LAPT8 Chile: The cashouts commence
After taking more than an hour-and-a-half of playing time for those last two eliminations to come and the money bubble to burst, over the next hour there would be 16 more to fall, all of whom earned the minimum-cash of $4,440.
One of the first to go was the Brazilian Fernando Araujo. Araujo took A♠3♦ up against the Argentinian Marco Zevola's A♣9♦, and when the latter hand held Araujo was out in 52nd.
Following him to the cashier's desk in 51st was two-time LAPT champion Fabian Ortiz of Argentina who managed to exist with a short stack for quite some time on the feature table before at last losing his chips to his fellow countryman, Jose Puan.
The hand saw Ortiz shove just 22,000, then Puan shove all in over the top to isolate. Puan showed A♣J♣ while Ortiz turned over K♠7♦ -- a meaningful hand for Ortiz as king-seven offsuit was what he was dealt in his final hand both times he won his LAPT Main Event titles.
The flop came T♠K♣7♣, pairing Ortiz twice and giving rise to thoughts that he knows something about that hand most of us do not. The 3♠ fell on the turn, and he was still ahead, but the Q♦ landed on the river to give Puan a Broadway straight, and king-seven became Ortiz's last hand in an LAPT again.
Ale Braga of Brazil went out soon after in 49th -- coincidentally also holding K♠7♣ which failed to improve against Ivan Luca's A♠4♠.
Nicolas Fierro next eliminated Uruguay's Rafael Porzecanski in 48th, using Q♠J♠ to best Porzecanski's A♠6♣ when a queen fell among the community cards.
Meanwhile among those who remain, Chile's Fabian Chauriye has surged of late to push his stack around the 400,000-chip mark, what appears to be the biggest in the room as the field dips below 40 players.
The railward march continues. Click here for updated payout information. The schedule calls for them to play down to 32 players before stopping for the night.
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.