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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

LAPT8 Bahamas: The tour comes to the Caribbean; Main Event starts today

"Season Eight? Really? Wow."So said my PokerStars blogging colleague Howard Swains to me last night as we discussed today's PCA schedule and its highlight, the inaugural LAPT Bahamas Main Event which kicks off Season 8 of the Latin American Poker Tour.Having covered the LAPT's first season back in...more

by Martin Harris on January 7, 2015 4:59 PM

LAPT7 Peru: Oscar, Oscar! Alache of Chile wins LAPT7 Peru Grand Final

Eight players from eight different countries united around one last table for today's LAPT Peru Grand Final, and after a lengthy day full of dramatic ups and downs for many involved Oscar Alache of Chile emerged as the final Main Event champion of Season 7, earning a $135,488 first prize following a...more

by Martin Harris on October 20, 2014 4:14 AM

LAPT7 Peru: Alache comes back, defeats Campodonico for the win

Daniel Campodonico had a better than 8 million-chip advantage on his heads-up opponent, Oscar Alache, to start their duel with 10.9 million while Alache had a little under 2.9 million.Oscar Alache and Daniel Campodonico battle heads-upThe 65-year-old Uruguayan sipped coffee as they began, though had...more

by Martin Harris on October 20, 2014 2:51 AM

LAPT7 Peru: A three-way deal, then Backmann bounced in 3rd

Level 32 (80,000/160,000/20,000) kicked off with another big double-up as Daniel Campodonico managed to get chips back from Oscar Alache. At risk with K♣Q♦ against Alache's 9♥9♦, a king on the flop paired Campodonico and the hand held through the turn and river to give the Uruguayan a doubl...more

by Martin Harris on October 20, 2014 2:01 AM

LAPT7 Peru: A-B-C poker... Alache, Backmann, and Campodonico

The final three players returned from their agreed-upon break to play out the end of Level 30 (50,000/100,000/10,000), the time spent discussing a possible deal but ultimately deciding against doing so.They played out the end of the level, with Backmann winning most of the hands before Campodonico g...more

by Martin Harris on October 20, 2014 12:27 AM

LAPT7 Peru: Perez out in 5th, Exterkotter in 4th; big lead for Backmann

As Level 30 (50,000/100,000/10,000) began Jerson Backmann of Mexico had built his stack up over 7 million, having about half the chips in play and three times as many as his nearest competitor.Upstairs in the Atlantic City Casino, the LAPT Peru Grand Final continuesA few hands went by, with both Lui...more

by Martin Harris on October 19, 2014 10:34 PM
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