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LAPT6 Brazil: Past POTYs hanging on

For the last few seasons, the LAPT has crowned a Player of the Year at the end of the season. The Player of the Year is based on a formula that, knowing the lengths to which PokerStars will go to achieve perfection, was probably developed by NASA scientists.In Season 4, Pablo Gonzalez beat out Alex ...more

by Dave Behr on April 28, 2013 4:09 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: A terrible power

I realize that few of the readers of tonight's blog are from the States, but back home we have a crappy television show on a third rate cable station called "1000 Ways to Die". I'm positive I've never watched it, but it's one of those things that sort of seeps into your consciousness through the rep...more

by Dave Behr on April 28, 2013 3:04 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Solo man in a crowded room

As the resident .com blogger for PokerStars at this LAPT stop, I'm one of the few people here that has a devil of a time communicating. I speak no Portuguese, and my Spanish is rusty enough that I only do Spanish-speakers with people who speak slowly and clearly. I'm not sure if you've spent any ti...more

by Dave Behr on April 28, 2013 12:24 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Slow day for the team

The re-entry period is over. The staff are still adding up all the numbers, checking them, re-checking them, then cursing when they realized they forgot to carry the 1 and have to start all over. It'll be a bit longer before things are finalized, but right now the Big Board shows 454 Day 1b entries....more

by Dave Behr on April 27, 2013 11:30 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Gone but not forgotten

As I mentioned earlier in the day, the LAPT is operating out of two ballrooms at the Tivoli Hotel in São Paulo. The main ballroom has 30 tables spread out in an L-shape, while an overflow room one level down contains another 15 tables. Those extra tables weren't used for the Main Event yesterday, bu...more

by Dave Behr on April 27, 2013 9:16 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Re-Entry -- a short story

Entries: 379.Table 2 looks like any other table on the tournament floor. It's populated by a collection of ten men, ranging in age from young to old, all of whom appear to be native to the Latin American region. The oldest gentleman at the table, a gray-haired type with a beard who appears to be in...more

by Dave Behr on April 27, 2013 8:01 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Records may fall

It's a packed house.Yesterday the field consisted of 295 entries, which includes the re-entries that were executed in the first four level of the day. With thirty 10-handed tables available in the main tournament room, the overflow room was only used for last night's super-satellite.Today the Big Bo...more

by Dave Behr on April 27, 2013 6:52 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: No busking allowed

This morning, on the three-block walk from my hotel to the Tivoli Hotel, the venue for the 2013 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Brazil Main Event, I passed a ten-strong motorcycle gang wearing leather jackets that had something to say about omertà, "the categorical prohibition of cooperatio...more

by Dave Behr on April 27, 2013 4:55 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Nacho's very not dead

Mistakes get made in this business. Hands get mis-reported, players get mis-busted. Call it the fog of war, if you want, but these things do happen.Earlier today I scoured the room for Team PokerStars Pro Jose Barbero and couldn't find him. I naturally assumed that he had busted, neither he nor his ...more

by Dave Behr on April 27, 2013 6:38 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: The way we watch what we're watching

Standing out amidst the tournament tables while I searched for stories and for warmth, I was struck by two things.First: as the field has collapsed to close to 100 players, the L-shaped tournament room has been collapsed in such a way as to maximize certain space for the super satellite. The result ...more

by Dave Behr on April 27, 2013 4:23 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Chilling effect

At the back of the main tournament room of the Tivoli Hotel in São Paulo, behind a long, narrow desk covered in black cloth, you might currently find some bloggers and photographers huddling together for warmth. Anybody who's been around the tournament circuit long enough has run into this issue fr...more

by Dave Behr on April 27, 2013 3:08 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Red spade of courage

We're approaching the dinner break with five of the seven members of the Red Spade Brigade - Team PokerStars - still alive in the tournament. One of them may even be the current chip leader.Definitely not the leader: Jose "Nacho" Barbero and Team PokerStars Sportstar Ronaldo. Both men suffered early...more

by Dave Behr on April 27, 2013 12:26 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: The devil in the details

I'd probably be remiss if I didn't say a few words about the LAPT's new host venue in São Paulo, the Tivoli Hotel.The last two years, the LAPT's Brazil event took place at the Sheraton World Trade Center here in town. The rooms there were luxurious, the tournament ballroom was spacious and the lobby...more

by Dave Behr on April 26, 2013 11:41 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Yes, that Ronaldo

Several times already today I've written that we'll get to Ronaldo "later". Later is now.Sitting in this room at the feature table, approximately forty feet to my left, is one of the greatest strikers in the history of soccer. He's younger than I am (which, truth be told, is a little depressing), he...more

by Dave Behr on April 26, 2013 9:48 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Pull up a chair

How many of you would want Vanessa Selbst to your immediate left in a tournament? How about an ex-wife or an ex-husband? In the last tournament I played, the last seat in the event was sold to my ex-wife. She was on my immediate left, no less. We're civil enough now, but there was a time when that w...more

by Dave Behr on April 26, 2013 8:32 PM
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