LAPT8 Peru: Ramirez takes last of Chauriye's chips, moves in front
Play at today's final table began where it concluded a day ago, halfway through Level 22, with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante.
The very first hand saw fireworks after Cristian Aceiton Ruiz opened from the cutoff, Helio Neves three-bet from the button, Ruiz called, and the pair saw a flop come 8♦4♠T♥. Ruiz then check-rased a bet from Martinez, pushing the pot toward 500,000.
Both checked the 7♣ turn, then Ruiz confidently led for 200,000 following the 6♥ river card. The Brazilian Neves tanked for some time before finally emerging with a call, and when Ruiz showed his A♠5♠ for a straight, Neves slowly mucked, having been knocked back down under 350,000 while Ruiz jumped up to about 1.35 million.
A couple of hands later came more action, with the short stack Ricardo Chauriye open-raising all in from early position for just over 200,000, getting one caller from Daniel Ramirez from a couple of seats over.
The board came an uneventful 4♥T♣T♥, then T♦, then 3♣, and only half an orbit into the final table, the Chilean Chauriye's day was done as he had finished eighth ($19,060).
That hand pushes Ramirez up and into the chip lead with around 1.75 million as they reach the end of the level. Seven remain.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.