LAPT9 Bahamas: Tyler Hurman leads Day 1 field, Akkari makes top 5

The sun came out for the start of the LAPT today.

The past two days have been marked by clouds, rain and strong winds, but today's weather was considerably closer to what you'd expect to find on Paradise Island.

There was also some poker going on.

Hundreds of players forewent the sunny weather and took a shot at the inaugural LAPT season 9 title.

There was a total of 851 entrants today, but after 12 levels of play only 220 players remain. Tyler Hurman, from Canada, leads the survivors with 261,300.


Tyler Hurman

Ismael Bojang finished the day second with 205,300 while Michael Esposito rounds off the top three with 201,700. Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari is right behind him with 200,100.

Check out the full chip counts for Day 1 and the Day 2 seat draw HERE.

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Andre Akkari

Argentinian movie producer Diego Dubrosky, who had the lead for a while late in the day, finished with 199,400.

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Diego Dubcovsky

While we're still a few days away from crowning a champion, players will hit the money tomorrow. Only 127 players will see a return on their investment with a mincash coming in at $3,460.

Making the final table will bump that number up to $28,900, and a victory will result in a $308,220 payday.

But some players are no longer in the running no matter how hard they try. Players were allowed to rebuy as many times as they wanted until the start of level 9, but after that it was sudden death.

The last few levels of the day were a chopping block. Players fell left and right and saw their dreams of a start-of-year LAPT victory end. Paul Volpe, Victor Ramdin, Chance Kornuth, Fabian Ortiz and Eugene Katchalov are among the day 1 casualties.

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Victor Ramdin

Day 2 won't produce as many eliminations, but they'll hurt players more as they get closer and closer to the money.

While several players were chasing their first LAPT cash today, there were several chasing another LAPT title. Six former LAPT champions started the day including two double LAPT champions. Both Oscar Alache and Mario Lopez won LAPTs in season 7 and season 8 but won't get the LAPT hat trick here since they were eliminated late in the day.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez, Carter Gill and Patricio Rojas on the other hand will come back tomorrow and try to get a step closer to their second LAPT title.

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Leo Fernandez

For now though, players get to rest their weary poker muscles before coming back tomorrow at noon for another day of LAPT action.

The LAPT9 Bahamas Main Event won't be the only thing going on in the tournament area though. The $100K Super High Roller will crown a champion tomorrow, and several other side events will spring to life and come to a close.

Check out the PCA 2016 homepage for more information and if you missed any of the action today, check out the day 1 live updates.

After you catch up on that, be sure to join us tomorrow for day 2 of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event.

Alex Villegas
@PokerStars in Bahamas