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LAPT8 Chile: Caution the word

The pace has been notably slower today compared to yesterday. There's a larger field for this second and last of the Day 1 flights, but we've seen fewer bustouts and reentries and no super-sized stacks as yet.The buy-in for LAPT Main Events is larger this year ($2,500) compared to last season ($1,70...more

by Martin Harris on March 7, 2015 8:52 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Fun and games on the side

Yesterday we shared how a celebrity cash game running alongside the Main Event had added a little something extra to the usual proceedings for an LAPT. There are other side attractions continuing today and throughout the five days of the Main Event and 12 side events.This afternoon Intellipoker, Pok...more

by Martin Harris on March 7, 2015 7:26 PM

LAPT8 Chile: A day of great expectations

Level 3 of Day 1B began with 179 entries thus far for today's second and final Day 1 flight, already ahead of the 155 of yesterday. Late registration remains open through the dinner break and the start of Level 7, and so we fully expect the overall field size to increase even more.Part of today's t...more

by Martin Harris on March 7, 2015 6:20 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Mountains and tunnels, chips and cards

You fly to Santiago first, located just about at the center of the long, narrow coastal strip that is Chile. Then you travel by car westward to get to Viña del Mar, a trip of about an hour-and-a-half. Chile's capital sits in a valley, meaning the ride takes you through many tree-covered mountains, ...more

by Martin Harris on March 7, 2015 4:24 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Chasing Fierro on Day 1B

Newcomers to the coastal city of Viña del Mar are greeted with a variety of agreeable sights and sounds, with the seafood-centered cuisine adding still more considerable pleasures to the palate. Spending time outdoors is highly recommended, especially when the temperatures are mild as they have bee...more

by Martin Harris on March 7, 2015 2:12 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Nicolas Fierro fires in front to conclude Day 1A

That sun we were enjoying about 12 hours ago has long disappeared, replaced by a clear, star-dotted sky and a pleasant cool. During the interim 10 one-hour levels' worth of tournament poker have played out here on the third floor of the Enjoy Viña del Mar casino, completing Day 1A of the LAPT Chile ...more

by Martin Harris on March 7, 2015 3:15 AM

LAPT8 Chile: More of what we saw

It's getting late. Main Event players are just returning from what will be the final break of the day, with 78 of the day's 155 entrants still with chips to try to continue the battle for the night's final two levels.Among the group not returning to finish out Day 1A is last year's LAPT Chile champ,...more

by Martin Harris on March 7, 2015 1:50 AM

LAPT8 Chile: Fearsome foes among the fellows

Dinner is over, and with the start of Level 7 there'll be no más re-entradas today. Tomorrow's Day 1B, however, offers continued hope for those who subsequently bust.Shortly after players returned, a table broke scattering a handful around the tournament area, among them Ariel "ArielBahia" Celestino...more

by Martin Harris on March 6, 2015 11:54 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Tracking the travails of Team Try-Try Again

Like all LAPT Main Events, this one allows reentries, meaning those who fall prior to the start of Level 7 can buy back in today if they wish, with tomorrow's Day 1B an option as well. We've seen many players get felted already during the first five-and-a-half hours of play. The big board currently...more

by Martin Harris on March 6, 2015 11:25 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Celebrities cashing in

Common poker wisdom describes the early pre-ante levels of a tournament as playing "like a cash game." Indeed, here in Level 4 the antes have just been introduced, but the stacks remain relatively deep with the average above 100 big blinds at the moment.That said, there's more poker being played nea...more

by Martin Harris on March 6, 2015 8:04 PM
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