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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

LAPT8 Bahamas: Finger targets another; Danchev down in sixth

Pocket aces worked well for chip leader Martin Finger earlier this afternoon -- enabling him to knock out both Mustapha Kanit in eighth and then Jonathan Borenstein in seventh. Then came a hand in which Stefan Jedlicka picked up the rockets, although after an intriguing hand with Taylor Paur things...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 11:31 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Aces again for Finger bounces Borenstein in seventh

Martin Finger comes to this LAPT Bahamas final table with a WSOP bracelet and an EPT Main Event win (and an EPT Super High Roller title, too), giving him a shot at a kinda-sorta-Triple Crown should he come away with the win.If things continue for the rest of the day and night as they've begun for th...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 9:54 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Kanit KO'd in eighth; Finger now in front

The final table's first half-hour was highlighted by a three-way hand involving heavy preflop action and a couple of big folds.Martin Finger had been active in several hands, then opened again from early position for 50,000 holding A♠K♦. Jonathan Borenstein then three-bet to 130,000 from the bu...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 8:50 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Meet the final eight

The first final table of Season 8 of the Latin American Poker Tour is here. From 736 entries just eight players remain, bringing to the table a variety of backgrounds and poker experience, including a lot of considerable results.It's an eclectic group, but they all have one item in common -- it's t...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 8:18 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Hall hits rail in ninth, final table set

Two PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champions made it to the final nine of this inaugural LAPT Bahamas Main Event -- Galen Hall (2011) and Dimitar Danchev (2013) -- but only one made it the official final table of eight.Hall was ninth of nine in chips to start play once the players redrew ...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 7:47 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Frey falls, Massey moves on; 9 remain

In less than an hour they've gone from 11 down to an unofficial final table of nine here at the LAPT Bahamas Main Event where start-of-day chip leader Josh Kay has maintained his advantage thus far.Shortly after play began, a hand arose on the outer table that saw Taylor Paur open with a raise, Frey...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 6:54 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Eleven players, one trophy

A field of 736 entries for the first ever LAPT Bahamas Main Event played down to 183 players on Wednesday, and after a long Day 2 yesterday only 11 remain with hopes of capturing the first Main Event trophy of Season 8 of the Latin American Poker Tour along with a handsome $367,928 first prize.Durin...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 5:06 PM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Josh Kay leads final 11; Danchev, Hall, Finger in hunt

Near the end of Day 2 of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event, Mustapha Kanit was engaged in a discussion with a fellow player about a hand the pair had just played when he quickly stopped and with a wry grin held up his hand."I don't believe you," he said with a chuckle, referring to a claim about the hand ...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 8:01 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Strelitz, Hutter fall; 14 left

A couple of Americans fell during Level 22. Daniel Strelitz was felted shortly after the start of the level in 16th ($16,340), then followed to the rail near level's end by Barry Hutter in 15th ($18,280).Hutter's elimination hand began with an opening raise to 32,000 (a little over 2x) by Jose Carl...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 5:51 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Danchev still leads final 16, Karamalikis on the move

Level 21 has concluded and just 16 remain here in what has become a quiet corner of the Imperial Ballroom. Dimitar Danchev remains out in front with more than 2 million as the final players have recollected themselves around the last two tables.Gathering around the last two tablesAfter Ireland's Ga...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 4:41 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: The champs have chips; Danchev, Hall strong with 24 left

Yesterday it was Dominik Panka catching our eye, the returning PCA Main Event champion an obvious attention-getter thanks to his major triumph in this same location just a year ago. We noted how other former PCA Main Event champs were in the field as well, and how a couple of them had continued to ...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 3:14 AM

LAPT8 Bahamas: Frey in front of final 35

Seven more have fallen during the first part of post-dinner play here at the LAPT Bahamas Main Event. Mustapha Kanit continues to maintain his big stack of 700,000-plus, but there's a new leader for now -- Kyle Frey.Kyle FreyAs Carlos Monti our photographer explained, that pose represents Frey's lo...more

by Martin Harris on January 9, 2015 2:14 AM
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