LAPT8 Peru: Hand histories; or, we meet again
We mentioned at the start today how the last time we were here, Chile's Oscar Alache was the one hoisting the trophy following the final hand of the LAPT7 Peru Main Event. Then in the spring came some déjà vu when Alache earned himself a second LAPT Main Event trophy after winning LAPT8 Chile.
Alache became the third two-time LAPT champ in Viña del Mar. Another one, Nacho Barbero (who won the second of his two titles here in Lima back in Season 3), went out in fourth place in that one, getting knocked out by fellow Argentinian Javier Venegas who then followed Barbero to the rail in third.
That set up a heads-up duel that was also historic, LAPT-wise. Brazil's Renata Teixeira had the chip lead over Alache and a shot at becoming the first woman to win an LAPT Main Event.
But Alache (alas) was able to chip away to gain the advantage, and after a lengthy battle finally took the last of Teixeira's chips when her ace-queen failed to improve versus the Chilean's pocket tens.
Thanks to the luck of the today's table draw, the memory of those two sitting next to each other at the end of that tournament was revived for us at the start of play today.
Because what do you know...
...they're next to each other again. And how about that, the only other two-time LAPT Main Event champion, Fabian Ortiz, has taken a seat right across from them.
Since Chile came LAPT Panama in May, where a pair of Canadians made the final table with one of them, Shakeeb Kazemipur, ultimately emerging victorious in the end. There we also saw a woman finishing second as Ukraine's Olga Iermolcheva equaled Teixeira's finish by taking runner-up.
A key hand at that final table involved Kazemipur and his Canadian countryman, François Lincourt.
The hand saw both players flop flush draws that were never filled, while Lincourt made a pair of eights on the turn and Kazemipur a pair of jacks on the river. Lincourt then called a big river bet from Kazemipur to find himself suddenly short-stacked, and soon Lincourt was out in fifth.
We were reminded of that confrontation as well during our first-level journey around the tables, as the Canadians are likewise picking things up right where they left off -- they, too, are sitting at the same table, with a single player in between them.
About a dozen tables' worth of players are in action at the moment as the day's first hour comes to a close, with late registration open until after the dinner break. Meanwhile, we'll keep a watch to see how these LAPT players with histories of big hands between them play out this afternoon.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.