LAPT8 Chile: Teixeira terrific, takes second; Alache earns title #2
Renata Teixeira maintaned the chip lead during the first half-hour of heads-up play versus Oscar Alache as the pair kept the pots small.
Then came a hand in which Alache manage to draw out a full house, aces full of fours, and earned some value with a river bet to close the gap. A hand right after that saw Alache betting fifth street with the board showing a couple of kings, and when Teixeira called he mucked without showing.
Then on the last hand of the level another river bet by Alache went uncalled, and they moved into Level 30 (blinds 50,000/100,000, ante 10,000) with Alache having assumed the chip lead with about 4.3 million to Teixeira's 3.7 million.
During Alache's heads-up match with Uruguay's Daniel Campodonico at the LAPT7 Peru Grand Final last October, the play had been similarly slow-paced. However while the duel then had been marked by a lot of passive play and preflop limping, here both Teixeira and Alache usually raised their buttons and frequently challenged each other postflop.
But Alache was whittling away at Teixeira. Her rail began their chants again, one blowing a horn occasionally to urge her onward. She three-bet before the flop and took down a small one. She'd crept back up around 3.4 million to Alache's 4.6 million.
Then it was Alache opening for 250,000 from the button, and Teixeira three-bet to 700,000. Alache didn't wait too long before announcing he was all in, and when Teixeira called both her rail and Alache's considerable number of supporters together rose as one.
They tabled their cards.
Teixeira stood and leaned over to shake Alache's hand, then gave her supporters a wave.
A 3♥2♣9♣ flop was good for the Chilean, not so good for the Brazilian. The 3♣ turn then kept things right where they were. One card to go...
The crowd roared, with both players' supporters showering the pair with applause. Alache had won a second LAPT title -- almost back-to-back save the LAPT Bahamas event in between -- while Teixeira had made it further than any women ever had before in an LAPT Main Event to finish second.
Teixeira earns $113,460 thanks to the four-way deal, while Alache gets the extra $20K and a total prize of $131,962. Back shortly with a full recap of an exciting final day of poker in Viña del Mar!
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.