LAPT8 Brazil: Alves runs into aces, tens fail Rivero; four remain
Level 30 ended with a couple of uncalled all-ins from Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins, then Alexandre Rivero earned a small double-up through Martins and the final half-dozen players all marched into Level 31 (60K/120K/20K).
Early in the new level Rivero doubled again, this time through Andrés Herrera. Rivero's A♦5♦ was behind Herrera's A♣7♣, but a five flopped, then Rivero turned a flush to seal it and keep his seat.
A little after that Alves saw an all-in go uncalled, then it was chip leader Afonse Henrique open-shoving his big stack from the button, with Martins deciding to call with his last 1.01 million from the big blind.
Martins had A♣9♠ and Henrique but Q♣3♣. An ace flopped, and Henrique was drawing dead by the turn, making the river queen no matter.
A few hands later Andrés Herrera opened from UTG, Rivero pushed for 720,000 from the hijack, and Herrera called, tabling A♦6♦ to Rivero's A♣T♥. The all-in player's better hand held, and Rivero doubled back to about 1.5 million.
Rivero had another all-in push earn no customers, then it was Henrique opening from UTG, Carlos Alves shoving for 870,000, then Andrés Herrera reraise-shoving for 1.49 million from the small blind. It folded back to Henrique who thought a bit before folding, then Alves turned over his J♦J♣. He was dismayed, though, to see Herrera's cards -- A♠A♥.
The board came ten-high -- 5♠2♥7♣T♠8♥ -- and Alves headed for the exit with a sixth-place finish, good for R$160,540.
The very next hand saw Chauriye survive after calling all in from the blinds with K♠4♠ and spiking a king on the turn to top Henrique's 6♣6♥.
They arrived at the final hand of the level, one that started with Rivero opening for 250,000 from the cutoff. It folded to Martins in the big blind who reraised all in, and Rivero called for 1.74 million total.
A jack appeared in the window as the flop came J♣6♥9♥, swinging the edge to Martins, and after the 6♣ turn and Q♦ river, Rivero was out in fifth (R$204,940).
The final four are on a break now, and when they return the blinds will go up again to 80K/160K with a 20K ante. Here are the current stacks:
1. Afonso Henrique (Brazil) -- 5,330,000
2. Yuri Martins (Brazil) -- 3,920,000
3. Andrés Herrera (Chile) -- 2,520,000
4. Ricardo Chauriye (Chile) -- 970,000
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.