LAPT8 Peru: Perusing the players
Seats are filling, and in a few cases emptying already here during the afternoon of Day 1A of the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event.
It wasn't long after our chat with LAPT8 Panama champ Shakeeb Kazemipur during the day's first break that the amiable Canadian was felted. But as we spoke about then, his Day 1A in Panama City didn't go so well, either, so we'll keep an eye out for his return.
Among those Kazemipur left behind to continue battling through the day's first levels were a couple of former LAPT Peru champions. Season 6 winner Patrico Rojas of Chile is here, as is Season 3 winner Nacho Barbero, with Brazil's Ale Braga sitting to Barbero's left.
Barbero, of course, has a couple of LAPT titles to his credit, having also won in Uruguay during Season 3. Braga has numerous LAPT, BSOP, and WSOP cashes to her credit, too, and a SCOOP title, too, after topping a field of 1,975 in Event #7-M ($82+R NLHE) this past spring.
Walid Mubarak, Nicolas Fierro, Alex Manzano, and Amos Ben are also among the many here whom we aren't surprised to see again. Team PokerStars Pro Online member Jorge "Baalim" Limon is also back after having cashed in this event last season.
A trio of decorated Argentinians are here. Two-time LAPT champion Fabian Ortiz and LAPT7 Chile winner Mario Lopez are in the Day 1A field, as is their countryman Ivan Luca.
Luca hopes to continue a red-hot 2015 that has seen him earning scores at the PCA, on the EPT and LAPT, a win in an event on the UKIPT, and his first WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas where he took down a $1,000 buy-in event for a big $353,391 score.
We've heard from Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari who will likely be registering before the door closes for Day 1A. Meanwhile the big board is showing 120 entries thus far, with 96 players still in their seats as the day's fourth level ends and the fifth begins.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.