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LAPT Playa Conchal: Level 17 and 18 updates

lapt-promo.gifUpdates from levels 17 and 18 of LAPT Playa Conchal, brought to you by Brad Willis and Change100.

Selected approximate chip counts, updated throughout the day, are available on the chip counts page. The LAPT tournament structure can be found on the LAPT tournament structure page. The full payout structure is on the prize pool and winners page.

Previous coverage: Day 1 wrap | Levels 9 and 10 | Levels 11 and 12 | Levels 13 and 14 | Day 2 wrap | Level 15 and 16

Blinds: 4,000-8,000 (500 ante)

3:52pm: Color-up
The tournament clock has been paused between levels so the pink 500-denomination chips can be colored up and removed from play. We'll be back in a few.

3:51pm: De Koster's wheel runs over Reynolds
On a flop of 8♣2♥3♣, Patrick De Koster checked to William Austin Reynolds, who bet 26,000. De Koster moved all in and Reynolds quickly called.

"Do you have a pocket pair bigger than eights?" asked Reynolds as he tabled A♣8♦.

Nope. De Koster showed 4♣4♦.

The A♦ on the turn made aces up for Reynolds, but the 5♣ on the river gave De Koster a runner-runner wheel, eliminating Reynolds in 13th place.

3:40pm: James McKeon exits in 14th place
Short-stacked and shoving every chance he got, James McKeon pushed all in from the big blind after Daniel Mar Palsson came in for a raise. It wasn't a big enough shove to force out Palsson and he called with two red fives. McKeon turned up T♠8♠. The board ran out 7♦7♣2♦5♠8♦ and McKeon was gone.

3:31pm: Eduardo Hernandez eliminated...in brutal fashion
Eduardo Hernandez opened from middle position for 22,000. After one of his signature speeches in which he told his opponent all the reasons why he shouldn't have raised him, Eric Levesque three-bet to 109,000. Hernandez instantly moved all-in and Levesque asked for a count. It was an additional 80,500 to him, and Levesque made the call reluctantly.

Hernandez triumphantly turned over A♦A♥ while Levesque showed A♣Q♦.

The Q♣9♦2♣ flop paired up Levesque.

"Come on, you can give me another queen, right?" Levesque asked the dealer. Instead, the 4♣ peeled off, but it was a good card for Levesque, giving him a flush draw.

"Club or a queen, club or a queen!" he screamed. I don't think we have to tell you what happened next.

The Q♥ hit the river.

Hernandez looked absolutely devastated as Levesque leapt out of his seat, crying "BOOOOOM!" Several pairs of eyes rolled around the table.

Hernandez finished in 15th place while Levesque is up to 540,000.

3:12 pm: Fred Dykes eliminated in 16th place
Francis-Nicolas Bouchard opened for 18,000 from the cutoff and Fred Dykes moved all-in from the button for an additional 82,500. Bouchard didn't think for very long before making the call, turning up K♣T♥ to Dykes' 5♠5♦. Dykes hit a set on the A♠5♣Q♥ flop, the turn was the 6♥, but Bouchard spiked his gutshot on the river, the J♣ falling to make him a Broadway straight.

Bouchard is approaching 400,000 in chips.

3:10pm: Edgar Cruz eliminated
Clayton McGuire came in for a raise to 20,000 from the button. Carlos Giron called from the small blind, as did Edgar Cruz from the big. The flop fell 9♦T♥8♠. Giron checked and Cruz immediately moved all-in for 68,500. McGuire folded, but Giron called with 9♠T♠. Cruz meekly turned up 7♥8♥. He turned a flush draw to go with his straight draw, but both missed and Cruz went out in 17th place.

2:34pm: New level

We're moving on up. Seventeen players remain. We'll have a full chip count in just a second.

Blinds: 3,000-6,000 (500 ante)

2:14pm: Giron calls the clock on Levesque
Eric Levesque opened for 18,000 and Carlos Giron called. The action exploded on the Q♥9♦8♣ flop. Giron checked, Levesque bet 20,000, Giron raised to 48,000, and Levesque three-bet to 110,000.

"All-in" said Giron, instantaneously, quickly followed by "Clock," as Levesque has been taking his time on nearly every decision today.

Levesque asked for a count, revealing it was an additional 280,000 to call. Tournament Director Mike Ward gave him another minute to act on his hand, counting down the final ten seconds. Levesque did not act, and his hand was declared dead.

Giron raked in the monster pot, increasing his stack to 540,000 while Levesque was left with 380,000.

2:04pm: Kenneth Hicks eliminated
With the board reading 5♥K♠A♦5♠J♥, Kenneth Hicks shoved in his last 85,000. Clayton McGuire didn't waste much time before calling with A♣J♣, a two pair better than Hicks had with A♥6h]. Hicks exits in 18th place.

1:57pm: Arturo Morales eliminated in 19th place
Arturo Morales tried to make a move with the 2♠5♠, but it ended up backfiring, as he ran into James McKeon's A♣K♠. McKeon flopped top pair along with a straight and flush draws, the board running out K♣Q♣J♣3♠3♦ to send Morales to the rail.

1:55pm: Palsson freezes Bergren
On aflop of K♥9♥5♣, Daniel Mar Palsson led out and Sol Bergren tested him with a raise, making it an additional 32,000 to play. Bergren made the call. Both players checked the 9♦ on the turn, and when the 6♣ hit the river, Palsson bet 62,000. After a long stint in the tank, Bergren made a crying call, mucking his hand when he saw Palsson's K♦Q♠.

The Icelander is now our new chip leader, with 680,000 while Bergren slipped to 123,000.

1:50pm: The Eric Levesque speech
Eric Levesque ha a sort of script he uses when making a decision against an all-in player This is it, almost verbatim:

Now you have to deal with me, because I don't think you have much. You look like you want to die. You should not have done that. I think you'll have a customer. You have 30 seconds to convince me to fold. Do you not want a customer? I don't believe you."


We've now heard the speech a few times and could recite it ourselves. This time, it ended with him calling Edgar Cruz's all-in bet on the river on a board T♠4♥8♣A♦J♠. Cruz sort of slow-rolled his pocket eights for the set and racked up about 250,000 in chips.

1:33pm: Francis Kemper Cagney eliminated in 20th place
All-in pre-flop with pocket fours against A♠T♠, Cagney couldn't win the race, an ace hitting the flop to take him out in 20th place.

1:29pm: Eric Levesque takes out Don Stockwell in 22nd, Gonzalez out in 21st
Eric Levesque opened for 14,000 from under-the-gun, Edgar Cruz flat-called from the small blind and Don Stockwell moved all in for an additional 34,000. Levesque called but after a few minutes in the tank, Cruz elected to fold. Although Stockwell's A♦J♣ had Levesque in bad shape with A♥3♥, Levesque rivered a flush, the board running out 2♥6♥5♦7♣9♥ to eliminate Stockwell in 22nd place.

Almost simultaneously, Alejandro Gonzalez Mata met his tournament end, exiting in 21st place.

1:27pm: New level, new blinds
After an hour of play, we're now moving up in blinds. And a bustout report is coming!

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