LAPT8 Uruguay: Day 3 begins; final 24 play to a final table

After two days and 18 levels of play, a field of 267 players has been whittled down to just 24.

The clock stopped with 16 minutes and 31 seconds left last night and it will soon start ticking again as we start Day 3 of LAPT8 Uruguay.

While most players in the field are hunting their first Latin American Poker Tour final table, a few players are just adding another mark in their already-extensive poker resume.

One of those resumes belong to our chip leader, Mario Lopez. When Lopez, a doctor in Argentina, isn't saving lives, he's killing the poker tables.

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Mario Lopez

Lopez already has nearly $1 million in live-tournament earnings this year. Nearly half of that came from winning the largest-ever Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event last month and another hefty chunk came from finishing 2nd in the $1,111 Little One for One Drop this summer.

Lopez also has an LAPT title to his name after he won LAPT7 Chile last season. Now Lopez is looking to join the short list of two-time LAPT champions.

Another player looking to join him is Claudio Moya. Moya won't just be looking for the double title, a win here would give him back-to-back LAPT titles.

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Claudio Moya

Just last stop, Moya defeated Chadi Moustapha heads-up in Peru to take down his first LAPT title and $135,876.

Coincidentally, Moustapha has also made it to the final 24 and will try to improve on last stop's finish.

There's also another season 8 runner-up in the field playing for redemption. LAPT8 Chile 2nd-place finisher and purple-haired p, Renata Teixeira, is also in the field. Teixeira became the first woman to get heads-up at an LAPT main event and now she'll try to be the first one to take down a title.

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Renata Teixeira

The competition is stiff though.

Another LAPT veteran players will have to defeat is Friend of PokerStars, Felipe Mojave. A musician, athlete and fierce poker player with nearly $1 million in live tournament earnings; Mojave is multi-talented Brazilian poker powerhouse who's rarely been seen without a New Era hat.

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Felipe Mojave

All those players and more are about to take a seat and they won't stop battling each other until there are only eight left.

Play will resume at level 18 with 3,000/6,000 blinds and a 1,000 ante. The final 24 are already guaranteed a $6,840 payday but they'll be fighting for the grand prize of $155,730.

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Photography from LAPT8 Uruguay by Carlos Monti. You can also follow the action in Spanish and in Portuguese.

Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Alex Villegas
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour