LAPT8 Chile: A son felts a father; Venegas thriving; 17 remain
They've reached the end of Level 20 in the LAPT Chile Main Event, an hour marked by a blitzkrieg of busts -- 11 altogether in that level alone.
We reported the first couple of them last post. Here's a quick rundown of how the other nine were run down.
Ivan Luca had used pocket kings to knock out an opponent once already today -- Cesar Lopez in 31st -- and he it did again versus the Chilean Daniel Barahona, using K♠K♥ to top the latter's K♠J♦ and send Barahona out in 26th ($7,140).
Felipe Costa of Brazil collected the most of any Day 1b player, but he entered today's Day 3 short on chips. He'd lose them all to the bulldozing chip leader Javier Venegas after his ace-queen was crushed under the weight of Venegas's big slick. Costa finished 25th ($7,140), while Venegas chipped up further to 1.3 million.
Arturo Alarcon Salas of Peru next went out in 24th ($7,140), then Juan Cordoba of Colombia was all in on a K♠8♥9♥ flop with a pair of aces versus Claudio Schafer's 5♥4♥. Too bad for Cordoba, another heart fell on the turn, soon sending him to a 23rd-place finish ($8,040).
While Cordoba would no doubt have liked to take his tournament run further, the cash was hardly bad considering he'd begun his journey here via a $0.50 satellite on PokerStars, winning his way ultimately to a Main Event entry and then to a handsome cash.
There were a pair of Quezadas in the field to start today -- Claudio, and his son, Rodrigo. Reseating put them at the same table, then the luck of the draw saw Claudio all in with pocket tens and Rodrigo calling him with kings.
The better hand held, and the father fell, with Claudio Quezada going out in 22nd ($8,040). It was an emotional scene afterwards, with Rodrigo tearing up following the hand had completed.
Emanuel Fernandez of Argentina followed in 21st ($8,040), his K♠9♠ no good versus Jonathan Markovits's A♥9♦.
Carlos Zapata was a chip leader for a time on Day 1b and was challenging for the top spot yesterday as well. The Chilean made it to today, then saw his A♦K♦ lose out to Tyler Noles's J♣T♣ when a jack came among the community cards, knocking him out in 20th ($8,040).
Cristofer Cancino (Chile) followed in 19th ($8,960), his K♣T♣ no good against Venegas's A♦K♥. He was soon followed by Nicolau Villa-Lobos (Brazil) who ran K♠Q♣ into Felipe Morbiducci's A♠Q♥ to finish 18th ($8,960).
Just 17 were left to take the first 15-minute break of the day, with Venegas still the leader by a wide margin.
Photography from LAPT8 Chile by Carlos Monti. Watch the stream at LAPT Live. You can also follow the action in Spanish on the PokerStars blog and on Facebook, and in Portuguese on the blog and on Facebook.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.