LAPT8 Peru: Holding pattern at heads-up
We've been watching Claudio Moya and Chadi Moustapha play heads-up poker for nearly three hours now, with the conversation on media row having predictably edged away from the small pots being exchanged by the final pair into various topics all with "longest ever" headings.
It has been fairly standard at most Latin American Poker Tour Main Events to see relatively short final days, starting at noon and ending often by late afternoon or perhaps dinner time. Yesterday's incredibly fast pace, however, in which 32 players were able to play down to just eight in the space of four one-hour levels has helped create conditions for a longer finale.
They'd played a short while before making that heads-up deal a couple of hours ago, after which Moustapha earned the big double-up to grab the chip advantage.
The player from Lebanon hasn't relinquished the lead since then, building up close to 6 million a couple of times while the Chilean fell back to around 1.2 million at his low point.
Just now we heard the first announcement of "all in" since Moustapha's double-up, coming along with a river raise by Moya over a decent-sized Moustapha bet. Moya rose from his seat while waiting for Moustapha's response, a nervous half-minute passing as everyone leaned in to watch.
Literally, Moya was making a stand.
Moustapha relented, moving his cards face down to the dealer, and Moya is now back to about 2.6 million while Moustapha has 4.6 million.
In other news from the poker room this evening, World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event champion Scott Davies -- with whom we were visiting a couple of days ago while he played this event -- just won the $5K High Roller event a short while ago, topping a 37-entry field to earn a handsome $57K score and a shiny LAPT trophy.
Davies joins an impressive group of side event winners at LAPT Peru these last few days that includes LAPT4 Brazil Main Event champion Alex Manzano, LAPT7 Chile champ Mario Lopez, and Leiv Kare Johannessen who took 14th in this event.
We'll continue to keep our eyes on Moya and Moustapha as we pursue a little further into the night these "longest ever" discussions.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.