LAPT8 Panama: Day 2 sparks more poker in Panama

Panama's a good place for poker.

Online and offline, cash or tournament, players in a 60-foot radius are indulging in all forms of poker.

Those riffling chips with one hand are playing SCOOPs with the other.

This includes our day 1 chip leader, Shakeeb Kazemipur, who's SCOOPing it up while trying to scoop up pots at the table.


Shakeeb Kazemipur

Kazemipur, a 20-year-old student at the University of Calgary, won the Sunday Million a few weeks ago and decided play the LAPT and backpack across South America during his summer vacation.

While day 1a didn't go his way, day 1b went as well as he could expect.

Kazemipur bagged 294,800 to end the day, around 40 percent more than his closest contender.

That contender is Andres Herrera, who finished day 1a with 209,000. Rounding off the top three is Carlos Leiva, who will start the day with 178,800.

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Andres Herrera

Also riffling chips early today are Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akaari (48,400) and Christian De Leon (91,00).


Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari

Team PokerStars Online Jorge Eduardo Limon also survived the day 1a onslaught and came back to a stack of 80,100.


Jorge Eduardo Limon

These are a few of the remaining 123 players who'll be battling for the title. While only one player can take down the title and the $180,112, 63 players will cash for a minimum of $3,960.

We'll play past the bubble today and stop after we reach 10 levels of 32 players.

Stay tuned for more updates from LAPT8 Panama at the beautiful, ultra-modern Sortis Hotel.


For multilingual coverage, check out our Spanish PokerStars Blog and our Brazilian PokerStars Blog. If you're more of a watcher, head over to LAPT Live to check out the live stream. Updates are also available on the LAPT Facebook page.

All photos are snapped by Carlos Monti and all words are clacked by Alexander Villegas.