LAPT8 Peru: Into the night
It's a longish walk from the back of the brightly-lit second-floor ballroom, out onto the main floor then down the spiral staircase, past whirring slots and casino clamor, and through the glass doors onto Avenue Alfredo Benavides below.
That's the path several players have taken this evening, their reason for remaining where that journey begins having been lost along with the last of their chips here on Day 1A of the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event.
The big board settled on 134 entries today, and as the eighth of the 10 scheduled one-hour levels expired just 69 players remained.
Oscar Alache departed earlier as did Nacho Barbero, the two two-time LAPT champions sharing something else in common with their Day 1A departures.
Two more former LAPT champions likewise were felted during Level 8.
Alex Manzano of Chile, who won his title in Sao Paulo back in Season 4, nursed a short stack for a while before falling. Then Dominik Nitsche of Germany, Season 2 champ at Mar del Plata, went out as well. Like Alache and Barbero, we expect to see both Manzano and Nitsche again tomorrow for the second and last Day 1 flight.
Meanwhile we'd mentioned the Brazilian Regis Kogler building upwards earlier, though he's now fallen back to the pack. For a stretch afterwards Oscar Barriga had accumulated a big stack as well, becoming one of the first in the tournament to crest the 100,000-chip mark.
Barriga we remembered having busily built towers of chips back in Season 5 here in Lima, carrying the chip lead into Day 3 before ultimately finishing in third for his sole LAPT cash. But tonight Barriga, too, has come back down to join a throng of others currently above the average.
Still more will take that walk down into the cool July evening below before the last two levels of Day 1A are complete. Then, before we all make that same trek, we'll learn who among those who started in the back of the ballroom today will be returning on Sunday for Day 2, and who else has made an early night of it.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.