LAPT Punta del Este: Day 4, Levels 28 and 29 (40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante)


9:39pm: Nicolas Cardyn eliminated in 2nd place ($161,550); Jose "Nacho" Barbero wins the 2010 LAPT Punte del Este In a hand for the ages... Nicolas Cardyn shoved all in for his last 990,000. Nacho Barbero snap-called with A♠[10s]. Cardyn tabled A♦K♠. Both players stood up to sweat the action. The crowd rose to its feet and Barbero's friends chanted, "Nacho! Nacho! Nacho!"

The flop was 8♥7♣2♦. Cardyn took a deep breath as a couple of Nacho's faithful followers shouted, "Diez! Diez!"

The turn was the 5♣ and Nacho was down to three outs in the entire deck. The dealer slowly placed the burn card on the table and flipped over the river card.

The [10c] magically appeared.

Nacho thrust his arms in the air. He caught a miraculous card to chase down Cardyn's Big Slick. More chants of "Nacho! Nacho! Nacho!" ensued.

Nicolas Cardyn of France put forth a valiant effort and finished in second place. He collected $161,550 for his efforts. Nacho Barbero won $279,330 for first place. He also became only the second Latin player to win an event on the LAPT as he finally thwarted Europe's domination of the LAPT Punta del Este.

Congrats to Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero. Stay tuned for a full wrap-up.


2010 LAPT Punta del Este champion Jose "Nacho" Barbero

9:37pm: Action resumes

9:20pm: Action paused We're on an unscheduled ten-minute break.

9:10pm: Barbero doubles up, Cardyn under 1 million Nicolas Cardyn opened for 220,000 from the button, and Nacho Barbero made his first three-bet of the heads-up match, reraising to 600,000. Cardyn called and they saw a 9♣8♦8♠ flop. Barbero led out for 500,000 and after a minute in the tank, Cardyn moved all-in. Barbero made the call for his tournament life, turning up 5♠9♥ for two pair, nines and eights. Cardyn had nothing but air, with 4♣6♣, and was drawing to running cards.

One of them, the 7♠ fell on the turn, giving everybody pause. Cardyn now needed a five or a ten to make a straight and eliminate Barbero. However, the river blanked out with the 2♣ and Barbero took down the nearly 5.1 million chip pot, leaving Cardyn with only 990,000.


Nicolas Cardyn

8:47pm: Blinds up The official LAPT structure sheet ran out of levels a long time ago, but nevertheless, we've moved into Level 29, with blinds of 50,000-100,000 and a 10,000 ante.

8:45pm: Third pair good for Nacho Nacho Barbero completed the small blind and Nicolas Cardyn checked his option. Both players passed on the K♣J♠8♥ flop. Cardyn checked the 7♥ on the turn, Barbero bet 80,000 and Cardyn called. Cardyn check-called another 160,000 on the river, Barbero turning up 8♠9♠ to take down the pot.

8:38pm: Andres Korn eliminated in 3rd place ($99,020) Andres Korn shoved all in for 950,000. Nacho Barbero called with K♣J♠. Korn was dominated and held K♦[10h]. The board ran out Q♦5♠2♦6♥8♥ and Nacho's hand held up. Korn hit the rail in 3rd place. We're now heads up between Nacho Barbero and Nicolas Cardyn.

Approximate chip counts are as follows.... Nacho is ahead with 4.3 million and Cardyn has a 1.7 million stack.


Andres Korn, third place

8:30pm: Nacho doubles Nicolas Cardyn opened for 230,000. Nacho Barbero shoved for 1.65 million. Cardyn called with 9♠9♥. Barbero showed A♣[10d]. The flop was J♠[10c]3♦ and Nacho took the lead. His pair of tens held up and he doubled up to around 3.4 million. Cardyn slipped to around 1.2 million.

8:24pm: Nacho Barbero doubles through Nicolas Cardyn Nacho Barbero moved all-in before the flop and Nicolas Cardyn made the call. Barbero's Q♥8♠ trailed Cardyn's A♦7♠ and stayed that way on the 5♥3♣2♦ flop, but the 8♥ fell on the turn to give him the lead with a pair of eights. The river was the 9♥ and Barbero doubled up to 1.8 million.

8:19pm: Norbert Ludger eliminated in 4th place ($72,960) Nicolas Cardyn min-raised to 160,000, Norbert Ludger called and Andres Korn called as well. Cardyn led out for 400,000 on the Q♦4♠2♠ flop and only Ludger called. The turn paired the board with the 4♦. Cardyn checked, Ludger moved all-in for 910,000 and Cardyn called.

Ludger turned up 5♥5♦ for fives and fours, but Cardyn had the better two pair with Q♥T♠ for queens up. Only a five could save Ludger, but the 8♦ hit the river, ending his tournament with a fourth-place finish.


Norbert Ludger, fourth place

8:08pm: Cardyn chips up Norbert Ludger, Andres Korn, and Nicolas Cardyn all limped in and saw a J♦5♦5♣ flop. Korn checked from the small blind, Cardyn bet 110,000, Ludger called and Korn folded. The turn fell the T♣, Cardyn leading out for 330,000. After a long think, Ludger called. The river was the 6♠ and Cardyn moved all-in. Ludger folded and Cardyn took down the sizeable pot.

7:42 pm: Daniela de Lima Zapiello eliminated in 5th place ($52,110) On the next hand, Zapiello moved all in for her remaining 300,000 with Q♠5♠ and Norbert Ludger called with A♦8♦. The K♠Q♣J♠ flop was boffo for Zapiello, giving her middle pair and a flush draw. The turn was a safe card for her, the 9♥, but her T♥ on the river made Ludger a broadway straight, ending her dreams of becoming the first female LAPT champion.

Nevertheless, Zapiello turned her PokerStars satellite win into $52,110, an excellent return on her investment indeed.


Daniela Zapiello, fifth place

7:38pm: Andres Korn doubles through Daniela Zapiello Daniela Zapiello moved all-in on the first hand of the level and Andres Korn snap-called, turning over A♦A♠ while Zapiello showed K♣Q♠. The Q♥J♥J♣ flop elicited a chorus of "oooooohs" from the rail, as Zapiello picked up a few outs with a pair of queens. The turn was the K♦. More "oooohs" but then silence as everyone realized her two pair were inferior to Korn's aces up. The river was the T♣ and Korn doubled up to 2 million in chips. Zapiello was left with 300,000.

7:37pm: Action resumes...And for real this time. Cards are in the air.

6:23pm: Ooooops.... Still on a break Sorry for the disinformation with the last update. Due to "technical difficulties" action has been paused. Stay tuned. In the meantime, check our video team's interview with Daniela Zapiello...

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6:11pm: We're back Our fifteen minute break turned out to be more like a forty-minute break, but the players are returning to the stage now and taking their seats. Action will resume momentarily.

Here's a look at the chip counts:

Norbert Ludger-- 1,970,000
Daniela Zapiello-- 1,255,000
Nicolas Cardyn-- 1,000,000
Jose "Nacho" Barbero-- 950,000
Andres Korn-- 925,000


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