LAPT San Jose: Taking shape

Anyone who has been to a major poker tournament -- either as a player or as a spectator -- knows that it takes some time for the event to really take shape. The early levels are all about getting a feel for your opponents, winning a few small pots, staying out of trouble.

That's the idea, at least.

Despite the fact that we still don't even know exactly how many players started the event (alternates were being taken up to the end of level two), the day is already done for a number of players, including one Daniel Negreanu.

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I saw the Team PokerStars Pro moments ago walking out of the tournament room, signing a few shirts and posing for a few photographs, but also muttering the single word: "Finito."

As he later confided, he "had no money, 2,000 or something" and got it in pre-flop behind pocket sixes. "He had nines," Negreanu continued, and that was the end of it.

Also out is Dave Hardy, the PokerStars qualifier from Essex, in the United Kingdom, who qualified for both the Rio and San Jose events and has been on an extended holiday in Latin America for the duration.

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We have no details of Dave's demise, but he was low early on and couldn't recover.

Meanwhile, there are others on the move. Humberto Brenes started today seated beside Julien Nuijten, who knocked out the Team PokerStars Pro on day one in Rio, before going on a charge to the championship.

Humberto was relishing their reacquantaince, insisting that he would teach the youngster some lessons this time. Brenes continued in his observation that Nuijen was playing too many pots, was not respecting Humberto's reputation, the usual trash talk. Nuijten took it all well enough and now the happy couple have split to other sides of the room.

Meanwhile David Wells, the baseball pitcher, has busted, leaving Orel Hershiser as the lone pitcher-turned-poker-player in the mix. Hershiser has close to his starting stack of 10,000.

Climbing somewhere near the top of the embryonic chip ladder are the following:

Ricardo "Manecop" Fasanaro, Sao Paolo, Brazil -- 44,000
Ryan Jones, Torrence, California -- 30,000
Jason Koomen, Costa Rica -- 28,000

A more extensive -- but by no means exhaustive -- count can be found HERE.