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LAPT7 Peru: No more Nacho, Campodonico collecting; two tables remain

The quest for three has ended, and with it the tournament moves from three tables down to two. Nacho Barbero's LAPT Peru Grand Final run is over, as are his hopes of a record-setting third LAPT title.Before Barbero's exit we saw a jack-high flop encourage the German Hans-Jurgen Strenger to get the ...more

by Martin Harris on October 18, 2014 10:20 PM

LAPT7 Peru: Gallegos galloping, leads final 21

The spacious poker room here in the Atlantic City Casino is starting to seem even more so as the LAPT Peru Grand Final field continues to dwindle. A few tables are occupied by side events on the far side of the room, but things have become much roomier where the Main Event is playing out.The first 2...more

by Martin Harris on October 18, 2014 9:35 PM

LAPT7 Peru: Fast-paced poker; 29 remain

The pace has been muy rápido during the early going on Day 3 of the LAPT Peru Grand Final. They've just completed the second level of the day, and already the starting group of 45 has been whittled to 29.Action proceeds on Day 3Before the first hour had completed an even 10 players had fallen, incl...more

by Martin Harris on October 18, 2014 8:37 PM

LAPT7 Peru: Poker teaches (again) we're only partly in control

Life is full of happenstance, endlessly influenced by chance meetings, unforeseen events, and other ephemera impossible to predict. We make our choices, often convincing ourselves we alone direct our fates. But such confidence is hard to maintain under close scrutiny, as so much of what affects us...more

by Martin Harris on October 18, 2014 7:28 PM

LAPT7 Peru: 45 Players, One Trophy; Day 3 Awaits

We return for Day 3, with 45 hopefuls left to battle today from the 692-entry field in the LAPT Peru Grand Final Main Event. Atop the counts is two-time LAPT champion Nacho Barbero, seeking to make history again in Lima by becoming the tour's first three-time winner.Such seemed hardly likely when o...more

by Martin Harris on October 18, 2014 5:58 PM

LAPT7 Peru: Nacho Barbero chases history, leads in Lima to end Day 2

Ten more one-hour levels have been played in the LAPT Peru Grand Final Main Event, and as Day 2 concludes just 45 players remain, with the end-of-day leader someone who has known success -- and made history -- in Lima before. It's the artful Argentinian, Nacho Barbero, heading the counts, who after...more

by Martin Harris on October 18, 2014 6:46 AM

LAPT7 Peru: Nacho looking up in Lima

Earlier tonight we were remembering LAPT3 Peru and a humorous story involving Leandro Csome. Things didn't go too well for Csome following the most recent break, and during Level 19 he was knocked out in 57th.Leandro CsomeAnother player here today for whom LAPT3 Peru was especially memorable is of ...more

by Martin Harris on October 18, 2014 5:23 AM

LAPT7 Peru: Go out and to the left

The number of chips remain the same. But the number of players handling them has lessened considerably over the last hour-and-a-half, with nearly 40 falling during the first two levels after dinner.The trip players take after being eliminated takes them outside the poker room, then turning left to ...more

by Martin Harris on October 18, 2014 4:17 AM

LAPT7 Peru: Typical Peluca

The 99 survivors of the first 16 levels of the LAPT Peru Grand Final are now back from dinner to start Level 17. All have Leandro Csome -- a.k.a. "Peluca" -- to thank for having knocked out Roberto Larrain in 104th just before dinner had come, thereby bursting the money bubble. The Argentinian is l...more

by Martin Harris on October 18, 2014 3:22 AM

LAPT7 Peru: Money reached; 99 remain, but not Larrain

When Level 16 began and hand-for-hand play started, it appeared certain we'd see soon someone falling in 104th place, one spot shy of the money. As it happened they'd play nearly the entire level -- all of the way to the dinner break -- before the big moment finally arrived.Not that the hour was wi...more

by Martin Harris on October 18, 2014 1:08 AM

LAPT7 Peru: Here comes the búrbuja

What's that? The bubble, natch. It's getting closer. The pace is moving slower. The tension is becoming greater.Enjoy this quick look at the "pre-búrbuja" scene via our friends at Codigo Poker:About 20 spots from the money, LAPT6 Uruguay champ Carter Gill was eliminated. Gill ran a short stack up we...more

by Martin Harris on October 17, 2014 11:57 PM

LAPT7 Peru: Engel challenges Nishijima for lead as bubble nears

The eliminations continue at a rapid pace, bringing the money bubble ever closer. They've dipped down under 130 players at present, now just a couple of dozen more eliminations away from hitting the 103-player mark and the cash.An early leader during one of the Day 1 flights, Rafael Porzecanski was...more

by Martin Harris on October 17, 2014 10:27 PM

LAPT7 Peru: Nationalities and other numbers

We've shared a lot of words already this week. Now let's share some numbers.NationalitiesAs always, there are many different nationalities represented among the field -- 35, in fact. Peru is unsurprisingly the most represented with 152 players, with Chile (88), Brazil (87), Argentina (71), Colombi...more

by Martin Harris on October 17, 2014 8:00 PM

LAPT7 Peru: There's no such thing as an unwelcome double-up

Short stacks are always in peril in a poker tournament. Of course, whenever players begin a day's play in such a state, they are doubly in danger -- both from other players and from tourney reporters hovering about like vultures, seemingly eager to report news of their demise.In truth the happy doub...more

by Martin Harris on October 17, 2014 7:27 PM

LAPT7 Peru: Rise and shine as Day 2 awaits

The sun is out today in picturesque Lima, a somewhat unusual sight as more typically we're greeted with a steel gray cloud cover for our morning walks into the Atlantic City Casino.For the 233 players returning for today's Day 2 of the LAPT Peru Grand Final, being able to survive thus far from the r...more

by Martin Harris on October 17, 2014 5:59 PM
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