LAPT7 Peru: Levels played - 2; eliminations - 0; pizzas consumed - 4

The pace was fast yesterday when they worked from 45 players down to eight in less than six hours' worth of poker. It appeared we might be seeing something similar at the start of play today, but things slowed considerably, carrying us all of the way through the first two levels-plus without an elimination.

That was plenty of time for the media to enjoy four pizzas. Meanwhile, as we shoved slices of pepperoni and cheese there were lots of shoves at the table happening as well.

Level 26 (concl.): Backmann comes out swinging

There was some action before the last five minutes of Level 26 were completed.

Following an opening raise from Marcos Exterkotter in middle position, leader Jerson Backmann three-bet to 250,000 from the cutoff, Exterkotter reraised again to 550,000, then Backmann shoved all in forcing a minute-long meditation followed by a fold from Exterkotter.

Backmann -- whose hobby is boxing -- had landed a significant blow early on to one of the other big stacks, extending his lead even further.


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Jerson Backmann

Level 27: Short-stacks start shoving

Level 27 soon began (25,000/50,000/5,000), during which the action slowed down albeit interrupted by occasional shoves by the short stacks.

First Daniel Campodonico open-pushed all in for 1,105,000 from the hijack seat, the raise getting through as others folded.

A little while after that Carlos Sobenes of Peru pushed for his last 565,000 from early position, and again the short-stacked player picked up the blinds and antes. On the next hand Sobenes shoved again from under the gun, and once more took it down, showing his pocket tens as he collected some more chips.

Then following an Exterkotter UTG open, Sobenes reraise-pushed from the big blind to get the Brazilian to fold. Yet another open-shove by Sobenes -- this time with A♣Q♣ -- earned folds all around and pushed his stack up over 1 million. Another 10 minutes passed, then Sobenes was all in again, this time unfortunately exposing his hand (A♣K♦) before the action had completed around the table, and everyone folded.


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Carlos Sobenes

Action proceeded toward the end of the level, and the new short stack Jose Torre took a turn at open-raising all in for 765,000 and winning.

Level 28: Campodonico keeps his seat

All eight players made it to Level 28 (30,000/60,000/10,000), at the start of which the stacks were as follows:

Jerson Backmann (Mexico) -- 4,120,000
Oscar Alache (Chile) -- 2,270,000
Luis Perez (Venezuela) -- 1,910,000
Jakub Kyrian (Czech Republic) -- 1,645,000
Carlos Sobenes (Peru) -- 1,075,000
Marcos Exterkotter (Brazil) -- 1,010,000
Jose Torre (Argentina) -- 790,000
Daniel Campodonico (Uruguay) -- 745,000

Soon Oscar Alache was opening for 125,000 from early position, then Campodonico reraised all in for 720,000 from one seat over. Alache considered for about a minute, counting his chips and chatting with the Uruguayan a bit before letting his hand go.

A little later Sobenes raised and Backmann called from the button, the flop brought two kings and a check-call from Sobenes, then two more streets' worth of checks followed after which Sobenes showed A♠K♠ for trips to claim a small one.

A Campodonico shove over an Exterkotter open earned another pot for the Uruguyan. Next it was Exterkotter pushing for 755,000 and getting no action. Then Jose Torre got another shove through with a short stack.

A reraise-push from Sobenes with pocket nines over a Campodonico opening raise won a hand. Another all-in bet on the flop by Campodonico earned a fold from Alache and another pot.


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Daniel Campodonico

Play marched on. Finally an all-in came that was called, putting a player at risk for the first time at the final table.

Exterkotter open-raised all in for 755,000 from the button, and the action folded to Backmann who after asking for a count stood from his chair, sat back down, then called.

Exterkotter: K♣K♥
Backmann: A♥3♥

The board ran out 4♠5♣4♣7♣4♥, and Exterkotter's kings held.

Ten minutes later -- with Campodonico getting one more all-in push through -- they reached the end-of-level break with Backmann still leading. Here are the counts at the end of Level 28:

Jerson Backmann (Mexico) -- 3,705,000
Oscar Alache (Chile) -- 2,445,000
Luis Perez (Venezuela) -- 2,370,000
Marcos Exterkotter (Brazil) -- 1,500,000
Carlos Sobenes (Peru) -- 1,245,000
Daniel Campodonico (Uruguay) -- 1,035,000
Jakub Kyrian (Czech Republic) -- 860,000
Jose Torre (Argentina) -- 605,000

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.