LAPT8 Peru: Eyes on the prize

We've got some números finales to pass along as players return from the last break of the day here on Day 1B of the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event.

We'd been eyeballing those 229 entries being reported on the tournament clock for a while, and after tallying up the last few Day 1B entries the official number settled at 232. Add that to the 134 entries from yesterday and the final total of entries equals 366, and with a couple of no-shows factored in the total prize pool for the event adds up to $807,396.

The top 55 finishers will be dividing that money, with the largest share of $156,576 going to the winner. Click here for a full rundown of the prize pool and payouts.

With the start of Level 9, there are just two more one-hour levels left to go tonight. There are about 115 players left to fight for chips during the night's final stages, meaning the average stack at the moment is close to 40,000 or twice what players had when they began.

That average steadily goes up, but such hasn't been the case for everyone today. Case in point -- when the photo snapped below was taken a little earlier, Shakeeb Kazemipur on the left had the big stack and Nacho Barbero on the right the small one.


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Shakeeb Kazemipur and Nacho Barbero

That's changed now, with Barbero the one up over 100,000 and Shakeeb having tumbled back down below the average.

Speaking of ups and downs, Aramis Salvadori of Argentina is another player who's been hovering up over 120,000 of late, while Rodrigo Quezada -- a seventh-place finisher at LAPT8 Chile -- was recently knocked out after running pocket kings into an opponent's pocket aces.

With those payouts now beaming from the big board for all to see, players have something else to look at -- and strive for -- besides the tournament clock ticking down the last minutes of Day 1B.

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.