LAPT Punta del Este: Level 13 live updates

Updates from the LAPT event in Punta del Este Level 13 (1,200/2,400/300) will be posted here and come courtesy of live bloggers Brad Willis and Change100.

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Last update 2:25pm

2:25pm--Break time

The remaining 45 players are headed to a 15-minute break. While you're waiting, check out this Day 2 preview from the PokerStars Video Blog team.

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2:22pm-- A monster pot to send us to break

Tournament Director Mike Ward's announcement that "Maximilian is all in for 49,500" sent us scurrying to the feature table to catch the action in what would be a monster pot. With the board reading J♦-9♥-2♥-7♠, Maximilian Heinzelmann made a significant all in overbet with the 4♥-5♥ and got a call from Alejandro De Arruaballena, who held K♥-J♠. The 5♣ couldn't do it for the young German and he hit the rail just as the final seconds of the level ticked down. De Arruaballena lost the first five minutes of the break stacking up his massive lake of chips but something tells us he wasn't too upset about it.

2:20pm--The turn giveth...

And the river taketh right the heck away. Just ask Marcelo Costa. He got all in with K-T against Vialaret Ezequiel's K-Q. Bad news, to be sure, especially after the A-6-9 flop. But there it was, glorious and spectacular--a ten on the turn. But what? Yep, that's a queen on the river. It cost Costa the rest of his chips and leaves him short of the money by about ten spots. We'll let you figure out which player is which by looking at the two photos below.



2:08pm-- Cowboys save Neto

Marcelo Costa opened from the hijack seat and a short-stacked Ricardo Goncalves Neto moved all in from the cutoff. Costa called the small balance and saw the bad news-- his A♦-Q♥ was up against Neto's K♣-K♦. The board ran out 9♥-9♠-2♣-9♣-7♠ and nines full did it for Neto, doubling his stack to 33,000.


Ricardo Goncalves Neto

2:00pm--Salvagno gives some more back

Chip leader Mario Salvagno just lost a race for a 60,000 chip pot. He got it all-in pre-flop with a pair of sixes against Tiago Boita's A♦-Q♦. The board ran out to an ace on the river. Salvagno is still in good shape, but the 30,000 hit obviously didn't feel very good.

1:50pm--Andre Ventura eliminates Juan Jose Perez

Rodrigo Acerbi Lasmar came in for a raise and got a call from Andre Ventura. Juan Jose Perez squeezed all-in from the small blind. Lasmar mucked fairly quickly, but Ventura made the call with A♥-Q♥. Perez turned over A-J. The board was irrelevant, except for Lasmar who grumbled. He'd folded a pair of threes which would've flopped a set. Ventura was left to spend the next five minutes stacking chips.

1:46pm-- Rowe KO's Neto

With the action folded to him in the small blind, Francisco Neto moved in for his remaining 18,600 and Day 1 chip leader Oliver Rowe made the call from the big blind. Neto needed some help, his A♥-[10H] dominated by Rowe's A♣-J♦, but couldn't improve on the K♣-6♦-6♠-4♥-9♥ board, sending him to the rail.

1:37pm-- Try not to hit the boom...

Growing short-stacked, Walter Arakaki moved all in from the button and Juan Jose Perez quickly called from the big blind. Perez's A♣-K♣ dominated Arakaki's A♠-[10D], but fortunes were reversed when the flop came down [10H]-6♥-{2H]. Arakaki went wild, leaping from his seat and unleashing a torrent of Spanish as ESPN's crack sound operators moved their boom mikes up and away to avoid smacking him in the head as he celebrated. The turn was the 7♠, the river was the 4♣ and Arakaki doubled up, leaving Perez with 36,000 in chips.

As Arakaki celebrated, one table over Samo Muhia committed his last 9,400 chips with 3♣-5♠ and couoldn't outrun Clemenceau Merheb Calixto's A♣-[10S] and made a quiet exit.

1:30pm--New level, new blinds

We lost ten players in Level 11. We now have 54 players in the field playing at 1,200/2,400/300 blinds.