Afternoon is turning to evening in São Paulo. Day 2 the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event has now pushed through its first four one-hour levels and with 109 players remaining the Argentinian Maximiliano Gallardo has increased his stack up close to the 300,000-chip mark, the likely leader at present.
Brian Rast also has been ousted from the event, having lost the last of his chips after being on the wrong side of a queens-versus-kings encounter.
Rast is back in action already, though, joining the throng playing the first of three Day 1 flights over in the R$3,000 Brazilian Series of Poker Millions Main Event today. Around 800 are in action in that one at present, with the remaining two starting flights this weekend expected to create another enormous BSOP field.
After yesterday’s meeting discussing Professor Cristiano Torrezan’s highly interesting university course in “Poker Basics,” today the topic was “Passion for Games.” The panel included Pablo Myazawa, former editor-in-chief of Rolling Stone Brasil and founder of the Imagine Games Network (IGN), Ari Aguiar of ESPN Brasil, Leonardo Bueno of the QC Akkari Team, and professional gamer Cleber “Fuzi” Fonseca.
The discussion ranged over several topics, including the important place of games in Brazilian culture (and elsewhere) as well as the relationship between poker and eSports.
The group included experts in food, fashion, and a number of other topics, but none had previous experience with poker. Ramos caught them up on basics of game play and a few central strategy ideas to help them compete in the event.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.