LAPT7 Panama: Farid Jattin bags the big stack, carries overall lead to Day 2

They've bagged and tagged, and after ten one-hour levels Day 1B of the LAPT7 Panama Main Event is done. On a day that saw 375 total entries -- more than twice yesterday's 175 to bring the event's total to 550 -- 121 players made it through to tomorrow's Day 2, with Colombia's Farid Jattin bagging a top stack of 183,400 at night's end.

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Farid Jattin

That stack topped that of Brazil's Rubens Bontempo who also ended the night well with 151,600.

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Rubens Bontempo

Jattin's stack also well exceeds Day 1A leader Guillermo Olvera's 147,400, meaning he will lead the 179 players who'll be returning on Friday.

The day began with the usual Groundhog Day feel of a Day 1B, with more than a few of those eliminated from yesterday's initial Day 1 flight back again to try, try again. There were plenty of newcomers today as well, all looking to improve upon past finishes by coming back for more.

Among that latter group was 2011 November Niner Badih "Bob" Bounahra of not-too-far-away Belize, back to play another LAPT as he has done several times over the years. He chatted with us about his summer and the WSOP, as well as his love for hold'em's worst starting hand, the lowly deuce-seven.

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Bob "Badih" Bounahra

Joining Bounahra on the feature table today was another WSOP Main Event final tablist, Scott Montgomery of Canada who'd been part of the first November Nine back in 2008. It was an LAPT first to have two "Niners" at one table, and while Bounahra would fall shortly after the dinner break, Montgomery would chip up throughout the day to end with 110,400.

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Scott Montgomery

Three Team PokerStars Pros were in action today as well. Leo Fernandez (98,800) and Humberto Brenes (66,900) both made it through to join their teammate Nacho Barbero for tomorrow's Day 2, while Andre Akkari joined Bounahra on the rail after the reentry period had ended.

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Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari

Freddy Torres of Team Online likewise made an appearance before getting his pocket aces cracked to end his day. Others failing to make it through on Day 1B included Joaquin Melongno, Johann Ibanez, and Bruno Kawauti.

Speaking of cracking aces, Rafael Tosati did the same late in the day to challenge for the chip lead, and cracked a grin as well as one of a variety of poker faces on display.

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Rafael Tosati

Tosati would end the night still smiling while bagging his 133,700. Meanwhile Nicolau Villa-Lobos made a late charge to end with 97,900, and Victor Sbrissa coasted after a fast start to end with 93,500. Click here to see a combined list of the 179 survivors from Days 1A/1B and their chip counts.

Players return at 12 noon on Friday, with the schedule calling for eight more one-hour levels pending the pace of play. We'll be back then as well to see the field whittle down further, the money bubble burst, and the LAPT7 Panama Main Event move closer to Sunday's final table.

Until mañana!

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.