LAPT8 Panama: Gone in 120 seconds

After we got down to 12 players, there was a series of double ups, several of them came from the very short Isnardo Gomez.

In one, he doubled up with 9♥9♣ against Rodirgo Maclean's A♠Q♦.

The board ran 4♦5♥6♠9♦5♣ and Gomez hit a set.

"He's doubled up like eight times," said Damian Salas said as he stood up from the table. "Five times he's been behind."

"Can't lose a hand this guy," Pierce Mckellar laughed.

But then he did.

The flurry of eliminations was over and we went from 12 to nine players in less than two minutes.

Gomez was short once again and moved all-in from the small blind. Olga Iermolcheva called from the big blind and had Gomez's K♥9♥ dominated with K♠Q♠.

Gomez's luck was all done as the board ran 7♥3♠T♣8♥8♦ to give Iermolcheva the pot.

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12th place finisher, Isnardo Gomez

Gomez won $12,200 for finishing 12th and then Iermolcheva eliminated another player before she finished stacking up Gomez's hips.

Rodrigo Maclean --who had just doubled up Gomez a few minutes earlier-- pushed his short stack in from the hijack and Iermolcheva snap-called from the small blind.

Maclean turned over 2♥2♣ and was way behind Iermolcheva's 8♥8♠.

The board ran T♣4♦J♥7♠K♣ and Maclean was out in 11th, making the payjump to $14,060.

Iermolcheva's table was down to four players so the floor went to bring a player over from the feature table.

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Deadly Iermolcheva

That never happened.

Over at the feature table Carlos Leiva was all-in with A♠T♣ against Tullio Bertoli's 7♥7♠.

A 6♠J♦3♠K♠K♣ board hit the table and Bertoli scored the elimination.

Leiva won $14,060 for finishing 10th and players redrew to the unofficial final table.

The final nine
Seat 1: Francois Lincourt - 1,174,000
Seat 2: Francisco Rocha - 280,000
Seat 3: Shakeeb Kazemipur - 1,424,000
Seat 4: Derek Ecenarro - 360,000
Seat 5: Colin Lovelock - 267,000
Seat 6: Pierce Mckeller - 817,000
Seat 7: Olga Iermolcheva - 2,449,000
Seat 8: Damian Salas - 548,000
Seat 9: Tullio Bertoli - 1,203,000

A few hands into the final table, Colin Lovelock moved all-in for 232,000 and Francisco Rocha re-shoved from the button. The blinds folded and the small stacks tabled their hands.

Lovelock showed A♥J♥ while Rocha tabled K♠K♥. The board ran 2♦T♣2♠5c]T♦ and Lovelock was left with just 14,000.

Lovelock was automatically all-in from the big blind the next hand and Kazemipur and Ecenarro called.

The flop came 9♦8♥J♣ and Encenarro folded to a Kazemipur bet.

Kazemipur showed Q♣Q♥ and Lovelock tabled Q♠J♦.

An A♥ came on the turn and then a T♣ fell on the river to give players a chopped pot. Lovelock stayed alive and players went on a 15-minute break.
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