LAPT7 Panama: Everyone chasing Ecenarro to start Day 3

We're back! It's Day 3 of the Latin American Poker Tour's Panama Main Event, and players are already in their seats as the start of play is just a few minutes away.

From 550 total entries just 47 remain, led by Derek Ecenarro of Miami, Florida who bagged a monstrous seven-figure stack yesterday.

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Derek Ecenarro

That put Ecenarro ahead of Rios Gomez (910,000), Antonio Hogaza (662,000), Hugo Lemaire (516,000), and Brian England (426,000) who with him comprise the start-of-day top five.

There are plenty of other tough competitors left in the field, including former LAPT champions Fabian Ortiz (275,000), Alex Manzano (217,000), Carter Gill (210,000), and the lone remaining Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez (169,000) who won here two years ago at LAPT5 Panama.

Stopping a couple of levels short yesterday may well lead to a longer day today as they'll have to play down to an eight-handed final table before stopping for the night. But a lot of short stacks and rising blinds may well translate into the fast pace we've come to expect here on the Latin American Poker Tour.

Play gets going in just a few, with the first cards going in the air at 12 noon local time (Central). Keep close as we find out together which eight from those who remain will be making the next LAPT Main Event final table.


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.