Sunday, August 04, 2013

Travel Report: LAPT6 Peru, Day 3 -- One Tasty Burger

Blindingly fast day yesterday in terms of the pace of play at Day 3 of the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event. It took less than six one-hour levels for 27 players to play down to eight, the only real slowdown coming near the end when it took a little over a half-hour to get from nine to eight.

Patricio Rojas of Chile leads with eight left, while the Argentinian Julian Menendez is also still in the hunt as the 24-year-old seeks a second LAPT title. Also, the Colombian Rafael Pardo though short-stacked will be playing at his fourth career LAPT final table today where he hopes to improve on his best-ever finish of third at LAPT Brazil a few months ago.

Within a few minutes of the start today the average will be down to about 23 big blinds per stack or so, and so it’ll probably be a fast start at least today for the eight-handed final table, and perhaps a fast finish, too. In which case we may get to enjoy one last meal in Lima, where it is difficult to go wrong food-wise in a city some call the “gastronomical capital of South America.”

Sergio and I were walking in today and talking about various meals we’ve had this trip, and he pointed out how when it comes to picking a place to eat in Lima, you can think about price or the kinds of food being offered, but there’s really no need to worry about quality because it is consistently high just about everywhere.

Our early finish last night enabled us to grab dinner at Papacho’s, a gourmet burger place located not from the Atlantic City Casino. The place was packed and in fact we had more than an hour wait to get a table, but that wasn’t such a bother as we’d had late lunches, anyway, and it was enjoyable just to relax and chat as we waited.

There were Beatles LPs on the walls and lots of Beatles tunes among the pop/rock soundtrack, and the menus were huge square cardboards with every inch covered by a myriad of burger types on offer. More American than Peruvian, really, but the massive Papacha I selected (with blue cheese and assorted toppings) was -- insert Jules Winnfield voice -- one tasty burger.

Had another good meal this morning at the hotel, a much lighter breakfast of a poached egg and salmon, and am now sitting near the main stage where preparations are being made for the final table to begin.

Looking forward to an exciting conclusion, although looking over Heath Chick’s report from the APPT Queenstown final table that played out overnight, I can’t imagine we’ll match the finish they had. Have you heard? The winner Jonathan Bredin won the final hand with KsKc, then revealed he had that same hand tattooed on his arm! No shinola!

Now that I think about it, maybe we should check to see if our final eight players have any tattoos before play begins today in Lima. Check over at the PokerStars blog where I’ll definitely let you know if we find out anything along those lines.

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