LAPT7 Panama: Bust or bubble, back for more

We picked a theme of "try, try again" to begin Day 1B here at the the LAPT7 Panama Main Event, thinking primarily of those who busted yesterday who are taking advantage of the option to reenter today. And indeed, a quick scan of the room during the first level -- already filled with many more players than on Day 1A -- reveals several familiar folks back to take another crack.

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Both of the "prodigies" are here again -- Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland and Joel "JMPRODIGY" Micka. Johann Ibanez, Gerardo Rodriguez, and Max Goncalves have returned as well after not making it through yesterday.

So, too, is Joaquin Melogno, another of those who didn't make it through Day 1A. An LAPT regular with one Main Event final table under his belt (a fourth-place finish at LAPT5 Uruguay), Melogno is also an accomplished online player who as "elmelogno4" earned a Sunday Million win just last month for a cool $214,117.96 payday.

A couple of others forming part of the Day 1B field who did not play yesterday fall under the "try, try again" category in different ways.

There's Brazil's Victor Sbrissa, the current leader in the LAPT Season 7 Player of the Year race. Sbrissa is coming off a runner-up finish at the last LAPT stop in Sao Paulo where he was attempting to score back-to-back wins at LAPT Brazil after winning there a year ago. Such results make it easy to keep at it in the effort to try to secure more success.

There's another Brazilian in the field trying again today, Pedro Soares. Carlos Monti, our photographer, was pointing him out as play began.

"The burbuja," he said in Spanish. The "bolha" added Sergio Prado, blogging here in Portuguese.

"The double bubble," clarified Carlos, referring to a couple of final table bubbles endured by Soares so far this year.

Back in February Soares finished 10th in a BSOP Main Event in Sao Paulo, just missing the nine-handed final table. Then in May at LAPT7 Brazil, Soares was knocked out in ninth to fall one spot shy of the eight-handed final table.

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Pedro Soares

It's the nature of tournament poker. Even the best players endure a lot of misses in between those few hits. But coming close especially whets the appetite to keep coming back.

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.