LAPT8 Brazil: Four fall, Difini first to a million
Day 3 of the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final in São Paulo began with most of Level 20 left to go, and by the end of that the 32-player field who had started the day had been lessened by three.
Ricardo Chauriye knocked out a couple of short stacks at his table in the early going, using pocket aces and then pocket kings to do so.
In the first instance, the Chilean's A♠A♣ bested Brazilian Bruno Nunes's Q♠T♣ after the latter got it all in on a queen-high flop. Shortly after that it was Chauriye's K♠K♦ versus Colombian Camilo Posada's J♠T♠, and the board missed Posada to send him railward as well.
In between those two knockouts, Alban Juen took his chances with A♥7♦ versus Felipe Difini's 6♥6♦, but a run out of 3♣9♥Q♣4♠T♣ spelled the end of the Frenchman's run.
Nunes earned R$19,930 for finishing 32nd, while Juen (31st) and Posada (30th) each took away R$23,690. Meanwhile thanks in part to his knockout of Juen, Difini had cruised into the chip lead as the first player over 1 million chips.
The pace slowed from there, and they were well into Level 21 when a short-stacked Leandro Inacio lost his last five big blinds or so in a preflop all-in, blind-vs.-blind situation versus Maximiliano Gallardo. The Brazilian Inacio earned R$23,690 for his 29th-place finish.
We keep eyeing last year's LAPT7 Brazil Main Event winner Caio Hey who has been mostly folding his way through the first hour-plus today in an effort to preserve his short stack and keep his seat.
Just now it folded around to Anthony McShane sitting to Hey's left who opened with an all-in push from the small blind, causing Hey to grin and make a short speech before checking his cards. They were not enough for him -- he showed the 7♠, then mucked -- and Hey is still with us with 28 players left.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.