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São Paulo prepares to host BSOP seventh edition

21 Nov 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP), which is sponsored by the world's largest poker site, PokerStars, an Amaya brand, kicks off on 22 November at the Sheraton WTC in São Paulo. The much anticipated series runs until 1 December featuring a schedule of 36 events with tournaments ranging from R$460 to R$15,000 suiting both recreational and professional players.

The headline R$3,500 Main Event, which kicks off on 25 November, has a guaranteed prize pool of R$5 million, with R$1 million going directly to the winner.

The last stop of the season is always a special event, as it is the last chance to get more points towards the Brazilian poker championship, which comes to a conclusion during the BSOP Millions where the 2016 Brazilian Player of the Year will be crowned. Brazilian Kelvin Kerber is the man to beat, but is closely followed by Rodrigo Caprioli, who finished 5th at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Season 8 Main Event.

The 2015 BSOP Main Event sported a field of 3,457 players and paid out R$8,632,500 ($2,300,932), which made the BSOP the biggest poker tournament in the world outside of Las Vegas. It's a clear indication that poker is one of the fastest growing sports in Brazil, with about eight million players according to the CBTH (Brazilian Confederation of Texas Hold'em).

"The BSOP Millions has become the biggest poker tournament in the world outside of Vegas. This proves that people are getting more and more contact with poker in Brazil, and this next edition of Millions will be marked by great innovations and those taking part can be sure it will be an unforgettable tournament," said Devanir Campos, Director of the BSOP.

Many celebrities have played the event over the last six years, including soccer star Ronaldo Nazario, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, Gustavo Kuerten, Rodrigão, Maurren Maggi and Fernando "Xuxa" Scherer.

Igor Federal Trafane, President of CBTH said: "We are always working together with players, the Confederation, BSOP and staff to produce an unforgettable event. Competitors come from all over the world to São Paulo to play the BSOP Millions, a responsibility that motivates us to create a historical event for players."

For more information about the event visit the BSOP website.
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