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Carbon Online Poker Series Kicks Off In Early May

Carbon Poker is featuring the return of the Carbon Online Poker Series in May, with 80 events boasting a total of $ 2 million in guarantees.

The 15-day series kicks off May 4 and concludes on May 18 with nine different main events with $ 500,000 in guarantees up for grabs. Main event buy-ins range from just $ 1.10 to $ 530.

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TonyBet Online Open Face Chinese Poker Series Kicks Off

A week ago TonyBet Poker announced the launch of the first Open Face Chinese Poker series in online poker history. On Monday, that history became a reality as the first event of the series, called “My First Trike” kicked off at 10 p.m. (UTC+3).

The first out of 12 tournaments featured a €10 buy-in and €1,000 in guaranteed prize pool giving players the chance to warm themselves up before the bigger events.

In his interview with Card Player last week, the TonyBet founder Tony G said he was expecting overlays and it seems he was right. At the time of writing there were 63 players registered for the first tournament of the series. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a €10 buy-in event with €1,000 in guarantees needs at least 100 entrants to gather the prize pool.

We caught up with Tony for another quick chat today to ask how the series was going.

“It’s going really well actually”, Tony replied. “I honestly expected to have 100 players in the first event, but I’m also happy with what we have now. As I said before, this is our gift to the players. I invited everyone to play and a lot of people RSVP’d with a “YES”. I can already see these people in the players’ list and I’m sure more will come within the final minutes.”

When asked whether he’ll be playing the events himself, Tony pulled out some of that G character, that the poker community loves him for.

“Of course I will! Not playing this event is simply out of the question. Look, I’m a nice guy and all, but when I’m at the tables, I want to rip everyone’s guts out and eat them for lunch! That’s how devoted I am to this game. I’m ready to destroy everyone who makes the mistake of standing in my way. You want a piece of Tony G? Come and get me!”

The site has also announced it’s running both paid and free satellites to all OFC Poker Opener events allowing players to enter the tournaments for a lot less that the original buy-in or even for free.

For more details on this Open Face Chinese poker series go to the OFC Poker Opener page.

Here is the full Tournament Schedule:

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Blair Hinkle Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event For Third Time

Blair Hinkle has written his name in the poker history books as the first player to ever win the same World Series of Poker Circuit main event three times. It started when Blair took down the 2010 WSOP-C Horseshoe Councl Bluffs main event. In 2013 he found his way through the field again, and now just one year later he defended his title to win the event for a third time. Not only is he the only player ever to win the same event three times on the WSOP Circuit, he’s only the second player to win three main events period. The first was Chris Ferguson.

“I don’t think it’s set in exactly yet. I think I just take a lot of pride in my play and winning the tournaments,” Hinkle told WSOP.com after his win. “I think that my play is pretty good as we get deeper and it really starts to turn up to a higher level as we get closer to the final table and throughout the final table. I think that’s what I’m proud of. Winning each time doesn’t matter as much to me as playing well and feeling like I deserve to win it, I guess.”

Hinkle topped a field of 247 entrants to win $ 90,700 and 408 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his first live tournament score of 2014, although he did receive quite a payday earlier this spring when he finally was reimbursed the more than $ 1 million that he had locked up on Full Tilt Poker after having no access to it for nearly three years. Hinkle also won the gigantic $ 10,000,0000 guaranteed prizepool event held last August at the “Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open “:http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-tournaments/4218-2013-seminole-hard-rock-poker-open/1099549/resultsfor $ 1,745,245.

Hinkle got off to a fast start in Council Bluffs, ending day one with more than twice as many chips as the next competitor. In fact his end of day 1 chip count was higher than two stacks that players brought to the final table. By the time the field was narrowed to nine Hinkle was only second in chips, but he was able to make it to heads-up and successfully overcome runner-up Matt Bond to defend his title.

By the time the final hand arose Hinkle had better than a 3-to-2 chip lead. Bond limped in from the button and Hinkle shoved from the big blind. Bond made the call with AClub Suit8Heart Suit which was a coin flip against Hinkle’s 7Heart Suit7Club Suit.

The board ran out KSpade Suit3Heart Suit3Club Suit4Diamond Suit5Club Suit and just like that Hinkle and secured the pot, the title and his place in WSOP Circuit history.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

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Carter Gill Wins Latin Series of Poker Millions

Carter Gill (right) and LSOP President Diego ChanLatin America has been good to Carter Gill, and during the early evening hours of Mar. 15 things got even better. The American pro won the inaugural Latin Series of Poker Millions main event for $ 175,070, marking his fifth straight final table and second career title in the region.

“I don’t how that’s possible but it’s literally my fifth straight final table. I won Uruguay (LAPT), I got sixth in a high roller in Colombia and a second in another tournament in Colombia and a fourth in the LAPT Panama,” Gill said.

As play progressed for the day, it appeared that Gill could just not be stopped.

“Unless I think about a little online tournament, I’ve never had a such a situation where I’ve literally steam-rolled the table,” he said. “I could do no wrong. It was odd, but with the hands I was getting it would have been hard not to win. I was joking to someone that if you gave the cards that I had to anyone at the final table they would have won also.”

The final hand came down to Gill and Israel’s Alon Raz after a very short heads-up match. Raz, with a massive chip deficit, moved all-in for his tournament life with ASpade Suit7Club Suit and Gill called with AClub SuitKSpade Suit. Raz’s hand never improved and he finished the tournament runner-up to the tune of $ 100,600.

Before he could claim the title and the prize money, Gill had to maneuver his way through a field of 1,290 players and final table featuring Team PokerStars pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero and online pros Guillermo Echevvaria and Francis Cruz.

Echevvaria was the first to go. Adam Reynolds raised to 105,000 from middle position and Echevvaria moved all-in from the small blind. Reynolds had him slightly covered and called with ADiamond Suit10Spade Suit. Echevvaria tabled AClub Suit9Club Suit and the board ran out KDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit2Club Suit5Club Suit to eliminate the Peruvian pro as the ninth place finisher for $ 16,490.

Following Echevvaria was Oscar Ortiz. Leonardo Tarazona raised to 120,000 from the hijack and Ortiz shoved-all in for 900,000 from the big blind with ASpade Suit7Club Suit. Tarazona called with ASpade SuitKHeart Suit and stayed ahead on a KClub Suit10Spade Suit7Diamond Suit2Club Suit4Diamond Suit board to make Ortiz the eighth place finisher for $ 20,370.

Alon RazReynolds was next to go and his exit signaled the beginning of Gill’s domination of the final table. Gill raised to 120,000 from under the gun +1 and Reynolds three-bet to 280,000 from the hijack seat. Gill four-bet to 500,000, Reynolds moved all-in and Gill snap-called. Gill showed pocket Aces to Reynolds pocket Queens and Reynolds never improved on a board of 6Diamond Suit5Club Suit3Heart SuitJSpade Suit9Diamond Suit to leave as the seventh place finisher for $ 26,190.

After nursing a short stack for much of the final table, Cruz was eliminated in an unmerciful way. Cruz moved all-in for 895,000 from under the gun +1 and Gill called from the cutoff. Cruz showed 6Spade Suit6Diamond Suit and needed to dodge the two over cards – AClub SuitQSpade Suit – of Gill. After a flop of 9Club Suit8Club Suit7Club Suit Cruz still had to fade a big draw but looked pretty safe after the 8Diamond Suit fell on the turn. Everything went downhill for the Dominican pro when the QHeart Suit opened on the river.

Cruz shook hands with his somewhat astonished tablemates and made his exit as the sixth place finisher for $ 33,950.

“He had half the deck as outs,” Barbero said as Cruz left the table.

Barbero was eliminated as the fifth place finisher for $ 43,625 when he got into a pot with Leonardo Tarazona. Barbero moved all-in with JDiamond Suit10Heart Suit from under the gun and Tarazona called with KClub Suit8Diamond Suit. Barbero never hit the needed cards on a ADiamond Suit3Club Suit2Spade Suit8Diamond Suit6Club Suit board and made his exit.

Tarazona was next to go as the fourth place finisher for $ 57,250 when he ran his Ace-five into the pocket eights of Raz and failed to catch any needed outs on the board.

Two hands later, Maziar Keshavarzi was all-in with AClub Suit9Spade Suit and Gill called with AHeart SuitQClub Suit. Keshavarzi never improved and left as the third place finisher for $ 75,675.

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Leonardo Tarazona Leads Latin Series of Poker Final Table

Leonardo Tarazona will lead the final table of the Latin Series of Poker Millions when the final day begins at 2pm EST Mar. 15 with a stack of 2.653 million.

“It’s been a really difficult day for me. I took a bad beat earlier but I just played really well and I was confident about my game. I never got tilted and patience rewards everything in this game,” Tarazano said. “I entered the final table short in chips but a couple of hands later I’m heading out as the chip leader.”

Twenty-six hopefuls returned for day 5 but only nine were still in possession of chips when the final hand was completed.

Fernando MurrietaDay 5 came to a close with the elimination of Fernando Murrieta, who ran his pocket nines into the pocket Aces held by Team PokerStars pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero. With Murrieta’s exit, the final nine players were one step closer to the $ 175,070 which awaits the soon-to-be champion.

“I have played some other big tournaments, however I have never finished this deep,” Tarazona said. “I played in Lima, Panama and Uruguay but this is going to be my best performance and my best payday.”

Carter Gill secured a seat at his fifth final table in a row in a Latin America tournament and will come back eighth in chips. Gill had an amazing start to the day and after eliminating Alberto Cartin in a massive hand was up to about 3.1 million in chips. For a while, it appeared Gill just could not lose a hand.

Not long after eliminating Cartin, Gill added to his stack by winning a three-way pot with Alon Raz and David El Chaak. Raz raised to 32,000 from under the gun and El Chaak called from the small blind. Gill also called from the big blind and the three saw a flop of 9Spade Suit9Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit. All three checked to see the 9Club Suit on the turn. With three nines on the board El Chaak bet 40,000 and Gill and Raz both called. The river was the 7Heart Suit and all three checked. Gill turned over KDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit to take the pot.

But in late in the day things began to change and Gill lost a sizable portion of his stack. He will return for the final table with 1.3 million.

The remainder of the final table includes online pros Guillermo Echevarria and Francis Cruz, Oscar Ortiz, Adam Reynolds, Keshaarzi Maziar and Raz.

Bolivar PalaciosTeam BetCRIS pro Engelberth Varela was the first elimination of the day, making his exit when his rivered-diamond flush was beat by Reynold’s full-house. Soon after Varela was eliminated Bolivar Palacios, the final BetCRIS pro in the field, was also sent to the rail. Palacios’s tournament came to an end in a brutal hand with Raz when his turned set of Kings was bested by Raz’s rivered set of Aces.

Other eliminations included Andres Farias, Roman Valerstein and Rafael Pardo.

Some key hands from Day 5:

Engelberth Varela versus Adam Reynolds

Engelberth Varela raised to 25,000 from under the gun, Adam Reynolds called from the cutoff and the two saw a flop of QSpade SuitQHeart Suit6Diamond Suit. Varela bet 26,000 and Reynolds called. The turn was the 5Diamond Suit and Varela again bet, this time 52,000. Reynolds called and the river was the 8Diamond Suit.

Varela moved all in for less than 325,000 and Reynolds called. Reynolds showed 6Spade Suit6Club Suit for a full house. As the chips were counted out, Varela showed ADiamond Suit9Diamond Suit and made his exit.

Andreas FariasJorge Olivos versus Andres Farias

Jorge Olivos was all-in with 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit and Andres Farias called with AClub Suit4Diamond Suit. The board ran out ASpade Suit5Club Suit2Club SuitJSpade Suit10Diamond Suit to eliminate Olivos.

Bolivar Palacios versus Alon Raz and Alberto Cartin

Bolivar Palacios moved all-in for his last 165,000 from under the gun +1 and Alon Raz called from the hijack. Alberto Cartin raised to 440,000 from the small blind to isolate, but Raz responded by moving all-in for 953,000. Cartin tanked before ultimately letting go of his hand.

Raz showed pocket Aces to Palacios’s pocket Kings. Palacios stayed at risk after a flop of 9Club Suit8Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit but when the KSpade Suit opened on the turn Palacios looked good to earn a much needed double-up. But river would be his end when the dealer turned over the ADiamond Suit to the tune of audible gasps from the players who had gathered around the table.

“It’s ok,” Palacios told Raz as the two shook hands and the Panamanian pro made his exit.

After the hand Cartin told the table he had folded Queens.

Manne Ravi versus Fernando Murrieta

Down to less than five big blinds, Manne Ravi was all-in with KDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit and Fernando Murrieta called with JSpade SuitJClub Suit. After a flop of QSpade Suit10Spade Suit2Heart Suit, Ravi stood to gather his things, but the KSpade Suit on the turn gave him a chance for a small double-up. However, the JDiamond Suit on the river bested Ravi’s pair of Kings and he made his exit.

Zennawi PetrosZennawi Petros versus Andres Farias and Maziar Keshavarzi

Andres Farias raised to 50,000 from under the gun +1 and Petros Zennawi moved all-in for 281,000 from the button. Action rested on Maziar Keshavarzi in the big blind and after several minutes Farias asked for the clock to be called.

As soon as the tournament director told Keshavarzi he had one minute to act he immediately announced he was all-in for about 650,000. Farias snap-called and all hands were tabled. Farias showed 6Club Suit6Heart Suit, Keshavarzi held QSpade SuitQHeart Suit and Petros tabled ASpade Suit9Diamond Suit. Farias slapped the table in celebration after a flop of 6Diamond Suit5Heart Suit3Diamond Suit and continued to celebrate after the 8Spade Suit fell on the turn. But it would end up being Keshavarzi who celebrated the most when the QDiamond Suit turned up on the river.

Farias slapped the table again, this time in anger, Keshavarzi busted into a song and dance number of “Eye of the Tiger” and Petros quietly made his exit.

Rafael Pardo versus Guillermo Echevarria

Rafael Pardo was all in with pocket jacks and called by Guillermo Echevarria with pocket tens. A ten on the board would prove to be Pardo’s downfall.

Chris Wolters versus Jose “Nacho’ Barbero

Chris Wolters all-in for 300,000 with QHeart Suit JHeart Suit and was called by Jose “Nacho” Barbero with AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit. The board ran out 9Heart Suit6Diamond Suit5Heart Suit5Diamond Suit10Spade Suit and Wolters was eliminated.

Fernando Murrieta versus Adam Reynolds and Jose “Nacho” Barbero

Adam Reynolds raised to 60,000 from under the gun and Fernando Murrieta moved all-in for 270,000. Jose “Nacho” Barbero called, Reynolds relased and the hands were tabled. Murrieta held pocket nines but was far behind Barbero’s pocket Aces and never improved on a KSpade Suit6Diamond Suit2Diamond SuitQClub Suit10Heart Suit board.

Final Table Chip Counts

Final Table Payouts

Day 5 Eliminations

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Alberto Cartin Leads Latin Series of Poker Millions Day 5

Alberto CartinAnother day belonged to Costa Rica’s Alberto Cartin when day 4 of the Latin Series of Poker Millions came to an end. The guitarist and online tournament specialist will lead the final 26 players with a stack of 1,655,000 when day 5 begins Friday, Mar. 14 at the Majestic Casino in Panama City, Panama.

Cartin finished day 1c with the chip lead and then did the same on day 2. Trailing Cartin is Colombian Andreas Farias with 1,189,000 and the United States’ Manne Ravi with 1,159,000. The three are the only players to end the day above the one million mark. Day 3 chipleader Alon Raz will return to a stack of 913,000.

Also coming back for day 5 will be American Carter Gill who, after beginning the day with one the largest stacks in play, was crippled by Team BetCRIS pro Engelberth Varela. Varela , who was short-stacked, was all-in for his tournament life against Gill early on. With the board reading 10Diamond SuitQClub Suit2Heart Suit. Varela moved all-in with 10Club Suit10Heart Suit and Gill called with AHeart SuitKClub Suit. The board completed 5Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit, Varela received a much needed doubled up and Gill lost a sizable portion of his stack.

With 30 players left in the day – and play ending at 27- Gill moved all-in for 173,000 from the cutoff with ASpade Suit6Diamond Suit. Leonardo Tarazona called form the button and showed JClub Suit6Spade Suit. An ADiamond Suit10Diamond Suit8Spade Suit3Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit board was spread and Gill reclaimed some of his lost chips. By the time the tournament clock ran out on the day, the 2013 Latin America Poker Tour Uruguay champion was back near the top of the leaderboard.

Carter GillOther players who will return for day 5 include Jose “Nacho” Barbero, Bolivar Palacios, Roman Valerstein and Rafael Pardo.

A few who will not be back include Manrique Quezada, who was eliminated by Nicolas Malandre when he ran his AHeart Suit8Diamond Suit into Malandre’s AClub SuitQDiamond Suit on a 10Club Suit4Spade Suit4Club Suit5Spade SuitKSpade Suit board, Bill Cole, Carlos Lam and Gabriel Diaz.

The 26 returning players are guaranteed at least $ 5,335.

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Latin Series of Poker: A Chat With Bill Cole

Bill ColeRedondo Beach, California resident Bill Cole went all the way to Aruba before coming to play the final days of the Latin Series of Poker Millions in Panama City, Panama this week. Card Player caught up with him for a few minutes at the end of day 3 to see how things were going for him.

Did you win a satellite or did you make it through one of the earlier day 1s?

I actually qualified in one of the early tournaments in Aruba. I went for a golf vacation and to play the tournament.

We are at the end of the day 3 and you are going to make day 4, how has the tournament been for you so far?

It’s been very up and down. I stared with a lot of chips on day 2, I had 199,700 and basically I bagged 198,000 today so I’ve pretty well got what I started with. Yesterday I had a lot of chips at two different times – early I had 340,000 but lost some and went down to 320,000 at one time. I had many opportunities yesterday to have a big stack but today was a survival day. I didn’t have many opportunities at all but I played well to survive today. But yesterday I had some great opportunities that didn’t materialize right.

Have you played with a lot of these players before?

No, that is what different about this tournament. I’ve been playing for a long time and that is what so different. As a matter of fact, the friend that came with me is the only person here other than four other people from Aruba that I have played with, but I haven’t been at their tables. I haven’t actually played with them and I haven’t actually played with my friend. I have not played with one person that I know, even vaguely. Not even by knowing their name or recognizing them.

You obviously have had to adapt. How as that been?

Well it’s been a two way street. As a poker player it’s a disadvantage because you don’t know them but it’s also a disadvantage to them because they don’t know you, so it kind of washes out. It’s much easier to set an image if you are trying to set an image playing against people you don’t know. And of course, you have to watch the play to try and get a range and an image of people’s play early when you are playing with people you don’t know. Just like in any other tournament, but here it’s just been everyone.

How are you feeling about day 4?

Well, I feel obviously good about moving to day 4 but I wish I could have at least doubled up today and gone in with about four or five hundred thousand in chips. I’ve got about 25 big blinds so if I do not catch a good hand early then I’m going to have to be looking for a place to get all in and try to double up.

As far as this whole experience goes, are you pleased it’s been something that you have been a part of?

Oh yes. I think that they’ve done an exceptional job. They did an exceptional job on the satellites in Aruba and they’ve done an exceptional job here. I’m very impressed with this organization. This is the first time I’ve ever played one of their tournaments and I’m extremely impressed.

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Alon Raz Leads Latin Series of Poker Millions Day 4

Alon RazSeventy-three players returned but only 44 remained when chips were bagged for the night and it was Irsael’s Alon Raz who held the chiplead with 1,203,000 at the end of Day 3 in the Latin Series of Poker Millions.

Raz will be trailed by Andreas Parias with 804,000, Guillermo Echevvaria with 722,000 and Carter Gill with 709,000 when Day 4 begins at 2 pm EST March 13.

Players played just four levels on Day 3 and during that short time the likes of Felipe Velasquez, Mayu Roca, Claudio Piedra and Winning Poker Network CEO Phil Nagy all made their exits.

Velasquez was eliminated about halfway through the day when he got into a pot with Team PokerStars pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero. Barbero limped from under the gun +1, Carlos Lam followed from the hijack and Gill did the same from the cutoff. From the small blind Velasquez shoved all in for his last 102,500 and Barbero snap called. The other players got out of the way and the hands were tabled. Barbero’s pocket Queens would hold against Velasquez’s ADiamond SuitQSpade Suit when he missed all possible outs as the board ran out 10Club Suit10Diamond Suit4Heart SuitJHeart Suit3Diamond Suit.

Team BetCRIS pros Bolivar Palacios, Engelberth Varela and Felipe Montenegro will return for Day 4 as will Roman Valerstein, Gabriel Diaz, xxxx and xxx.

Palacios earned a double up about halfway through the day to stay alive. With the board reading 9Spade Suit5Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit9Diamond SuitASpade Suit Rafael Pardo bet large enough to put Palcios all-in and Palacios called with AHeart SuitQSpade Suit to double up against Pardo’s 8Spade Suit7Spade Suit.

Bolivar PalaciosValerstein was also nearing a short stack when he won a large pot to chip up enough to last another day. With the board reading 7Club Suit5Diamond Suit4Club Suit the player under the gun +1 checked his option and Valerstein responded with a bet of 11,000. Under the gun +1 called and both players checked again after the 8Spade Suit opened on the turn. The river was the 7Spade Suit and under the gun +1 bet 16,000. Valerstein raised to 48,000 and it was enough to make his opponent fold.

Just as play was winding down for the day with only 46 players left Varela doubled on what would have been the last hand of the night had his opponent’s Ace-Queen overtaken his pocket Aces. The Team BetCRIS pro’s Aces held up and he doubled to about 260,000 while play continued on until two more eliminations were in the books.

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Day 4 Chip Counts

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Latin Series of Poker: Chip Leader Alberto Cartin

Alberto CartinAlberto Cartin has emerged as one to watch during the Latin Series of Poker Millions. The Costa Rican guitarist finished Day 1C with the overall chiplead with about 377,000 and then went on to bag up the most chips on Day 2 as well. When Day 3 began, Cartin was sitting with over 816,000 in chips with 72 players remaining and the blinds at 2,000-4,000. Cartin has $ 18,086 in online winnings and three online titles. Card Player spoke with Cartin for a few minutes at the end of Day 2.

You ended Day 1C as the chipleader and you are once again ending the night as chipleader on Day 2. Did you have any key hands were most of those chips came from or did you just steadily gain all day?

I had two major hands. I had a hand with Bolivar Palacios which was about 300 or so, and at the other table I basically called an all-in with a rivered set versus a possible flush, possible straight draw and it came out to be a bluff. So that was really good.

Do you play a lot of tournaments?

Mostly online. In Costa Rica I play tournaments live but not outside there.

So you have never played in a tournament like this before?

No, this is my first time.

Alberto CartinGiven that this is your first time in a tournament of this size yet you are doing very well, how are you feeling about your chances going forward?

Well I don’t take anything for granted. There are 72 people left and all though I have a lot of chips it’s really deep and everybody has a chance to take it down. So I will try to give my best but I don’t take it for granted.

Are you having a good time?

Yeah, I’m pretty tired but yeah.

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Alberto Cartin Finishes Latin Series of Poker Day 2 in the Lead

Alberto CartinUpwards of $ 175,000 will soon belong to a single player in the Latin Series of Poker Millions. Day 2 began at 2 pm EST March 11 with 130 hopefuls, but when chips were bagged for the night only 78 remained.

The chiplead once again belonged to Costa Rican Alberto Cartin, who bagged up a whopping 816,500. Cartin, who began Day 2 with a little over 375,000, said the bulk of his chips came from two key hands.

“I had a hand with Bolivar Palacios which was about 300 or so and at the other table I basically called an all-in with a rivered set versus a possible flush, possible straight draw and it came out to be a bluff. So that was really good,” Cartin said.

Costa Rica’s Felipe Montenegro and Panama’s Palacios, two of Latin America’s most successful players, were among the players who survived Day 2.

Montenegro has more than $ 5.5 million in online and live cashes going back to 2006 with 145 online wins and one live final table. Montenegro won the 2008 Full Tilt Sunday $ 750,000 guarantee for $ 135,271 – his largest online cash – and finished 11th in the 2011 World Series of Poker $ 5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Triple Chance for $ 48,843 – his largest live cash. The Costa Rican pro has tallied more than 2,840 cashes on PokerStars alone throughout his career. He also has 115 online runner-up finishes.

Jose "Nacho" BarberoPalacios has recorded just under $ 2.3 million in online and live winnings since 2007 including 39 online wins, six WSOP cashes and three cashes each from the World Poker Tour and the European Poker Tour. Palacios’s largest score to date came from a sixth place finish in the 2011 PokerStars Carribean Adventure Main Event for $ 450,000. Palacios also finished runner-up in the 2010 Latin America Poker Tour Argentina Main Event for $ 188,200.

Other notables to make Day 3 include Jose “Nacho” Barbero, Francis Cruz, Euclides Corro, Carter Gill, Roman Valerstein, Phil Nagy and Jaime Antelhoff.

Cards will be in the air on Day 3 at 2 pm EST March 12.

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