LAPT8 Peru: More comings and goings (and returnings, too)
Players continue to arrive as the day's third level concludes and the fourth begins, with the Day 1B's entries already well over the 134 of yesterday.
The comings -- and in some cases, the goings and returnings -- is happening quickly. For example, during the day's first level we spotted one of those "la mesa de meurte"-type groups collecting around Table 13, where two-time LAPT champion Oscar Alache of Chile was seated.
To Alache's right was Colombia's Mayu Roca, winner of more than $1.4 million in live tournament earnings and many big online scores. Also at the table were Daniel Hurtado of Colombia and Carlos Mora of Mexico, both of whom have collected LAPT cashes before.
Then came Olga -- Olga Iermolcheva, that is, the Ukranian whose last trip to play an LAPT was a memorable one for her and everyone else.
Iermolcheva's year had begun with multiple cashes at EPT Deauville, then a couple more in Budva, the small town in Montenegro on the Adriatic Sea. Iermolcheva was at the EPT Grand Final as well where she final tabled a side event, then from Monaco flew directly to Panama, barely arriving in time to play.
But play she did, and how, building a big stack to take a huge chip lead to the final table, then coming one spot shy of winning it all and becoming the first woman to win an LAPT Main Event. Iermolcheva had to settle for second and a career-best $113,580 cash.
Alas for Iermolcheva, Table 13 proved unlucky as she lost her initial starting stack midway through Level 3. She quickly re-entered, however, taking an open seat at the neighboring table where she hopes to have better fortune in the attempt to replicate her Panamanian performance.
Others joining the fray today have included LAPT6 Colombia champion Weider Gutierrez, Johann Ibanez, Amos Ben, Nicolas Fierro, Walid Mubarak, Francois Lincourt, and 2015 PCA Main Event runner-up Diego Ventura.
The big board shows 177 entries so far as the third hour concludes, taking the overall total over 300 for the tournament. As we watch the chip stacks of the early chip leaders grow, we'll keep an eye on how much more that number grows this afternoon as well.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.