LAPT7 Chile: Clouds outside, crowds inside as Day 1A awaits

"The problem is... the day is so cloudy."

So surmises Carlos Monti, LAPT photographer. He will be helping us tell the story this week of the LAPT7 Chile Main Event, the kickoff tournament for the seventh season of the Latin American Poker Tour.

It's hard not to use the adjective "picturesque" to describe Viña del Mar, the coastal city that has hosted LAPT Chile during each of its previous visits. An afternoon walk yesterday down the Aveneda Peru upon which looks the Enjoy Viña del Mar Casino and Resort confirmed as much, with the blue skies, mild temps, and pleasant ocean breeze all helping make the argument for the city's attractiveness as a poker destination.

Carlos is right, however, about the skies this morning. It is overcast, unusually so according to those in the know.


Meanwhile here on the third floor of the Enjoy, the dealers are seated at their tables, ready and waiting for players to begin streaming in and taking their seats for today's noon start of Day 1a, the first of two Day 1 flights in the $1,550+$150 event. They appear not a little like the especially attentive birds Carlos spotted a short while ago through the morning haze.


The buy-in this year has increased from last year's $1,100 total, although with just as many online qualifiers this year as last, expectations are this year's field may still approach the 1,024 entrants who played LAPT6 Chile. As we covered yesterday, the Argentinian Pablo Tavitian topped that huge field to earn a $184,220 first prize.

We're about a half-hour away from the first hands of the first hands of LAPT7 Chile Main Event being dealt. It won't be too long before things start to clear up inside, too, as we discover just how big this year's crowd of participants will be.

They will be playing 10 one-hour levels today, the dinner break meaning a around-midnight finish. Stick around here for start-to-finish coverage from this year's event. There should be many interesting stories to share, and Carlos and I will be on the lookout all week.


Photography from LAPT7 Chile by Carlos Monti. Follow live streaming coverage throughout LAPT7 Chile in Spanish at PokerStars or via Facebook as well as in Portuguese, also at PokerStars or via Facebook.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.