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LAPT Uruguay Gets Underway

Day 1 of the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Uruguay Main Event is now over and it proved to be a long day with many casualties.

A total of 508 participants took to the felt at the Mantra Resort in the coastal city of Punta Del Este, but only 167 were left as the first day came to a close.  It was a competitive affair from the start as players were knocked out of the event left, right and centre throughout the day.

Brazilian poker player Joe Bauer ended Day 1 as the chip leader with 150,000 chips to his name, but he will likely not be getting too comfortable as a plethora of other players also finished the day with six figure stacks.

One of those players is Bolivar Palacios, who comes into the event with six WSOP in-the-money finishes and four LAPT cashes to his name. The Panamanian pro finished the first day of play with a stack of 130,000 and will be one to watch on Day 2.

WSOP gold bracelet winner Joe Ebanks also did well on Day 1 of the Main Event, having finished the day with 109,000 in chips. The 28-year-old American won a big hand late in the day after hitting a set of Jacks on the turn of one hand, which beat his opponent’s trip Fives that came on the flop.

Last year’s LAPT Uruguay winner, Marcelo Fonseca, also made the cut to Day 2, albeit barely. He was nearly knocked out in the dying stages of the first day after he went all-in with Ace-Seven offsuit against an opponent’s pocket Kings. The Kings were good on the flop and the turn, but the Ace of Clubs on the river snatched the hand for Fonseca.

One player who did not have such a great day was two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Humberto Brenes, who was eliminated during the first day of play. He will be joined by fellow WSOP champ Andre Akkari, who was also knocked out on Day 1 when his pocket Eights were beaten by trip Nines.

The payouts from the event were also sorted and released on Day 1 and the top 80 players in this event will be in-the-money. The top three are set to get six-figure payouts, with $106,300 going to whoever lands in third place. Second place stands to earn $153,000, while the winner will get a very admirable $238,260 added to their net worth.

With 87 players still needing to be knocked out before the event is officially in-the-money, Day 2 looks set to be an even more competitive and intriguing affair in Punta Del Este. As always, PokerUpdate will keep its readers up to date with the results of the LAPT Uruguay Main Event as the tournament progresses in the coming days.

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