LAPT8 Chile: One from 410

Late registration has ended, as has any final opportunities for players to reenter the LAPT Chile Main Event. Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari was one of the last to reenter just before dinner, having lost his initial stack just before.

Counting a few no-shows, there were 255 entries total today, which along with yesterday's 155 makes 410 entries altogether for this $2,500 buy-in event. Official prize pool information is on the way, but the total will in all likelihood resemble the $915,631 of a year ago.

Players are returning from the last break of the day, with 130 of them still remaining from the Day 1B starting field. The all-ins picked up considerably during the most recent level, with Gonzalo Valenzuela, Pablo Tavitian, Leo Galle (on a second buy-in today), and Samar Hodali among the fallen.


Samar Hodali

One narrowly avoiding that fate was Fabian Ortiz after getting his short stack in the middle with pocket kings and facing an opponent's aces. A friendly king arrived among the community cards, however, and Ortiz is still playing, though still short.

Meanwhile in the neighboring room a couple of different side events are playing out, with one -- the pot-limit Omaha -- having reached a final table.


Side action at LAPT8 Chile

LAPT7 Grand Final champion Oscar Alache finished Day 1A of the Main Event with a top five stack for the day (122,900), and is using his day off from the Main to make a run at the PLO title. He's one of six players remaining at the final table of that one.

There's a smaller trophy in addition to the first-place prize money due the winner there. Meanwhile from the 410 entries into the LAPT Chile Main Event, something bigger is reserved for one.


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.