LAPT Playa Conchal: Level 15 and 16 updates (continued)

lapt-promo.gifUpdates from levels 15 and 16 of LAPT Playa Conchal, brought to you by Brad Willis and Change100.

Selected approximate chip counts, updated throughout the day, are available on the chip counts page. The LAPT tournament structure can be found on the LAPT tournament structure page. The full payout structure is on the prize pool and winners page.

Previous coverage: Day 1 wrap | Levels 9 and 10 | Levels 11 and 12 | Levels 13 and 14 | Day 2 wrap

Blinds: 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

1:19pm: Jose Del La Guardia eliminated
It was a weird hand and decision that sent our latest finisher to the rail. A series of raises and re-raises between Jose de La Guardia and overnight chip leader Eric Levesque ended with De La Guardia ultimately shoving all-in for his last 120,000 chips. Levesque snap-called with A♥A♠, way ahead and destined to hold up against K♠Q♠. Although De La guardia flopped a king, he couldn't catch up and is out in 23rd place

1:09pm: Maria "maridu" Mayrinck eliminated in 24th place
Mayrinck made her last stand, getting her chips in before the flop with A-Q and found herself in a race with pocket jacks. There was no love for "maridu" on the T-5-5-8-2 board, the Brazilian contingent sighing heavily as the last Brazilian (and the last woman...and the last Team PokerStars Pro) was eliminated.

"What, you think I run good?" she laughed on her way to collect her $4,711 in earnings.


1:05pm: Quads for Keyes
Rogelio Pardo made it 15,000 to go before the flop and Darren Keyes looked him up. Both players checked the K♠K♣J♠ flop. The turn came the K♥ and Pardo led out for 22,500. Keyes made the call. The river fell the Q♥ and Pardo took another shot at the pot, betting 27,000. Keyes carefully counted out a raise to 70,000 and after a few moments of deliberation, Pardo gave up his hand.

Keyes flashed K♥J♣, having flopped a full house and turned quads.

1:01pm: Mayrinck eliminates Daniel Fernando De Mare
Maria Mayrinck came in for raise from the button and the short-stacked Daniel Fernando De Mare shoved from the big blind with big slick. With very little more to call, Mayrinck made the call with her king-ten. She spiked a ten on the river and De Mare went out in 25th place.

12:49pm: Eduardo Hernandez doubles through Kenneth Paul Hicks

Kenneth Paul Hicks opened for 12,000 from early position and Eduardo Hernandez made the call. Hicks check-called Hernandez's 12,000 bet on the Q♣7♥4♦ flop, then check-called another 24,000 when the A♥ hit the turn. The river was the 6♦ and Hicks checked a third time. Hernandez fired out 24,000 and Hicks made it an additional 58,000 to go. Hernandez quickly called, slapping his A♣Q♦ on the table. Hicks had an inferior two pair with A♦7♦ and lost nearly half his stack, dropping down to 165,000. Hernandez has over 500,000 now and is the current chip leader.

12:48pm--James Casement eliminated
Bad luck for American James Casement. Short-stacked and in need of a double up, he got K♥T♠ in against Kenneth Hicks T♣[8♥. An eight hit the river and Casement is out in 26th.

12:43pm: Nehring, Franke down
Within mere seconds, two PokerStars qualifiers hit the rail. Short-stacked German Mathis Nehring got it in with pocket fives against William Reynolds pocket sevens. Reynolds flopped his set and Nehring was out in 28th place.

Moments later, Brazilian freeroll qualifier Andre Franke got ace-queen all-in and ran right into pocket aces. He didn't catch up and went out in 27th.

12:31pm: The Graham Express derails

Rory "A.J." Graham got the rest of his chips in before the flop with 8♦8♠ and earned a call from Edgar Cruz with A♣K♦. Graham's eights still led on the J♣5♣2♣ flop, though Cruz picked up the nut flush draw to go with his overcards. The turn was the 6♦, safe for Graham but the 6♣ on the river filled Cruz's flush and sent Graham to the rail in 29th place.

The exuberant Graham shook hands around the table before heading out.

"Hey, I'm still the CHOOOOO CHOOOO!" he laughed, chomping on his cigar.

12:12pm: Alex Gomes eliminated
It was one of those ugly blind versus blind limped pots with a board that got there for both players. In this case, the money went in on the river with the board showing 6♣7♥J♠4♦9♦. Gomes held nine-six for two pair. Too bad for him, as qualifier Clayton McGuire held T♠8♦ for the straight. Gomes finishes in 30th place for $4,082.


12:16pm: One more color up
As we move up to level 16, there is no need for those pesky 100 denomination black chips. Another short break to move those off the table. Antes are now 500.

Blinds: 2,000-4,000 (400 ante)

12:10pm: Annnnnnnnd, now we're underway
After a short delay to color up, we're in action. We ended with two minutes left in this left. By the time you read again, we'll be up.

11:50am: Thirty returning
We're back at our posts and ready to move this field from 30 down to eight players. The man in front is Canadian PokerStars qualifier Eric Levesque.

Action starts in ten minutes.


Brad Willis
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