LAPT7 Panama: A trio of trios

The field has dipped below 120 players as Day 2 continues at LAPT Panama Main Event -- still a long way from the cash as only the top 79 make the money, but they're drawing closer with every orbit.

Among those remaining are three women. Colombia's Mei Lian Kuang has been battling with a short stack for a while, sitting with 15,000. Angelina Rich of Seattle -- whom we met on Day 1a to discuss poker and her fashion blog -- is also battling below the average with about 25,000. And Ecuador's Michelle Reyes has increased her stack from the the 36,600 with which she started up to about 60,000 at present.

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Michelle Reyes

A few U.S. ex-pats are still involved, among them Neil "NUTTED_UP_17" Zonenashvili (now in Panama), Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland (lately of Australia), and Brian "brianm15" England (of Costa Rica).

Zonenashvili has a stack of about 105,000 as they approach mid-afternoon -- a bit above the average at present -- while Westmorland has around 60,000.

Meanwhile England has been steadily accumulating through the day's first levels, his stack of 270,000 now starting to rival that of chip leader Farid Jattin.

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Brian England

Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero, Humberto Brenes, and Leo Fernandez are all still in the hunts as well.

After his big bounce early, Barbero sits at 120,000 after being moved to the feature table. Fernandez has chipped up to around 135,000. And Brenes has about 110,000.

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Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes

There will be no dinner break today, as a pool party has been scheduled at the completion of today's eight one-hour levels. That money bubble should burst well before then, though, meaning they'll already have splashed into the cash.

Photography from LAPT7 Panama by Carlos Monti. Click here for live updates in Spanish, and here for live updates in Portuguese. Also check out the start-to-finish live streaming coverage (in both Spanish and Portuguese) at

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.