Main Event for a prize worth just over $13,000 USD.
Seat 4: Yuri Martins (Brazil) — 2,710,000
As “theNERDguy” on PokerStars, Martins’s most memorable finish — and the biggest cash for a Brazilian ever online — was when he took second in the 2014 WCOOP Main Event behind Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, earning $708,251.21 after a six-way deal.
Seat 5: Bruno Kawauti (Brazil) — 495,000
While Kawauti has numerous BSOP cashes and an impressive online résumé as well to his credit, his best previous LAPT Main Event finish was 66th at LAPT6 Panama.
Seat 6: Gustavo Lopes (Brazil) — 580,000
Lopes has a handful of cashes from the BSOP and LAPT adding up to just under $70K (USD) overall, including having made this very final table a year ago at the LAPT7 Brazil Main Event. There, too, he began with a relatively short stack and became the first one out in eighth, a finish he’ll hope to better this time around.
Seat 7: Carlos Alves (Brazil) — 545,000
His biggest win came late last year in the 2014 BSOP Millions at São Paulo where he took 28th in the High Roller event for R$12,570. He’s already guaranteed a prize much greater than that here.
Seat 8: Andrés Herrera (Chile) — 2,735,000
His biggest live career cash so far was for $35,575 in the LSOP Chile 2013 Main Event where he took runner-up at a tough final table including two-time LAPT Main Event winner Mario Lopez (who finished third). Meanwhile playing as “gmcrafter” online he’s also earned more than $800,000.
Here is how the payouts are scheduled for the final eight finishers:
Play begins at 1 p.m. local time — that’s three hours ahead of Eastern time, and three hours behind CET. They’ll be up on the feature table at the front of the Golden Hall in the World Trade Center São Paulo while action in other Brazilian Series of Poker events continues at the other 150-plus tables in the room.
We’ll be here from start to finish to report on the action. You can also watch it all live over at PokerStars.tv by clicking here. Join us then to see who becomes the Grand Final champion.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.