LAPT Mar del Plata: Salas-cious
It really didn't look good for Damian Salas. Though the man we call Jude Law has a third place finish on the LAPT, he didn't look good for a long day. We can only guess, he avoided the superpancho at dinner and got some run-good fuel (or, the local energy drink favorite, Speed in a can).
Just moments after we came back from dinner break, Salas managed to flop a set of fours against pocket aces. His opponent couldn't get away from the rockets and Salas climbed north of 60,000.
Just a few hands later, Vanessa Machado sent Christian de Leon to the rail when her Q♠ Q♥ held up against de Leon's A♠ J♥. Though we're big fans of de Leon's (you could hardly ask for a nicer guy), Machado is currently in the running for Most Stunning Poker Player in the room, so we're not going to complain about her sticking around.
Across the way, Charles-Alexandre Sylvestre is having a hard time. He's running out of room to stack his chips. The latest blood-letting happened like this. Sylvestre, an online qualifier from Canada, came in for a raise to 2,200 at the 300/600/75 level. He got a call from the player in the big blind. They watched the flop come out K♦ K♥ 7♠. The big blind bet into the Canadian for 3,900. Sylvestre made the call. What happened next was a car wreck. The A♠ popped out on the turn and the big blind couldn't push in his stack (more than 10,000) into the middle fast enough. Sylvestre almost seemed sad. It might have been pity. Hard to say. Half a second later, he called and flipped over A♥ K♠. Second nuts ain't so bad. The big blind was lost in the crowd before the dealer finally turned over his hand Q♥ J♦. Sylvestre, meanwhile, did his best to stack nearly 80,000 in chips.
Meanwhile, another player moved into the seat vacated by Christian de Leon. He lasted all of five minutes. He got A♣ T♠ all-in against...you guessed it...Damian Salas. Salas held A♠ J♥. The best hand held and Salas climbed another rung toward the chip lead.
Around 60 players remain out of the 140 who started Day 1A.