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Latin Series of Poker: Catching Up With Jose “Nacho” Barbero

PokerStars Team Pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero Began Day 2 Second in Chips With About 340 Big Blinds

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Jose "Nacho" BarberoTeam PokerStars Pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero bagged the chiplead with 336,000 on Day 1A of the Latin Series of Poker Millions and held it through Day 1B. But when Day 1C came to a close, Barbero had been pushed down a notch by the 371,500 stack held by Alberto Artiago. Card Player caught up with Barbero for a few minutes on Day 1B (When he still had the chiplead) to get his thoughts on the LSOP and what Day 2 would look like.

You played Day 1A here at the Majestic, but had you played any of the other Day 1s that were held previously?

No actually I couldn’t. There was not one in my country (Argentina) and the closest one was in Chile but I couldn’t make the trip. I think I was at the PCA.

This is a different style of tournament thas what you typically play. Can you share your thoughts on it?

To be honest, I think it is an amazing idea. I was talking to Diego (Chan) and I was telling him, it’s amazing, I love it. It’s such a good opportunity for everyone to come and play and it’s just amazing that you go through Day 1 and the blinds go down and we are going to be playing already in the money with no bubble. Obviously I’ve got a lot of chips, I’ll start Day 2 with like 340 big blinds, I mean that has never happened in my life.

Does the fact there will not be a money bubble change things?

For a lot of the players it’s going to be easier because they are not going to feel the pressure. But I don’t care about the bubble or the money jumps, I only care about winning, so me for it’s the same. I just want to get chips and play my best. It’s very simple.

There are plenty of other Latin American professionals that are playing this tournament and several that already made Day 2, can you tell me a little bit about them.

The guy that is second in chips, Rafael Pardo, is a really good tournament player. Then Rodrigo Quezada from Chile is really good too, Bolivar Palacios, he has a lot of chips. I was surprised actually that the level of the players is actually really good. There is a lot of grinders that came and I’ve actually seen like really, really tough tables. You sit down at a table and you see like four or five regulars, so it’s not as easy as it’s supposed to be, but I think the value is really good because you already go through the money and you are really deep. I think it actually balances out, being not really soft, but deep and playable.

No matter what happens tonight, you are going to come back here as one of the chipleaders – if not the actual chipleader – and you are going to be super deep. Is that going chance how you play in the early levels? Are you going to wait to make your moves?

I will just play normal. I see what is my stack like, I’ll see the tough spots at the table that I want to avoid. I’ll see what my position is and everything that I feel for the table. I never know my strategy until I sit down and I see what all the other players are doing. The table draws are not up yet, so I have to wait. But I think it’s going to be really deep play and there are going to be a lot of mistakes. People make mistakes when they are deep, maybe I make mistakes too.

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