LAPT Rosario: Day 2 Preview

lapt-promo.gifBuenos dias, Rosario. We've rubbed the sleep out of our eyes thanks to some of South America's finest java and in about thirty minutes' time, the 126 players who survived Day 1 of the LAPT Grand Final will return to the tables, unbag their chips, and pick up where they left off last night. The plan today is to play down to three eight-handed tables, and with the money hitting at 40 players, you know what that means...we're gonna burst that bubble sometime late this afternoon.

Following a remarkable final level last night, Chile's Nico Fierro bagged up 238,200 in chips, over 100,000 more than his closest competitor, Mario Niciforo who is sitting on 130,000.


An elated Nico Fierro wins the monster pot that catapulted him into the chip lead

An octet of Team PokerStars Pros are still in contention for the title, including Angel Guillen, Andre Akkari, Christian de Leon, Dennis Phillips, Jose "Nacho" Barbero, Leo Fernandez, Maria "maridu" Mayrinck, and Veronica Dabul. Akkari is currently atop the Team Pro pack with 71,900 in chips.


Andre Akkari

Here's a look at our top ten in chips:

Nico Fierro 278,200
Mario Niciforo 130,000
Arnaldo Andres Mesas 116,600
Mario Donoso 100,500
Tomas Carvallo 89,300
Hugo Zanotti Cavazzoni 86,600
Gustavo Kein  82,100
Alessandro Giombetti 74,300
Luis Geraldo Campelo 72,200
Gerardo Godinez Estrada 72,100

Notable chip counts:

Aaron Lerner 12,400
Andre Akkari 71,900
Angel Guillen 47,800
Bolivar Palacios 15,400
Cesar Mostafa 66,000
Christian de Leon 17,500
Danny Ryan 44,000
Dennis Phillips 33,800
Jose "Nacho" Barbero 42,200
Jose Nadal 33,900
Leo Fernandez 8,700
Maria Mayrinck 20,300
Matthias Haberning 50,300
Terrence Chan 67,700
Tim Vance 12,800
Veronica Dabul 30,700

To see what they're playing for (hint: $322,280 for first place) click over to the LAPT Rosario prizes and winners page.

Sit tight, we'll be underway shortly.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour