For the first time on the Latin American Poker Tour, live streaming of the entire Main Event — not just the final table — is being made available to those wishing to follow the action. The LAPT began live streaming the last few days of events at the end of last season, but for Season 7 the show begins with the very first cards being dealt.
That means ever since the first hand of Day 1A was dealt back on Wednesday, one table has been featured to be streamed, with the tables being switched out on a regular basis to give followers a chance to watch a variety of players.
There’s a giant screen positioned alongside the featured table area as well where spectators and passers-by can get a better look at the action.
As LAPT Media Coordinator Reinaldo Venegas explains, the new producers brought in for this season have helped bring the quality of the webcasts up to the standards set on the European Poker Tour with their popular EPTLive live streams. Also, besides the extended coverage, the use of new, improved equipment has translated to better image quality, too.
And speaking of translation, viewers have a choice between Spanish and Portuguese feeds, with both available via Facebook as well. (See below for links to all feeds).
As it happened, today the Day 2 seat draw placed three Team PokerStars Pros at the same table, making it a logical choice with which to start the day’s show.
Humberto Brenes began the day with a below average stack, but has had a strong start to the day to push his stack up close to 80,000, about twice what he had to start the day.
Meanwhile Andre Akkari experienced a brief spell of excitement in a hand between himself and the Chilean Luis Resk. A board of 5♦7♠7♣5♥J♥ produced some action between the pair, but the showdown revealed Akkari’s A♣7♦ to be the equivalent of Resk’s A♦7♥, and the pair chopped the pot. He sits with about 130,000 as Level 12 comes to a close.
Meanwhile, Angel Guillen also began the day with a big stack and had lost just a few to slip a little when he found himself in a preflop raising war with Ariel Mantel of Argentina.
The betting ended when Guillen was all in for 91,800 with A♦K♦ against Mantel’s K♠K♣. The community cards came 10♣6♥4♠5♦Q♠, and Guillen had to leave his TV table seat after becoming one of the early eliminations here on Day 2.
We’ll keep a watch on who gets moves to the featured table next… as can you!
Photography from LAPT7 Chile by Carlos Monti. Follow live streaming coverage throughout LAPT7 Chile in Spanish at PokerStars or via Facebook as well as in Portuguese, also at PokerStars or via Facebook.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.