LAPT7 Chile: Seeking victory in Viña; Day 2 begins

The announcements have been made and players are starting to find their way back into the Grand Ballroom on the third floor of the Enjoy Viña del Mar Casino and Resort. When all finally find their seats there will be 195 of them, all vying to become the first Main Event champion of Season 7 of the Latin American Poker Tour.

It was a late one again yesterday, with playing lasting until midnight. Then bagging time arrived...


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...and that's when it became clear who of the 195 would be returning to the biggest stack today.


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Fernando Mazzeo of Argentina had reason to smile, having collected 228,400 to spend the last 12 hours or so as the LAPT7 Chile chip leader.


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Fernando Mazzeo

A trio of Brazilians -- Jefferson Melo (197,500), Pedro Padilha (187,000), and the red-hot Nicolau Villa-Lobos (184,600) -- will be right on Mazzeo's heels when the first hands of Day 2 are dealt. And not too far back are Julian Menendez (163,000), Victor Sbrissa (151,400), and Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (138,100).

Speaking of the red-spade sporters, four more return for today's action -- Angel Guillen (103,400), David Williams (78,900), Christian De Leòn (71,000), and Humberto Brenes (46,000). (Click here for a complete list of chip counts to start Day 2.) In fact, both Guillen and Brenes have drawn seats at Akkari's table to start the day.

Last night after Williams made a final check of his chips...


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Team PokerStars Pro David Williams

...he played still more poker, despite the long day.



As Williams notes, the popular MicroMillions 7 series is still going strong, to culminate this weekend with the $22 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed Main Event. Check the MicroMillions 7 web page for details of remaining events.

Meanwhile, the 195 who'll be starting today are all eyeing the prize pool information that was provided late last night. The 609 entries created a total prize pool of $943,950, to be divided among the top 87 finishers with $175,311 of that going to the winner.

Here's the full breakdown of how the payouts will go:

1st -- $175,311
2nd -- $109,140
3rd -- $78,100
4th -- $60,440
5th -- $47,620
6th -- $37,260
7th -- $27,560
8th -- $18,960
9th -- $14,920
10th-11th -- $12,260
12th-13th -- $10,260
14th-15th -- $8,980
16th-17th -- $8,060
18th-20th -- $7,140
21st-23rd -- $6,220
24th-27th -- $5,400
28th-31st -- $4,660
32nd-39th -- $4,120
40th-55th -- $3,580
56th-71st -- $3,200
72nd-87th -- $2,840

That means the bubble will be bursting some time later today, after which you can follow who cashes and for how much on the Prize Pool and Payouts page. Barring a later change of plans, today's schedule calls for them to play down to the final 32.

Meanwhile, settle in for more as we'll be reporting all day which way the chips go in Chile.


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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.