LAPT Vina del Mar: Level 12 live updates

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Blinds: 1,000/2,000/150

Last updated 3:31pm

3:40pm-- Chiquitita hits the river

Not only are we fans of Jyries "Chiquitita" Aguad Saba for his jovial spirit and perpetual smile, but for the fact that his cries of "Chiquitita!" serve as a sort of all-in warning system for those of us in media row. On this particular hand, Lander Aleman was all in with 3h-4h and was up against Chiquitita's Ks-Qc. Aleman flopped good, pairing his four when it came down Jc-9c-4d.

"Chiquitita!" he cried as the dealer burned and turned the 7c, giving him a flush draw to go with his overcards.

"Chiquitita!" he shouted again as the river card came down. It was the Kd, giving him the hand and eliminating Aleman.

With 37 players remaining the action has been paused between levels while the green 25-denomination chips are colored up and removed from the tables.

3:31pm--Overnight chip leader exits before money

Nicolas Perez had the chip lead coming into Day 2. Things did not go his way, largely because Minond Oded loves him some diamonds. Oded defeated Qi Hu earlier today after four-flushing with diamonds. This time, Perez (who had fallen on hard times and was short-stacked) pushed all-in with Ad-Qc and got a call from Oded's Qd-Td. The board ran out Kc-Qs-9d-8d-3d and Perez was gone.

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Perez with an all-too familiar, "What just happened?" looked

3:27pm--Stern loses race, still alive

Maria Stern is looking to make her second final table in this season of the LAPT. She's looking good to go deep, but just gave up some chips to short-stacked Roberto Buckley. The man from Peru held two red jacks to Stern's Ah-Qc. They got it all in pre-flop and Stern couldn't catch.

3:16pm--Chip counts updated

Our LAPT Vina del Mar chip counts page has been updated to include counts from the end of Level 11. We should mention, however, in the few minutes since we posted it, Damian Salas has rocketed up the board and now has more than 200,000.

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3:15pm--Quads for Chiquitita!

Over on the TV featured table, Jyries "Chiquitita" Aguad Saba got all his chips in on a Js-Jh-7s flop and got a caller in Alexandre Gomes. Gomes turned up 8s-9s for the inside straight flush draw while Chiquitita revealed pocket jacks for quads! The turn was the 9d, the river was the 6s and Chiquitita launched into another joyous celebration as he earned yet another double-up.

Viva Chiquitita!

3:13pm--No mas Melina

Melina Villegas was unfortunately just eliminated, her pocket sevens running into pocket aces. The board ran out Kd-6h-3c-4d-6s and the Costa Rican beauty hit the rail, about 13 spots shy of the money.

Earlier today, Villegas recorded this interview with our video blogging team.

Watch LAPT Vina Del Mar 09: Melina Villegas the new face of Costa Rican Poker on

3:10pm-- Damian Salas= your runaway chip leader

We caught up to this hand on the river, a massive pool of yellow 1,000 chips already in the middle. Alex Manzano slid out a 35,000 bet only to have Salas set him all in. With only 50,000 behind, Manzano dwelled on the decision for several minutes before making what looked like a reluctant fold. The monster pot was shipped to Salas, who is now the far and away chip leader with over 207,000 in his stack.

3:05pm-- Leon Leveled

One of only two online qualifiers from Israel, Leon Yanovski just made his last stand with Qh-Jh but ran into the A-A of Brandon Demes.

"Can we run it twice?" quipped Yanovski as the flop came down Kc-8c-6s.

"How about five times?" he laughed again.

The turn was the Qs, giving him a ray of hope but the Td arrived on the river, bouncing Yanovski from the tournament and additing to Demes' growing stack.

2:55pm-- Camia Cracks Aces

Zachary Fritz wore an optimistic expression as Eduardo Camia tabled pocket tens, a 4-1 dog to his As-Ac... that is until the Tc appeared in the door in the Kc-Tc-8d flop. No help for Fritz on the turn and river and Camia doubled up to 52,000.

"Sorry!" said an elated, yet apologetic Camia as he stacked up Fritz's chips.

"It's OK. Sh*t happens," offered Fritz with a shrug.

2:45pm--Anthony Spinella's bad day ends...badly

Brazil's Rodrigo Seiji Sirichuk came in for a raise to 5,500 and Anthony Spinella (he who was crippled by the second river in Level 11) pushed all-in. Sirichuk called with As-Kh. Spinella was way behind with Kc-8c. Then he finally caught a break. The flop came out 3s-Js-8s.

Finally, Spinella was ahead. It lasted all of one second. The dealer put out a fourth spade on the turn.

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Sirichuk and fellow Brazilian Andre Akkari call for a spade and get it

Spinella, drawing dead, turned and walked out of the room before the river fell.

2:31pm--"I haven't outdrawn anybody yet..."

PokerStars qualifier Brandon Demes seemed almost philosophical at the end of the last level. He had Ah-8h against the all-in Eduardo Camia's Ac-Js. "I haven't outdrawn anybody yet," he remarked. "Now's my chance." Sure enough, the flop came down Qh-Qc-8h.

"I folded a jack," sad somebody else at the table, making the jack on the turn a little more interesting of a re-suck.

No ace or eight on the river and Camia doubled through Demes.

2:30pm--Players returning from break

Players are returning from a 15-minute break to 1,000/2,000/150 blinds. Forty-four players remain.

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