LAPT Punta del Este: Day 4, Levels 24 and 25 (15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante)


3:44pm: Another tight laydown On the last hand of the level, Nacho Barbero opened for 100,000. Andres Korn came in with a three-bet to 250,000, sending Barbero into the tank for several minutes. Most of the table had already left for the break by the time Barbero folded his A♣Q♣ face-up.

The aforementioned break is in progress. We'll be back in about 10 minutes.

3:32pm: Tight laydown Daniela Zapiello opened for 90,000 and was met with a shove from Nacho Barbero. After a moment in the tank, she open-folded 9♥9♦, conceding the pot to Barbero.


Nacho gets the Zapiello stare-down

3:15pm: Nacho chips away at Norbert Nacho Barbero and Norbert Ludger both limped in and saw a 9♠7♦5♣ flop. Both players checked to the turn, which fell the J♣. Ludger checked, Barbero bet 60,000 and Ludger called. The river was the 6♦ and Ludger checked a third time. Barbero made it 160,000 to go and Ludger couldn't make the call, folding a jack face-up.

Thus far, Ludger has been the tightest player at the table. This was only the second hand he's been involved in.

2:54pm: Roman Suarez doubles through Nicolas Cardyn Nicolas Cardyn is down to 750,000 in chips after doubling up Roman Suarez. Cardyn opened for 90,000, Suarez shoved for 256,000 total and Cardyn made the call, turning up K♠Q♥ to Suarez's A♠T♥. The board ran out 7♦6♦3♦3♥7♥ and Suarez increased his stack to 604,000.

2:45pm... Nacho takes two out of five The last five hands have been... well... not very exciting unless you're a Nacho Barbero fan.

- Hand #1: Nacho raised 75K and everyone folded.

- Hand #2: Andres Korn opened for 100K and everyone folded. He showed pocket sevens.

- Hand #3: Roman Suarez open-shoved and everyone folded.

- Hand #4: Nacho min-raised. Marco Caicedo called. On a flop of A♠9♥5♣, Nacho bet and Caicedo folded.

- Hand #5: Action folded to the blinds. Marco Caicedo limped from the small blind. Roman Saurez raised 115,000 from the big blind and Caicedo called. The flop was Q♦5♦4♦. Marco fired out 100K and Saurez folded.

2:32pm: Blinds up We've moved into Level 25 with 20,000-40,000 blinds and a 4,000 ante.

2:26pm: Andres Korn doubles through Nicolas Cardyn Andres Korn opened for 90,000 from under-the-gun and Nicolas Cardyn made the call. Korn moved all-in for 344,000 on the 6♥5♥4♥ flop and Cardyn looked him up. Cardyn led with J♥J♦, but Korn had 14 outs to a win with A♠Q♥. The turn favored Cardyn with the K♠, but the Q♠ hit the river, Korn earning a double-up to 845,000.


Andres Korn

2:18pm: On a slow boat The pace of play thus far has been glacial at best. We've played five hands and nearly forty minutes have ticked off the clock.

2:09pm... Daniella takes a bite out of Nacho Nacho Barbero opened for 75,000. Action folded to Daniella Zapiello in the small blind. She moved all in. Nacho tanked for a couple of minutes and tried to get a read on the stoic Brazilian. Zapiello confidently sat back in her chair with her arms crossed. Nacho folded and the Brazilians in the crowd cheered jubilantly. Daniello flashed a smile as she dragged the pot.

1:59pm: Just the nuts The second hand of the final table was a biggie, Bernardo Dias leading off the action with a raise to 91,000 from the button and Nicolas Cardyn making the call from the big blind. Both players checked the Q♥T♣3♣ flop. The turn came the 7♣ and after some careful deliberation, Cardyn settled on a bet of 136,000. Dias called. The river fell the 4♥ and Cardyn led out again, this time for 267,000. Dias called, only to watch his opponent turn over A♣J♣ for the nut flush.

Dias lost more than half his stack and was left with 343,000 while Cardyn jumped to 1,548,000.

1:45pm... Cards in the air! We're in the middle of Level 24 with 44 minutes remaining.

1:40pm... Player introductions The final table players have taken their seats and unbagged their chips. LAPT President David Carrion took the stage and introduced each player. Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero received the loudest applause from the contingency of Argentinians in the audience. The bleachers are jam packed with spectators and the area surrounding the final table is "standing room only." Action will begin shortly.


LAPT Punta del Este reporting comes courtesy of bloggers Change100 and Paul "DrPauly" McGuire and photographer Carlos Monti.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour