LAPT8 Uruguay: Patricio Rojas leads day 1a, hunts 2nd LAPT title

Day 1a of LAPT8 Uruguay is in the books and Patricio Rojas is leading the final 29 players with 133,100.

This isn't the first time Rojas has had the lead in an LAPT.

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Patricio Rojas

A few years ago, Rojas started the final table of LAPT6 Peru with the chip lead and went on to win the tournament. Rojas is now looking to join the quickly-expanding list of two-time LAPT champions.

There's still a long way to go though and Rojas already has some stiff competition.

Two-time LAPT champion Oscar Alache also survived Day 1a and will be fighting for his third LAPT title.

While that hat-trick is still in the works, Alache got another one at the start of the day. For the third time this season, Alache has been seated next to Renata Teixeira.

Their first encounter was in LAPT8 Chile, where the two went heads-up for the title.

Then the two got seated right next to each other on Day 1a in LAPT8 Peru and it happened again today.

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Alache and Teixeira playing together in Chile...

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...in Peru...

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...and in Uruguay

The two say they've gotten to know each other pretty well and both have made it through Day 1a. Alache made it through the day with 44,400 while Teixeira survived with 30,100.

Teixeira is also one of two Brazilian women that survived the first 10 levels of play.

Ale Braga also made it through to Day 2 and will start that day with 43,800.

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Ale Braga

Another Day 1a survivor is Horacio Nicolas, the reigning LAPT Player of the Year. Nicolas made it through the day 3rd in chips with 115,000.

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Horacio Nicolas

Nicolas won his POY title without a single Main Event cash last season but is now trying to get his second LAPT Main Event cash this season.

Argentina's sole Team PokerStars Pro, Leo Fernandez, also made it through day with 77,700.

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Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez

But these players represent the minority.

Ninety-one players started the day and nearly two-thirds of them were eliminated. A few of the fallen include Mario Lopez, Jose Ignacio "Nacho" Barbero, Amos Ben and Nick Yunis.

Their tournament isn't over though.

Players have another shot in Day 1b tomorrow and the field is expected to be larger than today's.

Join us tomorrow at noon UTC-3:00 as we see who shows up to take a shot at the LAPT8 Uruguay title.

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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