LAPT8 Chile: Javier Venegas leads final 32 to end Day 2

Day 2 of the Latin American Poker Tour Chile Main Event is done, a day that aria-like followed a fast-slow-fast structure featuring many eliminations early, a slow run up to the cash bubble bursting, and a hasty conclusion. Just 32 remain from the 139 who began the day, with Javier Venegas of Argentina leading all after amassing a stack of 663,000.


Javier Venegas

After a pre-poker "Breakfast with the Pros" session to talk about the present and future of the LAPT, that fast first section began with Nicolas Fierro in front. The Chilean would add to his stack early on before falling back to the pack, then finally falling in a hand versus his fellow countryman Rodrigo Quezada in 35th place ($5,340).


Nicolas Fierro

Four women were among those who spent International Women's Day at the tables here in Viña del Mar. Of the four, two of them made the money, with Ale Braga going out in 49th ($4,440) and Renata Teixara surviving to return tomorrow to a stack of 159,000.


Renata Teixara

Team PokerStars Pro Christian de Leon ran hot early on to challenge Fierro for the early Day 2 lead, then last year's LAPT Peru Grand Final winner Oscar Alache began to crush as others crashed.


Oscar Alache

As the field shrunk under 60 players and the bubble approached, that's when the middle slow section arrived. They counted down to just 57 players and the end of the last pre-dinner level, then after returning from the break first de Leon then his Team PokerStars Pro teammate Andre Akkari were successively eliminated, the last two players out before the money.


Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari and Christian de Leon

The eliminations came rapidly thereafter as the day's third fast section played out, the cashouts quickly commencing before the field finally settled at 32.

Also bagging big stacks along with Venegas were Fabian Chauriye (520,000), Bruno Marino (503,000), Rodrigo Quezada (426,000), and two-time LAPT champ Nacho Barbero (424,000). Click here for end-of-day-2 chip counts for all remaining players.

The final 32 come back tomorrow at 12 noon, with the plan being to play down to a final table of eight. Join us again then as we move yet another step closer to finding the next LAPT champion.

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.