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LAPT Attendance Record Shattered in São Paulo

536 Players Register For R$5,000 main event


Jose 'Nacho' Barbero won two LAPT main events in 2010, and he's still alive in this one.The PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour is bigger than ever. Season 4 of the LAPT kicked off this week in São Paulo, Brazil, where starting day attendance in the R$5,000 buy-in main event easily surpassed the tour’s previous record of 394 players. The record was cracked, then it was crushed as more and more players continued to register inside the Sheraton WTC São Paulo, bringing the final count to 536 entrants by the day’s end.

The massive turnout makes this the biggest field in LAPT history. The top 64 players will make the money and earn at least R$9,570 of the R$2,391,630 prize pool. The winner of LAPT Sao Paulo will take home R$615,840 ($370,586), which is the second-largest top prize ever for the LAPT.

Here’s a look at the payout information:

1. R$ 615,840
2. R$ 352,760
3. R$ 224,800
4. R$ 165,000
5. R$ 117,190
6. R$ 93,270
7. R$ 69,350
8. R$ 45,440
9-10. R$ 31,090
11-12. R$ 26,300
13-14. R$ 21,500
15-16. R$ 16,740
17-24. R$ 14,350
25-32. R$ 11,960
33-64. R$ 9,570

A staggering 325 of the tournament entrants were natives of Brazil but at the end of Day 1, Argentina’s Leandro Csome sat as chip leader, with 271,000 in chips. He was one of 167 players who made it to Day 2. Among those Day 1 survivors were Maria Mayrinck (36,800), Humberto Brenes (55,100) and Christian de Leon (31,600). Nacho Barbero won back-to-back LAPT titles in 2010, and he finished Day 1 with 75,700.

Not surviving the opening day were notables such as Andre Akkari, Alex Gomes and Leo Fernandez.

Action will continue throughout the weekend with the final table concluding on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

Feb. 17 – Day 1
Feb. 18 – Day 2
Feb. 19 – Day 3 (televised)
Feb. 20 – Final Table (televised)

As always, you can earn your seat into PokerStars-sponsored events around the globe by signing up and playing on PokerStars.