LAPT7 Chile: Unlimited hold'em

Season 7 of the Latin American Poker Tour is continuing a new format for its Main Events first introduced last season whereby players are able if they wish to re-enter should they bust. And just as there is no limit on the betting, so, too, are there no limits when it comes to re-entering, too -- that is to say, within the re-entry period.

Here on Day 1A, late registration remains open through the start of Level 7 which comes just after tonight's dinner break. Players losing their starting stacks of 20,000 can buy back into the tourney up until that point today as well, or they can return for tomorrow's Day 1B flight where once again late registration and the ability to re-enter will extend to the beginning of Level 7, after which point the tourney becomes a freeze-out and re-entering will no longer be possible.

Such freedoms mean more to some than others. As with any re-entry tourney, a significant number come with an intention only to enter a single time. For example, many who won their way to Viña del Mar via online satellites may well be operating on the single-entry plan. Incidentally, 195 players did just that this year, winning their seats on PokerStars. That total comes close to rivaling the 211 online qualifiers who played last year when then buy-in was $1,100 as compared to this year's $1,700.

That said, others are going to take the re-entry option, with the ability to do so sometimes suggesting alternate lines than might be tried without the ability to start again.

A mid-afternoon hand between Team PokerStars Pros Christian de León and Leo Fernandez perhaps could be said to demonstrate such a truth.

It started with an under-the-gun limp and then a raise to 1,500 from Fernandez, met with a reraise to 4,500 from de León. All folded back to the limper who stepped aside as well, then Fernandez paused a few beats before shoving his stack of 33,000 all in and de León called instantly.

The reason for de León's call was plain to all -- he held A♠A♦.


Plays the nuts

Less obvious perhaps was Fernandez's, who grinned as he tabled his [10h]5♥.


Plays nuts

The run out didn't help Fernandez, who after tumbling to 4,000 would lose the rest shortly thereafter.

But after that nutty hand the Argentinian is back and in fact has been reseated at de León's table, giving the pair still more opportunities to tangle. Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes has arrived as well to take a seat at the same table, while another Team PokerStars Pro, David Williams, has at last arrived, too, to sit at the feature table along with teammate Nacho Barbero, Damián Salas, and Bruno Kawauti which is being streamed online (see details below).

The pace of new players entering has slowed down for Day 1A, and we'll expect a bigger crowd turning out tomorrow with more re-entries to follow then as well. Until dinner ends tomorrow, however, it's poker without limits in more ways than one.


Enjoying the action at the Enjoy Viña del Mar Casino and Resort

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.