LAPT Playa Conchal: Level 9 and 10 updates

lapt-promo.gifUpdates from levels 9 and 10 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

Blinds: 600-1,200 (100 ante)

2:00pm: Players take a 15-minute break

1:59pm: Gomes on the short stack
The player in the hijack seat opened for 3,200 and Alex Gomes three-bet to 8,500 from the cutoff. His opponent called and they saw a A♦Q♠J♠ flop. The action was checked to Gomes, who made a small bet of 6,800. His opponent called and both players checked the 4♥ on the turn. The 5♥ fell on the river and Gomes faced a 12,300 bet. After a solid three minutes of deliberation, he gave up his hand and is now left with 26,000 in chips.

1:57pm: Fabian Ortiz eliminated
The only Latin player to have ever won an LAPT event (not to mention, the only LAPT champion left in the field), Fabian Ortiz, has beenn eliminated. His pocket sixes couldn't stand up against James Mckeon's big slick.

1:50pm: Nacho cheesed
Jose "Nacho" Barbero just tried to steal the blinds with jack-six and ran right into pocket queens. He didn't suck out and the Argentinian Team Pro is gone.

1:44pm: Competing for the chip lead
The first two levels of the day have seen some massive swings. The overnight chip leader disappeared and Steven Merrifield took over that spot.

Coming up from a Day 2 starting stack of a little more than 60,000, PokerStars qualifier Fred Dykes is now sitting on 190,000. That's not the chip lead, but it's getting close to Merrifield.

1:33 pm: Roberto Brenes Eliminated
With the action folded to Kenneth Paul on the button, he made it 3,300 to go. Roberto Brenes moved all in from the small blind and Paul insta-called, turning up Q♥Q♣. Brenes sighed and showed A♣5♣ and began pleading with the dealer for an ace. No luck for the last Brenes standing as the board ran out J♥5♠3♣K♦8♣ to send him to the rail.

1:32pm: Victor Ramdin "Sick."
Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin just came out on the wrong side of a nasty cooler. He flopped the nut flush with A♥2♥. His opponent held pocket tens for a flopped top set. The board went runner-runner sevens to give the set a boat and put Ramdin out short of the money.

1:28pm: Andre Akkari straightens it out
Brazil Team PokerStars Pro just found his run good. He got pocket sevens in against pocket queens. The board gave him a straight and doubled him up.

1:23pm: Marcelo Dabus eliminated
We're not sure what Marcelo Dabus held, but it was no good against Mathis Nehring's turned set of fives.,

1:15pm: Rob Woodcock, overnight chip leader, gone in 85 minutes
Rob Woodcock knows how to be the Day 1 chip leader. He did it in Costa Rica in season 2 and he did it again last night. In seaosn 2, he went on to the final table. Today, he went busto in less than 90 minutes.

After giving half his stack to our new chip leader Steven Merrifield, Woodock got broken to a new table. We wandered by to see how was doing and found him involved in a pot with Canadian Francis-Nicolas Bouchard. With around 45,000 in the pot, Woodock checked and Bouchard bet 17,000. Woodcock thought for a long time before moving all in for about 30,000 more. It was Bouchard's turn to think, but it didn't take him as long to call with K♦K♠. Woodcock tabled A♠Q♦. The river was an irrelevant J♣ and Woodcock was gone.

12:50pm: Shirley Rosario Eliminated
Bolivar Palacios claimed all by 600 of Shirley Rosario's chips, his A-A holding up against her A-K. Rosario was all in for less from the big blind on the next hand and although she found a double-up when her 9♥T♠ flopped two pair against Palacios' A♣K♦, she busted only a few hands later.

12:47pm: Team Pros Rising and Falling
Humberto Brenes looked, well, a little sad as we passed by his table a few minutes ago.

"I lose," he said with a shrug, his chip stack down to 24,000 after dropping the first pot he played.

Brenes walked off his beat by checking on his son, Roberto at an adjacent table, then returned to his own seat only to find his table breaking.

"Necesito fichas!" Brenes boomed as he walked across the room to his new seat at Table 2.

Brenes wouldn't stay there long, as he quickly got the rest of his "fichas" in with A-Q only to run into pocket queens. Humberto's elimination leaves Roberto as the LAPT Playa Conchal's "Last Brenes Standing."

Victor Ramdin, however is enjoying an excellent start to his Day 2. On a A♦K♣2♠ flop, Ramdin check-called a 5,000 bet. Both players checked the 5♠ on the turn and when the 5♠ hit the river, Ramdin deliberated a bit before tossing out another 7,000. The bet was enough to shake his opponent and Ramdin raked in the pot, taking his stack just north of 50,000.

12:45pm: Maridu doubles again
After making ace-king beat kings earlier, Maria Mayrinck managed to have her aces hold against pocket fives. She is now up to around 86,000. Meanwhile, she explained tablemate Christian de Leon's day. "Like a roller coaster, up and down," she said. "I beat his kings, then he had jacks full, then a set into a flush. It's like sex. Up and down."

12:35pm: A bit more about our new chip leader
A few minutes after that huge hand with Rob Woodcock (see below) Steven Merrifield's table broke. I wandered over where he was still stacking around 200,000 in chips. He caught me looking and offered a Cheshire Cat grin.

"You're proud of that one, aren't you?" I said.

Still smiling, he nodded.

Merrifield has nearly $700,000 in live tournament winnings to go alongside his untold online winnings. The 24-year-old hails from Fairmont, WV in the United States. His biggest live cash to date is a $428,948 finish in the 2008 $2,500 NLHE event at the WSOP. He also had a final table finish at a $2,000 side event in this year's PCA for $42,650.

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12:24pm: Early eliminations
Short stacks Alfredo "Obama" Vaz and Michele Sainz Castro were both eliminated within the first few orbits.

12:22pm: Maria "maridu" Mayrinck hits a lead-off double
Maridu earned a double-up on the first hand she was dealt, her A-K snapping off her opponent's pocket kings when an ace hit the flop. That ace was the last one in the deck, as two players announced that they had folded A-2 and A-4 respectively. Maridu is now up to 68,000 in chips.

12:18pm: Rob Woodcock is no longer the chip leader
We picked up the action on Table 15 with around 18,000 already in the pot and Woodcock looking at the flop of 6♣3♣4♥ flop from the small blind. Woodcock set out a bet of 11,000 and got a quick call from West Virginia's Steven Merrifield. The K♥ came on the turn and Woodcock bet 26,000. Again, an easy call from Merrifeld. The bet on the 8♦ river was 42,000. The call showed Woodock turning up A♥T♦ for ace-high. Merrifield...K♣7♠ for the turned pair of kings.

Merrifield stacked the monster pot and remarked, "Any two will do."

12:17pm: Alex Fitzgerald eliminated
With a sigh and expletive on his lips, Alex Fitzgerald has been eliminated. A cursory look at the winning board showed him running into two kings.


12:09pm: Lessons at Table 15!
Brazil Team PokerStars Pro Gualter Salles was forced into a early and tough laydown in the first few minutes of action. As he folded, he told his opponent, "Thanks for the lesson."

PokerStars qualifier Eric Levesque answered quickly, "It's free!"

Salles shook his head ruefully. "It's not free," he said. "It's going to cost...me."

Both Levesque and Salles are sitting at chip leader Rob Woodcock's table. They won't be there for long. Table 15 looks to be the first to break of the day.


12:02pm: Cards in the air
Day 2 play is underway. Tournament Director Mike Ward reports the 119 players will compete today until 32 remain. We're figuring that will take somewhere between six and eight levels.


11:46am: Another day in paradise
Players are slowly trickling into the poker room to play Day 2. With 119 players remaining out of the starting 259, the UK's Rob Woodcock leads the field with 147,600 chips.

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Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Latin American Poker Tour