LAPT San Jose: Final table, level 21, updates

We're in level 21 of the LAPT event in San Jose, Costa Rica. Blinds are 8,000-16,000 (2,000). Eight players were left at the start of the level. Updates will appear in this post. Click Refresh on your browser for latest news.

2.40pm: Pawel Sanojca, PokerStars qualifier from Poland, is eliminated in 6th place, earning $38,606
We lose Pawel in San Jose, another victim of the increasingly dominant Valdemar Kwaysser. The Hungarian player, as usual, raises pre flop and Pawel, from Poland, makes it a battle of central Europe with an all-in shove for about 317,000. That at least prompts Valdemar to think for a while, but he eventually calls and shows 3-3. Pawel has a suited ace-five, but receives no help from the flop, turn or river and is out in sixth, good for close to $40,000.

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Pawel Sanojca takes stock, above, then takes his cash, below

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Valdemar, meanwhile, seems unstoppable.

2.30pm: There's been some crazy chip movement early in this level thanks to the two eliminations. Valdemar Kwaysser has emerged at the top of the pile and is closing in on a million in chips. The following counts are approximate:

Seat 1 -- Alec Torelli, USA, PokerStars qualifier, 690,000
Seat 2 -- Pawel Sanojca, Poland, PokerStars qualifier, 420,000
Seat 4 -- Steven Silverman, USA, PokerStars qualifier, 400,000
Seat 5 -- Valdemar Kwaysser, Hungary, PokerStars qualifier, 960,000

Seat 7 -- Max Steinberg, USA, 840,000
Seat 9 -- Alexander Soderlund, Sweden, PokerStars qualifier, 600,000

2.15pm: Double up for Pawel Sanojca, through Alec Torelli. A fairly standard all-in pre-flop battle between the Polish and American players. It's queens for Pawel and jacks for Alec and the board bricks. Pawel doubles his 230,000 stack. Alec still has 650,000-odd.

2.10pm: Ashton Griffin, United States, eliminated in 7th place, earning $28,955
It's all gone off here. In a battle of the blinds, Ashton Griffin takes the walk. The hyper-aggressive Valdemar Kwaysser moves all in from the small blind, effectively putting Ashton's small stack of 199,999 under threat.

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Valdemar Kwaysser, left, eliminates Ashton Griffin, right

Ashton makes a pretty standard call with A-8 and he's right to do so: Valdemar has 8-4. But the dominated hand becomes dominant on the turn, when a four appears, sending the Florida player out. The Hungarian is up to challenge Alec Torelli, Max Steinberg and Alexander Soderlund for the chip lead.

2.00pm: Joe Ebanks, PokerStars qualifier from the United States, eliminated in 8th place, earning $19,303
LAPTCR_FinalTable_0173.jpgLevel 21 starts with a major bang. Pre-flop, and from late position, Ashton Griffin opens for 32,000. Max Steinberg, clearly a little sick of this, shoves for 390,000(!) but he finds Joe Ebanks in the tank. Eventually Ender555 calls for his whole stack of 380,000 and Ashton gets out the way.
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Max flips A-A, and Joe shows Ah-Kh. No one can quite believe that this is the action, but it's true. We all saw it. There are two hearts on board by the turn, but the river bricks and Max all but doubles up, eliminating Joe Ebanks.

1.45pm: Players take a break at the end of a frenetic first level of the day. The full, official chip counts going into level 21 are:

Seat 1 -- Alec Torelli, USA, PokerStars qualifier, 910,000
Seat 2 -- Pawel Sanojca, Poland, PokerStars qualifier, 231,000
Seat 3 -- empty
Seat 4 -- Steven Silverman, USA, PokerStars qualifier, 533,000
Seat 5 -- Valdemar Kwaysser, Hungary, PokerStars qualifier, 670,000
Seat 6 -- Ashton Griffin, United States, 237,000
Seat 7 -- Max Steinberg, USA, 389,000
Seat 8 -- Joe Ebanks, USA, PokerStars qualifier, 384,000
Seat 9 -- Alexander Soderlund, Sweden, PokerStars qualifier, 621,000

A reminder that a full list of winner so far can be found HERE.