LAPT8 Uruguay: The growing percentage

The percentage of women in the field has been slowly increasing as the day's progressed.

At the start of the day, women were just 2.2 percent of the field.

Now the field is 5.7 percent female.

There were no additional female entries throughout the day though, there's just been a persistent duo of LAPT regulars who've made it to the last level of the day.

Aside from their gender, the two remaining ladies also share the same nationality.

Renata Teixeira and Ale Braga both hail from Brazil and are both looking for another LAPT cash.

Braga has four LAPT cashes and is considered to be one of Brazil's top-three female players.

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Ale Braga

One of the other players in that coveted top-three is seated just one table away from Braga.

Renata Teixeira became the first female player to get heads-up for an LAPT title earlier this season and is now 4th in the LAPT8 Player of the Year race.

While it took eight seasons before Teixeira got heads-up for a title, another woman matched her finish the very next tournament.

In LAPT8 Panama, Ukraine's Olga Iermolcheva got heads-up against Canada's Shakeeb Kazemipur.

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Olga Iermolcheva

It was a long heads-up match and the lead changed several times but in the end, Kazemipur came out on top.

For the second tournament in a row, the LAPT was denied its first female champion on the final elimination.

Poker --especially in Latin America-- has typically been a man's game, but this season has strongly challenged that notion.

According to Teixeira, there are also more women playing poker in Brazil than ever before.

It's not a matter of if anymore, it's a matter of when a woman will win an LAPT title.

Both Teixeira and Braga are hoping that day will be this Tuesday.

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Renata Teixeira

Photography from LAPT8 Uruguay by Carlos Monti. You can also follow the action in Spanish and in Portuguese.

Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Alex Villegas
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour