LAPT 6 Brazil - April 25-30, 2013 - LAPT Coverage
On this page you will find Player Lists, Gallery Photos, Payout, Side Events and Final Table from the event.
For more information, please see the LAPT 6 Brazil event page.
Full reports from LAPT 6 Brazil are on the PokerStars blog.
SEAT #1: Leonardo Brescia from Brazil (BIG BLIND)
CHIP COUNT: 1,045,000
Leonardo, 28, is a businessman from Itatiba, who is also partner of the RiverStyle clothing store, which currently has a stand at the LAPT Brazil. He started playing online poker in 2006 as a hobby until he became more interested in it and began participating in online and live tournaments. This is the first LAPT that he participates in and also his first Final Table.
His cousin, PokerStars Team Online member Caio Pessagno has been his biggest influence in the poker scene.
SEAT #2: Marcos Paulo Ximenes from Brazil
CHIP COUNT: 2,630,000
Marcos, 28, has several businesses in Brazil and divides his time between these and playing poker both online and live. He started playing 7 years ago online but just for fun and gradually became interested in the game in a more professional way until he started playing several times a week and participating in live events. In his free time he enjoys bowling and spending time with his family and friends.
SEAT #3: Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari from Brazil
CHIP COUNT: 2,000,000
Andre began playing for real money at PokerStars and quickly started to turn a profit. In the years since, Andre has become one of the best online players in the world, making more than 90 final table appearances and earning over $500,000 in PokerStars biggest tournaments. In 2011 Andre took down Event #43 in the WSOP, which was his largest ever cash of $676,117 and his first bracelet.
Away from the table, Andre enjoys relaxing at home with his wife and kids. He also loves playing soccer with friends and goes to the movies every week. In addition to this, he can be found providing expert commentary for various televised poker shows on ESPN Brazil as a true ambassador for the Latin American poker scene.
SEAT #4: Thiago Grigoletti from Brazil
CHIP COUNT: 945,000
Thiago, 23, has been a professional poker player since 2009 and plays mostly online. This is his first participation in an LAPT final table and is extremely excited about it being in Brazil where he can share this moment with his family and friends. He is a frequent PokerStars player where he has learned about strategy and practiced many hours playing online.
In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer and watching all kinds of movies. He would like to finish heads-up with Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari.
SEAT #5: Rafael Guillermo Pardo from Colombia
CHIP COUNT: 2,230,000
Guillermo, 29, is a civilian engineer who has been playing poker for the past 5 years. Although he regularly plays online he enjoys live tournaments the most due to the face-to-face interaction and the possibility of traveling to different cities in Latin America and the rest of the world. He is a regular in LAPTs making this his 3rd final table appearance - Rio de Janeiro and Colombia were the first two – and recently won the US $300 NLH Turbo side event in LAPT Chile.
He would like to end heads-up against Andre Akkari whom he admires.
SEAT #6: Victor Sbrissa from Brazil
CHIP COUNT: 1,680,000
Victor, 23, is a professional poker player since 2006. He started playing with friends with no money involved and later on decided to focus more on playing professionally. He enjoys both online and live play and tries to attend as many live events as he possibly can. He is a big Corinthians fan and states that apart from poker, soccer is his other passion.
He also would like to end heads-up against Andre Akkari.
SEAT #7: Leonardo Fernandez (BUTTON)
CHIP COUNT: 3,365,000
Before gaining fame as a professional poker player, Argentina's Leo Fernandez was a semi professional chess player. Although he had been playing sporadically for years, Leo started taking poker seriously in 2004.
On 2009 he earned the biggest cash of his career so far when he finished as runner-up in the $25,000 High Roller event at the 2011 PCA for $554,924. Leo finally won the major title he’d been aiming for in 2012, when he took down the LAPT Panama Main Event for prize money of $171,930.
"I really wanted to reach the final table. I felt confident, and things were working to my advantage during that tournament which sometimes just doesn’t happen. I only needed to take the final step.” said Fernandez back in Panama before being crowned champion.
SEAT #8: Daniel Murta de Almeida (SMALL BLIND)
CHIP COUNT: 1,095,000
Daniel, 31, has only played poker for 2 years after he started doing it for fun with his closest friends. This is his first participation in a LAPT tournament and he expresses his surprise and content about reaching the Final Table with so many known and experienced fellow poker players, specially since he has never cashed in a live tournament before.
On his free time he enjoys all kinds of sports as well as listening to music and playing poker, which he divides between live and online play.
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