LAPT8 Peru: The card-and-chip carousel

As always happens on the Latin American Poker Tour, players from all over the globe have wound their way here to take part in the LAPT Peru Main Event. They've come by practically every means of transportation imaginable, although most arrived via the Jorge Chávez International Airport, from which the Atlantic City casino is a quick shuttle ride away.

Such was the path taken by your humble scribbler, who this time during what turned out to be a much-longer-than-usual wait at the luggage carousel for a checked bag was idle long enough to start picturing the days to come.

Watching those bags winding around -- clockwise -- bore more than a few similarities with following the proceedings at a poker table.


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The cards and chips go round and round

Within the circle is constant movement. That said, most positioned around it are inactive, waiting for sufficient cause to be moved.

Then come those sudden bursts as a traveler recognizes a suitcase, or a player finds a hand worthy of thrusting chips forward, the attention of the observer necessarily drawn to the action.

A look at the player list shows many international travelers having together helped form the 366-entry field, most of whom probably also played the carousel game as a prelude to poker. Players from 33 different countries came to Miraflores for this event, coming from all over the globe to participate.

Home country Peru won the representation race here with 90 entries, about 25% of total, with Chile (59), Brazil (41), Argentina (41), Colombia (21), Uruguay (19), and Mexico (16) next in line. Then Canada interrupted the list of Latin American countries, like Mexico having been responsible for 16 entries as well.

The LAPT has sliced it up for us, giving us another circle to ponder over illustrating how the different nationalities break down (click to embiggen):


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Those who remain number just over 100 as they near the first break of Day 2, watching and waiting for what they need to continue their tourney journeys.

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.