LAPT7 Peru: Four more fall; Alache still in front with nine left

They're down to nine -- just one elimination away from the official final table here at the LAPT Peru Grand Final. Here's the story of the last four knockouts along with one other intriguing hand from the last hour.

Soon after Level 25 got started (15,000/30,000/4,000), Carlos Henrique da Rocha pushed all in from the small blind for last 323,000 over a Luis Perez button-raise and Perez called. Da Rocha had K♦2♠ and Perez K♠Q♠, and five cards later -- 7♦5♦K♥[10s]3♥ -- the Brazilian was out in 13th.


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Carlos Henrique da Rocha

Gilmar Gallego of Peru led earlier in the afternoon, but after falling back a bit found himself all in with A♦7♥ versus Jakub Kyrian's A♣Q♦, and failing to improve was eliminated in 12th.


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Gilmar Gallego

Meanwhile on the feature table Oscar Alache continued to dominate, picking up a big pot from Luis Perez without the pair even getting to the flop.

Following an Alache open from the hijack seat, Perez three-bet to 145,000, Alache made it 273,000 to go, Perez reraised again to 460,000, then Alache six-bet to 910,000.

Perez had but 650,000 left behind, so calling the last raise would take most of his stack. Alache sat quietly, his shirt pulled up over his mouth as he peered over at Perez riffling and thinking. After a couple of minutes Perez rechecked his cards, raising his eyebrows at the sight of them as if to say "Look at what you've gotten us into."

A few more minutes passed, and at last the clock was called. Finally Perez folded, showing his J♦J♥ as he did. With that hand Alache moved up over 2.3 million.

They continued into Level 26 (20,000/40,000/5,000), and after a while Daniel Campodonico opened for 90,000 from the hijack, Ariel Celestino shoved for almost 770,000 from the big blind, and Campodonico called.

Celestino: A♦Q♦
Campodonico: 9♦9♣

The board ran out 5♠6♣4♥3♦K♦, and Celestino was done in 11th.


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Ariel Celestino

Shortly after that one, Gerardo Godinez -- another player who'd flirted with the chip lead earlier today -- sent his short stack into the middle with A♠5♦ to battle versus Marcos Exterkotter's 9♠9♥.

The 8♠K♠6♠ flop provided Godinez a flush draw that was still live after Exterkotter made a set on the 9♣ turn. But the river was the 2♣ and they're down to nine.


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Gerardo Godinez

They've redrawn for the non-quite-final final table. Here are counts with one elimination left to go today:

Oscar Alache -- 2,268,000
Marcel Exterkotter -- 2,045,000
Daniel Campodonico -- 1,996,000
Jakub Kyrian -- 1,885,000
Carlos Sobenes -- 1,577,000
Jerson Backmann -- 1,358,000
Jose Torre -- 1,200,000
Luis Perez -- 665,000
Ryan Deroo -- 468,000

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.