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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

LAPT8 Chile: Rodrigo Garrido gathering (again)

Just a few weeks ago I was almost 4,800 miles (about 7,800 km) from where I am today. I was sitting behind my computer, watching the Sunday Million play out and a player named "rportaleoni" top a field of 6,658 to win the tournament and a $166,746.41 first prize. With an avatar showing an adorable i...more

by Martin Harris on March 6, 2015 5:52 PM

LAPT8 Chile: Lots of choices for players in Chile

Cards are in the air and players are still arriving as the first level of Day 1A of the LAPT8 Chile Main Event gets started. Among those already taking hands are several familiar faces, including last year's LAPT7 Peru champion Oscar Alache, 2014 WSOP Main Event November Niner and eighth-place finis...more

by Martin Harris on March 6, 2015 4:27 PM

LAPT8 Chile: It's almost time! Day 1A awaits

It's March. The sun is out. The flowers are growing. And we've returned once again to la Ciudad Jardín -- the Garden City -- a.k.a. beautiful Viña del Mar, Chile, where Season 8 of the Latin American Poker Tour continues today.Time for poker!The LAPT got a head start this season with the first ever ...more

by Martin Harris on March 6, 2015 2:24 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Josh Kay carries the day, wins Main Event, $367K

"I just pretty much let everybody else battle," said Josh Kay, winner of the first ever LAPT Bahamas Main Event, explaining his plan to "hang out until the end."Kay was referring to the situation of coming to the final table with the chip lead versus a formidable group of some of poker's greats, inc...more

by Martin Harris on January 10, 2015 2:05 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Kay breaks Finger's momentum, wins heads-up

With a better than 2-to-1 chip lead to start heads-up play, Martin Finger appeared primed to add a Latin American Poker Tour title -- in one of the biggest LAPT Main Events ever -- to his EPT Main Event and Super High Roller wins and WSOP bracelet. And after chipping up further during the first par...more

by Martin Harris on January 10, 2015 12:57 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Paur, Garcia out in back-to-back hands; Finger leads final 3

The final five continued on toward the end of Level 27 with Martin Finger continuing to enjoy a chip lead by a wide margin. Then in a flash came two eliminations within two hands to conclude the level.Both hands involved hands pitting players holding a single ace, although in one the player who was...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 11:32 PM
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