LAPT Vina del Mar: Level 24 live updates

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Blinds: 15,000/30,000/3,000

Last updated 12:47am

12:47am--And...we're back

Cards are in the air once again.

12:14am-- Leandro Balotin eliminated in 4th place ($39,285)

One would think after being crippled to less than one big blind that Fabian Ortiz was a lock to become our fourth-place finisher. Well...not so fast.

Down to 165,000, Leandro Balotin open-shoved and Ortiz made the call, surprisingly having Balotin covered by about 55,000 chips. Balotin showed Qs-5c, needing some help against Ortiz's Ad-8d. His supporters immediately began calling for "mujeres" (ladies/queens).

The flop, though, came down Ah-2h-2d, leaving Balotin drawing only to runners. The 6s on the turn sealed his fate and by the time the Jd landed on the river, the quiet, composed young man was already shaking hands around the table and making his exit.

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Down to three players, we're now on an unscheduled 20-minute break with 12:56 remaining on the clock in Level 24.

11:59pm--Ortiz doubles... and doubles again

Fabian Ortiz moved all in for his remaining 15,000. Leandro Bolatin completed the small blind and Vincenzo Giannelli checked his option in the big blind. Both Bolatin and Giannelli checked down the entire Qs-Qd-8s-9h-Ks board.

Bolatin showed A-4 and won the side pot, but the main pot belonged to Ortiz, who showed Kd-Qh for trips and nearly quadrupled his stack to 54,000.

That 54,000 went sailing into the middle on the next hand and Bolatin obliged again with action, his Kc-8c up against Ortiz's Ah-Ts. The flop was Tc-7h-6d, making Ortiz top pair and giving Bolatin a gutshot straight draw. Bolatin picked up a flush draw to boot on the turn, which fell the 6c, but the Ad landed on the river, making aces up for Ortiz and doubling his stack again. He's now back up over the 100,000 mark.

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11:46pm--Salas snags chip lead, half chips in play

We have our first million dollar man, and it came from a pot in which all the money got in pre-flop. Fabian Ortiz came in for a raise to 100,000 from the button, and Damian Salas re-raised to 300,000 from the small blind. Ortiz, with a bit of a flourish, announced he was all-in. Salas called just as quickly for his 547,000 chips.

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It was Ac-Js for Salas and Tc-Th for Ortiz.

The board ran out 9s-Kh-Jc-6c-6s and Salas picked up a pot worth more than 1.1 million.

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Salas raises a hand in victory

Ortiz, meanwhile, was left with 18,000 chips.

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11:42pm-- Hernan Villa eliminated in 5th place ($28,809)

The action was folded around to Fabian Ortiz, who raised to 115,000 from the small blind and Hernan Villa, 30,000 of his remaining 95,000 in chips posted in the big blind, called all in for less. Ortiz showed Qs-7c and Villa turned up his cards one by one, the 2d... and the 6d. The 7s-3s-3c flop left Villa drawing only to running cards and the Ts on the turn left him drawing completely dead. The meaningless 9h fell on the river and our man with nine lives finally met his tournament end, departing in 5th place.

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11:31pm--New level

Now five-handed, we're up to 5,000/30,000/3,000 blinds.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Latin American Poker Tour