LAPT5 Colombia: Sleep vikings, party vikings and poker vikings

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lapt-promo.gifThere are some bleary eyes in the Casino Allegre this morning as we begin to prepare for Day 2 of the 2012 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Colombia Main Event. Last night the traditional players' party took place - and for once, the writers weren't there, drinking heavily in a corner. We were back at the hotel, blissfully asleep. It seems we have become old men.

By all reports, however, the player party was a great success, with a fantastic DJ and too much beer (if such a thing is possible). With that bit of frivolity in the rear-view mirror, it's time to get down to the business of winning a poker tournament.

Yesterday's Day 1b drew almost double the number of players that played on Day 1a. No surprise, then, that the top four counts in the combined Day 2 field all played yesterday. Ruben Ospina (171,300), Ruben Fernandez (134,800), Steven Escobar (126,900), and Rafael Moraes (122,200), by all rights, should each be the chip leader of his starting table today. Yet the randomness of the draw has put Ospina directly to the left of Escobar. Bad luck for Escobar to start the day. Someone should tell him it can only get better from here, but that's obviously untrue.

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Ruben Ospina is happy to have position on Steven Escobar

The Day 1a chip leader, PokerStars Team Online player Freddy Torres, fared better in the draw and will start as chip leader of Table 16. The surviving Team Pros - Jose Barbero, Andre Akkari, Angel Guillen and Humberto Brenes - all drew separate tables to start Day 2. Brenes is among the bigger stacks in the whole field. He'll unbag 105,200 in chips.

Day 2 will start with 112 players. The plan today is to play down to 24 players, which includes blasting through the money bubble at 48 players. Tournament Director Mike Ward has told us to expect to play about eight levels today, instead of the ten that we played the previous two days.

That's welcome news for the old men at the blogger desk. We need every edge we can get at this point.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in Medellin