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LAPT8 Bahamas: Danchev still leads final 16, Karamalikis on the move

Level 21 has concluded and just 16 remain here in what has become a quiet corner of the Imperial Ballroom. Dimitar Danchev remains out in front with more than 2 million as the final players have recollected themselves around the last two tables.Gathering around the last two tablesAfter Ireland's Ga...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 4:41 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: The champs have chips; Danchev, Hall strong with 24 left

Yesterday it was Dominik Panka catching our eye, the returning PCA Main Event champion an obvious attention-getter thanks to his major triumph in this same location just a year ago. We noted how other former PCA Main Event champs were in the field as well, and how a couple of them had continued to ...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 3:14 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Frey in front of final 35

Seven more have fallen during the first part of post-dinner play here at the LAPT Bahamas Main Event. Mustapha Kanit continues to maintain his big stack of 700,000-plus, but there's a new leader for now -- Kyle Frey.Kyle FreyAs Carlos Monti our photographer explained, that pose represents Frey's lo...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 2:14 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Kanit carries chip lead to dinner break; 42 remain

It's dinner time, which somehow makes it fitting to say our current chip leader is the player nicknamed "lasagnaaammm." With 42 players left in the LAPT Bahamas Main Event, Mustapha Kanit enjoys the chip lead over the 75-minute break.Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" KanitIn addition to a long list of live a...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 12:15 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: An LAPT reunion for Katchalov and Ramdin

The second break of Day 2 as arrived. Just 74 remain, representing a tenth of the massive 736-entry field. We had mentioned how Galen Hall had appeared to seize the chip lead a while ago, but a recent pass of the tables suggested Mustapha Kanit to be currently sitting behind the biggest stack at t...more

by Martin Harris on January 8, 2015 10:23 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Sisley misses the money; 111 remain

The burbuja has burst, as they say on the Latin American Poker Tour. Here's how it happened.Just 114 were left coming back from the first break of Day 2, with nearly 70 players hitting the rail as the LAPT Bahamas Main Event neared the cash.Among those eliminated was Liv Boeree who returned to a sh...more

by Martin Harris on January 8, 2015 8:25 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Tough tables at every turn

The big turnout for this first LAPT Bahamas Main Event included a number of big names both from the Latin American Poker Tour and from around the globe. No surprise, then, to see many familiar faces among those coming back for today's second day of play, including several examples of densely-stacke...more

by Martin Harris on January 8, 2015 7:13 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Day 2 awaits after staggering Day 1; 183 remain

Thinking back to yesterday's Day 1 of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event, a frequently used word to describe the proceedings -- perhaps the most used -- was "staggering." As in, "the turnout is simply staggering." Or "that prize pool is staggering." Or "can you please stop saying staggering?"With 736 to...more

by Martin Harris on January 8, 2015 5:01 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Main Event draws 736, Pahuja gathers big stack

One of the many water slides here at the Atlantis is aptly called "The Surge," so named because of the way it suddenly carries riders upwards during its initial sequence, seemingly defying gravity as they go faster the higher they go.Today's first day of the three-day LAPT Bahamas Main Event feature...more

by Martin Harris on January 8, 2015 6:14 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Some late night numbers

They're moving into the latter stages of play on what has been an amazing Day 1 of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event. Alas for some the most recent developments haven't been as amazing as they'd have liked.Team PokerStars Pro Christian de Leon was one of the many late night knockouts, having lost most of...more

by Martin Harris on January 8, 2015 4:48 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Games of entrees and entries

We're back to report a pleasant dinner over on the other side of the casino in the restaurant named Olives, where those of us sitting around the table played a game attempting to guess precisely -- to the second -- how long it would take for the entrees to arrive.Back on the floor here at the start ...more

by Martin Harris on January 8, 2015 3:10 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: A fantastic field

They've pushed through seven one-hour levels and a little more at the LAPT Bahamas Main Event and are eyeing a 75-minute dinner break due to start at the end of Level 8. Once players return from their evening repast late registration will end and the ability to reenter will be no more, and soon the...more

by Martin Harris on January 8, 2015 1:55 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Managing expectations with Dominik Panka

Talking with LAPT President David Carrion yesterday, he made what we are now all calling a conservative estimate of the possible turnout for today's first ever LAPT Bahamas Main Event. Actually, we were using the word "conservative" yesterday as well with reference to his statement "I personally wo...more

by Martin Harris on January 7, 2015 10:04 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Getting a kick out of Ronaldo

The first break of the day of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event saw the 300-plus players who've come out for the event scatter from the tournament area about the Imperial Ballroom and just outside to stretch their legs and clear their thoughts during the allotted 15 minutes.Among them was Faraz Jaka, stan...more

by Martin Harris on January 7, 2015 8:05 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Familiar, yet different

The first hour of the first tournament of the eighth season of the Latin American Poker Tour has finished. First impression? Uncanny!The term "uncanny" is often used to refer to anything mysterious or unsettling, although in truth it has a more specific meaning than that, one that contains an expl...more

by Martin Harris on January 7, 2015 6:44 PM
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