4:23pm: Break time
Players are going on a 15-minute break.
As we near the end of the level, we are now down below 100 players. We are still scheduled to end the day with 24 people remaining.
4:15pm: More moving pictures
If you're just getting started with us today, here's how things kicked off.
4:09pm: Showing a bluff is a little like confessing
Cédric Lenners, the Belgian priest and PokerStars qualifier, has been hanging on with a modest stack all day. He was just now involved in a hand in which an opponent had raised to 4,500 from the cutoff and Lenners decided to defend his big blind.
The flop came A♣7♦8♠ and Lenners checked. His opponent bet 6,000, and Lenners promptly check-raised to 13,000. His opponent thought a moment, then called. The turn brought the 4♦, a hefty bet of 20,000 from Lenners, and a quick fold from across the table.
As the dealer pushed the chips toward Lenners, the priest showed his hand with a mischievous grin -- 9♥3♦!
It's okay -- if he were to last to the final 48 and the cash, any winnings he earns will be going to the church. Lenners now has about 90,000.
4:05pm: Top chip stacks
Here are some of the biggest-stacked players at this hour:
Jacob Baumgartner - 240,000
Pham Duyen - 197,000
Jeet Shergill - 180,000
Luis Jaikel - 175,000
Jose Barbero - 165,000
3:50pm: Vilchez doubles through Figueroa
Some preflop action had already built a pot of about 30,000 between David Figueroa and Wilfredo Vilchez when the flop came J♦9♥3♦. Figueroa bet 15,000, Vilchez pushed all in for about twice that, and Figueroa called.
Vilchez showed Q♣Q♥ and Figueroa A♠K♠. The turn was the 2♦ and the river the 6♥, and Vilchez doubled back to about 100,000. Figueroa presently sits with 120,000.
3:34pm: Nueve now, ocho after
It has just been announced that when we get down to 80 players remaining, the tourney will subsequently be played eight-handed until its conclusion. Right now we are looking at 12 nine-handed tables, all full of players. A quick visit to the calculator tells us that means there are 108 players left in the field.
3:30pm: Big stacks of Barbero and Baumgartner brought together
End of Day 1 chip leader Jacob Baumgartner has been moved to Jose Barbero's table, sitting two to Nacho's left. That means a lot of chips down on that end of the felt.
Just now came a hand in which Barbero opened with a raise to 4,600 from early position and got three callers -- including Baumgartner. The flop came a provocative T♠T♦A♣, and all four checked. The turn brought the 4♦, and when all checked to Baumgartner he pushed out a bet of 14,000. All three took their time about it, but all three let it go.
Both Barbero and Baumgartner have about 180,000 at present.
3:28pm: BLINDS 1,000-2,000-200
3:22pm: How do you solve a problem like Maria...
The song says, "I'd like to say a word in her behalf, Maria makes me laugh." In this case, it was the cards that made her laugh, and somewhat ruefully. It's been a long two days of the best hands not holding up for her. This time, it wasn't the best hand, but a stack-relative cooler that sent her out with her coffee in hand. Her ace-queen couldn't outrun pocket queens. She is now on the rail and here for a couple of more days before heading back to Las Vegas for the rest of the WSOP.
3:20: Duyen it right
Costa Rica's Pham Duyen just won a monster pot worth nearly 200,000. We picked up the pot with all the chips in the middle on a flop containing both a jack and king. Duyen held J♦J♠ to A♠K♦. His flopped set held and he is now in contention for the chip lead.
3:18pm: Do the Mathis... more chips = good times
We reported earlier how Martin Mathis had improved his stack by exactly 75 chips on Day 1. Day 2 has proven a little more profitable for Mathis thus far.
After a raise from the cutoff to 4,000 and a call from the button, Martin Mathis pushed all in from the big blind for approximately 45,000. The player in the cutoff came along, but the button folded his 9♦9♣ face up.
Mathis had 4♦4♥ versus his opponent's A♥J♣, and when the board came 5♠T♦3♠7♠4♠, Mathis had doubled up over 90,000.
3:09pm: Espinosa escapes
Following a flop of 7♠K♦T♦, Steven Thompson just got a short-stacked Pamela Espinosa all in. Thompson showed T♣7♣ for two pair, while Espinosa tabled A♠T♦.
The turn brought the 7♦, giving Thompson tens full and dimming the lights considerably for Espinosa. But the river was the T♠, which meant a chopped pot and survival for Espinosa.
2:57pm: Jose you can see
So yelled Jose Alfaro, all in for his tournament life with A♥K♠ versus an opponent's Q♦6♦. The first four community cards had come K♦3♣J♦J♥, and his uncertain response had come once the dealer had dealt the river card -- the 2♥.
He saw it correctly the first time -- his opponent had missed his flush. But Alfaro had thought for a second it was the diamond on the end. Big grins from the as he sat back down, gathering the stack of 80,000 he'd won.
2:48pm: Steven Thompson passes 150,000
Carlos Lanfranco came in for a raise to 4,500 and found himself facing a re-raise to more than 25,000 from Korea's Sung Hung Chung. Before Lanfranco had an opportunity to think about it, Costa Rica's Steven Thompson pushed all-in for more than 40,000 more. He had both players covers. Lanfranco folded, but Chung tanked hard. It looked as if the clock might end up getting called on him. Finally he announced a call.
The board ran out 7♦T♥5♥T♣7♠. Chung made his exit. Thompson, meanwhile, spent three hands just stacking his chips. While it was tough to get an accurate count, we're putting him somewhere north of 150,000.
2:42pm: Building toward a winner
We are now down to 15 tables here in the poker room at the Atlantic City Casino. As tables are being broken, preparations continue on the main stage as workers set up the feature table for filming.
2:34pm: Chips, words persuasive for Gonzales
Two players limped from middle position, the small blind completed, and Jose Gonzales took a look at his cards in the big blind. He then decided to raise to 9,600.
The limpers folded, then Gonzales and his neighbor in the blinds engaged in a lengthy conversation before Gonzales' foe let it go.
The Argentinian sits with about 85,000 at present.
2:21pm: Back in action
We're back from break and now playing at 800-1,600-200 blinds.
2:08pm: Break time
We've reached our first break of the day. The big board says there are 160 players remaining, although the figure may well be a little below that. Back in 15 minutes.
1:57pm: Nacho Grande
Big, big pot over on Table 13 just now. Team PokerStars pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero -- winner of the last LAPT event in Punta del Este -- opened with a raise from middle position, and Jorge Rodo three-bet from the button. (That had been happening frequently of late, with Barbero often folding in response.)
Michael Piper saw an opportunity and pushed his below-average stack all in from the blinds. Barbero quickly reshoved as well, causing Piper's shoulders to slump a little. They slumped even more when Rodo made the call, too.
The flop came 4♣A♠4♥, and Rodo was still best. But the J♠ on the turn suddenly put Barbero ahead, and the 3♥ on the end sealed it. Rodo and Piper are both out, and Barbero is now our chip leader. He's still stacking those chips, but looks to have close to 200,000 at present.
1:35pm: Carter Gill's missed prediction
Carter Gill just got A♦K♥ all in for a little less than 30,000 against two black jacks. The flop was less than helpful, so Gill vocalized his prediction for how the rest of the hand would play out.
"Ace on the river," he said before the turn hit the board.
Instead, he got an eight on the turn and queen on the river.
"Nice playing with you guys," he said, then headed for the door.
1:29pm: Felipe Ramos gone
Nice guy Felipe Ramos has been eliminated, He lost about half his stack in one ugly confrontation in which he got pocket queens all-in against ace-queen (ace on the turn...and river). After that, he shoved king-ten into the blinds and the big blind woke up with ace-jack. No help for Ramos. He's outta here.
1:23pm: Figueroa figures he can afford a few flyers
With the board showing 3♦K♠8♦5♥, a smaller-stacked-and-getting-smaller Vincente Sanchez Escamilla put in a sizable bet, and a big-stack-getting-bigger David Figueroa made the call. The river was the 3♣, and Escamilla rapped the felt with an apparent dismay. However, Figueroa checked behind.
Escamilla turned over K♣J♣ for top pair of kings, and Figueroa mucked. A relieved Escamilla scooped up the chips, and after stacking them was back around 65,000. Figueroa meanwhile could afford to pay to see that river card -- he's way up to 145,000 at present.
1:18pm: Something-something "trap"
Maria Mayrinck came in for a raise and got a call from Carlos Giha in the small blind. That's when Gustavo Gazoni moved all-in from the big blind. Mayrinck struggled for a while before muttering and folding her hand. Giha made the quick call and tabled two kings. Gazoni's A♦K♠ was way behind. Meanwhile, Mayrinck jumped into a rant that was all but unintelligible to this English-only guy. I heard the word "trap" and the implication was clear enough. The kings held up and Gazoni was out.
1:08pm: Level 10 begins
Well, that was a fast hour. We lost 25 players during those first 60 minutes of play, meaning we're down to 172. Blinds are now 600-1,200, with a 100 ante.
1:07pm: Aquad's hand victimized by Gallo's
With the board showing T♣K♦5♠4♦, Tarik Aguad of Peru was just all in for his tourney life with A♥4♥ against Argentinian Lisandro Gallo's Q♥J♥. His pair of fours were still good for the moment, but the J♠ on the river sent Aguad to the rail.
Gallo meanwhile chips up close to 80,000.
1:05pm: Playing for God
Belgium's Cédric Lenners, a PokerStars qualifier, is here on a mission from God. Literally. The priest finished Day 1 with a Top 20 chip stack and has pledged to give all his winnings to the church. So much for praying to the poker gods, eh?
12:49pm: Munar on the move
Michael Piper opened with a raise to 2,375 from early position, then Alberto Munar raised to 5,000 from the hijack seat. Filippo Storino called Munar's raise from the cutoff, it folded back to Piper, and the Piper called as well.
The flop came Q♣2♥8♥. It checked to Storino who bet 15,000. Piper got out, and Munar appeared to go deep into the tank before making the call.
The turn was the 5♠, and Munar held his head as if in sincere misery, checking quickly. Storino checked as well. The river was the T♥, and this time Munar counted out a bet of 20,000 and pushed it forward. Storino considered a bit, then made the call.
All that pain Munar was appeared to be showing was just that -- a show. He tabled Q♥Q♦ for the flopped set, and Storino mucked. Munar moves into the top ten with that one, pushing up toward the 100,000-chip mark, while Storino falls to 40,000. Piper meanwhile sits with about 25,000.
12:40pm: The Maridu Struggle
It's not the hottest dance craze to sweep Lima (although, with a little work, it could be). It is, in fact, Team PokerStars Pro Maria "Maridu" Mayrinck's tough grind in the LAPT Lima main event. Yesterday, she managed to lose a 40,000 chip pot with aces versus four-five. Today, she picked up ace-king early and ended up against ace-jack. Result? Chopped pot.
Clearly a little frustrated, Mayrinck insists all is well. "It's fine," she said. "Some people just have to work a little harder."
12:25pm: Short stacks fight back
Over on Table 15, chip leader Jacob Baumgartner opened with a raise to 2,300 from the cutoff, and Jorge Andres Castellanos Casas called from the big blind. The flop came all clubs -- 4♣2♣Q♣. Casas checked, and Baumgartner continued for 4,000. Cases check-raised the minimum to 8,000, and Baumgartner decided it best to let it go.
Meanwhile, on Table 7, one of the other big stacks Stephano Vega Lopez (fifth place, chipwise, when play began today) just found himself defending his blind against a button raise by the short-stacked Andres Pujazon. The flop came 5♣8♦8♣, and Lopez check-called Pujazon's c-bet of 3,300. However, when the turn brought an ace -- the A♥ -- Lopez folded to Pujuzon's pot-committing bet of 8,000.
12:20pm: Let the cull begin
This is going to be one of those ugly days where people bust out at a rate that is almost impossible to understand. It's started already. One of our first bustouts of the day is Peru's Jose Rospigliosi who just got A♠J♦ all-in against Jose Carlos Romero Rodrigues' A♥K♠. Nothing funny happened and Rospigliosi is gone.
12:09pm: Profit = survival
Just saw Martin Mathis settling in behind his stack today. After an up-and-down first day of play, he's returned to a stack of 20,075 -- exactly three green (25) chips up from where he started.
Mathis is feeling good, though. We saw him holding up his profit from yesterday proudly a little before play began today.
12:05pm: Cards are in the air
Hey! We're playing poker.
There are two tables in the outer area, and 20 more here in the main poker room at the Atlantic City Casino. We anticipate those two outer tables will be broken down rather quickly as some of the short stacks will likely start to disappear.
The average stack as we begin today is 37,971. We'll be nineWith the blinds 500-1,000 and a 100 ante, that's 2,400 a round, meaning the average stack is currently a little under than 16 orbits' worth of chips.
11:49am: Fancy, fancy!
So, as players come in today to check out their seating assignments, they have something a lot more cool than a photocopied piece of paper to check. How about this for sweet?
11:36am: On the verge of Day 2
With some 20 minutes left to go before the start of Day 2, the 197 players left in the field are lining up outside and ready to roll.
At this hour, the TV crews are building their final table set in the back of the room. The dealers are all sitting with bags of chips and ready for the start of play.
We'll be starting at level 9 with 500-1,000-100 blinds. We are scheduled to play until we reach three eight-handed tables.
How long will it take? If we're out of here by midnight, it will be a Peruvian miracle, one even the cat below can't even pull off.
LAPT Lima reporting comes courtesy of bloggers Brad Willis and Martin Harris and photographer Carlos Monti.