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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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
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.
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.