LAPT Mar del Plata: Level 15-16 live updates

lapt-promo.gifThis is a live blog of the LAPT Mar del Plata Grand Final, brought to you by bloggers Brad Willis and Change100. This post will updated on a regular basis. Click refresh for the latest information. The latest selected chip counts can be found on the LAPT Chip Counts page.

Blinds 3,000-6,000/500

Last updated: 7:00pm


7:00pm--Luis Jaikel busts in 20th place ($14,120)

After spending much of Day 1B at the top of the leader board, Costa Rica's Luis Jaikel has been eliminated. He held A♦ Q♣ to Jorge Landazuria's K♦ K♥. Landazuria flopped a king and Jaikel never caught up. He earned $14,120 for his efforts.

6:43pm--Damian Tinca eliminated 21nd ($14,120)

Not that they were in the money, it was time to start getting the chips in. Damian Tinca did it with K♦ Q♣. He was up against Vincenzo Giannelli's J♦ A♣. The board ran out A♠ 7♥ 5♠ 4♠ 7♣ and Tinka was eliminated in 21st spot.


6:40pm--Daniel Alfredo Bizoza eliminated 22nd ($14,120)

Congratulations to Daniel Bizoza for his 22nd place finish in the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final.

6:32pm-- Carlos Benatuil eliminated in 23rd place ($14,120)

All in with 4-7 offsuit against K-Q things were looking a little brighter for Carlos Benatuil when he paired his seven on the flop. However, a queen hit the turn, and another fell on the river, sending Benatuil to the rail in 23rd place.

6:30pm-- Robin Chesne eliminated in 24th place ($14,120)

Robin Chesne came into Day 2 with the chip lead but unfortunately his run just ended in 24th place. All in with J♦J♠ against Pat Van Dijk's K♦8♠, the board cruelly four-flushed, running out T♦9♣3♦2♦8♦ to make Van Dijk a king-high flush.


6:25pm-- Jose Nadal eliminated in 26th place, Hector Aceval eliminated in 25th place ($14,120)

Julian De Verti just scored a double KO, eliminating both Hector Aceval and Jose Nadal on the same hand. Aceval moved all in from early position, Nadal moved all in behind him and De Verti moved all in behind him. The rest of the table folded and the cards went on their backs.

Aceval 8♠8♦
Nadal K♥Q♥
De Verti K♣J♥

"Ocho!" cried Aceval in celebration as he hit bottom set on the Q♠T♦8♣ flop. The K♠ landed on the turn, but the 9♥ hit the river, making De Verti a king-high straight to eliminate both his opponents.

6:22pm--Marcelo Giorgetta eliminated 27th ($14,120)

Marcelo Giorgetta has just been eliminated in 27th place after running A♣ T♣ into Jaime Ateneloff's K♦ K♠. The board fell 9♥ 8♦ K♥ 6♦ Q♣ and the Argentinian exited with $14,120.

6:11pm--Lernergate

At the end of play last night, ther was a bit of a brouhaha between Derek Lerner and...well, just about everybody. At issue was whether Lerner announced all-in before his chips (at the time, just the amount of a call) hit the table. We're not going to make any judgments about what actually happened, but we're happy to let both sides tell their story. (Incidentally, the ruling went against Lerner--something you're bound to understand after you watch the videos below).


Watch LAPT Mar del Plata S2: Lerner vs Ward - Lerner's POV on PokerStars.tv

Watch LAPT Mar del Plata S2: Lerner vs Ward - Ward's POV on PokerStars.tv


5:59pm-- Eduardo Camia=bubble boy

It took three deals of hand for hand play to burst the bubble, Eduardo Camia claiming the dubious title of bubble boy. Down to 4,500 in chips after folding his 6,000 big blind and his 3,000 small blind, Camia made his last stand from the button, moving in for his reamining 4,500 with K♠Q♠. Jose Barbero made the call with 4♦9♣ from the small blind. The 9♦7♠5♣ paired up Barbero, but the 2♠ on the turn gave Camia nine more outs with a flush draw. The river, though fell the 8♣ sending Camia to the rail as the rest of the players practically exploded, knowing they were all at least $14,120 richer.

The clock has been paused while our 27 remaining players re-draw for seats at three tables.

5:56pm--Bubble pops

The money bubble just went pop. Nice that it didn't event take half an hour. Details on the unfortunate soul who busted in just a moment.

5:35pm--On the bubble

Walter Oaquim just busted in 29th place when his 9♥ 9♦ couldn't hold up against J♠T♣. That leaves us with 28 players and on the money bubble.


5:15pm-- Blinds up

Our 30 remaining players have returned from break to blinds of 3,000-6,000 with a 500 ante. Three more to go before we hit the money.


4:55pm--15 minute break

Players are stepping out for 15 minute break.

4:55pm-- Battle royale brewing between Ioli and Chesne

Mark Ioli, he of the massive stack and Robin Chesne, he...who used to have a massive stack have been hooking up in a lot of pots as we approach the bubble. In one hand, Chesne opened for 10,000 and was called by both Ioli and the big blind. The flop came down A♦K♣2♠. The big blind checked, Chesne bet 12,000, Ioli flat-called from the button and the big blind mucked. Both players checked the J♠ on the turn and when the river fell the J♦, Chesne checked again. This time, Ioli made the ultimate power-move, making a massive all in overbet that would set Chesne all in. The Frenchman gave up his hand and Ioli added more chips to his collection.

Only a few minutes later they were at it again, Chesne opening for 10,000 from early position and Ioli moving all in, Chesne couldn't pull the trigger and folded, Ioli flashing A♠K♠.


4:50pm--Giannelli doubles up

Vincenzo Giannelli is doing his best to make a run for his second final table of the season. He just doubled up on the feature table with A♣ K♦ versus T♥ T♣ all-in pre-flop. The board ran out A♥ 4♦ [5]s 4♠ 4♣ and Giannelli (not to mention his army of turtles) is still in action.

4:35--Meet your chip leaders

It's been back and forth for the chip lead between Mark Ioli and Dominiki Nitsche for some time. It's time you get to know them a little better.

Here are some interviews we shot with them a little bit earlier.


Watch LAPT Mar del Plata S2: Dominik Nitshce on PokerStars.tv

Watch LAPT Mar del Plata S2: Mark Loli on PokerStars.tv


4:20--Tamara Yael Szaingurten eliminated

Tamara Yael Szaingurten was so shy on Day 1, she covered her face with her hoodie and wouldn't give us her name. She said she'd be happy to be in the spotlight if she made the final table. She got close, but not nearly close enough.

Szaingurten needed a double up if she was going to survive until the money. She got K♥ Q♠ all-in at the wrong time. She was up against A♠ K♠. The board gave her a little hope, but ultimately the T♥ 9♦ T♠ 4♥ 8♣ meant her end.

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4:00pm--Alex Brenes eliminated

Alex Brenes' amazing comeback story has unfortunately come to an end. After taking out Ernesto Panno with pocket sevens vs. 8-3 offsuit, Brenes got his stack in with A-2 but Dominik Nitsche looked him up with pocket eights. Brenes could not improve and he hit the rail just short of the money.

35 players remain in the field.

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3:55pm--New level

Players are now battling at the 2,000-4,000/300 level.