LAPT Vina del Mar: Level 23 live updates

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Blinds: 12,000/24,000/3,000

Last updated 11:27pm

11:27pm--Fabio Escobar eliminated sixth place ($23,571)

Salas made it 78,000 to go before the flop and Giannelli wasted little time before announcing it would be 200,000 to play. After Hernan Villa folded, Fabio Escobar moved all-in. Salas folded quickly. Only having to call 4,000 more, Giannelli put in a few more chips, kissed his cards, and put them on the table. It was bad news for Escobar. Giannelli held Ad-Ks to Escobar's As-Qd. Amid raucous cheers and hoots, the flop ran out 5h-4h-2d-8d-9c,

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Escobar acknowledge's Giannelli's victory

Escobar and Giannelli shared a hug as Giannelli's huge frame bounded around the stage high-fiving everyone in sight and screaming his various war cries. After winning the pot, Giannelli became the new chip leader...or very close to it. His fans are currently composing a mini-opera in his honor.

Escobar, meanwhile, is going to pick up his $23,000 paycheck.

11:16pm-- As slow as Vincenzo's turtles

The pace of play has been consistently slow today, but this last hand truly took the cake, taking over ten minutes to play... without even seeing a flop.

Fabio Escobar limped in from the cutoff. Damian Salas raised to 110,000 from the button and the action folded back around to Escobar. The clock ticked down... and down... and down... eight minutes in all as he sat in the tank, before finally folding two red fours face-up. Even more shocking, perhaps, is the fact that not a single opponent called the clock on him.

10:55pm--Some free advice

Advice like this usually doesn't come free, but WSOP final table player Ylon Schwartz was feeling generous today and gave us his top tips for final table play.

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10:47pm--Villa will not die

Hernan Villa, crippled to 61,000 after the previous hand, moved all-in and got a quick call from Fabio Escobar. Villa held Kd-4s to Escobar's As-9s. Villa's buddies called for a king and got it on a 5s-Ks-8h flop. With two spades on board, though, it was a dangerous proposition. Villa's friends chanted "Roja!" at the top of their lungs, sure that if they chanted loud enough, the spade wouldn't fall. The fates didn't listen. The turn was the 2c. It wasn't roja, but it was fine. Still, the calls for roja continued and again, the fates didn't listen. The river wasn't roja either, but again...the 4c was just fine with Villa and his rail.

With that, Villa is proving to be the nine-lived cat of the final table.

10:39pm--Vincenzo Giannelli doubles through Hernan Villa

Down to 126,000 in chips, Vincenzo Giannelli moved all in blind from the cutoff and Hernan Villa made the call from the small blind. Giannelli turned up his cards to find Kd-Qd and was up against Villa's Ah-Jd.

The "ace chorus" started up again in earnest, cheering for Villa, but Giannelli's railbirds gave them a run for their money, screaming in Spanish for their man.

The flop was Qh-7s-2c, Giannelli pairing his queen. He turned to his railbirds behind him, facing away from the table, his arms around his friends, his head buried in their shoulders, unable to look as the dealer burned and turned the final two cards. They were the 4c and the 9s respectively, and Giannelli doubled up to just over 300,000. Villa was crippled, left with only 51,000.

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Giannelli celebrates as Villa looks on

"My army!" Giannelli bellowed as he returned to his seat, referring to the menagerie of small clay turtles guarding his chip stack.

10:30pm--Interview with a potential champion

Hernan Villa, still alive in this six-handed final table, took a moment to sit down for an interview. Here's what he had to say.

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10:28pm--Fresh chip counts

Updated chip counts from the dinner break can be found on the LAPT Vina del Mar chip counts page.

10:17pm-- Digestion, commence!

After a 90-minute dinner, the final six players have sat down to play down to a winner.

Brad Willis
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