It’s been a successful and busy day here in the Golden Hall, site of the simultaneous start of both the LAPT Grand Final and BSOP Millions.
While the Grand Final winds down toward the close of its Day 1A, the first side event of the BSOP Millions — a R$460 buy-in no-limit hold’em affair — drew more than 800 for each of two Day 1 flights, with a couple more scheduled tomorrow meaning the likelihood of a 3,000-plus entry field is high.
Meanwhile at the front of the room the celebrity tournament has dazzled onlookers for the last couple of hours. A freeroll with a PCA package awaiting the winner, the tournament is called the “Desafío de las estrellas” or “Challenge of the Stars,” and plenty of the country’s biggest stars took up the challenge.
We’ve already mentioned the presence of Brazilian footballer legend Ronaldo, the World Cup champion who was named three times as the world’s best soccer player.
Stock car racer Thiago Camilo, congressman Nelo Rodolfo, and journalist Bruno Laurence played as well, as did three of Brazil’s best poker pros, Thiago Nishijima, Rodrigo Garrido, and Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.