LAPT9 Bahamas: Main Event Day 1 updates (Levels 8-12)

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12:15am: Day 1 is done
Level 12 - Blinds 800-1,600 (ante 200)

That's it, day 1 of the LAPT9 Bahamas Main Event is in the books.

Tyler Hurman, from Canada, is leading the pack with 261,300.

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Tyler Hurman

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari also finished the day strong. The Brazilian pro will come back with 200,100.

Argentinian movie producer Diego Dubcovsky --who had the lead late in the day-- ended just shy of 200,000. Dubcovsky reached a peak of 260,00 earlier but bagged 199,400 at the end of the day.

They'll come back with the remaining survivors tomorrow at noon for another day of LAPT action.

Stay tuned and follow all the action right here on the PokerStars Blog. --AV

12:05pm: Three more hands
Level 12 - Blinds 800-1,600 (ante 200)

The clock has stopped and the floor announced that there will be three more hands in day 1. --AV

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11:55pm: Eyes on the prize
Level 12 - Blinds 800-1,600 (ante 200)

Tournament staff has announced that 127 players will cash this event for a minimum of $3,460.

While those hundred players will enjoy thousands of dollars, our champion will get hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The grand prize for the LAPT9 Bahamas Main Event is $308,220.

Here's a breakdown of where all those 851 buy-ins came from. --AV


11:40pm: Final level drinks
Level 12 - Blinds 800-1,600 (ante 200)

In poker, you don't have to wait until after a long day of work to get that first, cold drink.

If you're really dedicated, you can start off your day with a beer but most players wait until the final level of the day. There are a few cans of beer and some vodka sodas scattered across the tournament area but no one has bought a round for their table yet.

There hasn't been a boisterous round of shots either.

It's been a long day for players and they're hoping for another long day tomorrow. It's a marathon that only one player will survive.

Currently, there are only about 240 players left and that list of contenders no longer includes Paul Volpe, whose J♣T♠ couldn't outdraw A♦K♠. --AV

11:25pm: Level 12
Level 12 - Blinds 800-1,600 (ante 200)

The blinds are up again. The remaining 265 players are now face with 800-1,600 blinds and a 200 ante.

Barring any time warping cataclysmic event, the end of level 12 should mark the end of day 1. --AV

11:18pm: Akkari axes Altman
Level 11 - Blinds 600-1,200 (ante 200)

There was an ace and a king on the flop and another king on the turn.

By that time Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari had hit his full house with A♣K♦. The only question was how to get all of Brian Altman's chips.

There was a 2,200 bet and a call on the flop and 5,200 bet and call on the turn. When the river brought a lowly 6♥, Akkari put out a pile of his largest denomination chips. It was enough to put Altman all-in and Altman thought for some a bit before he made the wrong call.

Akkari quickly showed his full house and chipped to about 140,000 while Altman hit the rail. --AV

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Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari

11:05pm: Rising tides
Level 11 - Blinds 600-1,200 (ante 200)

Players who went on the beach today might've been stopped by security and massive waves.

It's dangerous out there, security warned beach goers.

Short-stacked players might have a similar feeling right now as several players are crossing the 100,000-chip mark, eclipsing the smaller stacks. But not everyone's struggling to stay afloat.

The new, extreme comfort level is 200,00 chips. Diego Dubcovsky has been past that mark for some time but recently dipped a bit to 230,000. Danny Noseworthy has been steadily rising though and is closing in with about 190,000. --AV

10:55pm: LAPT leaders
Level 11 - Blinds 600-1,200 (ante 200)

While most of the players in the field have never even cashed in an LAPT, there are a few who know what it's like to make it all the way to the end.

Six former LAPT champions took a seat today and five of them are still in the field. Two of them even have two titles a piece.

Both Oscar Alache and Mario Lopez took down an LAPT in season 7 and 8 and are hoping for a hat trick this season. A few other players have two LAPT titles but no one has ever scored a third.

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Mario Lopez is a medical doctor in Argentina when he's not crushing opponents at the poker table.

That small list of players includes Fabian Ortiz, who registered for the tournament today but has since hit the rail.

This leaves Alache and Lopez as the only two players capable of clinching a third LAPT title in the Bahamas.

But victory is still two days away, an eternity in LAPT poker time. Alache and Lopez know this better than anyone.

Lopez is currently above average with about 70,000 while Alache is hovering around average with 55,000.

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Oscar Alache

Aside from those two, there are three other LAPT champs looking to double their number of LAPT trophies this event.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez (75,000), Carter Gill (35,000) and Patricio Rojas (27,000) all have an LAPT title and are still in the running for another. --AV

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Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez

10:35pm: Level 11
Level 11 - Blinds 600-1,200 (ante 200)

The upper-right quadrant of the tournament area is bustling with life again as the remaining LAPT9 Bahamas players took their seats for another level of poker.

Only about 320 players returned to the new, 600-1,200 blinds with a 200 ante. --AV

10:20pm: Another break
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (ante 100)

Level 10 is done and players are on another 15-minute break.

It's the penultimate break of the night before players will be allowed to give their chips a full-nights break from shuffling and shoving. --AV

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10:00pm: Diverging points
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (ante 100)

For most of the day, the number of players in the field and the number of total entries just kept getting further and further away from each other.

With the option to rebuy open until the beginning of level 9, entries just kept ticking up as we continued to lose players. Now the number of entries is static and will be recorded in the history webpages as 851.

It's a smooth clean number and more that's more than 100 entries larger than the 2015 LAPT Bahamas.

While that number hangs in the air, the other number will continue to fall until it reaches one.

That number is currently at 332 and quickly dropping. --AV

9:45pm: Producing the chip lead
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (ante 100)

The current tournament chip leader produces more than just chips.

Diego Dubcovsky is an Argentinian writer and movie producer who's produced around 40 movies. Some of his producer credits include The Motorcycle Diaries, Waiting for the Messiah and A Year Without Love.

Dubcovsky also produced a poker-themed movie called La Suerte en tus Manos, which was given the english name of All in.

In the movie, some things happen and there's at least one poker scene where Dubcovsky acted in.

In that scene, Dubcovsky's attire was a bit more flashy than the subdued grey he chose to wear today.


Dubcovsky on the set of All In...

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...and Dubcovsky on the set of LAPT9 Bahamas

Dubcovsky has had years of success in the Latin American film scene and now he's trying to pad his poker resume.

So far, Dubcovsky's biggest cash was a 12th place finish in a $1,500 NLHE 6-max event at the 2014 World Series of Poker. Now he has the chip lead in one of the largest LAPTs ever held. --AV

9:30pm: Level 10
Level 10 - Blinds 500-1,000 (ante 100)

Another 50 minutes, another level.

We've had our first level of permanent elimination and are now on to double digit levels. Only about 375 players remain and blinds are now 500-1,000 with a 100 ante.

9:15pm: Post-dinner chips
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (ante 100)

Poker tournament science dictates an uptick in eliminations post dinner break.

Some speculate this has to do with increasing blinds and tournament structure, but the more serious poker scientists think it has more to do with full bellies and larger stacks combining their gravitational forces to suck up the smaller stacks.

We've seen a few stacks on the rise after the dinner.

Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin is now up to about 110,000 and is leading the red spade brigade. Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari is down to about 35,000 and Liv Boeree isn't far behind with about 28,000.

Marco Zevola, who appeared to be leading before the dinner break is still strong but dipped a bit to 135,000.

Danny Noseworthy on the other hand kept increasing his stack and us up to around 180,000.

That's not enough to put him in the lead though.

That title goes to Diego Dubcovsky, who is sitting in the lead with a whopping 255,000.

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Diego Dubcovsky

But things change quickly and players still have a few more levels of play left. --AV

8:55pm: Almost there
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (ante 100)

The tournament clock now reads 840 players.

"We're almost there," said tournament staff. "Not quite yet."

A few players who bought in near the end of dinner break are still trickling in. While we won't know the official number for a little longer, we know that this year's field is fairly larger than last year's event, which drew 736 players.

One of the new additions is Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier who --not surprisingly-- has a new hairdo to start out the year. --AV

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Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier

8:40pm: Back for more
Level 9 - Blinds 400-800 (ante 100)

Our well-fed players are back for more LAPT Bahamas action.

Blinds are up to 400-800 with a 100 ante and late registration is now closed. If players bust, they bust for good.

The field will keep shrinking until we hit level 12. After that, players will bag and tag for the night before they come back at noon for day 2. --AV

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7:25pm: Dinner break

Players have reached the end of Level 8 and are now taking a 75-minute dinner break.

7:15pm: Rapid fire
Level 8 - Blinds 300-600 (ante 75)

LAPT Season 8 Player of the Year Oscar Alache has hit the rail.

But not for very long. Alache rebought immediately after busting and got handed his new seat. It was the one from which he'd just busted.

The Chilean player went back to his table and his opponents were surprised to see him. Alache put down his chips, whipped out a finger pistol and fired two imaginary bullets at Alex Keating, who eliminated him just moments ago.

Keating fell to the floor and played dead for a moment.

"In my defense I never thought I'd have to see you again," Keating said when he sat back down at the table. "Good news is you have more chips than I do."

Despite eliminating Alache, Keating is down to about 15,000. Alache on the other hand has a brand new stack worth 20,000. --AV

7:08pm: Looking in on the leaders
Level 8 - Blinds 300-600 (ante 75)

Dinner is on the horizon and while some players are struggling to make it there, others are flourishing.

Marco Zevola's stack seems to be the largest in the field, towering over the tiny piles of chips hoping to make it to the dinner break. Zevola is currently in the lead with nearly 160,000.

There's another man with a prominent stack and a memorable name in the field, Danny Noseworthy.

While he's hidden behind a Blue Jays hat and sunglasses, Noseworthy's stack rises above all the others at his table. Noseworthy is currently sitting with about 120,000.

A few other players have crossed the 100,000 mark and several others are approaching it. Mike Leah is up to about 88,000 and looking to add his first LAPT cash to his extensive resume. --AV

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Marco Zevola

7:03pm: Super High Rollers roll in
Level 8 - Blinds 300-600 (ante 75)

It's the last full level for players to register for the LAPT Bahamas Main Event, but it almost feels like the tournament is just starting given how many players are rolling up to join the fun. It appears they are now over last year's 736-entry mark, but we'll wait until after dinner and the close of late registration before making any declarations.

Meanwhile three of the players who helped create the 58-entry field in the $100,000 Super High Roller. Dani Stern, Ole Schemion, and Sam Greenwood all busted shy of the money in that one today, and all three have found their way over to join our event with a somewhat smaller buy-in.

If you aren't doing so already, go look in on the coverage of the latter stages of Day 2 of the Super High Roller by clicking here. --MH

6:39pm: The Atlantis a friendly place for Pastor
Level 8 - Blinds 300-600 (ante 75)

Juan Martin Pastor has been battling all afternoon as the last level before the dinner break looms.

By coming back to the Atlantis, the Argentinian is returning to the scene of his greatest live poker success as he was one of a couple of Latin American poker players making it to the final table of last year's PCA Main Event.

Pastor finished fifth for a huge $380,720 payday (an amount which may in fact resemble what the winner of this one will earn). Diego Ventura of Peru took runner-up in that one, while the American Kevin Schulz came away with the title.

The often jovial Juan sits with about 30,000 at present.

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Juan Martin Pastor

6:33pm: Level 8 begins
Level 8 - Blinds 300-600 (ante 75)

Level 8 has begun, after which players will be taking a 75-minute dinner break. The plan (as we understand it at present) is that they'll return and play through Level 12 before Day 1 concludes.

Click through for previous action from Levels 1-7.

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the LAPT9 Bahamas Main Event: Martin Harris, Alex Villegas. Photos: Carlos Monti.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in Bahamas