LAPT9 Bahamas: Georgios Sotiropoulos leads final 10, Akkari reps Latin America

They thought it couldn't be done.

And they were right, but we got pretty close

The plan was to whittle a field of 220 players down to a final table of eight. In order to complete their mission, tournament staff armed themselves with 14 separate 50-minute levels. It almost did the job though since we got down to our final 10 players.

While Taylor Kuether had the lead since before the dinner break, Georgios Sotiropoulos ran away with it in the last few levels of play. Sotiropoulos kept eliminating players and chipping up until he finished the day with 3.98 million, nearly a quarter of the chips in play.

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Georgios Sotiropoulos

Kuether finished in a distant second with 2.53 million and Darren Elias was the only other player that finished with more than 2 million.

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Joe Kuether

Day 3 counts

1. Georgios Sotiropoulos -- 3,975,000
2. Joe Kuether -- 2,530,000
3. Darren Elias -- 2,040,000
4. Chad Eveslage -- 1,685,000
5. Will Molson -- 1,350,000
6. Knut Karnapp -- 1,345,000
7. Andre Akkari -- 1,275,000
8. Luc Greenwood -- 1,175,000
9. Taylor Von Kriegenbergh -- 1,020,000
10. Ismael Bojang -- 710,000

Andre Akkari isn't just the only Team PokerStars Pro still in the field, he's the last standing Latin American in the LAPT.

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Andre Akkari

This is Akkari's seventh LAPT cash and if he can outlast another two players, he'll be at his second LAPT final table. We'll be guaranteed a boisterous Brazilian rail if this happens. Akkari even had a crowd cheering him on and Periscoping his play at 2:00am.

But there were plenty of other Latin Americans who started the day.

Two hundred and twenty players took a seat at noon, but the majority of them didn't even make it to the dinner break. Team PokerStars Pro and former LAPT champion Leo Fernandez was in the field but busted in 88th.

Friend of Team PokerStars and proud Brazilian Felipe Ramos finished a bit higher, but hit the rail in 72nd.

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Felipe Ramos

There were a few other former champs of all kinds in the field too. 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess finished 109th and StarCraft/PCA champion Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier scored another cash in the Bahamas after he finished 117th.

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Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier

They'll all have a shot at the PCA Main Event title tomorrow, but our final 10 will have their eyes set on the LAPT9 Bahamas trophy tomorrow.

The final 10 are guaranteed $18,900, but a final table appearance will bump that number up to $28,900. Our eventual champion will get $308,220 for taking down the LAPT9 opener.

We'll start narrowing down the list of contenders again in less than 12 hours. Play starts back up at noon with 25,000-50,000 blinds and a 5,000 ante. Level 27 will also be the first level to last a full hour. Players have been playing 50-minute levels so far.

So join us tomorrow as we crown another champion here in the Bahamas and don't forget to check out our 2016 PCA Main Event coverage.

Alex Villegas
@PokerStars in Bahamas