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LAPT6 Chile: Deuces cracked, aces cracked, everyone's cracked

Payouts have reached $2,740 now, enough for those people who are in for more than one bullet to recoup their investment (perhaps) and purchase a smartphone. It's not life-changing money yet - that part doesn't come until Sunday night. Still, with eight tables remaining, players are starting to get t...more

by Dave Behr on March 16, 2013 12:31 AM

LAPT6 Chile: Halfway home

At the top of the day I noted that I'd never lightly bet against Tournament Director Mike Ward when it comes to matters of scheduling and pacing of multi-day poker tournaments. Mike's an old hand at this sort of thing. If he thought we'd get to 24 by the end of the day, that was good enough for me.F...more

by Dave Behr on March 15, 2013 9:40 PM

LAPT6 Chile: Something old, something new

If you're a regular follower of the PokerStars Blog, you may remember a post I wrote at LAPT5 Colombia about Luis Jaikel. Jaikel finished 11th in the tournament, just missing the final table and a chance to show the younger generation how the game has been played for ages.At the time I wrote, "Jaike...more

by Dave Behr on March 15, 2013 8:18 PM

LAPT6 Chile: Bubble who?

I've seen some wild things on the Latin American Poker Tour, but I've never seen a bubble as wild and confusing as the one that just went down here in Chile.At the last break 166 players remained in the field. 160 were guaranteed money. Normal poker tournament rhythms dictate that after the break, p...more

by Dave Behr on March 15, 2013 7:09 PM

LAPT6 Chile: Outliers

Over the last two days the bloggers have gotten to know Zackary Koerper a little bit. We've chatted with him in bits here and there, we met his girlfriend and we helped him clear up a registration snafu. Koerper has struck as a chill, friendly guy, just the sort we like to highlight in these large-f...more

by Dave Behr on March 15, 2013 5:25 PM

LAPT6 Chile: The best things in life

There's a woman who serves me tea every morning at my hotel's breakfast buffet. She's a little short, a little stout, and perfectly friendly. I've also learned that after she brings me my initial cup of tea I'm not likely to ever see her smiling face again (I've since started ordering two at once). ...more

by Dave Behr on March 15, 2013 3:58 PM

LAPT6 Chile: Saho leads record-setting Day 1b

Today was a record-setting day for the Latin American Poker Tour. Although we have yet to get final confirmation from the registration desk, the Big Board claims that there were 629 entries into the tournament today. That number shatters the LAPT's previous one-day record of 536, set ...more

by Dave Behr on March 15, 2013 4:31 AM

LAPT6 Chile: The price of parenthood

On the LAPT spectating is a way of life. The staff do the best they can to enforce the rail but as tournaments rooms are often large and players look exactly like spectators, the policy of "spectators on the rail" is a loose one. Several times today the staff have had to get on the PA system to chas...more

by Dave Behr on March 15, 2013 3:08 AM

LAPT6 Chile: Here comes the Red Spade Brigade

Late registration has been closed for three full levels now. There are no more chances to re-enter. It's do or die. More than half of the field has already taken the "die" route, but almost all of the Latin American Team PokerStars Pros are going strong.The shortest of the Red Spade Brigade - other ...more

by Dave Behr on March 15, 2013 12:52 AM

LAPT6 Chile: Five stars on Brazil's kit

No picture of Latin American poker, in general, or the LAPT in particular would ever be complete without several Brazilian figures sprinkled liberally across it. It's hard to understate Brazil's impact on the development of the game in this part of the world. In many ways, Brazilians are Latin Ameri...more

by Dave Behr on March 14, 2013 10:17 PM

LAPT6 Chile: Ronin by the sea

It's probably time to talk about the dogs.The dogs of which I speak are sizable dogs, huskies and shepherds and all sorts of scary, Frankendog big-dog mixes. They lay low during Viña del Mar's daytime and then come into their own when night cloaks the town, rising from shady slumbering spots, stretc...more

by Dave Behr on March 14, 2013 8:27 PM

LAPT6 Chile: The small world of Leonardo Martins

As long as I'm prattling on about the table draw...Last night after Day 1a play concluded, I went to the center bar in the Casino Municipal with a few co-workers to grab an adult beverage. We ran into some poker players, as you might expect. My colleague Sergio introduced me to one of the Brazilians...more

by Dave Behr on March 14, 2013 7:00 PM

LAPT6 Chile: Drawing out

As a tournament reporter, one of the first things I do at the start of a day is walk the floor. Sure, I make note of where established pros are seated, but I'm also trying to get a sense of the room. Here at the Casino Municipal we actually have two adjoining rooms in use - the main room with 32 tab...more

by Dave Behr on March 14, 2013 5:14 PM

LAPT6 Chile: Wake-up call

I'm a fruit guy. Some might even call me "fruity". A spread of fruit and two cups of hot tea are all I need to get my motor going at the start of the day. Chop up a mango, slice some pineapple, maybe even chunk a melon. Berries will do in a pinch if larger fruit can't be sourced. Steep the tea for a...more

by Dave Behr on March 14, 2013 3:51 PM

LAPT6 Chile: Quezada "enjoys" Day 1a

Poker tournaments have rhythms to them. At the start of the day, a bubble of energy fills the room as players file in, all hopeful of being the next champion. Little by little, the bubble deflates over the course of ten levels, emptying the room from right to left. There's almost an audible *pop* ev...more

by Dave Behr on March 14, 2013 4:37 AM
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