LAPT7 Peru: A-B-C Poker... Alache, Backmann, and Campodonico
The final three players returned from their agreed-upon break to play out the end of Level 30 (50,000/100,000/10,000), the time spent discussing a possible deal but ultimately deciding against doing so.
They played out the end of the level, with Backmann winning most of the hands before Campodonico grabbed the last pot to head to the scheduled break with a few more chips though still well behind the Mexican:
Jerson Backmann (Mexico) -- 8,025,000
Daniel Campodonico (Uruguay) -- 3,245,000
Oscar Alache (Chile) -- 2,595,000
Level 31 began (60,000/120,000/20,000) with continued cautious play, including a few three-way hands between the players A (Alache), B (Backmann), and C (Campodonico). One had potential for some drama, with Campodonico and Alache both making two pair by the turn, but the river put an eight-high straight on the board and they chopped a modest pot. Alache then picked up a couple more to push up close to 3.7 million -- about half Backmann's stack.
About halfway through the level a three-way limped pot arose in which the flop came 2♦2♠4♠, Backmann bet 220,000 from the small blind, and both Alache (big blind) and Campodonico (button) called. The turn was the 8♥, and this time Backmann bet 375,000. Alache raised to 1,040,000, Campodonico stepped aside, and Backmann called.
The river was the 9♦. Backmann checked this time, and when Alache shoved all in with his last 2,295,000, Backmann tanked for several minutes before folding. That knocked Backmann down to 5,965,000, brought Alache up to 5,455,000, and left Campodonico with 2,455,000.
Campodonico then began to add a few to his stack as well after a couple of all-in pushes earned folds, and soon it had become more of an even battle between the three.
But Backmann soon gathered chips back from both opponents -- particularly Alache -- and as they moved into Level 32 had edged back up over 8 million.
That's when a hand arose that saw Alache open-raise all in from the small blind for 2,065,000 and Campodonico call from the big blind. Alache had [10h]9♦ while Campodonico had woken up with A♣K♦, but the 9♠4♥7♠8♥5♦ runout favored the Chilean and they remain three-handed.
Jerson Backmann (Mexico) -- 8,655,000
Oscar Alache (Chile) -- 3,380,000
Daniel Campodonico (Uruguay) -- 2,085,000
Photography from LAPT7 Peru by Carlos Monti. Check out the start-to-finish live streaming coverage (in both Spanish and Portuguese) at PokerStars.tv. Click here for live updates in Spanish, and here for live updates in Portuguese.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.