Vina del Mar, Chile welcomed the Latin American Poker Tour for the second stop of their Season 9 schedule, after the LAPT opened 2016 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. We’re now back to the continental tour of South America and if Day 1A of LAPT9 Chile was any indication, this season is going to be massive.
In total, 258 players bought into this opening starting flight and that is an over 60% increase from last year’s numbers, when 155 players battled in the first Day 1 session. The PokerStars blog opened today’s coverage with a player that went through last year’s Day 1 session and through to the winner’s circle, as Season 8 champion Oscar Alache was seated from the first minute of play.
He quickly built a sizable stack and for a few levels, it looked like Alache was trending towards a Day 1A chip lead en route to a record breaking third LAPT title. He’ll have to wait until tomorrow for that storyline to play out though, as he lost a massive pot right before the final break of the night. Fernando Reines was the player that sent Alache to the rail and while he ended the night with a 123,300 stack, this entire surviving field is looking up to Sergio Palma.
Behind Palma are players that likely began the day expecting to be at the top of the leaderboard, as some of South America’s most successful and consistent players took to the felt. Damian Salas was one of them and while a handful of his countrymen fell, the Argentinian, who couldn’t get himself out of the action if he tried, seemed to steadily climb. In the end, he finished with 107,200 chips, good for fifth overall.
In total, 90 players advanced through this first starting flight and if you want to catch up on all the Day 1A action, the PokerStars blog’s live updates can be found here. That official number and those player’s counts will be posted in a few hours. The PokerStars blog will be back prior to tomorrow’s Day 1B flight begins at 12 PM and until then, buenas noches.
All photos by Carlos Monti.