LAPT Vina del Mar: Level 18 live updates

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Blinds: 4,000/8,000/500

Last updated 2:39am

2:39am-- Down to 10

With Ariel Celestino's elimination we're on the final table bubble and you know what that means... time for some more hand-for-hand play! But first, our 10 remaining players will enjoy their regularly scheduled 15-minute break.

2:30am--Ariel Celestino eliminated in 11th place ($9,167)

Ariel Celestino moved all in for 75,500 and he found a caller in Jyries "Chiquitita" Aguad Saba. Saba turned up Ac-Kc while Celestino showed Qh-Ts. The crowd closed in as the dealer burned and turned.

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The flop came down Ad-Qs-6c, pairing Saba's ace.

"CHIQUITITA!" he cried as the turn came down the 2s.

By now, everyone surrounding the TV featured table was shouting "Chiquitita!" The rail, Humberto Brenes, Humberto's two sons, even a few off-duty dealers.

The river was the 6d. This time, Saba thrust his hands in the air, crying "CHILE!" for his home country.

Oh yeah, and amidst all this craziness, Ariel Celestino was eliminated, joining his fellow Brazilian Alexandre Gomes on the rail.

2:17am-- Fabio Escobar passes 300k

Hernan Villa opened the action with a raise to 24,000. Sitting directly on his left, Fabio Escobar reraises to 60,000. Villa tanks for an eternity, and finally decides on a flat-call, leaving himself 95,000 behind. Escobar has more than twice the chips of his opponent.

The flop comes down Ad-6s-4h. Before any action takes place, Villa starts chatting to Escobar. They chat back and forth in Spanish for maybe a minute before Villa decides to check. Escobar immediately moves all in with a wave of his hand and Villa mucks his cards, conceding the 135,000 pot.

After the hand, Escobar was up to 320,000.

2:13am--Jhon Rua gives up the ghost in 12th ($9,167)

After Eduardo Camia came in for a raise, Jhon Rua moved all-in. Carter Phillips then isolated from the big blind with pocket fours. Camia moved folded and Rua turned up his Ac-6s. Five cards on board and none of them matched Rua's cards. He's out in 12th place.

2:02am--And now for a blast from the past

You might remember us writing a bit about Veronica Dabul a bit earlier. She didn't make the money, but she still had some interesting stuff to say to our video blog team.

Watch LAPT Vina Del Mar 09: Veronica Dabul on

1:58am--Jhon Rua crippled

Battles of the blinds can be so tough. Just ask Colombia Jhon Rua. He limped in from the small blind and then called a raise from Fabian Ortiz. When the flop came down 4s-Qc-9c, he checked and Ortiz moved all-in. Rua thought for nearly five minutes before calling for most of his stack. Ortiz flipped up Qd-Jd. Rua sheepishly flipped up 9-7 for second pair. The turn and river bricked and Rua is on life support.

1:52am--Benoit Gariepy eliminated 13th place ($7,857)

Benoit Gariepy just picked the wrong time to make his move. Representing a huge hand, he got it all-in with 6s-8s and ran right into Leandro Leandro Balotin's pocket kings. Though Gariepy picked up a pair, a spade draw, and a straight draw, he missed on the river and went out in 13th place.

1:46am--Vincenzo spikes the gutshot

On a flop of Ah-Jc-2h, Damian Salas checked from the big blind, Vincenzo Giannelli bet 18,000 and Salas put in a check-raise to 49,000. After a long think and a lot of chattering to himself, he made the call. The turn fell the Ts. Salas checked again and Giannelli quickly moved all in. Salas made an equally quick fold and as Giannelli raked in the pot, he showed his hand, the Kd-Qd, having filled his gutshot straight draw on the turn. Viva Vincenzo!

1:40am--Villa catches a break

Hernan Villa just pushed all-in from the small blind with Kc-Qs and got a quick call from Fabio Escobar in the big blind. Escobar held 9-9. With no paint on the first four cards, Escobar only had to dodge six outs to eliminate Villa. Instead a king hit the river and Villa doubled up.

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1:33am--New level, no break

It's getting late. For the first time in a while, we barreled through the blind change with no break.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Latin American Poker Tour