LAPT8 Panama: Four to one

Only four tables remain at LAPT8 Panama and play won't stop until there's only one.

Shakeeb Kazemipur, the 20-year-old student from the University of Calgary, has been leading since day 1b and plans to keep it that way. Kazemipur's starting the day with 855,500.

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Shakeeb Kazemipur

Kazemipur is one of four remaining Canadians in the field. Both Canada and Brazil have four players in the field while the United States and Argentina have five apiece.

While Kazemipur leads the Canadians, Fernando Brunca Garcia leads the Brazilians with 255,500.

Michael Lech leads team USA with 388,000 and Carlos Leiva heads the Argentinians --and is second overall-- with 711,000.

Third overall is Olga Iermolcheva, Ukraine's sole representative in the field. Iermolcheva barely made it in time to register for the LAPT after flying in straight from the EPT11 Grand Final.

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Olga Iermolcheva

Mexico's only player is also the last red spade in the field. Team PokerStars Pro Christian De Leon is starting the day with 180,000 and is now deep in his sixth LAPT cash.

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Team PokerStars Pro Christian De Leon

While some players are seeing how far they can take their first LAPT cash, everyone in the field is hunting their first LAPT title.

The clock's been frozen at 8:21 on level 17 since last night and it'll start ticking again once cards hit the air.
Here's today's matchup:

Table 1

  • Alexandre Sako (Brazil) 253,000
    Shivan Raif Abdine (Australia) 258,500
    Fernando Gutierrez (Colombia) 276,500
    Pierce Mckellar (USA) 181,000
    Sergio Andres Pineda (Colombia) 130,000
    Walid Mubarak (Peru) 279,000
    Rodrigo Maclean (USA) 143,000
    Carlos Arturo Camango (Colombia) 104,000
  • Table 2

    Olga Iermolcheva (Ukraine) 598,500
    George Washington Griffith (Barbados) 107,000
    Sebastian Yanicelli Willink (Argentina) 205,000
    Tullio Jonhatan Bertoli Juarez (Venezuela) 324,000
    Richard Dubini (Argentina) 447,500
    Carlos Leiva (Argentina) 711,000
    Derek Bastian Ecenarro (USA) 298,000
    Juan Hiro Nisisaka Trujillo (Peru) 406,500

    Table 3

    Michal Wywrot (Canada) 182,000
    Isnardo Gomez Ortiz (Colombia) 5,000
    Andre Signori (Brazil) 85,500
    Jose Obadia Chocron (Panama) 136,500
    Damián Andrés Salas (Argentina) 74,500
    Norberto Andres Korn (Argentina) 572,000
    Francisco Javier Rocha (Chile) 271,000
    Christian De Leòn Angeles (Mexico) 180,000

    Table 4

    Eder Ferronato (Brazil) 98,000
    Shakeeb Kazemipur (Canada) 855,500
    Colin Eric Lovelock (United Kingdom) 220,000
    Michael Lech (USA) 388,000
    James Harvey (Canada) 8,500
    Alexander Greenblatt (USA) 162,500
    Francois Lincourt (Canada) 145,000
    Fernando Brunca Garcia (Brazil) 255,000

    Stay tuned for more updates from LAPT8 Panama.

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