LAPT7 Peru: Sobenes, Kyrian, Torre fall; Backmann leads final five
After that slow start to the final day, we've seen three eliminations during the last hour, suddenly trimming remaining field in the LAPT Peru Main Event final table to five players.
Level 29 (40,000/80,000/10,000) started a lot like Level 28 had ended, with Daniel Campodonico again winning a pot with a preflop shove, this time after three-betting Carlos Sobones. On the very next hand Sobenes open-pushed for 1,005,000 from under the gun, winning the blinds and antes.
About 20 minutes later the table's short stack Jose Torre open-raised all in for 565,000 from under the gun, and one by one all let their hands go. A hand later Sobenes shoved for 1,015,000 from early position, getting a single caller in Jerson Backmann playing from the cutoff.
Backmann had K♥K♣ while Sobenes showed 4♥4♠. The board came [10d]8♦J♠, then 7♦, then [10c], and the Peruvian shook hands and shared hugs all around before exiting in eighth place.
That hand carried Backmann up over 5.2 million, nearly 3 million ahead of Luis Perez in second position with Oscar Alache not far behind in third.
An interesting hand followed that saw Backmann raise from early position and Alache call from a seat over, then Alache call bets from the leader after both the 5♦5♣2♦ flop and 4♥ turn.
The river then brought the 9♥ and a 1 million-chip bet from Backmann (about two-thirds the pot), and Alache took five full minutes before letting his hand go. Backmann took the next hand off of Alache as well to move up over 6 million while the latter was knocked back to about 1.2 million.
Campodonico then won another preflop all-in without being contested, and soon after that it was a short-stacked Jakub Kyrian opening with a raise, Backmann reraising to 1 million from a seat over, then when it folded back Kyrian called with the 480,000 he had left.
Kyrian had A♥3♠ and needed help against Backmann's J♠J♣. But the J♥5♠5♦ flop all but ended any chances for Kyrian, giving Backmann a full house. The K♦ turn sealed it, and Kyrian headed to the cashier's desk to collect his prize for finishing seventh.
Just one hand later Campodonico was open-pushing again from the cutoff, and Jose Torre called all in for 425,000 from the button. Torre had the edge with A♣K♥ against Campodonico's K♠Q♠, but the flop fell 9♦Q♣5♦ to pair the latter's queen and earn some shouts from the crowd.
The turn was the 5♥ and river the K♦, and Torre hit the rail in sixth.
With five left Backmann still enjoys a big lead. Here are the counts as Level 29 edges near its conclusion:
Jerson Backmann (Mexico) -- 6,980,000
Luis Perez (Venezuela) -- 1,990,000
Daniel Campodonico (Uruguay) -- 1,860,000
Marcos Exterkotter (Brazil) -- 1,690,000
Oscar Alache (Chile) -- 1,245,000
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.