They’re back from dinner on Day 1A of the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final. Most of them, anyway. Unofficially speaking, there were 132 total entries before the reentry door closed tight for the day, with just about 100 of them returning to their seats a short while ago with an idea of enjoying a dessert of four more one-hour levels before play will pause later tonight.
Of those total entries, two-time LAPT champion Oscar Alache accounted for two of them, having reentered after busting earlier, no doubt with an eye toward retaining his lead in the LAPT Season 8 Player of the Year race.
Speaking of LAPT POYs, Chile’s Amos Ben won that award back in Season 6, and ranked inside the top 10 here at the end of Season 8. He’s also ranked near or even at the top of today’s chip counts, having built up over 85,000.
Coming to Brazil has to bring good feelings to the player known as “Die Ventura” on PokerStars. It wasn’t that long ago the Peruvian came to Brazil as a student, and was here spending part of his time working as a waiter when he first discovered poker.
Not long after that, Ventura became a different kind of student — a student of the game — working with coaches to improve to a point where he earned more than $2 million total online including final tabling the Sunday Million multiple times. He also won himself a seat in the 2015 PCA Main Event via an online satellite, and ran that entry all of the way to a runner-up finish and a $907,080 cash.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.