LAPT Punta del Este: Level 19 live updates continued

Updates from the LAPT event in Punta del Este Level 19 (6,000/12,000/1,000) will be posted here and come courtesy of live bloggers Brad Willis and Change100.

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Last update 2:55pm

2:55pm--Magno Aragao forcing the action

Magno Aragao is not going to be content to sit back and get blinded out today. Two hands ago, he pushed all-in pre-flop and got the blinds and antes. On the next hand, Bolivar Palacios raised to 30,000. Aragao wasted no time before pushing all-in again. Palacios took a long time to fold, but eventually put his cards in the muck. Palacios told Aragao, "I'll see your hand later." While Palacios may see the cards on TV at some point, he's going to have to wonder today. Aragao didn't show his hand before raking in the chips.

2:43pm--New LAPT record

This is the first time in its two season history that the LAPT has had a prize pool of more than $1 million.

2:40pm--Hey, Mom! I'm on the TV!

If you've ever hung around the 441 production crew (the same folks who do the fantastic work for the ESPN WSOP broadcasts, you know the TV stage is pretty spectactular. It's no different here. The guys behind the cameras are top pros. They're here today to make stars of the nine men left in the tournament.

2:34pm-- Andre Ventura doubles through Angel Guillen

Angel Guillen kicked off the action with a raise to 29,000, Andre Ventura moved all in for 102,000 and Guillen made the call. It was Q♣-Q♠ for Ventura against Guillen's A♠-7♥. The flop came down Q♥-5♠-2♦, Ventura letting out a deafening roar as he flopped top set. The 4♥ on the turn gave him a bit of a sweat as Guillen picked up a gutshot wheel draw, but the 6♣ on the river game Ventura a much-needed double up on the first hand of the final table.


Andre Ventura

2:30pm-- And... we're off

Our fearless tournament directors have introduced our nine final table players to the audience in both English and Spanish and play is now underway.


2:15pm--Final table about to begin

With 29 minutes left in Level 19, the final table players are taking their seats. We will begin shortly.