LAPT8 Uruguay: Sun, fun and money; Day 2 begins

The sun is shining on this tiny eastern point in Uruguay again and that means we're about to play some poker.

The final 95 players are streaming back into the room and they won't stop playing until there's only 32 left.

Maybe.

Chances are play will stop at 24, tournament staff still hasn't decided.

They are certain about a few things though. Regardless of what number we hit, we'll end the day in the money. A total of 39 players will cash in this event for a minimum of $5,360.

Play will resume at level 11 with 600/1,200 blinds and a 200 ante, that's a given. Levels will also be one-hour long and we'll have a break after every two.

The player currently unbagging the most chips is Chadi Moustapha, who was eliminated in Day 1a but came back yesterday to accumulate 197,300.

Hailing from Lebanon, Moustapha has had some very recent LAPT success. Last stop, Moustapha also finished Day 1b with the chip lead and managed to get heads-up for the title.

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Chadi Moustapha

But despite having the lead for quite some time, Moustapha couldn't clinch the victory. Claudio Gali cracked Moustapha's aces to double up late in the match and the Lebanese player never recovered.

We'll see how far Moustapha can take his Day 1 chip lead this time.

Second in chips is Jorge Breda.

Breda has a number of cashes and a few victories at the Brazilian Series of Poker but has yet to to score an LAPT Main Event cash outside his home country.

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Jorge Breda

Patricio Rojas rounds off the top 3 with 133,100.

Rojas hasn't just been close to LAPT victory; he's felt it, he's tasted it, he's lived it. Back in LAPT6, Rojas took down the title in Lima, Peru to win $123,840.

Players are fighting for a bit more today.

The 267 entrants created a $776,970 prize pool with grand prize of $155,730.

A few other players still in the hunt for another LAPT cash include Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez (77,700), Friend of PokerStars Felipe Ramos (45,700), Mario Lopez (75,300), Oscar Alache (44,400) and Renata Teixeira (30,100).

So stay tuned as we play down to the money and our final 32 (or 24) players.

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