LAPT6 Colombia: Merry as a cricket

June 07, 2013

Poker is enough to drive anybody mad. Yesterday, Team PokerStars Pro Cristian “El Grillo” de Leon couldn’t get anything going. He was the only member of the Red Spade Brigade who entered Day 1a and failed to advance to Day 2.

Today he tried again. His stack kept growing and growing and growing, like some kind of magic beanstalk. By the end of the day El Grillo was the overnight chip leader with 244,000 in chips. He’s followed by Johann David Ibanez Diaz of Colombia (189,700) and Giuseppe Ferro of Venezueula (187,000).

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El Grillo

The day started full of hope for more than 400 players. They know that more than 300 of them would fail to make the cut by night’s end, but in the Most Innovative City in the World, anything seemed possible.

Team PokerStars Pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero got a harsh lesson in what’s possible and what’s reality on his second hand of the day. His chip stack was incinerated instantly, causing him to beat a path back to the registration table to load his second bullet into the chamber. A few more bullets followed, but by the time late registration ended Barbero found himself on the straight and narrow path, but he failed to accumulate chips and by the end of the day bagged only 27,800.

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Tough day for Nacho

While Nacho was busy re-entering, we got a glimpse of several other LAPT champions who graced the field. LAPT4 Colombia winner Julian Menendez and LAPT5 Colombia winner Robbie Renehan both played on Day 1b. Menendez failed to advance, but Renehan – who qualified at the last minute and decided to defend his title on a lark – will return for Day 2 with 74,400 chips, slightly above average.

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The champ’s title defense will continue

As the day progressed and tables broke out of the back room, the extreme temperature differentials between that back room and the front room once again made themselves known. Nobody queued up “The Rains of Castamere”, however, so I think we’ll all survive.

In the middle stages of the day we checked in on the two Team PokerStars Pros in the field and also went a round with the champ. All three will return tomorrow.

They’ll be joined by players who are playing an LAPT event for the first time and some who are playing one for the nth time. That’s what life on the circuit is like. It’s a rotating cast of characters, one and all of whom can be considered a friend.

Tomorrow the 96 Day 1b survivors will join the 46 Day 1a survivors to play another 10 levels. By the end of the day roughly 30-35 will still be in contention for a shot at the title of LAPT6 Champion and the 220 million pesos that will go with it.

Until then, you can find us at the bar.

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Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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