LAPT8 Bahamas: Sisley misses the money; 111 remain
The burbuja has burst, as they say on the Latin American Poker Tour. Here's how it happened.
Just 114 were left coming back from the first break of Day 2, with nearly 70 players hitting the rail as the LAPT Bahamas Main Event neared the cash.
Among those eliminated was Liv Boeree who returned to a short stack today. After battling for an hour-and-a-half the Team PokerStars Pro found herself all in and at risk with a pair of queens, but unfortunately for her she ran into an opponent holding a better pair of kings. The board brought no help, and Boeree was out.
Following the break, Barry Hutter would survive a postflop all-in with the board showing K♦7♥2♠, Hutter holding A♥K♥, and his opponent a pair of nines. The hand held, and as a call of "Seat open!" came from across the room Hutter was suddenly up around 250,000.
Several minutes passed, then Eduardo Cruz -- one of the start-of-day chip leaders -- lost the last of his stack to finish 113th. They were one away from the money.
Before hand-for-hand play could commence, a short-stacked Diogo Cardoso found himself all in and at risk for his last 60,000 or so versus Andy Frankenberger, with the latter only having Cardoso covered by about 25,000.
But Cardoso's A♣A♦ was a good hand to have in such a spot versus Frankenberger's A♠K♥. "I've seen you come from behind with worse," said Faraz Jaka to Frankenberger with a grin, but the board ran out nine-high and Cardoso was safe.
It didn't take long for Todd Sisley to find himself similarly in peril, his last 50,000-ish on the line behind J♠J♥ versus Taylor Paur's A♠Q♣.
There was a short stretch of suspense as play was halted and the cameras gathered.
But that soon vanished following a Q♥A♣9♠ flop that put Paur well in front. The A♦ turn then sealed it, and Sisley stood from the table to depart, the last player to be eliminated prior to the money.
The other 111 soon turned to the task of determining how the $1,945,248 prize pool -- nearly the largest in LAPT history -- will be divided.
Among them one we'll keep an eye on will be 2011 PCA Main Event champion Galen Hall who has managed to chip up around 380,000 into the apparent chip lead at a most favorable time to have done so.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.