LAPT Vina del Mar: Max is down, Maria's up

With all the drama surrounding the Brenes family playing today, it's easy to forget that there is another poker-playing family in the field today-- Max Stern and his wife Maria. Max and Maria both have WSOP bracelets; he has three and she has one, famously earned in a seven-card stud event where she came back from having literally, one chip and a chair to win the whole shebang. Max and Maria are the only married couple to both win WSOP bracelets.

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Maria dreams of pocket kings

Max unfortunately met his tournament end just a bit ago, making his last stand with 8s-9s and failing to improve against his opponent's pocket queens. Maria, however, now sits well above average as play draws to a close for the day. After losing some ground when her opponent made quad queens against her pocket kings, Maria picked up the cowboys again a short time later and got her money in before the flop. Things looked sour, as her opponent revealed A-A in the hole, but Stern spiked a king on the river to hit a set and double up. She's now sitting on 43,000 in chips and is poised to make a run at another LAPT final table.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour