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.
Argentine Leandro Csome holds the overnight chip lead.