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LAPT8 Chile: Venegas moves near a milly as a half-dozen fall

There was just over a half-hour left in Level 19 to start Day 3, and during that time four players fell. Then two more were swiftly knocked from the feature table by leader Javier Venegas, who has increased his chip edge over the field considerably with 26 left.Javier VenegasFirst to go was Guido Ru...more

by Martin Harris on March 9, 2015 5:11 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Working towards a final table; 32 return for Day 3

It's Monday. Time to go to work. For the 32 players still remaining from the 410-entry Latin American Poker Tour Chile Main Event field, each has put in plenty of hours already. But the most important -- and potentially rewarding -- work remains to be completed.Of those 32, Javier Venegas will sta...more

by Martin Harris on March 9, 2015 3:28 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Javier Venegas leads final 32 to end Day 2

Day 2 of the Latin American Poker Tour Chile Main Event is done, a day that aria-like followed a fast-slow-fast structure featuring many eliminations early, a slow run up to the cash bubble bursting, and a hasty conclusion. Just 32 remain from the 139 who began the day, with Javier Venegas of Argen...more

by Martin Harris on March 9, 2015 3:45 AM

LAPT8 Chile: The cashouts commence

After taking more than an hour-and-a-half of playing time for those last two eliminations to come and the money bubble to burst, over the next hour there would be 16 more to fall, all of whom earned the minimum-cash of $4,440.One of the first to go was the Brazilian Fernando Araujo. Araujo took A♠...more

by Martin Harris on March 9, 2015 2:47 AM

LAPT8 Chile: That time Team PokerStars burst the bubble

Two Team PokerStars Pros entered this event -- Christian de Leon of Mexico and Andre Akkari of Brazil. When players returned from the dinner break, 57 remained, meaning after two more eliminations the money bubble would at last be burst in this 410-entry event. It would take about 40 more minutes ...more

by Martin Harris on March 9, 2015 1:46 AM

LAPT8 Chile: Counting it down

Let us catch you up, dear reader, on what has happened since we last conferred. We travel back in time a little over an hour to pick up our narrative, left off last time as the money bubble was starting to come into view.With 10 minutes left in Level 15 (blinds 1,500/3,000, ante 400), there are 60 ...more

by Martin Harris on March 8, 2015 11:56 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Crushing and crashing

They're down under 70 players now -- just over a dozen eliminations away from the cash -- in the LAPT Chile Main Event, with some thriving, some just surviving, and some driving home. Both Christian de Leon and Nicolas Fierro had leading stacks earlier, but now find themselves back down to average s...more

by Martin Harris on March 8, 2015 9:13 PM

LAPT8 Chile: March comes in like de Leon

"It's w-a-a-a-ay more fun when you have 100 big blinds."So said Christian de Leon just now, alluding to the fact that he's built up a stack of about 240,000 -- about 120 big blinds, actually -- as the tournament nears the end of Level 13. Like a strong gust of March wind, de Leon has blasted to the...more

by Martin Harris on March 8, 2015 7:37 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Talking evolution and growth for the LAPT

The LAPT Player Lounge has been a busy place this week, and it saw more action prior to the start of play this morning with a special "Breakfast with the Pros" featuring food, drink, and conversation with LAPT President David Carrion and Team PokerStars Pro Christian de Leon.Tour talk at a morning m...more

by Martin Harris on March 8, 2015 5:55 PM

LAPT8 Chile: A great way to spend International Women's Day

Around the world many nations are today observing International Women's Day. While not a national holiday here in Chile, it is nonetheless widely observed as many are taking the occasion to celebrate the ladies in their lives with appreciation and love.Four women remain part of the field here at the...more

by Martin Harris on March 8, 2015 4:48 PM

LAPT8 Chile: 139 return for Day 2 with Fierro in first

Today marked the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in various locations around the world, and so for many, having to "spring forward" an hour perhaps introduced a feeling of losing something.But after observing DST for many years, Chile abolished it this year, meaning all of the clocks stayed right...more

by Martin Harris on March 8, 2015 3:03 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Felipe Costa collects most on Day 1B; Fierro leads overall

A second and final Day 1 flight has safely landed, and after 10 one-hour levels of poker Felipe Costa of Brazil appears to have bagged the most chips of those flying Day 1B. Costa finished with 142,700, the best of today's group although Day 1A leader Nicholas Fierro will start tomorrow's Day 2 stil...more

by Martin Harris on March 8, 2015 3:38 AM

LAPT8 Chile: One from 410

Late registration has ended, as has any final opportunities for players to reenter the LAPT Chile Main Event. Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari was one of the last to reenter just before dinner, having lost his initial stack just before.Counting a few no-shows, there were 255 entries total today, wh...more

by Martin Harris on March 8, 2015 1:40 AM

LAPT8 Chile: While the home country defends, Argentina's at it again

During the first seven seasons of the Latin American Poker Tour, Chile produced four Main Event champions.Alex Manzano was the first, winning in Sao Paulo at the start of Season 4. Alirio Diaz followed him to the winner's circle after winning here in Viña del Mar at the beginning of Season 5, then ...more

by Martin Harris on March 8, 2015 12:05 AM

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
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