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LAPT Viña del Mar: Bursting on break


The final table bubble burst at an unusual time.

Level 24 had just come to an end -- signaled by the "Jaws" theme song -- and a few players ran out to do whatever it is they do during breaks.

But while they were out and about frolicking across the Enjoy Hotel, we'd get our final eight.

It's definitely a nice surprise to come back from break and realize you've made a final table.

On the last hand of the level, Leandro Olivares raised to 120,000 from the cutoff. Action was folded to Pedro Frankel in the big blind. Frankel looked at his cards, then at his stack, then at Olivares.

"All in," Frankel said.


Pedro Frankel

He pushed his remaining pile of white chips past the betting line. It was worth about 425,000.

Olivares made the call and showed K♠J♣. Frankel flipped over a pair of sevens.

Race time.

The flop came 9♦K♥4♣ and Olivares jumped into the lead. The turn and river wouldn't change that and Frankel became our ninth place finisher, earning $10,690 and the title of "final table bubble."

That would leave our final eight, led by Colombia's Sergio Escobar, with 1,845,000.

But he's only a blue chip ahead of Felipe Velasquez. Velasquez has 1,840,000 and will be representing Chile at the final table.

But he's not alone, two more of his countrymen made the final table, making Chile the most represented country at the final table.

Brazil and Colombia are tied for second, with two players from each country making it to the final table.


Who's got two thumbs and the chip lead? This guy.*
*Thumbs not shown

The only one at the table without a compatriot is Argentina's Javier Venegas.

When they come back tomorrow, they'll sit down at the table in the following way:

Seat 1: Nicholas Batt (Colombia) - 1,470,000
Seat 2: Javier Venegas (Argentina) - 855,000
Seat 3: Halysson Sala (Brazil) - 660,000
Seat 4: Sergio Escobar (Colombia) - 1,845,000
Seat 5: João Lopes (Brazil) - 755,000
Seat 6: Leandro Olivares (Chile) - 1,100,000
Seat 7: Felipe Velasquez (Chile) - 1,840,000
Seat 8: Aliro Diaz (Chile) - 1,235,000

Play will start up again tomorrow at noon. We'll be on level 25 with 20,000/40,000 blinds and a 5,000 ante.

We'll see you then. Stay in school kids.

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