LAPT San Jose: Final table, level 22, updates

We're in level 22 of the LAPT event in San Jose, Costa Rica. Blinds are 10,000-20,000 (2,000). Five players were left at the start of the level. Updates will appear in this post. Click Refresh on your browser for latest news.

4.05pm: Two two chip leaders tangle, with Max Steinberg edging it. Valdemar raises 50,000 pre-flop and Max, on the button, calls. The flop is As-Ad-Kd and both players check. That seems a touch suspicious from these two aggressive players, and then the turn is 5h, which is also suspiciously checked. The river is 10d and now Valdemar bets 80,000. Max bumps it up to 350,000 and sends Valdemar into the tank. He thinks for ages, forcing Max to call a clock, and eventually the Hungarian lets it go.


Max Steinberg cruises into the chip lead

Updated chip counts to come.

3.55pm: Alec Torelli, PokerStars qualifier from the United States, is eliminated in fifth place, earning $57,909
This is what happens when no player ever believes any of their opponents has a hand. From the cut-off seat, Alec Torelli makes a standard pre-flop raise of 45,000. From the big blind, Max Steinberg bumps it up to 150,000. Alec doesn't stand for it and shoves all in for 710,000 and Max insta-calls.


Steinberg shows aces and Alec's pocket threes don't get any help from the board. Traheho is out of here.

Max has moved into the chip lead with more than 1.5million. Valdemar is in second spot, with Alexander and Steven the shorter stacks.

3.35pm: The lack of posts represents a distinct lack of action here in San Jose, where we're rarely seeing a flop. Most pre-flop raises take the blinds and antes. All players, including Alec Torelli, below, are still eyeing up Valdemar Kwaysser.


3.20pm: With five players and five sizeable stacks in front of them, the rush of eliminations has ceased. Max has moved all in a couple of times to take down some pre-flop pots, while Alec and Valdemar have been bossing. Alexander Soderlund and Steven Silverman are the nominal short stacks, but they still have plenty of play and the patience not to shove unnecessarily.

3.05pm: Our dominant chip leader at the final table is Valdemar Kwaysser who has, well, this many chips:


3pm: We're starting level 22. The following latest chip counts are approximate:

Seat 1 -- Alec Torelli, USA, PokerStars qualifier, 990,000
Seat 4 -- Steven Silverman, USA, PokerStars qualifier, 530,000
Seat 5 -- Valdemar Kwaysser, Hungary, PokerStars qualifier, 1,300,000

Seat 7 -- Max Steinberg, USA, 775,000
Seat 9 -- Alexander Soderlund, Sweden, PokerStars qualifier, 475,000