LAPT Nuevo Vallarta: Pros rising... and falling

Andre Akkari looked positively tortured as he stared at the Ks-9h-3s board, mulling over a decision that would cost him the rest of his chips. There was already over 4,000 in a pot that had been raised and reraised pre-flop and the man on his right, sitting in the big blind, had moved out two small stacks of chips, 9,100 in total, which would set the Brazilian all in. Akkari shuffled and re-shuffled his stack, ultimately rapping the table and flashing a red king as he mucked his hand and conceded the pot. He's now down to 4,300.

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Andre Akkari, deep in thought

Faring much better is his fellow Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin. Ramdin's first table recently broke and he just took a seat across the room, two seats to the right of WSOP bracelet winner Maria Stern, who finished 8th at the LAPT San Jose. In jovial spirits and chatting up a storm, he's currently sitting on a 25,000 chip stack. Ramdin also has also brought several members of his family down to Mexico, who are eagerly watching his progress.

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Victor Ramdin

Josh Prager has also built himself a nice stack here in the early going, but just suffered a bit of a mis-step. On a flop of Kd-6d-5d, the small blind moved all in for about 4,700 and Prager made the call.

"I'm drawing dead" he muttered, as his opponent showed 8d-9d for the flopped flush. Well... not quite dead as there was the faint hope of his Kc-Jc hitting running cards to make a full house. No miracles for Prager, though as the Qs and 4h fell on the turn and river, but he's still well-stacked at 17,000. Prager left the table immediately after the hand to take a walk-- not to burn off tilt of any sort, but to check on the progress of his friends, including J.C. Alvarado.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour