LAPT Peru: Money and storylines
The numbers are in.
Now that the dinner break is over, players don't only have a full belly, they have a full list of payouts. We saw more than three hundred players take a seat at the start of the day and they continued to trickle in.
We now have our official number of players for this year's LAPT Grand Final: 376. Each of these players put up $2,500 to create a prize pool of $838,860.
But the majority of the players that sat down today won't be able to dip their wallets in the pool. First place will take the biggest prize, $187,300, while making the final table will guarantee a $20,130 payday.
In total, 56 players will make the money for a minimum of $3,710. We're slowly making our way towards that number as only 190 players remain.
As more players get eliminated, stories will emerge and others will sink. There will already be no back-to-back champ, as Leo Fernandez was eliminated earlier today. Joining him on the ranks of the rail are fellow Team PokerStars Pro, Vanessa Selbst, Andre Akkari and Christian de Leon.
Gerardo Rodriguez, the hometown hero, has also vanished into the rail. The Peruvian favorite was eliminated after the dinner break when his pair of kings was cracked by jacks. Rodriguez won't be able to follow up his Sunday Million win with a hometown victory.
But as some fall, other rise.
Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen is still alive in the tournament with about 28,000. Guillen is currently atop the LAPT leader board and both second and third place have been eliminated from the tournament.
While all the events during the Grand Final will count towards the leader board, a deep finish in the main could give Guillen the title.
Last year's LAPT Peru champion, Kemal Ferri, is also still alive and doing well. Ferri is well above average with 64,000 and is looking to be the first repeat LAPT Champion. While Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero, won back-to-back events in Season 4, no player has ever won the same venue twice.
Ferri started last year's final table sixth in chips but managed to outlast players like Pablo Gonzales, Daniel Ospina and Team PokerStars Online Karlo Lopez. Last year's victory gave Ferri $207,400, he'll be looking to add $187,300 to that this year.
There are a few more levels of play left before we bag and tag. Stay tuned as we keep closing story lines and opening others.
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Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog