LAPT8 Uruguay: A change of pace
Things moved pretty quickly after the bubble burst.
The tournament lost eight more players by the time the level ended, leaving only 30 players for the dinner break.
They all went to feast knowing that they were guaranteed at least $6,060.
They came back ready to play and it looked like the action wouldn't even last a level. Play was scheduled to stop at 24 players and in a matter of 15 minutes, they were already down to 27.
That's when things started to slow down though.
Even our runaway chipleader, Mario Lopez, proved he could make a mistake.
But not before winning another large pot.
In that hand, Carlos Segarra raised to 13,000 from the cutoff and Lopez called from the big blind.
Lopez check-called the entire way while Segarra kept increasing the bet in an attempt to push Lopez off the pot.
On the Q♠8♠5♥Q♦4♥ board, Segarra bet 18,000 on the flop, 22,000 on the turn and 33,000 on the river.
Lopez called the flop and turn bets quickly but took a few moments to call on the river.
When he did, a defeated Segarra turned over J♥T♣ for air while Lopez showed 7♠7♣.
Lopez took down the pot and chipped up to about 750,000.
But even Lopez's unchallenged dominance came to an end. The doctor lost a pot.
Lopez raised to 11,000 from under-the-gun and Renata Teixeira called from his immediate left. Claudio Moya was next to act and moved all-in for 78,500.
Lopez called and Teixeira moved all-in for 303,000. Lopez exhaled loudly and shook his head. He thought for a few minutes, looked at his massive stack from a few different angles and shook his head again.
Lopez verbally announced the fold and gave his cards one last peek as he slid them into the muck.
"Show one, show all," the floor said.
The player on Lopez's right had seen the cards and the dealer flipped them over: J♣J♦.
Teixeira showed A♦K♣ while Moya tabled 9♣9♦.
Lopez shook his head again, and that was before a the board came 6♦J♠T♠8♠6♠. Lopez would've hit a full house, knocked out two players and increased his already massive lead to about 1.1 million.
Lopez was still in the lead after the hand but he missed out on the opportunity to knock out two difficult opponents. Moya won LAPT8 Peru a few months ago and Teixeira finished 2nd in LAPT8 Chile earlier this year.
While Lopez failed to keep eliminating players, a few others started stepping up.
Ariel Eghi managed to crack Yury Kerzhapkin's pocket aces with 4♥4♦. Eghi hit a set and eliminated Kerzhapkin in 27th.
A few minutes after that, Victor Piedrabuena's T♣T♦ held up against Federico Carrasco's A♥4♦. Carrasco finished in 26th place and earned the same amount as Kerzhapkin, $6,840.
Only 25 players remain and they're one elimination away from bagging and tagging for the night.
Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.