LAPT7 Chile: It's that time! Day 1B begins

We're all over the globe this week on the PokerStars blog, reporting from ANZPT6 Sydney, Eureka Vienna, and here from scenic Viña del Mar, Chile where we were met with overcast skies again this morning of Day 1B of the LAPT7 Chile Main Event.

And we shouldn't forget international gathering happening online as well for MicroMillions 7, in which nearly $5 million has already been won with several days to go in the 100-tourney series.

Here the invitation to Day 1B players to take their seats has already been made, and soon cards will be back in the air for Day 1 redux, with 10 one-hour levels plus a dinner break carrying us to around midnight once again.

Yesterday saw 74 survive a 237-entry field, and by all indications we'll be seeing considerably more entering today for this $1,700 buy-in event.

Two Brazilians charged to the top of the counts near the end of play last night, with Jefferson Melo finishing with 197,500 to edge his countryman, Pedro Padhila (187,000).

Meanwhile just over a dozen Day 1A players spun their starting stacks of 20,000 up over the 100,000-chip mark yesterday, with Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari (138,100) and Angel Guillen among them (103,400). Click here to see the full list of survivors from Day 1A and their counts.

Their teammates Christian de Leon and Humberto Brenes made it through yesterday as well, while Nacho Barbero, Leo Fernandez, and David Williams did not. That latter trio will be back again today, as should many more of the Day 1A casualties in this re-entry event.

Late registration -- and the ability to re-enter should a player bust -- will remain open until the start of Level 7 today (just after the dinner break), after which point the time for second (or third or fourth) chances will have run out.


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Time for poker

Speaking of the time, it's nearly noon. Stay tuned all day for reports on the action and pictures as well by the great Carlos Monti. And check the live streams, too (see below), to get even closer to the action.

It's a big, big world and people are playing poker all over it, but we can enjoy it all here together on the PokerStars blog.

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.