LAPT7 Peru: Here comes the búrbuja

What's that? The bubble, natch. It's getting closer. The pace is moving slower. The tension is becoming greater.

Enjoy this quick look at the "pre-búrbuja" scene via our friends at Codigo Poker:


About 20 spots from the money, LAPT6 Uruguay champ Carter Gill was eliminated. Gill ran a short stack up well above the average early today, then a series of unfortunate hands saw him fall shy of the money, his last one involving running pocket tens up against ace-queen and failing to see his pair hold.

Before long they were just a dozen spots from the cash. Then 11, then 10.

Queens were run into ace-king, and a king flopped. Ace-eight lost to ace-queen. Just eight to go.

That's when Ignacio Lopera open-pushed his short stack then watched with horror as not one but two players reraised back and forth to create a three-way all in. One had A♥A♦, the other K♣K♥, and Lopera shook his head and stood as he tabled his A♣J♣.

Soon the big stack with aces was shaking his head as the flop came K♠Q♦5♠, followed by the 7♠ turn. Then the river... the [10h]! Suddenly Lopera was ecstatic, sitting back down and bumping fists with anyone within reach. He'd survived, while pocket kings had fallen.


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Ignacio Lopera, back in his seat and smiling as the búrbuja nears

They were seven away. Then six, then five, then four, then three.

Level 16 has began, the last before the dinner break. The bubble likely won't be lasting that long.

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.