LAPT8 Peru: Celebration time (come on); Day 2 set to start

Later this month will come the last of the annual Fiestas Patrias in Peru -- that is, the Peruvian National Holidays highlighted by the celebration of Peru's independence on July 28.

All of the area businesses accordingly fly the red-and-white Pervian flag outside their doors or in their windows for the entire month of July, something we've noticed repeatedly during our walks about. It's enough to encourage a celebratory mood, even on an otherwise gray, sleepy Sunday morning.

We've also noted preparations in the streets for a big parade today that will march near the Atlantic City casino where we are located, with the park being closed and bleachers set up along the roadside. It's a tradition dating back nearly three decades, the Grand Corso Wong de Fiestas Patrias parade through Miraflores, typically lasting five hours and attracting more than 100,000 spectators.

Such plans are creating a building sense of anticipation all around the district. Indeed, we may well just have to take a peek outside later this afternoon once the parade begins to get a look ourselves (and if we do we'll share what we see here).

Of course, there's a decent level of anticipation here inside the casino as well for the 129 players returning for Day 2 of the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event.


There's a party going on right here

Those 129 represent the survivors from a 366-entry field, with Chadi Moustapha of Lebanon returning to the biggest chip stack of everyone with 174,600.

Emanuel Marso (160,800), Daniel Ramirez (154,000), Maximiliano Gallardo (142,100), and Raul Alvarez (127,100) round out the top five at present, while EPT/UKIPT champion David Vamplew (113,300) and two-time LAPT Main Event winner Nacho Barbero (113,000) are also among the crowd coming back to above average chips. Click here for a full list of start-of-Day-2 counts.

It will be at some point during the parade outside that another one will begin inside -- namely, the one to the cashier's desk, as the cash bubble will burst once the field gets carved down to 55, creating what will no doubt be a festive scene.

The march to the money begins at 12 noon, with the schedule calling for them to play down to 32 jugadores, although they may decide push past and continue on a little longer depending on when that mark is reached.

So, come on! Stick close and we'll find out together who is still marching once the payouts begin, and who lasts even longer to continue their LAPT Peru procession into tomorrow.

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

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.