LAPT7 Brazil: A vigil for Akkari
I could tell Andre Akkari was on death watch by the sheer number of people surrounding him. Like grieving family members at a bedside vigil, they watched, hoped and prayed, but mainly waited.
Down to only 2,700 in chips, Akkari moved in with K♠J♥ and was called by A♦T♥. The T♠5♠2♠ flop gave him a flush draw and the Q♠ turn filled it. Akkari doubled to 7,900, but was still in dangerous territory with fewer than ten big blinds.
A short time later, a freshly eliminated Nacho Barbero joined the vigil, now half a dozen strong. They waited with bated breath as their hero moved in and picked up a pot uncontested. Akkari's jovial mood belied his dire situation and with his stack up to 10,000, he looked down and found another hand to go with. His circle of supporters joined together, blessing their hero with positive vibes.
Akkari slid a single tower of chips into the pot, leaving himself about 2,000 behind. The button called and the flop fell K♠T♥3♥. Akkari checked with a chuckle and the button checked back. When the K♣ turned, Akkari checked again and the button flicked in two yellow 1k chips. Akkari called all-in, his J♠9♠ trailing K♦Q♠.
The river was the Q♠, a card that made Akkari's straight while improving the button to kings full of queens. As a chorus of "So sick!" rang out (apparently it means the same in Portuguese) Akkari smiled and bid his opponents good luck, ever the gracious ambassador.
Although his Day 1A life was extinguished, we have not seen the last of Akkari. He assured us he will have another go at the Main Event tomorrow.
Photography from LAPT7 Brazil by Carlos Monti. Live streaming of the action in both Spanish and Portuguese is available via PokerStars.tv. You can also follow the Spanish feed at PokerStars or via Facebook, and the Portugeuse feed at PokerStars or via Facebook.
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.