LAPT7 Brazil: Poker's yin and yang

With the completion of Level 7, re-entries are done for the day. However, should a player bust in the next three levels it isn't necessarily the end of the road. With a spare R 4,400, there's always Day 1B. However, after this hand, Angel Guillen probably won't need to reach into his wallet to reload.

Guillen is the picture of zen at the poker table. He is calm, deliberate, even soft-spoken. Since his arrival in Level 3, he's been doing what he does best-- quietly grinding, never missing a beat as he soaks up information from his opponents.


We came upon Guillen's table with a 4♠4♣2♣ flop already fanned out. The action checked to the button, who bet 7,000. Guillen called, a middle position player folded, and Walid Mubarak called as well. The turn brought the 2♠ and once again the action passed to the button. He bet 11,000 and after a long think, Guillen called. Mubarak folded and they went heads-up to the river. It was the 9♣, putting a potential flush on board.

Guillen tanked for over a minute before deciding to check. Tortured, the button checked behind and turned over A♠A♦. Those pocket aces shrank up in a hurry as Guillen revealed A♣Q♣ for the nut flush. WIth that pot, Guillen's stack vaulted up to 120,000.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have the aforementioned Ivan Freitez. About an hour ago, he had 100,000 in chips. Fifteen minutes ago, he was down to 9,000 after his T♠T♦ fell to A♠Q♣ and A♥Q♦ on a Q♥8♥5♥A♦5♠ board. And now, he's back up to 40,000 thanks to pocket fives flopping a set vs. pocket queens. While Guillen might have knocked the table in silent acknowledgement, that's simply not Freitez's style.

"I am the champion! How many EPTs you won? How many?"

About 25 minutes remain in Level 8. The room is finally beginning to thin out a bit, although all of our Red Spade heroes - Guillen, Andre Akkari, Christian De Leon, Nacho Barbero, Jorge Limon, and Christian De Leon-- are still sitting behind chip stacks. Following a 15-minute break, we'll play two more levels before calling it a night around 5 am local time.


Photography from LAPT7 Brazil by Carlos Monti. Live streaming of the action 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.