LAPT7 Peru: Alache ahead; 13 left in Grand Final

They've reached the end of Level 24, with the Chilean Oscar Alache the new chip leader after another active period of rapid chip movement back and forth across the baize.


Oscar Alache

A total of 32 players were eliminated during the first four hours today, including Thiago Nishijima in 16th.

Following an opening raise by Jose Torre, Nishijima pushed his last 415,000 in the center and Torre called without hesitating, Nishijima had K♣Q♣, Torre A♣K♦, and after a 7♣J♦6♠K♥3♥ runout the Brazilian was done.


Thiago Nishijima

Soon the Peruvian Nestor Silva would fall in 15th in a blinds battle versus Ariel Celestino, and just a moment later came another hand that saw Gerardo Godinez raise, Carlos Sobenes call, then a short-stacked Claudio Moya put his last 64,000 in and both Godinez and Sobenes call the small reraise.

The remaining pair then checked down the Q♦7♥Q♥9♥4♠ board, Godinez showed Q♣[10d] for trips, and Sobenes J♦9♥. Moya showed one of his cards -- an ace -- before mucking then leaving to collect 14th-place prize money.

Here's a look at all 13 players' counts heading into Level 25 (15,000/30,000/4,000):

Oscar Alache -- 1,820,000
Jose Torre -- 1,747,000
Marcel Exterkotter -- 1,530,000
Gerardo Gordinez -- 1,440,000
Ariel Celestino -- 1,271,000
Gilmar Gallegos -- 920,000
Daniel Campodonico -- 825,000
Carlos Sobenes -- 795,000
Jakub Kyrian -- 735,000
Luis Perez -- 674,000
Ryan Deroo -- 465,000
Jerson Backmann -- 461,000
Carlos Henrique da Rocha -- 392,000

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

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.