LAPT8 Brazil: Chauriye, Herrera out; Martins, Henrique heads-up

Ricardo Chauriye returned from the break to Level 32 (80K/160K/20K) with the shortest stack among the final four players in the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event. And on the first opportunity given to him, the Chilean put that stack at risk.

It folded to Chauriye on the button who pushed his 960,000 into the middle, then after Yuri Martins reraised-shoved from the small blind, Andrés Herrera folded the big.

Chauriye: K♠4♣
Martins: J♣J♠

Chauriye was looking for a king, but the 7♥5♣9♦6♠A♦ runout was no help and he was eliminated in fourth (R$261,340). That's a few spots better than his eighth-place finish when making the final table at LAPT8 Peru back in July.


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Ricardo Chauriye - 4th place

That pot pushed Martins up close to Henrique's lead to begin three-handed play:

1. Afonso Henrique (Brazil) -- 5,405,000
2. Yuri Martins (Brazil) -- 5,060,000
3. Andrés Herrera (Chile) -- 2,380,000

Martins soon grabbed some off of Herrera in a hand that saw him flop top pair, turn trips, and river a full house, getting a couple of streets of value along the way. That pot put Martins in the chip lead, the first time all day someone other than Henrique has been in first position.

On the very next hand, Martins opened to 200,000 from the button, then Herrera three-bet to 750,000 from the small blind, forcing a fold from Henrique. Martins didn't waste much time before announcing he was all in, and Herrera called right away.

Herrera had A♠6♣, while Martins had the same hand with which he had just won, Q♥J♥. The 5♠K♥J♣ flop hit the jack in Martins's hand, and the 9♥ turn and 5♣ didn't change things. Herrera shook hands with both of his opponents, having finished in third (R$329,030), and departed.


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Andrés Herrera - 3rd place

With four left there had been two Chileans still with a chance, but with both gone there are only the two Brazilians left to battle for the LAPT Grand Final title, with Martins now having taken over the lead to start heads-up play with 8,240,000 to Henrique's 4,605,000.

They're taking a short break to prepare for heads-up. Stay tuned!

Photography from LAPT8 Brazil by Carlos Monti. You can also follow the action in Spanish here and in Portuguese here.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.