It rains a lot in Medellin, Colombia. I'm told that the "rainy season" isn't so much a season as it is 10 months of the year. I guess you could say there's a "dry season", and October isn't it.
But the sun broke through the clouds this morning as we prepare for Day 2 of the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Colombian National Poker Championship. It no doubt matches the mood of the 205 players that advanced from the starting field of 681, hoping to be one of 63 players that will be paid at this event. First place is north of 288 million Colombian pesos. That may seem like more than it is, but it's still a very healthy USD 160,000, give or take a few thousand depending on the day and the value of a dollar against a peso.
The Day 1a and Day 1b overnight chip leaders -- PokerStars Team Online player Fredy Torres (207,000, pictured below) and LAPT Sao Paulo final table player Leandro Csome (149,000) -- will start the day first and second in the counts, respectively. But it promises to be a long Day 2. The field of 205 needs to collapse to at least 18 players by the end of the night in order to stay on pace and conclude tomorrow.
We also have an interesting Player of the Year showdown potentially taking shape. All of the top five players in the Player of the Year race have advanced to Day 2 with average or above average stacks. With less than 300 points separating 1st place from 5th place, and only one more event on the Season 4 calendar, picking up points here in Medellin could be decisive in the race.
Of course, we won't find out how that story plays out until tomorrow. For now, we're downing double shots of espresso and trying to remember the subjunctive tense.