LAPT8 Brazil: Caio Hey's back-to-back quest ends with 15th-place finish
The last one-hour level saw three more eliminations, bringing the total field down to 14 players in the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final in São Paulo. As the knockout-rate suggests, the pace of play has been quite deliberate, although again three of the shorter stacks found themselves in peril and ultimately put out of the event.
First it was Anthony McShane of Scotland shoving his last 300,000 or so (about 10 big blinds) from the button with J♣8♠, getting called by Chile's Andrés Herrera who held A♣9♠ in the BB, and watching a board come A♦K♠Q♠7♥2♠ to depart in 17th (R$39,730).
From there they redrew and reassembled around two eight-handed tables, with Yuri Martins the chip leader by a healthy margin with about 1.85 million, comfortably ahead of nearest challengers Alfonso Henrique Ribero and Felipe Defini who then both had around 1.25 million.
Thiago Crema -- the online star from Brazil also known as "KKremate" on PokerStars -- was then the next out in 16th (R$39,730) after pushing his last 249,000 from UTG with J♦T♥, the watching the table fold around to Alisson Piekazewicz in the big blind who'd woken up with A♦A♥. The board was no help to Crema, and another Brazilian player headed to the cashier's desk.
Then it was Caio Hey who'd admirably nursed his below average stack all afternoon and evening before calling a four-bet shove from Alfonso Henrique Ribero to commit his stack of about 20 big blinds.
Hey had a strong hand with which to fight -- A♠K♠ -- while Ribeiro showed 5♦4♦, and after the Q♥8♠9♦ Hey was still in front. But the turn was the 4♣, then the river the 4♣, giving trips to Ribeiro and ending Hey's quest for a second straight LAPT Brazil Main Event title. Still, to follow-up his win wiht a 15th-place showing (for R$43,240) is quite an achievement.
Just before the level ended and a short break arrived, Carlos Alves won a huge preflop flip with T♣T♦ versus Felipe Difini's A♣K♣. An ace flopped but so did a ten, and when Alves's hand held he catapulted up over 1.5 million. Meanwhile Difini is now one of the shortest stacks with about 300,000.
However Martins increased his stack over the last hands before the break and is now nearing almost 3 million -- about twice what those in the chase pack have at present.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.