LAPT7 Panama: Orjuela out, bubble bursts

"We need one minute of your complete attention."

There were 80 players left. Just 79 would be paid. And it sounded every one of the nine remaining tables' worth of players were engaged in animated conversation, the prospect of one of their number coming all of this way without realizing the profit-making goal hardly cause for pause.

"Esto es importante...!"

Finally the clamor died down enough for the explanation about hand-for-hand play to be delivered in full, and while it took more than one minute, the dealers finally were able to deal again.

The conversations picked back up, but for some -- in particular the shorter-stacked -- their attention was entirely on the cards.

The first round of hands went swiftly and without drama. Tres minutos, no more. The second took a little longer, and the third a little longer than that. But still the bubble remained intact. They'd slowly work through three more hands, then finally came some noise again, and from a likely source.


The Godfather of Costa Rican poker had made a button raise to 7,200, then Gustavo Lopes of Brazil had reraised all in for almost 30,000 from the big blind and Brenes had called. Lopes had tabled K♠K♦ and Brenes [10c]7♦, and a long wait ensued as all of the hands on the other tables were allowed to complete.

During the wait the players shared what they'd folded -- king-nine, six-deuce, six-deuce, five-deuce, jack-seven -- and it was collectively decided Brenes's chances had increased by a couple of percentage points given the cards that were out.

Finally came the flop -- [10s]Q♠6♥ -- and the resulting roar made it seem as though Brenes had grabbed the lead, not merely paired his ten. The 8♥ then fell on fourth street, increasing both Brenes's outs and the shouts.

The dealer burned a card and turned over the river... 5♠.

"Ohhh nooo!!!" said Lopes as he stood, and players around the room quizzed each other wondering who had busted. The act continued from the Brazilian as he turned back to the table, pretending as though he'd mistakenly thought he'd lost.

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Gustavo Lopes, whom kings served well

It was a good prank, an inspired response to the tease the hand had produced. Lopes retook his seat, and eventually yet another hand was dealt.

The very next hand saw another all-in as preflop action on another table had resulted in Sebastian Orjuela being at risk for his last 80,000 or so with K♦J♣ versus LAPT6 Player of the Year Amos Ben's A♣Q♣.


They proceeded with less fanfare than we'd seen before, the A♥5♥3♥ flop pairing Ben and earning a slap of the felt from Orjuela, the disappointment all too real this time.

The 8♥ turn provided thoughts of a possible chop, but the river was the 8♣ and the bubble had burst.

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Sebastian Orjuela, whom kings would fail

About 45 minutes had passed since the request for one minute's worth of attention had been made. Another announcement came, this one to congratute the final 79.

Photography from LAPT7 Panama by Carlos Monti. Click here for live updates in Spanish, and here for live updates in Portuguese. Also check out the start-to-finish live streaming coverage (in both Spanish and Portuguese) at

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.