LAPT Punta del Este: Final table, level 27
11.40pm -- Jose Miguel Espinar, Spain, champion of LAPT Punta del Este, earning $241,735
Alex Brenes, Costa Rica, eliminated in second place, earning $127,675
It all goes in next hand and Brenes has A-10 against Espinar's king-five. But a king flops and it stay good, giving the title to the Spaniard. A third European champion on the PokerStars.net LAPT.
11.30pm -- Massive, massive hand that should have won this thing for Jose Miguel Espinar. They conspire to get it all in with A-9 (Brenes) against A-10 (Espinar) and the chips are counted. Brenes had edged slightly into the lead after a previous hand in this level, but only by 40,000 in chips. If Brenes could outdraw Espinar, he'd be champion. If Espinar's hand held up, he' be dominant. But there was drama. A nine flopped sending the partisan Costa Rica crowd wild. But then a ten turned and there was silence as Espinar took the lead again. Brenes is down to air.
11.20pm -- We're into level 27, with blinds at 50,000-100,000 and a 10,000 ante. That's an ante worth every player's buy-in.
The chip counts are as follows:
Jose Miguel Espinar, Spain -- 1,950,00
Alex Brenes, Costa Rica -- 1,570,000