LAPT Mar del Plata: Level 20-21 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 10,000-20,000/2,000

Last updated: 5:33pm

5:51pm--First hand!

It took just one hand of heads up play to end it...

On a flop of K♥ 8♥ 9♦, Dominik Nitsche bet out 50,000 and Jorge Landazuri raised to 140,000. Nitsche called. On the T♠ tuen, Landazuri bet out 150,000 and Nitsche again called. The river drew ooohs and ahhhhs from the crowd. The K♦ drew an all-in from Landazuri and an instant call from Nitsche. It wasn't hard to see why.

Nitsche: K♠ J♥
Landazuri: J♣ 5♣

Landazuri, here on a PokerStars.net freeroll, won $211,760.

Nitsche picks up both the title and distinction as youngest ever LAPT champion, but also $387,030.

We'll have a full wrap up in just a bit.

5:47pm--Heads-up play begins

After an extended break, heads-up play is beginning.

5:33pm--While we wait...

We're on a bit of an extended break while they get set up for heads up play. While we're waiting...here's a chat with chip leader Dominik Nitsche.


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


5:16pm--Rodolfo Awad eliminated in third place ($141,140)

The two shorter stacks at the table just tangled in one of the more dramtic hands of the final table. Jorge Landazuri came in for a raise and Rodolfo Awad moved all-in. Landazuri called to see he was way ahead.

Awad: 4♠ 4♣
Landazuri 9♦ 9♥

The flop was hard to look at 4♦ 8♣ 2♥. The turn, A♣, wasn't any better.

Landazuri put his thumbnail to his teeth and looked like he might just cry.

Then the room exploded as the dealer put the 9♠ on the river.

Landazuri jumped into a crowd of supporters as they chanted "Mexico, Mexico, Mexico!"

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We're getting ready to play heads-up with thee following chip counts.

Nitsche: 2,085,000
Landazuri: 941,000

In the meantime, Awad is off to collect his $141,000.

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5:13pm--Back from break

We're back from break and at 10,000-20,000/2,000 blinds.

5:10pm--Nitsche plays his PokerStars Blog OneTime Chip

We neglected to mention that during the big three way all in at the beginning of the last level, Dominik Nitsche played his PokerStars Blog One Time Chip. We trust he won't try to use it again.


4:57pm--On break

Players are on a 15 minute break.

4:48pm--Jason Skeans eliminated in fourth place ($105,840)

Jason Skeans was in need of some chips. The blinds and antes would do, as far as he was concerned.

He moved all-in and got snap-called by Rodolfo Awad's A♣ 7♠. Skeans only held 2♥ 6♦. The board barely gave them a sweat: 4♥ 9♦ K♦ 3♠ T♦. Awad's hand held up unimproved and Skeans was out in fourth place for $105,840.

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4:18pm--Back in action

It took a bit of time to stack all Nitsche's chips, but finally we're back to action. Here's how they stack up.

Dominik Nitsche: 1,927,000
Jorge Landazuri: 413,000
Rodolfo Awad: 406,000
Jason Skeans: 227,000

Of course, you can always click the link at the top of this page for the most recent chip counts (our chip monkey, Alex, is updating the counts every few minutes...because he is a very good little monkey).

4:00--Double shot: Leo Fernandez eliminated 6th ($63,520), Segio Farias out in 5th ($77,620),

This is one of those pots that makes you wonder why final tables ever take so long.

Dominik Nitsche came in for a standard raise to 42,000. And let's be honest, Nitsche could have just about anything here. He's been known to raise light in the past. Leo Fernandez put on a pretty good show of thinking for an age before announcing he was all-in for 230,000.

So, maybe we'd see a good heads-up all-in battle. That's what we were thinking, anyway, until Segio Farias went deep in the tank. And let's be honest. We've seen Farias over-call with some pretty light hands. Five minutes later, Farias decided....despite his second place chip stack and the chip leader still in the pot...to move all-in for 515,000. Just to make it clear, Nitsche announced, he was all-in--not that he needed to. He had everybody covered. The hands turned over and this is what we saw.

Nitsche: A♥ A♠
Fernandez: K♠ K♥
Farias: T♠ T♥

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The board gave them a good sweat, but in the end the best hand held up on a 8♦ 4♥ J♠ Q♠ 6♣ board.

It's taken more than ten minutes for Nitsche to stack all the chips...although no break has been scheduled, it's taking a lot of time to get all the chips colored up.

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3:46pm--Moving on up

The remaining six players are are bumping the blinds up to 8,000/16,000/2,000.