LAPT San Jose: Level 16 updates

Updates for the LAPT San Jose Event Level 16 will be posted here. Hit refresh to see the latest content. Blinds are 2,500/5,000/400. For chip counts, see the LAPT Chip Counts page. For updates from Level 15, click HERE.

LAST UPDATED: 8:19pm


8:42pm--Break time

Players are on a ten-minute break for the end of the level.

8:19pm--Steady as she goes

After a day full of insane action, it's slowed down ever so slightly here. While that could change at any time, we are quickly approaching the longest period of time we've had without a bust-out today.


8:02pm--Fee runs a successful bluff

Ryan Fee came into the final table as the chip leader and is using those chips to throw his weight around. Sitting in the big blind, he called a preflop raise to 15,000 from Jesus Bartoli. Fee checked the 6h-4d-Ad flop to Bartoli, who made it 21,000 to go. Bartoli quickly called when Fee check-raised to 50,000. Both players checked the 10s turn. That's when things got interesting.

With the river coming down 3d, Fee deliberated what to do. When he elected to bet 150,000 (just slightly over pot), his hands were visibly shaking as he pushed his chips across the betting line. Everyone in the room saw it, but did it mean that Fee held a monster, or was it that he was trying to get Bartoli to believe he held a monster? Bartoli clearly couldn't decide as he went into the tank.

"Why did you bet so much?" Bartoli asked.

"You have ace-king?" Fee replied.

"Ace-king no good?"

"I think you can call."

In the end, Bartoli did not call, mucking what he later said was ace-jack. Fee jubilantly turned over 5h-5d as he collected the pot.

8:00pm--New chip counts

Chip counts have been update at the start of nine-handed play. You can find them at the LAPT Chip Counts page.

7:40pm--Earl Burklund eliminated

Earl Burkland was looking for a good spot to get his short-stack in the middle. he thought he'd found it when Rob Woodcock came in for a raise and everybody folded to the Burkland big blind. Burkland held pocket sixes and stuck his stack in the middle. Woodcock's snap-call made it pretty clear, and the pocket aces in front of him made it almost certain. The ace on the flop pretty much sealed the deal. Burkland exits in tenth place earning $14,655.

We are now down to nine players. They will consolidate to one table and play until the next elimination. After that, we break for the night and come back tomorrow with a final table of eight.

7:30pm--Cards in the air

We're back at Level 16 with the blinds at 2,500/5,000/400.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Latin American Poker Tour