LAPT Peru: Season 5 ends today
Here we are.
After three days of poker, we have our final eight players.
We've reached more than that though. After eight months and four other events throughout Latin America, we've reached the final table of the LAPT Grand Final.
Season 5 ends here, today.
Not only is there $187,300 up for grabs, there's a chance we'll see history be made today. Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero has made the final table. This is his fourth LAPT final table and he'll be fighting for his third LAPT title.
Barbero was already the first Team Pro to win an LAPT, then he was the first person to win two LAPT titles -- and back-to-back titles at that. Now Barbero is trying to be the first player to win the same venue twice while getting an LAPT hat trick.
But Barbero is facing an uphill battle.
The Argentinian Team Pro is starting the table 7th in chips with 583,000. On top of that, Barbero is sandwiched between our tournament chip leaders.
Oscar Barriga, to Barbero's left, is second in chips with 1.25 million. Barriga is the youngest player at the table and the local favorite. Barriga, 19, is Peru's last chance at seeing a local win here in Lima. Not only is Barriga the youngest player at the table, Day 1 of this tournament was the first time he ever sat down at a live poker table.
So far, he's been doing pretty well.
To Barbero's right is our tournament chip leader, Maxence Debar. Debar started climbing towards the chip lead on Day 1, then remained steady on Day 2. Then, early on Day 3, he began dominating the tournament.
A significant portion of his chips came from what Debar calls, "the best call of my life." Debar will start the day with 2.106 million chips.
Brent Sheirbon, our OE (original expat) is also in the final eight. This is Sheirbon's second LAPT final table, he finished 3rd in LAPT San Jose back in Season 2.
Here's a video representation of all our players and their chip counts. Get acquainted now, because one of them will be our Grand Final champion:
Not only will we have a new champion today, we'll have a new player of the year. Just like last season, the POY race is coming down to the last day of the season.
Right across from the main event, Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen is playing in the $300 NLHE event. He currently leads the POY race with 1,650 points, but 6 other players are still in the running.
Our final eight players are about to be introduced to the final table. After they make their dramatic entrance to the sound of dubstep, play will be underway.
In the meantime, enjoy another video. In this one, Team PokerStars Pros Leo Fernandez and Andre Akkari compete in a series of retro games for a golden cat. Even though the video is in Spanish and Portuguese, you don't need to understand either to enjoy one of the most awkward games of Twister ever played:
All eight players are guaranteed $20,130 and they're also guaranteed to start with the same amount of chips they finished Day 3 with:
Seat 1 - Maxence Debar (France) 2,106,000
Seat 2 - Jose "Nacho" Barber (Argentina) 583,000
Seat 3 - Oscar Barriga (Peru) 1,250,000
Seat 4 - Jorge Luis Gonzales (Venezuela) 868,000
Seat 5 - Aramis Salvadori (Argentina) - 866,000
Seat 6 - Roberto Vahlis (Venezuela) - 663,000
Seat 7 - Jordan Scott (Mexico) - 491,000
Seat 8 - Brent Sheirbon (Panama) - 727,000
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Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog