LAPT8 Brazil: Lopes leaves, Kawauti KO'd; Henrique still ahead with six left
Soon after they resumed play following the first break of the day, the blinds were 50K/100K with a 10K ante when leader Afonse Henrique opened for 250,000 from early position, then Andrés Herrera made a three-bet from the big blind to 680,000 -- more than half his stack.
Henrique thought a long while, looking up several times across the table at Herrera, then finally let go of his hand.
On the next hand Henrique was raising again -- once more to 250,000, this time from under the gun -- and once again Herrera reraised him, this time from the small blind for 550,000.
It folded back to Henrique who spent some time counting out chips, then put out a big reraise -- enough to put Herrera all in, and the latter called.
The dealer put out the flop -- A♣T♥K♠ -- and the crowd reacted with a shout at the sight of the ace. The first knockout of the final table appeared imminent, with the 7♠ seeming to bring that moment even closer.
Then came the river... the 3♠! That produced a much louder response, as "gmcrafter" had spiked a set to survive. That bumped Herrera all of the way up to 3.28 million, while Henrique was still the leader with 4.635 million.
A couple of hands later Gustavo Lopes opened with an all-in push for 340,000 from late position, and Herrera called from the cutoff.
Lopes tabled T♠9♦ while Herrera had that dominated with A♣T♥, then the A♥4♣7♠ flop put Herrera even further in front. The 8♦ landed on the turn -- earning a reaction from the crowd noting the open-ended straight draw -- but the river was the 2♦ and Lopes was eliminated in eighth (R$85,730).
Soon after that both Alexandre Rivero and Ricardo Chauriye saw their preflop all-ins go uncalled, Then Bruno Kawauti saw his push of 350,000 get called by two players -- Herrera (button) and Henrique (big blind).
The flop came 2♥7♣4♣, and a leading bet from Henrique pushed Herrera out. Kawauti showed his A♦K♠, but he was way behind as Henrique had flopped two pair with 7♦4♦.
The K♦ turn gave Kawauti some hope, but the river was the Q♠ and he departed in seventh (R$120,700).
The final six then made it to the end of Level 30. Here's how the counts look as they move to Level 31, where the blinds are 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante:
1. Afonso Henrique (Brazil) -- 5,900,000
2. Andrés Herrera (Chile) -- 2,925,000
3. Yuri Martins (Brazil) -- 1,350,000
4. Ricardo Chauriye (Chile) -- 1,110,000
5. Carlos Alves (Brazil) -- 1,010,000
6. Alexandre Rivero (Brazil) -- 520,000
As we post, both Chauriye and Rivero were all in again, again seeing their preflop shoves get through. Henrique is still the man to beat with six left.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.