LAPT Playa Conchal: BrenesWatch, Part 3

lapt-promo.gifEric Brenes has been eliminated and his son Eric Jr. departed shortly thereafter, leaving us with three Breneses among the 143 remaining players. It was only a matter of time before two of them ended up at the same table. Sure enough, Roberto Brenes ended up moving to the two seat at the same table where his uncle Alex was seated in seat seven.

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Alex and Eric Brenes

It was time for some Brenes-on-Brenes violence. And the Breneses like to play each other. Hard. Just ask Roberto, who just told us the story of how his older brother busted Alex out of a Season 1 even on the LAPT with a full house over full house. Their family home game (yes, they have one!) has to be one of the world's toughest.

With the board reading K♠A♠T♥4♦3♠ on the river, Alex checked to Roberto, who carefully counted out a 7,000 bet. Alex looked at the pot, at his nephew, and back at his cards. With the number of chips in the middle, it could have been a value bet, it could have been a bluff. Alex was genuinely puzzled. And after several minutes in the tank, he mucked his hand.

Roberto flashed the 9♠T♠ for a flush as the dealer pushed him the pot. Uncle Alex smiled and nodded, mumbling a bit in Spanish to the player on his left. The hand put uncle and nephew nearly even in chips, Roberto holding 32,500 to Alex's 30,000.

Across the room, Humberto wasn't looking nearly as exuberant as his usual self. Folding hands all day can do that. However, once his wife and daughter arrived to check on his progress, Humberto noticeably perked up. Once up to 40,000, then hovering around his starting stack for several hours, he's now on 37,500 in chips, good for the Brenes family chip lead.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour