LAPT Mexico final table: 10k/20k updates

Updates from the postponed LAPT Mexico final table 10,000/20,000/2,000 level will be posted here and come courtesy of live bloggers Brad Willis and Change100.

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Last update 8:18pm

8:18--Prager does it again

Helen Prager is not going to be content to just let Rory Cox take this one. She has just doubled through Cox again.

On a flop of 6♠-K♥-4♣, Prager bet out 50,000 and got a call from Cox. The turn was the 7♣. This time, Prager bet 80,000. Cox moved all-in and Prager snap-called with the nuts--5♥-8♥. Cox had K♣-2♣ for top pair with the flush draw. The river was the J♦ and Prager doubled up again.

The players are now on a break until 9:30pm.


Helen and Josh Prager

8:10pm-- Helen Prager doubles through Rory Cox

With a 5-1 chip lead on Helen Prager to start their heads-up match, Rory Cox's victory here today seemed all but sealed up.

Not so fast, amigo.

Both Cox and Prager limped in and saw a 6♦-5♣-4♦ flop. Cox checked, and Prager moved in for 312,000. Cox made the call and Prager folded her hands and bowed her head in prayer to the poker gods as the hands were turned up.

Prager: 5♦-8♣

Cox: Q♣-6♠

Prager's husband Josh popped out of his seat in the audience and stood behind her, massaging her shoulders as she awaited her fate.

"You have so many outs, honey!" he said.

And... boom! The 7♥ on the turn made Prager an eight-high straight. She gasped in joy and perhaps disbelief, her husband beaming with pride behind her. The A♥ landed on the river and Prager scored a much-needed double-up as the clock ticked down toward the dinner break.

7:51pm-- Heads-up chip counts

As we begin heads-up play, here's how our final two stand:

Rory Cox 1,969,000
Helen Prager 405,000

7:47pm--Pavel Naydenov eliminated 3rd place ($7,500)

Now they're going like flies.

On a flop of 5♠-8♠-4♦, Rory Cox bet out and Pavel Naydenov raised to 75,000. Cox almost immediately raised all-in. Naydenov called after a moment and showed K♠-3♠. Cox held 4♥-5♥. Naydenov picked up some more outs with the 3♥ on the turn. He missed all the kings, threes, and spades left in the deck on the 2♣ turn. We're now heads-up between Helen Prager and Rory Cox.

7:34pm-- Leonardo Emperador eliminated in 4th place ($5,000)

With the action folded to him in the small blind, Leonardo Emperador moved all in for 149,500 and Rory Cox snap-called from the big blind.

Emperador: K♠-8♣

Cox: Q♠-Q♥

"Ocho, ocho, ka!" cried LAPT Vina del Mar runner-up Vincenzo Gianelli from the audience, calling for an 8-8-K flop for his friend.

Unfortunately for Emperador, it came down [10D]-5♥-3♠, leaving him drawing to the three remaining kings in the deck.

"Ka! Ka!" called Gianelli as the dealer burned and turned... the A♦.

"KA! KA!" he shouted again to the poker gods, or anyone who would listen.

The river, though, was the A♥, and Emperador hit the rail, collecting $5,000 for his efforts today. It's also worth noting that he arrived at this final table with only ten big blinds and was able to parlay that short stack into a 4th place finish.

7:25pm--Updated chip counts

Seat 1: Rory Cox (USA) 1,300,000
Seat 3: Pavel Naydenov (USA) 600,000
Seat 4: Helen Prager (USA) 250,000
Seat 5: Leonardo Emperador (Venezuela) 120,000

7:19pm - Steven Thompson eliminated in 5th place ($3,000)

On the first hand back from the break, Steven Thompson got his remaining 22,000 in the middle and got three callers in Rory Cox, Pavel Naydenov, and Helen Prager.

The flop came down K♦-7♥-6♥. Naydenov and Prager checked, while Rory put out a bet. A few groans came out of the audience as Naydenov and Prager gave up their hands.

Cox: 6♦-8♦

Thompson: 9♥-[10D]

Cox had paired his six, but Thompson could double up with an eight, a nine or a ten. The turn fell the 7♣, pairing the board and giving him even more outs with the three remaining kings, but the river was a blank, the 2♥, and Cox raked in the pot, sending Thompson to the rail in 5th place.

7:15pm--Players back from break

With five players remaining, we're back in action.