LAPT7 Brazil: Angel falls, Sako sacked

That was brutal. Angel Guillen has a few Sklansky bucks coming his way after getting his chips in as an overwhelming favorite, only to be shot down by running cards.

In the hand previous, Hey moved in from the small blind and Guillen tanked for several minutes in the big blind before folding. Then on the next deal, the action passed to Hey on the button. He moved in for 5,845,000 and this time, Guillen wasted no time pushing his remaining 5,505,000 in the middle. Guillen turned up Q♠Q♥ and Hey showed 5♥5♣.

The Brazilian crowd immediately began chanting for a "cinco" as the flop fell 9♦3♣2♦. Then the 4♠ turned, giving Hey eight additional outs with an open-ended straight draw. Some called for an ace, some still for a five, but it was the 6♣ that landed on the river, exciting one railbird so much he threw a vuvuzela clear across the room. Ever the professional, Guillen made a gracious exit in fifth place, collecting R$190,000.


Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen, fifth place

Meanwhile, Caio Hey is our new chip leader with 12,000,000.

Guillen hadn't even made his way out of the room when Alex Sako moved all-in for 2,820,000 on the button and Victor Sbrissa called from the small blind. Although Sako has doubled up four times at this final table to stay alive, he couldn't make it five for five. Sbrissa's A♠7♥ held up against Sako's J♠T♣ on the 8♣5♥2♣6♦6♠ board and Sako exited in fourth place, banking R$250,000.


Alex Sako, fourth place

Following Sako's elimination, the final three paused for an unscheduled break. With the stacks this shallow and the remaining pay jumps steep, we can only presume they're discussing a potential deal.


The rail embraces Sbrissa after he KOs Sako

Photography from LAPT7 Brazil by Carlos Monti. Live streaming of the final table in both Spanish and Portuguese is available via 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.