LAPT7 Peru: Alache comes back, defeats Campodonico for the win
Daniel Campodonico had a better than 8 million-chip advantage on his heads-up opponent, Oscar Alache, to start their duel with 10.9 million while Alache had a little under 2.9 million.
The 65-year-old Uruguayan sipped coffee as they began, though had to put the cup down after Alache shoved all in over his button limp on the first hand. Campodonico called without much hesitation, turning over 6♠5♣ while Alache had picked up A♥K♣.
It was a modest hand for Campodonico, but plenty dangerous for the at-risk Chilean. But the flop brought one king and the turn another, removing all uncertainty and helping Alache move up over 5.5 million.
They settled into a sequence of small-pot hands after that as play proceed through Level 33 (100,000/200,000/30,000).
Most hands saw players limping in from the button, and lots of post-flop checking as the pair casually traded azu (blue, 5,000), rojo (red, 10,000), and blanco (white, 50,000) chips back and forth. Occasionally one would open-raise all-in and the other would fold. But only rarely would there be any machinations from either after the flop.
That was the pattern as they neared the end of the level, then after another hand in which Campodonico limped and Alache checked, a 7♦3♠[10d] flop suddenly spurred action as Alache checked, Campodonico shoved, and Alache called for his last 4,925,000.
Alache had 7♠3♦ for two pair while Campodonico had a flush draw with 5♦2♦. The turn was the 8♠ and river the 5♣, and just like that Alache had the big lead with 10,360,000 to Campodonico's 3,205,000.
Alache would push all in a couple of times shortly thereafter, earning folds from Campodonico. Then in a hand in which Alache limped, Campodonico pushed for his last 2,345,000 and Campodonico called.
Alache had the edge before the flop, but he couldn't watch as he bent his head down and held a hand atop his hoodie as the 8♠Q♠3♣ flop and 7♥ turn were dealt. Campodonico had a flush draw and two live cards, and with the hand's conclusion still in doubt the boisterous crowd began to shout in anticipation.
At last the dealer burned a card and turned over the river... the 7♣!
A huge roar erupted as Alache came out from under his cover to shake hands with Campodonico. The Chilean had won the title and the $20,000 left over after the deal, while Campodonico had earned a handsome prize himself for coming one spot shy of the win. Alache takes away $135,488 for the win while Campodonico earns $128,252.
Back shortly with a full recap of the final day from the LAPT Peru Grand Final.
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.