I’m a fruit guy. Some might even call me “fruity”. A spread of fruit and two cups of hot tea are all I need to get my motor going at the start of the day. Chop up a mango, slice some pineapple, maybe even chunk a melon. Berries will do in a pinch if larger fruit can’t be sourced. Steep the tea for a few minutes (don’t dare heat the water in the microwave) and away I go.
These simple demands allow me to travel well around the LAPT. Hotel breakfast buffets come in all shapes and sizes, but they almost all come with fruit. And while I often wonder if I am somehow mispronouncing the Spanish word for tea (té), I’ve never failed to get something approximating tea after a few quizzical looks.
For Day 1b of the 2013 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Chile National Poker Championship, then, you can assume that your humble scribe is ready to go.
Yesterday, Rodrigo Quezada proved that he was as ready to go as anyone. After finishing as the runner-up to Team PokerStars Pro Jose Barbero at the recent Enjoy Poker Series Grand Final in Santiago, Quezada got busy from the moment “Jugamos” was first declared by LAPT staff. Quezada finished Day 1a with just more than 15 times the starting stack of 15,000 chips. If you’re not good at math and don’t have a calculator handy, that’s 225,000 chips – almost 150 big blinds when Quezada returns tomorrow for Day 2.
He earned a well-deserved day off for today’s Day 1b, as did Ezequiel Lebed (200,000), Zackary “thrush370” Koerper (198,900) and 83 of the other 377 Day 1a entrants.
The remaining 291 players – the ones who were all eliminated before the chip bags were distributed last night – have the option to try again today by executing a re-entry. Those that do will be playing with some familiar faces from yesterday and a whole crop of players who will be new to the event today. The Day 1b field should easily top 400 entries. We’re expecting to set a new LAPT attendance record when all is said and done.
What are all those players doing this morning to get ready for the day? Exercising? Eating healthy food? Ingesting their stimulant of choice? Sleeping through the first two levels of play? Scrambling to get to Viña del Mar from Santiago before late registration? Reminding themselves of a heads-up loss to “Nacho” three months ago?
Whatever the secret of the success of tonight’s leader, I’d recommend he or she take it to the grave. Especially if it involves fruit.
Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
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