LAPT7 Panama: Day 2 about to take off

First they flew from all over the globe, destined to sit side-by-side at poker tables here on the seventh floor in the Veneto Wyndham Grand Hotel. Then they found seats -- some purchased, some won via satellites -- on still more flights, the two Day 1 flights on Wednesday and Thursday. Now 179 of them will be reuniting once more, as Day 2 of the LAPT7 Panama Main Event takes off about a half-hour from now.

They'll represent those left from a total field of 550 entries taking part in those Day 1s. Leading all to start play this afternoon will be Farid Jattin of Colombia who last night bagged 183,400 to grab the overall chip lead.

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Farid Jattin

Others with big stacks to begin play today will include Rubens Bontempo (151,600), Guillermo Olvera (147,400), Omar Aguilar Naim (145,200), Juan Martin Pastor (143,400), and Juan Manuel Solares (135,600). Also taking seats will be Team PokerStars Pros Leo Fernandez (98,800), Humberto Brenes (66,900), and Nacho Barbero (65,000), with Barbero -- the only two-time LAPT Main Event champion -- seeking to win a third title.

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Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero

There are plenty of other tough competitors left in the field with whom those players must contend, of course, including Victor Sbrissa (93,500) who came one player away from tying Barbero's record at the most recent LAPT7 Brazil stop where he took runner-up.

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Victor Sbrissa

Click here for a full list of the 179 survivors from Days 1A/1B and their chip counts.

Eight one-hour levels are scheduled for today. Departure time for Day 2 is scheduled for 12 noon local time (Central), so strap in, put your laptops in their upright and locked position, and get ready to watch the chips fly as play gets underway.

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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.