LAPT Vina del Mar: BrenesWatch, Part 3

Another Brenes down! Send a stretcher!

Table 25, conveniently located right in front of media row, has been one of the more... let's say "spirited" tables in the room today, with Alex Brenes perched at one end and Brazil's Ariel Celestino at the other. Celestino in particular has been quite active (and verbal) today, unleashing torrents of rapid-fire Portuguese each time he's all-in. And he's been all-in plenty of times today.

On what would be his final hand, Alex Brenes opened the action with a raise to 2,200. The button flat-called and Celestino put in a reraise to 8,600 from the big blind. Perhaps smelling a squeeze play, Brenes flattened his stack with both hands, toppling it over and shoving it into the middle. The button folded instantly and Celestino was left with a decision. Not exactly looking thrilled at his situation, Celestino asked the dealer to count down Brenes' jumbled stack and upon discovering that he owed the pot only another 4,275, he was compelled to call the balance.

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Alex Brenes, all-in and awaiting his fate

Celestino turned up 5c-6c (a squeeze play indeed) while Brenes slapped the As-9h on the felt. Brenes was a bit less than a 3-2 favorite to win here and the look on his face said it all. Please. God. HOLD.

The flop came down 8h-5d-2d, a cheer erupting from Celestino's Brazilian railbirds as he paired his five. Brenes' hopes grew dimmer as the Ks arrived on the turn and when the Tc hit the river, he tossed his cards across the table, the suckout complete.

Alex's elimination left only one Brenes in the field, the youngest one, Roberto. Only moments after he was eliminated, we heard Humberto's unmistakable bellow one table over, his youngest son all in for his tournament life with pocket threes against his opponent's As-Ts. The flop was a sweat-tastic 9s-6s-5d, Roberto's pair still holding, but now an underdog to his opponent's overcards and flush draw. The turn and river blanked out, though and Roberto finally got his double-up, increasing his stack to just over 26,000 as his father rubbed his shoulders and cheered his son's win.

Still in braces, barely 18, and playing in one of his first live events, Roberto wins the Brenes family last-longer.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour