LAPT Lima: Day 3 Awaits
After a long, exciting Day 2 yesterday, just 24 players will be returning to the Atlantic City Casino today when the LAPA Lima $2,300+$200 Main Event resumes. They are all that remain from our starting field of 350 players, having earned themselves the right to fight for the lion's share of the tourney's $774,000 prize pool, $207,400 of which awaits the winner.
End of Day 1 chip leader Daniel Ospina of Colombia kept the chip lead for most of the day yesterday, and after claiming a few healthy pots at night's end -- including a couple off of Team PokerStars Online player Karlo Lopez of Puerto Rico -- he was the leader when the bags came out once again with a super-sized stack of 1.14 million.
That puts Ospina nearly a half million chips ahead of his nearest challenger, Pablo Gonzales (also of Colombia).
Not far behind Gonzalez in third is the lone woman left in the field, Peruvian Samar Hodali.
Here's a look at everyone's stacks along with the seating assignments for the last three eight-handed tables:
Seat 1: Mayu Roca (Colombia) - 339,000
Seat 2: Ernest Kajiura (Brazil) - 186,000
Seat 3: Engelberth Varela (Venezuela) - 190,000
Seat 4: Derek Lerner (Canada) - 241,000
Seat 5: Team PokerStars Online player Karlo Lopez (Puerto Rico) - 176,000
Seat 6: Pablo Gonzales (Colombia) - 657,000
Seat 7: Samar Hodali (Peru) - 467,000
Seat 8: Marcelo Caceras (Argentina) - 264,000
Seat 1: Yacin Vasquez (Peru) - 387,000
Seat 2: Kemal Ferri (Peru) - 93,000
Seat 3: Alcides Tovar (Peru) - 90,000
Seat 4: Hernan Reyes (Venezuela) - 157,000
Seat 5: Leonardo Zepeda (Chile) - 212,000
Seat 6: Luis Perez (Colombia) - 312,000
Seat 7: Juan Diego Marsano (Peru) - 289,000
Seat 8: Michel Barham (Peru) - 175,000
Seat 1: Miguel Velasco (Colombia) - 56,000
Seat 2: Daniel Ospina (Colombia) - 1,140,000
Seat 3: Carlos Rodriguez (Colombia) - 121,000
Seat 4: Raul Pino (Panama) - 317,000
Seat 5: Franklin Diaz (Venezuela) - 403,000
Seat 6: Brad Stebeleski (Canada) - 130,000
Seat 7: Hugo Kahan (Peru) - 269,000
Seat 8: Luis Yepez (Venezuela) - 189,000
The plan today is to play down to a final nine-handed table, then come back to find a winner on Sunday. Head back over to the PokerStars blog about noon (Central time) where Paul "Dr. Pauly" McGuire and I will be bringing you all of the action.