After the first flight of LAPT Panama saw a turnout of 174 entries, that number more than doubled yesterday when a total of 367 players bought in. The 58 survivors from Day 1A will combine with 121 still standing after Day 1B, leaving a total of 179 players to take their seats.
The man returning with the overall chip lead is Columbia’s Farid Jattin, who ended the night with a stack of 183,400. Jattin took over the lead from Day 1A leader Gullermo Olvera. Another player who was able to pass Olvera was Brazilian Rubens Bontempo, bagging 151,600.
As expected, Day 1B saw quite a few repeat performers who were eliminated during the first flight. That’s the biggest reason why the field for the second starting flight was so much bigger than Day 1A. That and the natural tendency of players to play the last of the first flights as often as possible.
Some of the notables in the field included a few members of Team PokerStars. Leo Fernandez and Humberto Brenes both made it through to Day 2. Although Brenes was eliminated on Day 1A, he was back for more with better luck the second time around. Andre Akkari, another PokerStars-sponsored pro, failed to move forward and his Panama Main Event experience is over.
Two more names that rang the proverbial bell were Scott Montgomery and Badih ‘Bob’ Bounahra, both former members of the WSOP November Nine. Montgomery, who was in fact a part of the original November Nine back in ’08, was able to finish strong yesterday and bagged around 110,000. Bounahra, who made it to the WSOP Main Event final table in November of 2011, had worse luck and was eliminated shortly after the dinner break. Like Bounahra, Johann Ibanez and Bruno Kawuti had their hopes of deep runs crushed as well.
Remaining players will be taking their seats later today and the option for second and third chances will no longer be available. The tournament is now in the knockout phase and today it should play through the bubble. The field should whittle down significantly in preparation for the big final table taking place on Sunday. Joining the Day 1A survivors in that final table quest will be the likes of Victor Sbrissa and Nicolau Villa-Lobos, so we should be all set for an entertaining end game!