LAPT8 Uruguay: Teixeira bubbles, Moustapha leads final table

Our final table is set.

Brazil's Renata Teixeira --who finished 2nd in LAPT8 Chile earlier this year-- won't be making another final table here in Uruguay.

In the final hand of the day, a short-stacked Teixeira moved all-in for 102,000 from middle position and German Christiansen called from the big blind.

Teixeira tabled 5♣5♦ and was flipping for her tournament life after Christiansen showed Q♥T♦.

The flop came A♠A♦J♥ to give Christiansen a few more outs and then he paired his queen when the Q♠ came on the turn.

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Renata Teixeira, sad she won't make another final table

A 7♥ sealed Teixeira's fate and she was eliminated in 9th.

Teixeira won $16,240 but missed out on another LAPT final table.

Leading the final eight into the final table is Chadi Moustapha, with 1.52 million. Moustapha finished Day 1 with the chip lead but then Mario Lopez took it over and held on to it until the penultimate level of the day.

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Our final table chip leader, Chadi Moustapha

It was the only elimination-less level we've had in the last two days.

It was far from quiet though as Moustapha took giant pots off of Lopez and Ariel Eghi to take the lead.

Lopez was the first to lose a chunk to Moustapha.

In a battle of the blinds, Moustapha and Lopez were faced with a raised pot on a 7♦6♠A♣ flop.
Lopez bet from the small blind and Moustapha called.

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Mario Lopez

A 4♣ came on the turn and Lopez bet 54,000. Moustapha thought for a few moments and called. The river brought a K♣ and Lopez bet again. This time he put out a pile of chips worth 128,000.

Moustapha leaned back in his chair and grabbed his bottle of water.

"You guys can go home," Moustapha said. "This is going to take a while."

Moustapha thought for some time and counted the bet out from his stack.

"I should call," he added.

Then he did.

Moustapha called and Lopez was reluctant to show his hand. Lopez turned over a single T♠ and Moustapha took down the pot with A♦T♣.

A few minutes later, Ruben Barros raised to 28,000 from middle position and Lopez called from the cutoff. Moustapha called from the big blind and Ariel Eghi did the same from big blind.

The flop came 5♦4♠6♣ and Lopez bet 43,000 when checked to. Moustapha raised to 108,000 and Eghi called. Barros and Lopez folded and an A♦ came on the turn.

Both players checked and the 7♠ completed the board.

Eghi bet 175,000 and after some thought, Moustapha moved all-in.

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Ariel Eghi

Eghi leaned back in his chair and turned away from the table. He mumbled something to himself and then looked at his stack, Moustapha had him covered.

After a few minutes of deliberation, Eghi folded and Moustapha took down the pot.

The tournament ticked into the next level and we lost Renata Teixeira in the first hand of level 22.

Players celebrated and will return tomorrow at noon to play down to a champion.

LAPT8 Uruguay Final Table

Seat 1: Ariel Eghi - 423,000
Seat 2: German Christiansen - 960,000
Seat 3: Hilario Quijada - 513,000
Seat 4: Ruben Barros - 563,000
Seat 5: Patricio Rojas - 173,000
Seat 6: Mario Lopez - 1,049,000
Seat 7: Chadi Moustapha - 1,522,000
Seat 8: Jorge Cantos - 102,000

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

Alex Villegas
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour