LAPT Viña del Mar: The final eight, a little late

March 25, 2012

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We’re here, the first final table of LAPT Season 5.

We saw 672 players sign up, 651 actually showed up (21 no-shows), and they’ve all been eliminated except for eight.

And while majority of the 104 players who’ve cashed have already been paid out, our remaining eight are fighting for the majority of the prize pool.

The total prize pool here in Viña is $651,840, but there’s still $402,070 up for grabs.

Players at the final table are guaranteed $13,040 and another day of poker. The last player standing after this day of poker will be receiving $129,470 and the first trophy of the season.

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The person in the best position at the moment is Sergio Escobar, he leads the field with 1,845,000.

But he’s not ahead by much. In fact, he only holds the lead by one ante, Felipe Velasquez is in a close second with 1,840,000.

Velasquez is one of three Chileans at the table, they’ll be fighting for the chance to be the first Chileans to win on home soil.

It’s been an eventful trip so far. We’ve found out how to help children and solved some mysteries. We learned a little bit about Chilean wine and Viña nightlife. We saw one player turn FPPs into the trip of a lifetime and another almost pull a repeat final table.

We’ve already seen a little bit of commotion in the room today. Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes, who will be playing in the high roller event, showed up early today to spend some time with our dealers.

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The shark is HUNGRY! (and generous)

If you recall, we spotted Brenes on Day 1B with some sharks and visors, now we know why. As an act of generosity, Brenes raffled away the visors and sharks to the dealers and took pictures with them.

The high roller event is already under way but we have yet to see a single player from the final table show up. If this pace continues for the rest of the day, then there will be no pace.

We’ll keep waiting, but in the meantime, check out or video recap of Day 3:


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