Daniel Negreanu, a man who plays $100,000 tournaments for fun and profit, entered this $2,300 LAPT Grand Final main event and found himself caring about the outcome. He could be out partying it up 24 hours a day for Carnival, but instead he set about the process of winning this thing. Now he is among the final eight players in the main event, and one of seven chasing chip leader Daniele Nestola for the title.
Like yesterday, Day 3 of the LAPT Grand Final was a quick one. We barely had time to relate our bloco tales from last night (my version is HERE, and Dave Behr's version is HERE). That left us with a little time to tell you what was happening in the tournament, last night's Team Pro Carnival celebration, and the Day 2 chip leader Caio Pimenta's day before calling it a night.
Here's what the final table will look like tomorrow at noon:
Seat 1: Felipe Morbiducci (Chile) 347,000
Seat 2: Daniel Negreanu (Canada) 702,000
Seat 3: Jonathan Markovits (Ecuador) 991,000
Seat 4: Carlos Ibarra (Chile) 1,297,000
Seat 5: Daniele Nestola (Germany) 1,892,000
Seat 6: Juan Gonzalez (Argentina) 548,000
Seat 7: Gasperino Nicolas (Venezuela) 1,190,000
Seat 8: Vitor Torres (Brazil) 273,000
If you saw the chip counts with 24 players remaining last night, you will note some conspicuous absences on the chip counts above. Pimenta and Vincenzo Giannelli finished last night #1 and #2 respectively on the overnight counts list. Today they busted back-to-back, Giannelli going out in 13th, and Pimenta busting in 12th. You might also notice that Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes didn't make it through the day. Short-stacked to start, he couldn't get lucky and went out in 23rd place. Finally, Engelberth Varela's main event run for Player of the Year ended with his 22nd place finish. He'll now be left to work on the side events if he has any hope of catching PoY leader Pablo Gonalez.
With those players gone, we turn to tomorrow's final table: eight players from three continents, from seven different countries. And, by the way, if you think we sounded like a homer when we led with Daniel Negreanu's name above, you should consider this: not only is he one of the most famous poker players in the world, but he is the only one to make a final table on the LAPT, APPT, and EPT circuits. Not too shabby, Danny boy.
That's all the news that's fit to print tonight. Join us back here tomorrow at noon as the LAPT Grand Final gets underway.