LAPT7 Panama: Final final for Akkari and Bounahra

Dinner is done, and so is the last opportunity to reenter the LAPT7 Panama Main Event. Late registration closes with the start of Level 7 as well, meaning the final numbers regarding the field size, prize pool, and payouts will be arriving before long.

A post-meal tour of the tables reveals LAPT6 Brazil champion Victor Sbrissa to be the most well-fed -- chip-wise, that is. The Brazilian is sitting with more than 110,000 chips and looks to be the Day 1B leader at the moment.

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Victor Sbrissa

Among others doing well for themselves at present are Juan Pablo Franco with 80,000, Luis Melo with 78,000, and Scott Montgomery with 72,000. LAPT2 Chile champ Fabian Ortiz has chipped up close to 55,000 as well to move above the average at present, with Joaquin Melogno also hovering around 50,000.

Meanwhile, there are many enduring with stacks just at or below the 20,000 with which they started, and with the reentry option no longer available the urgency with which they'll be acting as the night wears on will increase.

Sitting just above the 20,000 mark are Panama's Raul Pino and Team PokerStars Pros Humberto Brenes and Leo Fernandez.

Johann Ibanez, Joel Micka, and Nicolau Villa-Lobos are likewise hovering below 20,000 and looking to pick up chips sooner than later.

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Nicolau Villa-Lobos

Meanwhile Badih "Bob" Bounahra was among the Level 7 casualties. So, too, was Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari, who in his last hand pushed for 12 big blinds with A♠J♠, ran into an opponent holding A♣Q♠, and the board came an unhelpful A♦Q♥K♣6♠6♥ for the Brazilian.

Like others going out hereafter, both Bounahra and Akkari unfortunately must bid us adios.

Then there are a few players with exactly 20,000 -- the late, late registrants just being led to their seats after the break ended.

The totals are still being fine-tuned as the tourney staff continues counting and recounting, but Tournament Director Mike Ward just passed through saying tentatively there are 367 entries here on Day 1B, which added to yesterday's turnout would bring the total field to 542.

"That's not final final," Ward added.

Of course, for anyone unable to hold onto his or her chips from here on out, it will be final final.

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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.