Welcome back to today’s last day of play in the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event, where just eight players will be returning from a 366-entry field, each looking to follow the footsteps of LAPT Bahamas winner Josh Key, LAPT Chile winner Oscar Alache, and LAPT Panama winner Shakeeb Kazemipur to become a Season 8 champion.
It’s a bit unusual to report that no representatives of the home country will be seated at this LAPT final table, as the last Peruvian — Jose Espinoza — was knocked out in 11th. That left four Chileans, two Brazilians, a Colombian, and one from Lebanon to duke it out today for the trophy and the $156,576 first prize awaiting the winner.
Seat 1: Carlos Moya (Chile) — 1,673,000
Moya knows what it is like to go relatively deep in an LAPT Main Event, in fact making it all of the way to 14th in this very tournament at LAPT7 Peru last October. The $9,880 he earned for that finish represents his biggest tourney cash, so he’s already guaranteed to exceed that today. And with the chip lead and more than 100 big blinds with which to work, he’s well positioned to earn well over the $19,060 everyone has already locked up for making it this far.
Seat 2: Ricardo Chauriye (Chile) — 320,000
Chauriye’s largest previous score came at the Gran Final Campeonato Nacional de Poker EPS in Santiago where he finished fourth of 257 in the Main Event for a prize worth just over $13,000 USD, with two-time LAPT champion Oscar Alache also at that final table (taking seventh).
Seat 3: Jose Ili (Chile) — 382,000
An engineer by trade who also enjoys playing football and tennis, Ili has been playing poker for eight years though mainly considers the game as a source of fun and entertainment. He says he feels honored to have made it this far to compete against such talented opponents.
Seat 4: Daniel Ramirez (Colombia) — 1,503,000
Ramirez has been playing poker for six years and considers himself both a professional player while also working as an administrator. When not at the tables he enjoys going to the movies and spending time with his wife.
Seat 5: Chadi Moustapha (Lebanon) — 900,000
An IT consultant currently living in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, besides poker Moustapha enjoys traveling and reading.
Seat 6: Marcus Martinez (Brazil) — 815,000
Seat 7: Cristian Aceiton Ruiz (Chile) — 826,000
A 44-year-old businessman, he’s been playing poker for a decade, having visited previous LAPTs here in Lima as well as in Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile. He cites fellow countryman and former LAPT Player of the Year Amos Ben as his greatest influence.
Seat 8: Helio Neves (Brazil) — 827,000
The 24-year-old enters today with just a little over half the stack of leader Moya, but if Day 3 is any indication, coming back isn’t a problem for him. He started yesterday 30th of 32 before catapulting up the counts soon after the start of play.
Neves has been playing poker — primarily online — for the last eight years, while also enjoying traveling and playing tennis.
Those are our final eight. Here’s what they’ll be playing for today:
Play gets underway in just about an hour at 12 noon local time here at the Atlantic City casino located in the heart of the Miraflores district in Lima — that’s an hour behind Eastern time, and five hours behind GMT. We’ll be here from start to finish to bring you all the action, so stick close and we’ll find out together who among these eight will become the next LAPT Main Event champion.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.