LAPT7 Panama: Big bounce for Barbero, Jattin jumps up

A couple of wild ones during the first level of Day 2 to share as the action has instantly heated up here in warm and humid Panama.

Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero drew Seat 1, Table 1 today, and it turned out to be a nice place to start as he scored a quick double-up during one of the day's first hands.

A player in early position began the hand with a min-raise to 2,400, and after looking down at 8♥8♣ Barbero just called from late position. Sebastian Medina of Colombia then squeezed with a reraise from the blinds, pushing out the original raiser but not Barbero.

The flop came 5♦2♠Q♣ and Medina checked. "Pienso wow tiene damas en la mano" Barbero would tweet afterwards, suspecting his opponent could be sitting on a flopped set of queens. The Argentinian checked behind.

The turn then brought the 8♠ to give Barbero a set, but when Medina checked again he checked once more -- still wary of queens but wanting to keep ace-king involved (as he explained to his followers).

The river was the 8♦, giving quads to the Team PokerStars Pro, and after two quiet postflop streets the bets and raises commenced with Barbero eventually all in. Sure enough Medina tabled Q♠Q♦ for queens full, and suddenly Barbero had gone from 65,000 to 130,000, twice the average at the moment.


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Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero

Meanwhile there was more drama across the room involving start-of-day leader Farid Jattin and Nicolau Villa-Lobos.

Villa-Lobos of Brazil had started the day with nearly 100,000, though had slipped to about 80,000 after losing some chips to the Colombian. Then another hand arose that saw Jattin raising, Villa-Lobos three-betting, then Jattin reraising back.

Villa-Lobos would end up all in and at risk with Q♠Q♣, but Jattin had a dominating A♦A♣, and five cards later Villa-Lobos was on the rail while Jattin now has well over 300,000, nearly twice the stack of his nearest challenger at the moment.


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Farid Jattin

About 30 players fell during today's first one-hour level, bringing the field down under 150 players and closer to the cash.

Speaking of, with 550 total entries LAPT7 Panama came close to equaling last year's turnout, the group building a net prize pool of $826,925. The top 79 finishers will cash, with a big prize of $158,485 scheduled to go to the winner along with this nifty piece of hardware:


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Here's how those riches will be divided among the top 79:

1st: $158,485
2nd: $99,560
3rd: $71,280
4th: $55,560
5th: $43,580
6th: $34,240
7th: $25,560
8th: $17,700
9th: $13,980
10th-11th: $11,500
12th-13th: $9,760
14th-15th: $8,520
16th-17th: $7,520
18th-20th: $6,700
21st-23rd: $5,880
24th-27th: $5,040
28th-31st: $4,380
32nd-39th: $3,880
40th-55th: $3,400
56th-71st: $3,060
72nd-79th: $2,820

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 PokerStars.tv.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.