LAPT7 Panama: Comings and goings

Back-and-forthings. To-and-froings. Comings and goings.

What we're trying to say is that chips are moving here during the early levels of Day 1A of the LAPT7 Panama Main Event. And as a consequence players are doing a lot of moving around as well, including some moving toward the exits.

Luis Jampana is one of those who has left us early today. Jampana became short by Level 3 this afternoon, then ran J♦J♠ into Song Lee's K♠K♣ to hit the rail.

Fred Volpe likewise joined those losing the last of their chips early on Day 1A.

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Volpe ran out of these

Volpe would commit the last of his stack on a jack-high board holding K♣J♣, but unfortunately had run up against an opponent with Q♥Q♦ and his afternoon ended early. The Brazilian says he'll be returning tomorrow to try again on Day 1B, however, as will others bust today, no doubt.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez has already walked back and forth from the tables to the adjacent registration area a couple of times, having busted twice and bought back in a third time. Players have until the start of Level 7 today to re-enter should they not wish to wait until tomorrow to do so.

On his second bustout hand, Fernandez had slipped all of the way down to 2,300 when he found himself all in again with A♠6♠ versus two opponents, one holding 9♣9♥ and the other A♦K♥. A board of A♣K♠5♣8♠K♦ gave the latter player a full house, and Fernandez did the tourney-to-and-fro once again.

Meanwhile coming during Level 3 to take a seat was Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes. The Poker Hall of Fame nominee from a year ago arrives after having made a number of trips back and forth to the cashier at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino this summer, having cashed 10 different times at the WSOP this summer, just one shy of the all-time record for a single WSOP. Public nominations for the 2014 class of the Poker Hall of Fame are currently open, by the way, for you shark fans out there.

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Humberto is here

LAPT6 Grand Final champion Carter Gill has also taken his seat along with several others, including Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero. They're nearing the end of Level 4, with the tournament clock showing 146 entries so far on Day 1A.

There will surely be many more comings and goings, however, before the day is done.

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.