LAPT8 Peru: Ruiz run out in fourth; Moya, Ramirez, Moustapha battle on

We counted up the fiches during the day's first break at the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event, and here's how the stacks looked among the final four:

Claudio Moya (Chile) -- 3,233,000
Daniel Ramirez (Colombia) -- 1,740,000
Chadi Moustapha (Lebanon) -- 1,700,000
Cristian Aceiton Ruiz (Chile) -- 413,000


Four-handed action at the LAPT Peru Main Event final table

They almost made it to the halfway point of Level 25 (15,000/30,000/4,000) when Moustapha opened for 65,000 from the cutoff seat, then after looking at his cards Cristian Aceiton Ruiz announced he was pushing his short stack all in.

The blinds stepped aside, and Moustapha didn't hesitate before making the call.

Moustapha: T♣T♠
Ruiz: 8♥8♠

The Chilean needed help from the board, but none of the five cards nor any combination thereof gave it as they came 7♠K♥7♦5♣4♦.

Moustapha and Ruiz shook hands, and Moya came around the table to give his fellow countryman a hug before he headed to the opposite corner of the poker room to collect his prize for finishing fourth ($58,060).


Cristian Aceiton Ruiz

The remaining three players took a brief break to discuss a possible deal, with the counts then appearing as follows:

Claudio Moya (Chile) -- 3,047,000
Chadi Moustapha (Lebanon) -- 2,372,000
Daniel Ramirez (Colombia) -- 1,822,000

But after a few minutes of talk the trio decided to play on, and so onward they go, each still seeking the $156,576 first prize and LAPT Main Event trophy that goes with it.

Photography from LAPT8 Peru by Carlos Monti. You can also follow the action in Spanish here and in Portuguese here.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.