Just after the clock struck three a.m., the first day of the last Main Event of Season 8 of the Latin American Poker Tour came to a close here in São Paulo.
From a Day 1A field of 132 entrants, less than half that number remain. After picking up a big pot versus George Powidzer during the night’s final level, Armando Sbrissa ended the night bagging up the most chips of any of the Day 1A participants, finishing with 217,200 to provide a goal for tomorrow’s second and final Day 1 flight of players to try to exceed.
There were clouds outside and crowds inside as Day 1A of the Grand Final helped kick off the start of the BSOP Millions festival.
As play wore on the big stacks began distinguishing themselves, with Argentina’s Osvaldo Lewis among the first to triple the starting stack. Then LAPT Season 6 Player of the Year Amos Ben emerged with big chips as well as the Day 1A field shrunk to less than a hundred.
As the last level of the Grand Final played out they’d gotten down to two players in the “Desafío,” with Ronaldo being one of them and Theo Lima, Sales Manager at Twitter Brazil the other. Lima will have plenty to tweet about, as he ended up taking away the top prize.
Others we were following today who made it through to Friday’s Day 2 included George Powidzer (90,800), Fernando “Grow” Garcia (89,700), Osvaldo Lewis (45,800), Marco Zevola (42,300), Laurie Tournier (35,400), Damian Salas (41,500), Alex Manzano (32,100), Renata Teixeira (27,600), and Team PokerStars Online member Caio Pessagno (26,600), with Sebastian Sabic bagging the smallest stack of 15,100. Click here for the full list of end of Day 1A chip counts.
Meanwhile Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez, Jorge Limon of Team PokerStars Online, Oscar Alache, Victor Sbrissa, and Patricio Rojas all were ultimately felted, though we suspect to see them back again exercising the option to reenter tomorrow.
We’ll be back to start it all again tomorrow afternoon starting at 3 p.m. local time for Day 1B of the LAPT Grand Final.Come back then for continuing coverage as we find out together who will become the next LAPT Main Event champion.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.