LAPT Mexico final table: 6k/12k updates

Updates from the postponed LAPT Mexico final table 6,000/12,000/1,000 level will be posted here and come courtesy of live bloggers Brad Willis and Change100.

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Last update 5:47pm

5:47pm-- Steven Thompson doubles through Bolivar Palacios

Steven Thompson opened for 39,000, Bolivar Palacios moved all in behind him and Thompson made the call. Palacios had him covered, but just barely.

Thompson: Q♦-J♦

Palacios: J♠-J♣

Palacios had his back to the table and his head bowed as the flop came down Q♥-7♠-2♠, Thompson seizing the lead with a pair of queens. The Q♠ on the turn made Thompson trips, but gave Palacios a sweat as he picked up a flush draw. However, the 9♣ on the river gave the hand to Thompson, leaving Palacios with only 23,000 (less than two big blinds) remaining in his stack.

5:23pm-- Emperador chipping up

Leonardo Emperador raised to 29,000 from the cut-off and Martha Herrera called from the big blind. The flop came down J♥-[10H]-[10S]. Herrera led out for 35,000, and after a bit of a think, Emperador moved all in for 87,000 total. Now it was Herrera's turn to tank, and she ultimately mucked her hand, declining to call the additional 52,000 and leaving Emperador to pick up the pot.

5:02pm-- Alex Brenes eliminated in 8th place ($1,500)

Alex Brenes open-shoved from UTG for his remaining 100,000, Pavel Naydenov moved all in behind him from middle position, and the rest of the table folded. Naydenov had Brenes slightly covered as the cards went on their backs...

Naydenov: A♠-Q♥

Brenes: 9♠-9♦

It was a classic race situation as we went to the flop, which came down A♦-K♣-2♣, pairing Naydenov's ace.

"Nueve, Alex, nueve!" called Brenes' brother, Humberto, begging for a nine.

The turn, though, came the 7♥, and the river the 4♠, sending Brenes to the rail in 8th place.


Alex Brenes' nines fail to hold

4:51pm--Updated chip counts

Seat 1: Rory Cox (USA) 1,200,000
Seat 3: Pavel Naydenov (USA) 110,000
Seat 4: Helen Prager (USA) 410,000
Seat 5: Leonardo Emperador (Venezuela) 200,000
Seat 6: Steven Thompson (Costa Rica) 127,000
Seat 7: Bolivar Palacios (Panama) 120,000
Seat 8: Martha Herrera (Mexico) 130,000
Seat 9: Alex Brenes (Costa Rica) 145,000

4:50pm--Players returning from break

With eight players remaining, we're coming back to 6,000/12,000/1,000 blinds.