LAPT Vina del Mar: Final table profiles
The final table of the Latin American Poker Tour event in Vina del Mar Chile will run Thursday afternoon local time. The PokerStars Blog will have live coverage of the final nine players from the first flop to the last river. For a brief look at our final table players, see any of the final table player profiles below. To see what they are playing for, check out the Vina del Mar prizes and winners page.
Damian Salas, from Chascomus, Argentina, came to Viña with a group of friends from a poker club who convinced him to make the trip. This former lawyer is 33 years old and now a professional online poker player who plays usually limits from 5/10 up to 25/50 NL stakes. He plans to invest any money he wins here in his poker game. If you don't get a chance to meet him in Vina del Mar, you will find him at more LAPTs and at the World Series of Poker.
Seat 2: Jyries Aguad Saba- Chile - 208,000
Jyries Saba has been on everyone's radar since day one. His trademark phrase "chiquitita" has spread like wildfire throughout the tournament, a saying he says was born right here in Vina Del Mar several years ago. The Enjoy Casino is well aware of Jyries' antics.
He's been playing throughout Latin America and Chile for the past 40 years. This businessman has won several tournaments, including one here at the Enjoy and feels confident being on home turf.
With a number of fans and years of experience under his belt, Jyries plans on being the first Latin American to hold the title of LAPT champion.
Leandro is the youngest of the final table contenders at 22. A keen sportsman, he loves soccer and tennis, and playing poker with friends at home in Foz Da Iguacu in Brazil.
Brazil is full of poker notables, including Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari and Alex Gomes. Balotin aims to put his name among the top players in his home country.
He is already on his way. He has won two online tournaments at PokerStars. He's won more than $16, 000 and plans to attend as many LAPT events as possible.
47-year-old Vincenzo Giannelli is from Caracas, Venezuela where he runs a family-owned printing company. He has an impressive poker pedigree, with three first places, and eight final table cashes. He is married with three children. He also helped start a private school that now has more than 1,800 students. In between his printing business and work with the school, he's been playing tons of poker.
"I have had lots of poker success," he said. Giannelli is among the most colorful and boisterous of the final table players and is bound to put on a good show at the final table.
Fabian Ortiz is a businessman from Chaco, Argentina. He is 39 years old. Ortiz has owned several discos over his business career, but recently has been doing most of his dancing on the poker circuit. He's already had some tournament success and has proven himself to be fearless at the table. Near the final table bubble, Ortiz sniffed out a bluff by American Carter Phillips, calling all-in with top pair no kicker. "He was very aggressive," Ortiz said, "but his face was red and I knew he was bluffing."
That kind of confidence was good enough to put Ortiz in second chip position.
Jaime is considered the pioneer of poker in Uruguay. He makes his home in Montevideo. The 77-year-old businessman only learned to play seven years ago during a visit to Costa Rica. He has been spreading the poker gospel ever since. Age has proven to be no deterrent to ambition. Jaime hopes to win his way to the PokerStars European Poker Tour and the World Series. This former director of a casino in Uruguay came with some friends to play the LAPT. He has eight years of playing Texas Hold'em but 60 of playing 5-Card Draw. He calls it "the old style." As for his future, he says he doesn't make plans more than 15 days in advance. He just enjoys life as it comes.
40-year-old Hernan comes from Medellin, Colombia and is normally a high stakes Hi Lo Omaha player. A businessman by day, Villa has plenty of experience in live tournaments. He has qualified on PokerStars for the EPTs in Deauville, Dortmund, and the PCA. Last year alone Villa won several seats to the World Series of Poker. Villa was on the ropes with two tables left and got K-Q all in against Fabio Escobar's pocket nines. If not for a king on the river, Villa would already be hanging out on the beach. Instead, he's sitting down at the final table and looking to win the first-ever title in Chile.
53-year-old Eduardo is a farmer from Canals, Argentina. He is married with three children. Camia worked a relatively short stack to perfection during Day 2.
By the end of the day, Camia crippled tenth place finisher Carter Phillips. That win was enough to propel the farmer to the final table.
Camia is among the most unassuming yet friendly folks on the final table. Win or lose, the Argentinian farmer finishes each hand with a smile. There's a lot to be said for that in this day and age.
Fabio is 38 years old and comes from Brazil. A married businessman, he learned to play in live poker games, then won his seat to Chile online at PokerStars. A keen fisherman, he has three children and hopes to play in the next LAPT event at Punta del Este.