The 888Live Festival Sao Paulo will take place at the Casa Bosa Cidade Jardim from September 6-11. The stop is chock full of great events including the R1,300 buy-in, R1,000,000/$318,000 GTD Main Event and a R2,500 buy-in, R200,000/$63,367 GTD High Roller.

In addition, a laundry list of poker superstars is slated to attend including David Tuchman and World Poker Tour champ Jesse Sylvia, both of who will be doing commentary for the Main Event. They will be joined by soccer professionals Denilson and Cafu, who will both play a special Celebrity Freezeout Invitational, as well as 888poker Ambassadors Kara Scott,  and Nicolau Villa-Lobos.

“Sao Paulo has amazing food and one of the best nightlife scenes in the world,” says Villa-Lobos. “Be sure to set aside some time to go around and have fun. It’s always a great experience playing 888 Festivals.”

This isn’t the first time 888 has visited Brazil. In May of last year, we were at the Infinity Blue Resort & Spa in Balneário Camboriú, and that stop’s R1,200 Main Event attracted 1,324 entries, which surpassed the R1,000,000 guarantee by creating a R1,232,908/$347,481 prize pool. The winner of that tournament was Thiago Carvalho, who took home R139,890/$39,426 for his efforts.

While we hope you’re busy playing the 888Live Festival Sao Paulo, there’s always the chance you find yourself on the rail with free time on your hands. In that case, here are five things to do in Sao Paulo to keep you busy.

Ibirapuera Park

Take a Stoll in Ibirapuera Park

The park itself was designed by famed landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, while the buildings inside it are from the mind of architect Oscar Niemeyer. The park has plenty of wide open space, but it also contains several monuments, museums, and playgrounds.

That includes the Bandeiras Monument by Brazilian sculptor Victor Brecheret, which honours those who died in the country’s 1932 fight for a new constitution. The park is also home to a music hall, the Aeronautics and Folk Art Museum, and the Museu Afro-Brasil.

You might also consider taking time to go for a hike, scope out the lakes, or amble through a variety of gardens. Ibirapuera Park is the perfect place for fans of modem architecture and culture.

Football Museum

Visit the Football Museum

The Football Museum is a must for any soccer fan.

As their mission statement puts it: “the Museum aims to investigate and to introduce football in its multiple aspects such as the importance on the cultural expression in Brazilian history in the XX and XXI Century” while examining football’s “culture implications besides culture and Brazilian society.”

The museum is located at Praca Charles Miller S/N | Estádio do Pacaembu, Sao Paulo, which is near Pacaembú Stadium. It’s open Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM until 4 PM (everyone must be out by 5 PM), and Saturdays and Sundays10 AM to 5 PM (out by 6 PM). The Football Museum is closed on Mondays.

The best part of it all – its costs just R10.00 to enter, or half that if you’re either a student or over the age of 60 - unless you go on Saturday, in which case entry is free for everyone.

Vila Madalena

Samba Dance at Ó do Borogodó

If you’re into nightlife, there’s no better place to be than Vila Madalena, which is chock full of bars. That includes the highly-rated Ó do Borogodó, which is located at 21 Rua Horácio Lane and is the place to go for cheap beer and Brazilian music every day of the week. Just be sure to get there early if you hope to find a place to sit.

The cover is not overly expensive, and even though it’s a fairly small bar, it has a reputation as the best samba venue in town. They also have a delicious menu, and you should definitely try the cachaça. The bar is open every day 11:00 PM until 4 AM in the morning.

Shop Paulista Ave

Shop Paulista Ave

In 1968, the 2.8 kilometre/1.7-mile-long Paulista Ave, which runs northwest to southeast, was dedicated a city landmark by the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II. It’s arguably the most important street in all of Sao Paulo.

Between the shopping malls, musical acts, museums (it’s there you will find the Sao Paulo Museum of Art), and vendor booths, it is among the city’s most modern, and busiest, areas.

Every Sunday, Paulista Ave blocks off traffic and opens to pedestrians only. This makes it the perfect time to go for a jog or bicycle ride. In addition, there are tons of shops (think New York’s famed 5th Avenue), places to eat, and food trucks to grab a bite to eat.

Les Misérables São Paulo

See Les Misérables São Paulo

On Thursday, September 7 at 9:00 PM, the famous Teatro Renault will have a showing of Les Misérables São Paulo, one of the most successful musicals in all the world. The play is based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo.

While it interweaves stories from many characters, it’s best known for portraying the struggles of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict on a path toward redemption.

Tickets for the show are available online but are sure to sell out, so don’t procrastinate if you’re looking for a theatre experience while in São Paulo.

888Live Festival Sao Paulo Schedule

Here’s a look at the 888Live Festival Sao Paulo schedule:

Date Time Tournament Name Guarantee Buy-in
6/9/2017 15:00 High Roller Satellite 10 seats ($8K/R$25K) R$300,00
6/9/2017 17:00 High Roller Day 1 - Re-entry ($63.5K / R$200K) R$2.500,00
6/9/2017 20:00 Main Event - Day 1A Re-entry ($318K / R$1KK) R$1.300,00
7/9/2017 14:00 Main Event - Day 1B Re-entry ($318K / R$1KK) R$1.300,00
7/9/2017 17:00 High Roller Final - Re-entry ($63,5K / R$ 200K) WSOPE Package $13K R$2.500,00
7/9/2017 20:00 Main Event - Day 1C Re-entry ($318K / R$1KK) R$1.300,00
8/9/2017 20:00 Main Event - Day 1D Re-entry ($318K / R$1KK) R$1.300,00
8/9/2017 21:00 Celebrities Charity Event WSOPE ME Package $13K -
9/9/2017 14:00 Main Event - Day 1E Re-entry ($318K / R$1KK) R$1.300,00
9/9/2017 20:00 Main Event - Day 1F Re-entry ($318K / R$1KK) R$1.300,00
10/9/2017 16:00 Main Event Day 2 ($318K / R$1KK) -
10/9/2017 19:00 Ladies - 1 Re-entry and 1 Addon - R$300
11/9/2017 16:00 Main Event FINAL ($318K / R$1KK) -
11/9/2017 19:00 Last Chance - Re-entry - R$150,00

Satellites for the 888Live Festival Sao Paulo are running now on 888poker starting at just 1₵.

About the Author
Chad Holloway is a 2013 WSOP Bracelet winner who has previously worked for PokerNews as a managing editor and live reporter
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