LAPT7 Peru: Checking in on the champs

Everyone expected a bigger field for today's second and last Day 1 flight of the LAPT Peru Grand Final Main Event, and it was apparent during the first couple of hours of play today those expectations would be met and then some.

When chatting earlier with Tournament Director Thomas Lamatsch -- borrowed from the EPT this week to be here in Lima -- he spoke of 600 or more entries as an anticipated target of sorts. Now that play has reached the start of Level 5, that goal has been met and surpassed with 350 entries so far today to be added to yesterday's 274. There are still two more levels and the dinner break to go before late registration concludes and reentries will no longer be possible.

Among today's big field are a number of former LAPT champions, including two-time winner Fabian Ortiz (LAPT2 Chile, LAPT7 Panama) who returns today after having busted on Day 1A. Ortiz is off and running thus far, building up to 55,000 through the first four levels to sport the biggest stack at his table and one of the biggest on that side of the room at present.

Also doing well thus far is the defending champion, LAPT6 Peru winner Patricio Rojas. The Chilean has nearly 50,000 to begin Level 5. Meanwhile both LAPT7 Chile winner Mario Lopez and LAPT6 Uruguay champion Carter Gill have just about doubled the starting stack and to have about 40,000 at the moment.


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Carter Gill

LAPT3 Argentina champion Martin Sansour and LAPT5 Panama winner Leo Fernandez are both at around the 35,000-chip mark.


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Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez

LAPT6 Brazil winner Victor Sbrissa ran into some misfortune early in the afternoon to be felted once, but he's now bought back in and has about 25,000 with which to work.


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Victor Sbrissa

And LAPT6 Chile winner Pablo Tavitian was just here and with chips, but he was just felted after a big three-way all-in between himself holding A♠K♦, one opponent with pocket kings, and another with pocket jacks. An ace flopped to give Tavitian hope of survival, but the case king fell on the river and Tavitian hit the rail. He still has time to reenter, should he wish to.

Rounding out the list, Nacho Barbero (LAPT3 Uruguay, LAPT3 Peru) -- the only other two-time LAPT Main Event champion besides Ortiz -- was among the 90 survivors from yesterday finishing the night with 60,400 chips.

Photography from LAPT7 Peru by Carlos Monti. Check out the start-to-finish live streaming coverage (in both Spanish and Portuguese) at PokerStars.tv. Click here for live updates in Spanish, and here for live updates in Portuguese.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.