LAPT8 Peru: The parade begins

Fifty-four well fed poker players returned to their seats a little after eight o'clock local time, ready to begin the business of working out how the payouts will ultimately be delivered here in the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event.

The counts at the dinner break showed Ramiro Patrone having chipped up during the bubble period, keeping the lead by a small margin over his fellow countryman Andres Dos Santos who also added considerably to his stack during the period of pre-dinner poker.

Here's how the top 10 stacks looked at the break, just after the money bubble had burst and Carlos Odreman had busted in 55th:

Ramiro Patrone (Argentina) -- 419,000
Andres Dos Santos (Argentina) -- 416,000
Gabriel Diaz (Peru) -- 290,000
Martin Kozlov (Australia) -- 285,000
Andres Herrera (Chile) -- 285,000
Marcus Martinez (Brazil) -- 272,000
Marcelo Filartiga (Paraguay) -- 264,000
Juan Calderon (Argentina) -- 260,000
Martin Sansour (Peru) -- 253,000
Daniel Ramirez (Colombia) -- 236,000

A sampling of others still alive to start Level 17 included Fabian Chauriye (161,500), two-time LAPT champion Fabian Ortiz (146,000), Chadi Moustapha (134,000), David Vamplew (110,000), Raul Alvarez (100,500), LAPT6 Peru winner Patricio Rojas (99,000), Emanuel Marso (97,000), and the last woman with chips, Ale Braga (41,000).

Not long after play resumed, Braga earned a timely double-up after her ace-jack held against an opponent's ace-ten -- good for Braga, although she remains perilously close to the danger zone.

Others with short stacks weren't as fortunate, however. Daniel Augustower started the parade of players heading over the cashier's desk in the opposite corner of the poker room after finishing in 54th. He was followed by Rafael Bravo (53rd), Justo Esquivel (52nd), Alexandre Fernandes (51st), Sergio Barrios (50th), and Martin Kozlov (49th), with each of those cashing picking up $3,960 after making that walk.

Speaking of parades, we mentioned at the start of play today the parade scheduled to happen outside the Atlantic City casino commemorating the Fiestas Patrias and Peru's independence.

We did get a chance to witness some of the outdoor festivities, and our crack photographer-slash-adventure-seeker Carlos Monti captured a few images as we did. Take a look:


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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.

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