LAPT Mar del Plata: Bien jugado
Vanessa Machado is used to being stared at. It comes with the territory in front of the camera and on the runway, where she's built a successful career. Cutting a striking figure at the table, the raven-haired Brazilian model/actress has been fighting on a short stack for some time now. However, she recently busted two players to give her chip count a nice infusion.
After an opponent open-shoved for his remaining 4,000 in chips, Machado flat-called on the button and turned up 5♥5♠. She was in a race situation with Q♥9♥ and though her opponent flopped both a flush draw and a gutshot straight draw to go with his overcards, "Presto" held up for Machado. A short time later, another shortie made his last stand and he got two callers including Machado. The two checked down the J♥7♠2♣K♥T♥ board, Machado turning up Q♥Q♦ to claim another scalp.
"Bien jugado" said her eliminated opponent, shaking her hand as he departed the table.
Unfortunately for her many admirers, Machado went out a short time later. Moving all in pre-flop, Jose Barbero and one other opponent looked her up. The two men got the rest of their stacks in the middle on the A♣T♥5♥ flop, Barbero with A♥T♣ for top two pair and his opponent unlucky enough to have flopped an inferior two pair with A-5. Machado tabled K♥T♦, drawing nearly dead. The turn was the 7♠, the river fell the Q♣ and Machado was eliminated with four tables remaining here on Day 1A.
Two tables down, Chris Moneymaker's frustration continued to mount. After raising to 3,300 from middle position, the button popped it to 10,400. Moneymaker banged his fist on the table in frustration, utterly sick and tired of the perpetual reraises he's been facing today.
"Kings. I know you have kings," he said as he mucked his hand.
"Aces, actually" replied his opponent.
"I folded jacks," sighed Moneymaker. "If I had 10,000 less I'd have probably moved in" he said as he counted down his remaining 34,500 in chips.
A short time later, he did move in, his pocket tens up against A-K. An ace on the flop left him crippled, with less than 5,000 remaining. The rest of those chips went in a few hands later with 8♣9♣, the button making the call with A♣Q♦.
The flop came down J♣T♦3♥, giving Moneymaker an open-ended straight draw.
"Queen-ball!" he pleaded, but the turn came down the 4♦. Practically resigned to his fate, he turned away from the table as the dealer put out the K♦.
With a rough day on the felt behind him, Moneymaker exited without a word.