LAPT7 Brazil: Quezada seizes the chip lead as Salas and Frietez fall

The tournament clock shows 176 players remaining, putting us nine eliminations away from the money bubble. In the hour since the dinner break over 55 players have busted, including Ivan "Don't bluff the champion" Frietez and Argentina's Damian Salas.

Frietez got the rest of his chips in the middle with A♣K♦ and was called by A♦2♦. However, the villain hit running cards on the turn and river to make a wheel, flattening Frietez.

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What do you mean I can't re-enter again?

Damian Salas had a healthy stack all day and would have been sitting on almost a quarter-million in chips had this hand worked out in his favor. All-in for 110,000 with A♣Q♠ against K♥9♣, Salas's hopes for another deep LAPT run were crushed by a king on the flop.

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Damian Salas

Meanwhile, over on Table 11, Rodrigo Quezada picked up A♠K♠ and three-bet the cutoff's 4,500 opening raise to 13,000. The big blind cold four-bet to 23,000 folding out the cutoff, but Quezada came back over the top for 100,000. The big blind moved in for 180,000 and Quezada called, only to watch him roll over A♦A♣.

The Q♠T♦6♥ flop gave Quezada a gutshot straight draw and the J♥ spiked on the turn to fill it, snapping off his opponent's aces. The river was the 3♠ and the Chilean raked in the massive pot and rocketed into the chip lead with 650,000.

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You lookin' at my stack?

As we approach the money bubble, Felipe Mojave (200,000), Day 1B chip leader Anderson Kim (210,000), Mayu "marocca5" Roca (154,000) Alex Gomes (39,000), Leo Fernandez (235,000), Caio Pessagno (175,000), Angel Guillen (162,000), Jorge Limon (120,000), Fabio Colonese (350,000), Jorge Breda (62,000), Bill Gazes (68,000) and Fabio Fioba (525,000) are still in contention.

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.