LAPT8 Peru: No more entries, only exits

The dinner hour has passed, and with it the last opportunity for entering -- or re-entering -- the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event.

We await final word on LAPT Peru numbers now, the news of which we'll pass along as soon as it arrives. The big board's entry total had crept up toward 230 by dinner time, meaning more than 350 entries overall, but we suspect the ultimate total is a bit higher than that.

In the meantime about 150 players continue to compete on Day 1B, having collectively consumed the stacks of the eliminated.

Earlier Olga Iermolcheva, runner-up at LAPT8 Panama back in May, was unable to follow that path to success after buying in twice today. The Ukrainian's end came after having committed her short stack with T♥8♥ versus Chilean Rodolfo Awad's K♠Q♦ then failing to find improvement from the next five cards.


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Olga Iermolcheva

We saw LAPT7 Chile champion Mario Lopez nursing a short stack while watching an orbit at his table before the evening repast, and shortly after the break the Argentinian lost what little he had and was eliminated.


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Mario Lopez

It was Dominik Nitsche whom we had been watching at Lopez's table, and soon he, too, met his end here to join those on the rail. The Costa Rican Alex Brenes likewise was knocked out when his pocket queens failed him versus the ace-king of Patrick Putnam of Bolivia.

From the Brazilian contigent we've lost our freerolling friend, Flavio Cautella, who nonetheless earned himself a fun experience and great story to tell. Also out is Lucas Fauth of Porto Alegre, the highest finishing Brazilian in this year's World Series of Poker Main Event after his 67th-place showing.


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Lucas Fauth

Of those whose Saturdays have proceeded more positively, we're seeing a few players over the 100,000-chip mark, with LAPT8 Panama winner Shakeeb Kazemipur appearing to sport the most chips of anyone at present as he is nearing 150,000.

Stay tuned for those numbers, both chip-wise and entry-wise.

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.