LAPT8 Peru: The cards keep coming! Day 1A awaits

Like most of the poker world, we here at the PokerStars Blog are still reliving the mesmering conclusion of play in Las Vegas earlier this week, including the sight of that river queen that dramatically ended the remarkable World Series of Poker Main Event run of Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu.

But like Negreanu we've picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and are ready to start all over again with some more of the world's favorite card game.

!Hola, amigos! Greetings from the picturesque Miraflores district of Lima, site of the latest stop of Season 8 of the Latin American Poker tour. If it seems as though we were just here, well, we were, as this was where last October the previous LAPT season concluded with the Season 7 Grand Final.

When we last visited the second floor of the Atlantic City casino, we watched an exciting tournament conclude with Chile's Oscar Alache earning the title. Alache outlasted a 692-entry field to claim the trophy and a $135,488 prize following a three-handed final table deal.


Oscar Alache, LAPT7 Peru Main Event champion

As it turned out, that would be the first of two LAPT titles Alache would collect in the space of six months, as this past March he'd win the LAPT Chile Main Event as well. LAPT Bahamas champion Joshua Kay of the U.S. preceded Alache as a Season 8 Main Event champion, while back in May it was the Canadian Shakeeb Kazemipur earning the title at LAPT Panama.

This marks the sixth time the LAPT has come to Lima, a favorite stop for players and staff alike.

Among those preceding Alache as an LAPT Peru champion was Nacho Barbero, who along with his fellow Argentinian Fabian Ortiz and Alache are the only two-time LAPT Main Event champions. Others earning Main Event trophies in Lima include Peru's own Kemal Ferri (Season 4), Jordan Scott of the U.S. (Season 5), and Chile's Patricio Rojas (Season 6).

There's a $2,500 buy-in, levels last an hour, and they'll be playing 10 of them today with a 75-minute dinner break coming after Level 6. Unlimited re-entries are an option for players as well, available all of the way through that dinner break and to the start of Level 7 on both Day 1A and 1B.

Cards go in the air about a half-hour from now at 12 noon local time. Stick close as we'll be here all day and night with reports from Day 1A, then again through next Tuesday as together we'll find out who will be the next LAPT Main Event champion.


The Atlantic City casino in Lima, Peru

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.