LAPT7: Cuco clocked in sixth, Sako doubles again

And then there were five. Moments after Angel Guillen doubled through Andre Cuco, the action folded around to Cuco in the hijack. He open-shoved for 1,620,000 with Q♥J♣ and Victor Sbrissa looked him up from the big blind with A♦8♠.

Cheers, horn blasts, and "VAMOOOO" rang through the room as an ace hit the flop. Cuco was drawing dead on the turn, the board finishing out A♣9♦5♣4♦5♠ to send him to the rail in sixth place. Cuco will take R$140,000 back home to Portugal.


Andre Cuco, sixth place

After the hand, Sbrissa was back on top with 10,045,000 in chips.

The dust had barely settled from Cuco's elimination when Caio Hey opened from the cutoff and Alex Sako moved all-in from the small blind. Hey called and turned up K♣T♣ while Sako revealed 4♦4♠. The crowd broke into a chant-- although I'm not entirely certain whether it was "Hey! Hey! Hey!" for Caio or "Rey! Rey! Rey!" for a king.

The dealer fanned out an all-spade flop, A♠6♠2♠, giving Sako a flush draw to go with his pair. However, the T♥ spiked on the turn, sending the Hey supporters into a frenzy. However, they were quickly silenced by the river J♠ and Sako fist-pumped as he doubled up for the third time at this final table.

Here's how the final five stand right now. We're also updating the counts between posts over on the LAPT Brazil chip count page.

Victor Sbrissa - 9,215,000
Joaquin Ruiz - 6,885,000
Alex Sako - 4,015,000
Caio Hey - 4,015,000
Angel Guillen - 3,500,000

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.