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LAPT6 Brazil: Slowdown

The whirlwind Level 21 drew to a close just past 3pm local time, and with it so did the eliminations. For the first 40 minutes of Level 22, not a single player busted out. Not one. "The storm before the calm?" joked my colleage Sergio Prado.That flurry of bust-outs in the early going did shake up th...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 8:02 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Lights, camera...

It's been really tough to keep up with the action in the first level of play today. Table 3 has been an absolute widowmaker. The table started as the lone 7-handed table in the field, and already four players have busted off that table. Fernando Ferreira (31st), Daniel Ades (30th), Fellipi Campi (29...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 7:11 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Fantasy Land

It was late when Day 2 of the 2013 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Brazil Main Event concluded last night. Things went even later at the Nara Bar upstairs in the Tivoli Hotel, host venue for the event. Two separate games of Open Face Chinese Poker were being played with a bottle of tequila ...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 5:46 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Play it again, Nacho

Sometimes poker tournaments have a way of blending together, especially after you've been on the tour long enough to start re-visiting stops multiple times. That feeling of déjà vu is hard to shake when you're watching players get the chips in the middle on flips late in a tournament, and it's even ...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 6:37 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Threads in the tapestry

Stories that we're following at this late hour in São Paulo (approaching 1:15am):Akkari: Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari started Day 2 in 208th place out of 211 players. He had 18,800 in chips, which was about 12 big blinds. With 40 players left in the tournament, Akkari is still grinding it out. B...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 5:16 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Wrecking ball

If it seems like we've called Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero's name a lot today, it's because we have. He has made it impossible not to do so. I'm not sure how many scalps he's collected at Table 5 or how many dreams he's crushed today. Judging by his stack, I'd say the answer is "More tha...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 3:50 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Under the radar with Affif Prado

There's a great story potentially brewing out on the last eight tables of the LAPT6 Brazil Main Event involving Team PokerStars Pro. Nacho Barbero still leads the tournament (rocking 775,000 at last check, halfway through the 3000-6000 level) but this time around we're going to check in with the Num...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 2:54 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: The Hevad Khan Rule

Remember Mario Masciotro? He was one of two players, along with Amos Bem, who made Day 2 of both the R$1,500 PLO side event and the R$4,000 Main Event. He and Be moth remain on Table 4, a table that will not break today.Masciotro's day started off badly, when he missed the PLO final table despite st...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 12:09 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Pop goes the bubble

At LAPT6 Chile, we were robbed of a money bubble. It was a wild time that seemed to conclude with the elimination of a Team PokerStars Pro. We were gunning for a repeat scenario here at LAPT6 Brazil but the endangered Team Pro survived an all-in and happily glided into the money with 119 other playe...more

by Dave Behr on April 28, 2013 10:27 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: The Nacho Barbero Poker Tour

Let's start with some raw numbers. With 24 minutes to go in Level 13, the 1200-2400-300 level, Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero had 592,000 in chips. I'm no mathemagician, but my smartphone calculator tells me that Barbero's stack is the equivalent of almost 247 big blinds. It's also more t...more

by Dave Behr on April 28, 2013 9:23 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Double your pleasure

Scanning the Day 2 starter lists for today's Main Event and the R$1,500 PLO re-entry event, two names jumped out: Amos Ben of Chile and Mario Masciotro of Brazil. Each man appeared on both lists. Ben was bringing a robust 129,600 in chips back to Main Event and was 3rd of 12 with 70,000 in the PLO. ...more

by Dave Behr on April 28, 2013 8:03 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Men in black

Being a floor person or tournament director at a poker tournament is often a thankless job. Players tend not to notice the things that you do to keep the tournament running smoothly. They only notice you when a dispute pops up at a table. When that happens, one player is always going to be upset wit...more

by Dave Behr on April 28, 2013 6:57 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Jogo bonito

This nation has a bit of a reputation when it comes to jogo bonito, the "beautiful game" of football. PokerStars Team Sportstar Ronaldo, who played this 2013 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Brazil Main Event on Day 1a, is nothing short of a legend for the prowess he displays with his feet a...more

by Dave Behr on April 28, 2013 5:16 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Salas rules the rooms

There's a certain accepted style when it comes to writing end-of-day recaps of major poker tournaments. It goes something like this: if you bag up the most chips at the end of the night, you get your picture in the blog.Say hello to Damian Salas, who bagged up 250,200 to lead Day 1b.Salas is a long-...more

by Dave Behr on April 28, 2013 6:29 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Something you don't see every day

You do this job long enough - and I've been doing it for five years, which is certainly long enough - and you'll start to think you've seen it all. But poker, she has a way of showing you, on a regular basis, just how much you haven't seen.The room is still buzzing from what can only be termed an od...more

by Dave Behr on April 28, 2013 5:18 AM
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