After 481 players took their seats in Day 1A of the LAPT Brazil Main Event, yesterday’s Day 1B saw an even greater turnout. By the time registration ended, there were 669 entries for the day. That makes for a combined 1,150 entries, making this the record-breaking LAPT event in all seven seasons the tour has been in existence.
This turnout also created the richest prize pool to date – R$ 4,496,500 (just over $2,000,000). That’s the amount some of the remaining players will be trying to distribute amongst themselves. A total of 248 players survived Day 1B and they will be joining the 151 survivors from Day 1A late tonight.
The man who had the most reasons to smile when the last hand was dealt was Sao Paulo local Anderson Kim, who bagged 329,900 and will be starting today as an absolute chip leader with a mind-boggling 275 big blinds stack.
Many players who had bad luck during Day 1A came back yesterday for another shot, amongst them Andrea Akkari, Christian De Leon and Nacho Barbero. Of these three, only Barbero managed to leave the bad luck behind and advance to the next day with a stack of 53,800. The other two are all out of chances for this tournament. De Leon, on the other hand, was doing fairly well until he lost the great majority of his stack after his opponent spiked a three-outer on the river.
Nacho will be joining his colleagues Leo Fernandez and Angel Guillen in the race for the title, together with Gabriel Goffi, Jorge Breda, Ivan Marquez and Alexandre Gomes.
Failing to advance yesterday, amongst the others, were Joao Neto, Fabian Ortiz, Joe Ebanks and Ariel Bahia. There are no more starting flights for these players and their run at the LAPT Brazil title is over.
Players will be back at the tables around 3 PM local time and play will continue for another ten levels. We will certainly see quite a few more eliminations and many of the 399 remaining will have to leave their seats disappointed, hoping for a better run in some other tournament.