LAPT7 Brazil: Vamoooo...Oh noooo!
It's not unusual for a cry of "Vamooo!" to pierce through the clatter of chips at a Brazilian tournament. It happens on a two-outer, it happens when kings beat deuces. And just now, that familiar cry echoed across the tournament room when Rodrigo Perez got his chips in with K♠T♠ against Fabio Fioba's A♦A♠ on a K♦J♣T♥8♥ board.
Then the dealer dropped the J♠ on the river.
The entire room busted up laughing as our unfortunate friend sank back into his seat, his kings and tens counterfeited by Fioba's aces and jacks. When the pot was made right, Perez was left with less than 10,000 in chips. He pushed them in on the next hand with A♠7♥ and was called by Q♣T♠, but a queen on the flop ended his tournament in most brutal fashion.
Fioba is still stacking, but by our best estimate, he's closing in on 500,000 and is among the chip leaders.
Also doubling up in the last level (albeit in far less dramatic fashion) was Bill Gazes. All in preflop from the big blind, his A♣K♦ held up against the button's A♥Q♥ and took his stack up to 74,000.
Over on the featured table, Leo Fernandez is bulldozing his opponents, working the 119,200 he started with today to 264,000 at last count. His tablemate Jorge Limon hasn't enjoyed the same luck, dropping from 112,500 to the 49,300 he sits with at present.
Nacho Barbero was down to 24,900 in chips when he moved in from middle position with A♦K♣. The action folded around to the big blind, who tanked for quite a while before finally calling with A♥J♥.
"Easy call, no?" wondered Nacho as he tabled his hand.
Nacho flopped trip kings and doubled to 54,000. However, by the next time we passed his table, he had disappeared, his chips along with him, leaving Fernandez and Angel Guillen as the last Team Pros standing.
Speaking of Guillen, we just watched as he bet 9,600 on a T♣3♦2♠5♠ board and was met with a raise to 20,500 from Ney Meirelles. Guillen moved in for 112,200 total, putting Meirelles to a decision for his remaining 106,500 in chips. Guillen was deadly calm as Meirelles fretted for close to five minutes over the decision, finally mucking his hand with a long sigh. With that pot, Guillen is up to 157,000 in chips.
With 24 minutes remaining in Level 14, we're down to 232 players, the bubble ready to pop at 167.
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.