The first hands of the last Main Event of the eighth season of the Latin American Poker Tour are being dealt here in one corner of the Golden Hall at the WTC São Paulo, the tournament clock signaling the start of what will be a multi-day journey until the next LAPT Main Event winner is found.
Two players collected their second career LAPT Main Event titles this season, starting with Oscar Alache of Chile who beat out 410 entries including runner-up Teixeira at LAPT8 Chile to earn his second title and $131,962.
In fact, Alache has just walked up to take a seat here to begin his quest for what would be a record third LAPT title. He’s also looking to preserve his current No. 1 ranking in the LAPT Season 8 Player of the Year race — where Teixeira is right behind him again at No. 2.
The other two LAPT Main Event winners during Season 8 have been Shakeeb Kazemipur of Canada who overcame a field of 422 to win LAPT8 Panama for $180,112, and Chile’s Claudio Gali won at LAPT8 Peru, a 366-entry event that earned the Chilean $135,876 for the win.
Even with the Grand Final’s quiet kickoff, there’s already a buzz here in the Golden Hall with the Brazil Series of Poker’s initial event — a $750K guaranteed tourney — getting going nearby.
There’s a 32-event schedule altogether for this joint LAPT/BSOP festival, stretching into the first week of December and including a variety of satellites, no-limit hold’em events with a variety of formats and buy-ins, seniors and ladies events, mixed game events and Omaha events, “Survivor” tournaments and High Rollers, and even a Courchevel tournament.
There’s a lot else happening today, too, including a celebrity tournament for which none other than Ronaldo of Team PokerStars SportStars will be among the competitors. We’ll likely look in on that event tonight, but for now we’re keeping an eye on late arrivals to the Grand Final as the clock ticks along through the early levels of Day 1A.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.