LAPT Florianopolis: Day 3, level 22 and 23 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)


5.15pm: Break time
That's the end of the level and another 15 minute break.

5.10pm: Rodrigo still rolling
Rodrigo Scartezini just took a few steps further up the chip chart. It started with a bet of 50,000 from Pedro Velasco followed by a raise by Mario Donoso to 135,000. Here Scartezini moved all-in for 70,000 and got a call from Velasco, while Donoso stepped aside.

One of the many positions adopted by Rodrigo Scartezini this afternoon

A♣J♣ for Scartezini
A♠K♣ for Velasco

The board ran J♥8♣8♠6♣8♦. The jack on the flop was enough, leaving Scartezini with nearly 300,000.

4.55pm: Leonello lost
Engelberth Moreno started the hand out by raising to 52,000 from early position. Miguel Velasco re-raised to 120,000 from middle position. Action came around to Gino Leonello on the button.

He had gone all-in the previous hand but everyone folded. He did the same thing this hand and moved all-in for 136,000. But this time he had a caller, Velasco. Moreno flashed an ace before folding, leaving action heads up.

Velasco had a pocket pair, 8♦8♠ to be exact. Leonello had overcards, Q♥J♠ to be exact yet again.

The board ran K♠7♥4♦2♦9♣ and Velasco's pocket pair was victorious. Gino Leonello was eliminated in 14th place, made a pay jump, and was awarded R$16,250. (Before taxes)

4.45pm: Charity event
A couple of days ago, several PokerStars pros and personalities from across Brazil participated in a charity tournament. The proceeds went to a local school, so despite a champion being named, everybody won.

Check out this video account of the tournament brought to you by the PokerStars Video Blog Team.

4.35pm: Rolling with Rodrigo
It's a volatile life for Rodrigo Scartezini. First he called the all-in of Francisco Azocar, for 161,000, with jacks, only for Azocar to turn over aces, which held on a 2♥4♠Q♣Q♠T♠ board. Then, with just 50,000 left, he moved in on the next hand with A♣K♣ against Pedro Velasco's A♦J♠. Scartezini pulled through on a board of K♥4♦2♥A♥A♠, much to the delight of friends on the rail. He's back up to a little more than 100,000.

4.25pm: Andre Sa eliminated in 15th place
Pedro Velasco and Andre Sa decided to get all their chips in before the flop.

Sa, the at risk player, held A♦[10h]. He was trailing behind Velasco's A♥Q♠. The flop was 5♦5♣Q♣, propelling Velasco even further into the lead. The A♣ on the turn left Sa guaranteed Sa wasn't going to win this pot.

He could only chop it by hitting one of the remaining fives in the deck. The 9♠ was not one of those fives and Sa was eliminated in 15th place.

He'll take R$13,100.

4.15pm: Scartezini double up
A double up for Rodrigo Scartezini through Mario Donoso, who loses what seems like his pot since yesterday. Scartezini turned over A♣K♣ when he moved all-in, called by Donoso with K♦2♦. The flop brought another deuce leaving Scartezini needing an ace or king, which dutifully arrived on the river.

4.05pm: Caicedo done
Marco Caicedo is out in 16th place. He pushed with K♠J♠ and was called by Matthias Habernig with A♦T♣. The flop was pretty decisive, coming T♦5♥T♠. The turn got a few more "ooohs", being Q♦ but the river card 2♠ put an end to any hopes of further drama. Down to 15 players. It leaves Habernig with close to a million chips.

3.55pm: Don't hate the eight
In this hand, I will foreshadow.

Engleberth Moreno raised to 40,000 from early position. He received two callers (4x2=8), Robson Kozan in the cutoff, and the big blind.

The flop was 8♣8♥9♣. The big blind checked and Moreno led out for 104,000. This is the second time a bet contained the number four (4x2=8). Kozan called yet again and the big blind folded.

Robson Kozan ready to pounce

The turn was a Q♥ and Moreno checked. Kozan bet 50,000 and, after counting all his chips, Moreno decided to fold. |

When he did, Kozan flipped over 8♦8♠ for quads. He celebrated in Portuguese as he raked in the pot.

Engelberth saw his stack shrink to 170,000, while Kozan is up to 465,000.

3.45pm: Playing
After an extended delay, that involved a redraw and the moving of chips, chairs and tables, we're playing again with 30 minutes left in level 22.

3.30pm: Table line-ups

Feature table
Seat 1 - Mario Donoso, 760,000
Seat 2 - Rodrigo Scartezini, 142,000
Seat 3 - Dayan Vardanega, 670,000
Seat 4 - Rudy Blondeau, 694,000
Seat 5 - Matthias Habernig, 846,000
Seat 6 - Marco Caicedo, 141,000
Seat 7 - Pedro Velasco, 580,000
Seat 8 - Andre Sa, 287,000

Outer table
Seat 1 - Robson Kozan, 275,000
Seat 2 - Gino Leonello, 260,000
Seat 3 - Guilherme Garcia, 350,000
Seat 4 - Andre Scaff, 550,000
Seat 5 - Alexandre Richard, 490,000
Seat 6 - Engelberth Moreno, 360,000
Seat 7 - Francisco Azocar, 260,000
Seat 8 - Miguel Fernando Velasco, 250,000

3.25pm: Redraw
We're now down to 16 players and redrawing to two tables.

3.20pm: Down to 17
Rodolfo Awad is the next to fall. He shoved with 3♠A♣ and was called by Dayan Vardanega with K♣K♠. The board changed nothing for Awad, running 4♥6♥T♦4♦3♦. Awad out in 18th place.

3.15pm: Time keeps on slipping
And players keep slipping out of this tournament.

We've lost a couple of players in a couple of minutes. First Sander Aalders found himself all-in versus Mario Donoso.

Aalders held A♠Q♦ and he was up against Donoso's A♥K♣. The flop, A♥Q♠[10d] fell heavily in favor of Aalders, as he paired his ace and his queen. But it also gave Donoso a straight draw.

The turn didn't bring Donoso his straight, but it did give him a K♥ for the higher two pair. A 7♣ fell on the river and sent Aalders to the payout desk in 20th place. That 20th place will earn him R$11,400.

A hand later, in another table, Jose Guillerme Thome found himself all-in. He put his remaining 39,000 in the pot and was called by Alexandre Richard.

Richcard showed 7♦K♣ and was ahead of Thome's 7♣8♣. The flop gave Richard a king and the turn brought him another. Guillerme was eliminated in 19th place, and he also took R$11,400.

3pm: Double up
A double up for Gino Leonello through Guilherme Garcia. Queens for Leonello which held up against Garcia's K♣J♥ on a board of A♣4♦3♦T♦8♥. Garcia slips to 191,000 while Leonello moves up to 350,000.

2.45pm: Cards in the air
Play resumes in level 22 with blinds at 8,000-16,000 with a 2,000 ante.

Chip leader with more than 800,000, Matthias Habernig

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Florianopolis:(In order of arrival at the breakfast buffet this morning) Stephen Bartley (10.01am) Alex Villegas (2.55pm).