LAPT Punta del Este: Level 17 live updates
Updates from the LAPT event in Punta del Este Level 17 (4,000/8,000/500) will be posted here and come courtesy of live bloggers Brad Willis and Change100.
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Last update 9:04pm
Dinner must be digesting slowly. That level ended with no more significant action. A color up is pending, followed by the blinds going up.
9:07pm--A word with Oliver
Oliver Rowe has been near the top of the leaderboard. Here's what he had to say to our video blog team.
Watch LAPT Punta del Este S2: Oliver Rowe Day 2 on PokerStars.tv
9:05--Ready to go
We're back from dinner and ready to go with the final 17 players. There are 19 minutes left in the 4,000/8,000/500 level.
After a bit of a break for the redraw, it's time for dinner. Back at 9:00pm.
7:34pm--Karl Hevroy, a long way from home
Norwegian Karl Hevroy came a long way from his home poker game to play here. Here's how he feels about the event so far.
Watch LAPT Punta del Este S2: Karl Hevroy on PokerStars.tv
7:24pm-- Hernan Reyes (19th), Simon Castro (18th) eliminated
Play went hand-for-hand with a pay jump imminent and once again, we managed to eliminate multiple players at multiple tables on the same hand.
Over on the TV featured table, Hernan Reyes moved all in for 42,000 and received a caller in Norway's Karl Hevroy. It was a race situation, Reyes' K♥-[10S] against Hevroy's 7♥-7♣, but the flop was a disaster for Reyes, Hevroy hitting a set of sevens when it came down A♦-K♠-7♠. Reyes was drawing dead on the 4♣ turn and was already on his way to the payout desk before the meaningless J♥ hit the river.
Meanwhile, on one of the two remaining outer tables, Simon Castro made his last stand with Q-J only to run into Ron Wasiel's K-K. Castro couldn't improve on the T-8-6-3-6 board and he, too was eliminated.
Splitting the difference between 19th and 18th place money, both players will take home $11,380 for their efforts.
7:13pm--Walter Arakaki eliminated in 20th place ($10,000)
In a huge battle of the blinds at the feature table, Walter Arakaki got his stack in with a pair of fives against Karl Hevroy's A♣-Q♦. The flop was a soul-crusher: A♥-J♦-A♦. The turn and river revealed no fives and Arakaki was gone. Meanwhile, Henvroy is stacking chips in relief. He is now among the top two or three remaining stacks.
Nineteen players remain. We are now playing hand for hand.
7:05pm-- Ricardo Goncalves Neto eliminated in 21st place ($10,000)
If we've learned anything today it's not to try and cross Ron Waisel-- he will flop two pair on you. This time Waisel's victim was Ricardo Goncalves Neto, who moved all in with A♠-6♠ from the button. Waisel called from the big blind with K♦-6♦ and Neto looked practically giddy, having his opponent dominated. Not so fast there, amigo.
The flop came down K♠-9♥-6♣, Waisel making kings up. The turn and river blanked out with the 2♥ and the J♦ and Neto was knocked out in 21st place.
6:57pm--Bad time to bluff--Tiago Boita eliminated in 22nd place ($10,000)
Tiago Boita may have missed a few of the earlier eliminations when Lisandro Gallo acted as a one-man wrecking crew. So, when Gallo came in for a raise, Boita probably didn't think much about bluffing all in with K-4. Gallo called in a shot with J♦-J♣. Boita seemed confident, telling his friends to watch, because the king was coming.
And sure enough, there it was, right in the door. He cheered and then groaned when he saw the next card. The jack have Gallo his set and the virtual lock on the hand. Boita finished in 22nd place for $10,000.
6:51pm-- Vialaret Ezequiel eliminated in 23rd place ($10,000)
Vialaret Ezequiel moved all in from under-the-gun for his case 29,500 and Waldemar Cogo called from the big blind. Ezequiel turned over his 9♣-3♦ with a shrug that said "Hey, I have less than four big blinds, what could I do?" while Cogo revealed Q♥-[10C]. A ten hit the flop and another hit the river, sending Ezequiel over to the payout desk to collect his $10,000 in prize money.
6:35pm--New blinds and food in sight
Tournament Director Mike Ward has just announced the decision to move the dinner break up by one level. That means, we play one more hour before heading for grub. Twenty-three players remain.