The R$5,000 LAPT Brazil main event drew a record-breaking 536-player field to the Sheraton WTC in São Paulo, 169 of whom won their seat through online poker satellites on PokerStars.
Including side events, LAPT Brazil will have a combined prizepool of R$4M making it Latin America's biggest festival of poker.
The main event winner will earn R$615,840.
Just 168 players survived the first day and will return Friday to the Convention Center of the Sheraton WTC in São Paulo for Day 2.
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