LAPT Punta del Este: Level 18 updates

We are into level 18 in Punta del Este. The blinds now are 4,000-8,000 with a 500 ante.

11.40pm -- The big stacks are pushing, the small stacks are clinging on. So it always is. Here's something from the video blog team to take some attention as the war of attrition continues in front of us:


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11.20pm -- We're now on the final table bubble and it's sloooow going. None of us can complain too much, since it was super-fast from about 25 to now, but everyone is clinging on until the death. There are four players on the feature table: Espinar, Gomes, Curi and Chreem, while the remainder -- Gallo, Perez, Ribiero, Brenes and Drolet -- are on the outer felt. Brenes, of course, is eyeing his second LAPT final table in only the third event. That's not bad going at all. Meanwhile, Gomes could become the first Team PokerStars Pro to reach the final table of an LAPT tournament. What a way to celebrate his first appearance in the team colours.

11.10pm -- We're closing in on our final eight and the chips have been flying all over the place tonight. Accurate counts are all but impossible, but the big stacks are the following, probably in this order:

Jose Miguel Espinar, Spain
Gylbert Drolet, Canada, PokerStars qualifier
Alexandre Gomes, Brazil, Team PokerStars Pro
Lisandro Gallo, Argentina
Alex Brenes, Costa Rica

Of the smaller stacks, it's Curi and Perez under the most pressure.

10.50pm -- Make that nine. Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso just became the latest victim of Jose Miguel Espinar. The Spaniard had aces, Rousso had nines and it all went in pre-flop.

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That was a sizeable chunk -- Rousso had about 230,000 -- but Espinar had her covered. He's now chipped right up and is the probable chip leader. It's now hand-for-hand with nine left.

10.45pm -- And after that flourish to end level 17, we enter level 18 with just 10 remaining, on two tables. The final will be eight handed and we'll play to that tonight. Hold on, this has been breakneck so far.

The remaining players are:

Jose Miguel Espinar, Spain
Alexandre Gomes, Brazil, Team PokerStars Pro
Gylbert Drolet, Canada, PokerStars qualifier
Paulo Ribeiro, Brazil, PokerStars qualifier
Juan Jose Perez, Argentina
Carlos Curi, Argentina
Jose Ramon Ponce Mohamed, Mexico
Lisandro Gallo, Argentina
Alex Brenes, Costa Rica
Vanessa Rousso, USA, Team PokerStars Pro

And the prize-winners to date can be found HERE.