It’s all over from São Paulo! What an incredible five days it has been, with a suitably exciting finish. When we last left off, just two were left from the 426-entry field, both from Brazil — Yuri Martins and Afonse Henrique. And after an up-and-down battle following a two-handed deal, it was Martins managing to outlast his fellow countryman to win the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final and a prize of R$652,509.
The large crowd began to yell, all gathered in front of the feature table and down the center aisle of the spacious Golden Room here in the World Trade Center São Paulo complex. Even players in the Brazilian Series of Poker Main Event turned to look up at the big screen over the feature table as the announcer reported what was happening.
The flop came 5♦Q♣9♥, pairing both players’ kickers, and the sound from the crowd swelled louder. Martins remained seated with a serious look, but broke into a grin when Henrique came over and patted his shoulder, bending over to share a few words.
The turn was the 7♠, signifying nothing (as the saying goes). Then came the river — the K♥ — and it was over. The crowd roared as Martins stood beside Henrique and the pair shook hands, exchanging congratulations and discussing details of what had just happened between them.
“Being able to win here in Brazil is great,” he explained afterwards. “Getting to celebrate with friends makes it very special.”
Backing up to the start of the day, Brazil was well represented among the final eight players, comprising six of the eight making it to today’s final day.
Ricardo Chauriye had made his second LAPT Main Event final table of the season, having finished eighth at LAPT8 Peru. Here he made it all the way to fourth, getting knocked out after pushing his short stack with king-four, getting called by Martins who had a pair of jacks, and failing to improve.
Prize pool: R$3,760,300
1. Yuri Martins (Brazil) — R$652,509*
2. Afonso Henrique (Brazil) — R$533,871*
3. Andrés Herrera (Chile) — R$329,030
4. Ricardo Chauriye (Chile) — R$261,340
5. Alexandre Rivero (Brazil) — R$204,940
6. Carlos Alves (Brazil) — R$160,540
7. Bruno Kawauti (Brazil) — R$120,700
8. Gustavo Lopes (Brazil) — R$85,730
*= reflects the results of a two-way deal that left R$118,638 in play for the winner
As noted, it’s been an amazing five days here watching the LAPT Grand Final play out while surrounded by the huge BSOP Millions series. It’s easy to see at a glance that poker in Brazil is booming:
Photography from LAPT8 Brazil by Carlos Monti.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.