LAPT8 Chile: Caution the word

The pace has been notably slower today compared to yesterday. There's a larger field for this second and last of the Day 1 flights, but we've seen fewer bustouts and reentries and no super-sized stacks as yet.

The buy-in for LAPT Main Events is larger this year ($2,500) compared to last season ($1,700), which understandably lessens the urge for some to keep firing. We're getting closer to the dinner break as well, after which the tournament becomes a freezeout -- another potential factor encouraging somewhat tighter play as the afternoon edges over into evening.

Yesterday amid reporting on "Team Try-Try Again" -- i.e., players who had busted and reentered -- Damián "pampa27" Salas earned some notice after a hard-luck hand caused him to lose another stack. He'd end up entering three times yesterday without making it through, and so came back today for another shot.

Things have gone better thus far for the Argentinian who earned a big double-up with pocket aces earlier, then added more after winning a few more medium-sized pots. He presently sits with about 75,000, one of the biggest stacks in the room as Level 6 begins.

Luis Esquivel has a stack of almost 70,000, and Nicolau Villa-Lobos has around 65,000, among just a handful of players who've built up that many thus far.


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Nicolau Villa-Lobos

Leo Galle was on the other end of that hand with Salas, and when Galle picked up aces himself shortly thereafter, things didn't so as well for him. All in against Gudo Ruffini who held a pair of fours, a four on the board spelled the end for Galle.

Joining Galle on the rail today was Nicolas Cottin whose pocket kings were no good versus another's pocket aces. Emanuel Marso was likewise felted earlier today, and likewise versus pocket aces. It was Julio Cesar Torres who did in Marso and his pair of nines.


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Emanuel Marso

As noted, though, the bustouts haven't been so frequent. It's a pace that doesn't presently suggest any of the cautious climbers will scale high enough to match Day 1A leader Nicolas Fierro's standard of 197,500. But post-dinner poker could bring a change in Chile.

Photography from LAPT8 Chile by Carlos Monti. Watch the stream at LAPT Live. You can also follow the action in Spanish on the PokerStars blog and on Facebook, and in Portuguese on the blog and on Facebook.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.