Record LAPT Brazil underway in São Paulo

LAPT BrazilLast night the fourth season of the Latin American Poker Tour got underway. It was the LAPT’s first visit to the largest city in Brazil, São Paulo, which is an amazing city, although it wasn’t the first time the LAPT has been to Brazil.

This year will see 536 players participating in the event, with all of them putting down BRL$5,000 for the buy-in. Due to the large field there will be about BRL$650,000 going to the eventual winner, which translates into roughly $388,000 US dollars.

With the number of players that the LAPT Brazil has attracted this year, it has made it the biggest tournament to date in the Latin American tour’s history. Previously, there where 398 registered players in the Costa Rica Main Event in San José.

There are some notable PokerStars’ Latin American pros playing in LAPT Brazil, including Nacho Barbero, Alexandre Gomes, Humberto Brenes, Maria Mayrinck, Leo Fernandez and Andre Akkari. Although this years tournament is dominated mostly by local players originating from Argentina and Brazil.

The LAPT Brazil Main Event in São Paulo will be decided on Sunday (local time), where eight-players will meet at the final table where a winner will be crowned champion, earning a nice payday at the same time.

The Latin American Poker will then visit Viña del Mar in Chile after a one year absence, with the LAPT Chile Main Event set to kick off on March 17th.