LAPT San Jose: Adios, Andre Akkari and Humberto Brenes

Intimidation is a powerful tool in no-limit hold'em. The best players are the ones who are able to cause their opponents to play reactive poker, instead of aggressive pro-active poker. Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari and Humberto Brenes have enjoyed lots of success in tournament poker, both live and online. With that success comes respect from their opponents and the ability to intimidate them. But intimidation alone is not enough. In order to win a poker tournament, you need to win pots and you probably have to get lucky at least one time along the way. Both men are out of luck today.

Akkari found his chip-stack dwindling with time running out on Level 7. On the very last hand of the level, right before limits were set to increase to 400/800/75, he open-shoved from late position for 7,800. Action folded to Dane Martin Clemmensen. Clemmensen, you may remember, is the man with a contract on his head courtesy of Humberto Brenes. He looked down at the ace of clubs and the jack of clubs and made the call. Akkari had two live cards, the king of hearts and the ten of hearts, but lost the hand when both players completely missed the board. Clemmensen took it down with ace-high, sending the Brazilian to the rail in the process.

"It felt pretty good to knock Mr. Akkari out," Clemmensen admitted. "I was very uncomfortable with him at the table."


Andre Akkari's tournament is over.

Brenes, for his part, was severely short-stacked for most of the last level. He also had to contend with three of the biggest stacks in the tournament (those wielded by Craig Bergeron, Joel Micka and Brian Tate) to his immediate right. He got the last of his chips in the middle after flopping trips, but his opponent called his short all-in bet and rivered a full house. Sometimes that's just how it goes in tournament poker.


Humberto Brenes will not see Day 2.

With each elimination, the field continues to dwindle. The chip counts of the players who remain alive are continuously updated on the Chip Counts page.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour