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LAPT7 Chile: Victory in Viña for Mario Lopez, Main Event champion

It's been a whirlwind week here at the Enjoy Viña del Mar Casino in Chile where the Latin American Poker Tour kicked off its seventh season with a visit to the beautiful coastal city. And after another action-filled day of poker in the Grand Ballroom, the 609-entry field in the Main Event has been ...more

by Martin Harris on March 23, 2014 11:22 PM

LAPT7 Chile: Lopez outlasts Perez, denies Chilean the title

Just two remained from the 609 entries in the LAPT Chile Main Event. LAPT President David Carrion introduced the final competitors, Mario Lopez (Argentina) and Rodrigo Perez (Chile), and after a handshake their duel commenced.Lopez (left), Carrion (center), and Perez (right)Luis Resk (fourth-place ...more

by Martin Harris on March 23, 2014 10:06 PM

LAPT7 Chile: A four-way chop, then Resk, Melo fall

Down to just four after Johann Ibanez's knockout, deal talk was revived and this time terms were reached in short order.At the time of the second round of deal discussions, Rodrigo Perez still led and Jefferson Melo was the short stack. The terms of the deal agreed upon were as follows;Rodrigo Pere...more

by Martin Harris on March 23, 2014 8:03 PM

LAPT7 Chile: No deal made, then Ibanez dealt out in 5th

Following Robert Lipkin's elimination in sixth place, the remaining five players played on for a short while before taking a break to talk about a possible deal to divide up most of the remaining prize money.During the interim, LAPT President David Carrion took the opportunity to hand out some hardw...more

by Martin Harris on March 23, 2014 7:15 PM

LAPT7 Chile: Lipkin leaves in 6th, Perez new pace-setter

They are down to five now at the LAPT Chile Main Event, with Robert Lipkin having lost the last of his short stack to go out in sixth. As a consolation, Lipkin can now check in on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels' second-round NCAA tournament game this afternoon, if he wishes.Robert Lipki...more

by Martin Harris on March 23, 2014 6:09 PM

LAPT7 Chile: Lopez leads after pushing out Pino and Pita

After taking three hours to go from nine to eight in the LAPT Chile Main event, it took about a half-hour for the next two to go. Mario Lopez of Argentina has already gone from the brink of elimination to score two knockouts and assume the chip lead.Fast start for Mario LopezEarly action saw Rodrig...more

by Martin Harris on March 23, 2014 5:10 PM

LAPT7 Chile: Meet the final eight

The final table is here! Finally. After 32 players swiftly whittled down to just nine yesterday, it would take three hours more of play -- plus a dinner break in between -- for the Season 6 Latin American Poker Tour Player of the Year Amos Ben to fall in ninth, setting the stage for today's finale...more

by Martin Harris on March 23, 2014 3:43 PM

LAPT7 Chile: Jefferson Melo carries chip lead to final table

A lightning-quick start to Day 3 in the Grand Ballroom of the Enjoy Viña del Mar Casino and Resort made it appear a short day was in the cards. But after 23 of the 32 who began the day fell in less than four hours, it would take another three hours' worth of poker for one more to fall.When that lon...more

by Martin Harris on March 23, 2014 1:57 AM

LAPT7 Chile: Amos Ben bubbles, final table set (finally)

The dinner break done, the final nine players returned to Level 27 with increased blinds of 25,000/50,000 and a 5,000 ante. The final nineDuring the first orbit back no less than three different players open-raised below average stacks all in -- Mario Lopez, then Amos Ben, then Johann Ibanez -- wit...more

by Martin Harris on March 23, 2014 1:36 AM

LAPT7 Chile: A tough final table bubble; 9 still remain

After a breakneck start to the afternoon that saw 23 eliminations in less than four hours of play, the 24th and final knockout of Day 3 is turning out to be a lot more difficult to come by.Once the final nine reassembled around a single table, they played an orbit's worth of hands, then came a break...more

by Martin Harris on March 22, 2014 11:40 PM

LAPT7 Chile: Nine remain, Perez leads

Redraw!That's right... they've gone from 14 down to nine in a flash here at the LAPT Chile Main Event, taking a little over half an hour to do so. The remaning nine players are reassembling around a single table to play down to eight, and with one more elimination play will end for Day 3.As Level ...more

by Martin Harris on March 22, 2014 9:02 PM

LAPT7 Chile: Down to 14 as Tavitian's title defense ends

The theme today at the LAPT Chile Main Event has been preflop confrontations leading to all-in situations and subsequent bustouts of the shorter stacks. That's been the pattern throughout, and a similar scenario punctuated the start of Level 23 when Leonardo Lisi of Argentina took K♥J♦ up agains...more

by Martin Harris on March 22, 2014 7:58 PM

LAPT7 Chile: Sbrissa sunk, Tavitian trying; 18 leftAP

As Level 22 came to a close three more knockouts occurred in rapid succession. Indeed, everything is in rapid succession so far today, including the devouring of sandwiches during the most recent break by your humble scribbler and his colleagues.Thiago Nishijima -- a.k.a. "XTheDecanoX" on PokerStar...more

by Martin Harris on March 22, 2014 7:18 PM

LAPT7 Chile: Lessa, Martin, El-Kher, Minond Out

They've yet to reach the first break of Day 3, but already 11 players from the day's starting field of 32 have been sent railward. Over the last half-hour came the most recent three knockouts.Brazil's Mateus Lessa fell in 25th after taking his last 215,000 chips up against Raul Pino of Panama. Les...more

by Martin Harris on March 22, 2014 6:34 PM

LAPT7 Chile: Zig-zag hands end race for Zarzar, Mazzeo; 25 left

We're watching races today during the early part of Day 3 of the Latin American Poker Tour Chile Main Event. Just now the Argentine Luciano Basualdo pushed his last 107,000 with Q♥T♥ and was behind both chipwise and in percentages against Guilherme Coutinho's A♠5♠. Coutinho led from start...more

by Martin Harris on March 22, 2014 5:54 PM
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