LAPT Colombia Day 1a: Level 9-10 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100)
12:10am: Torres is the overnight leader
The bags are out on all of our remaining 12 tables here on Day 1a of the 2011 LAPT Colombian National Poker Championship. The overnight chip leader will be Team Online player Fredy Torres, who rode a late surge to a stack of 207,000. A full recap of the day's event will be posted here on the PokerStarsBlog in short order.
11:57pm: Four more hands
The action has slowed down significantly this level as players see the Day 1a finish line in sight. Tournament staff just paused the clock and instructed dealers at each table to deal four more hands before calling it a night.
It looks like Team Online player Fredy Torres is still the chip leader with about 155,000, but a few other players aren't far behind. These last four hands may very well determine who claims the overnight lead.
11:35pm: Twelve tables left
Back in the media room, we set a line a few levels ago for number of players left at the end of the day. 100 seemed like a really solid line.
With thirty minutes of play left in Day 1a, there are 108 players left. It looks like "over 100" will take the bet, but not by much. Again, it's a testament to how strong the turnout was today here in Medellin for the LAPT's first event ever held in Colombia.
11:10pm: Level 10 begins (blinds 600-1200, ante 200, 115 players remain)
This is the last level of Day 1a.
11:05pm: Ospina in trouble
We came to Daniel Ospina's table on the river, K♣7♦[10s]A♥9♣. Ospina's lone opponent moved all in for 16,500, which was just less than what Ospina had left in his stack. He tanked for two minutes, then laid down his hand.
A few hands later Ospina moved all in pre-flop but wasn't called. He showed pocket eights as he collected the blinds and antes to increase his count to about 17,000.
10:50pm: Roca busto; Torres takes the lead
Mayu Roca was up, then down, then up, then down. Now the 2011 WCOOP bracelet winner is out. Roca three-bet to 5,200 from the big blind after a middle-position player opened to 2,100. The player called to a flop of J♦9♣3♥. Roca bet 5,600 of his remaining 24,000 chips, then snap-called after his opponent shoved. Roca had way the best of it with K♠K♦ against a perplexing A♣8♣. No matter; the A♠ hit the turn and Roca hit the rail after the river blanked.
Meanwhile, Fredy Torres continues to climb at his new table. Our last count put him at 145,000, good for the chip lead.
10:40pm: Tightening at the top
Although Andres Castro still leads the tournament with about 135,000, he's starting to get some company at the top. There are five or six players with chip counts arrayed from 90,000 to 115,000, including Osvaldo Colombo and Fredy Torres.
Castro has been quiet since he vaulted up the counts to about 130,000, with almost no movement in his stack in the last 90 minutes. We'll keep an eye on him to see if he's content to sit snug for the rest of the night or tries to exert his will on his table.
10:24pm: One down, one up
It was perhaps no surprise that Luis Perez, crippled just before the end of Level 8, was quickly eliminated to start Level 9. He gave a word of encouragement to his twin brother Carlos before exiting the tournament area.
Meanwhile, Fredy Torres is using aggression to his advantage at a new table. Torres was next to act after a middle-position player opened to 3,500. He re-raised to 7,500, clearing every other player out of the hand. Torres' opponent called the re-raise, then check-called a bet of 6,500 on an 8-high flop, 5♣2♦8♦. Both players checked the K♦ turn. When Torres' opponent checked a third time on the 6♥ river, Torres bet another 6,500. He showed K♠Q♠ for a pair of kings after his opponent called; she angrily open-mucked Q♥Q♦.
Torres is up to 94,000.
10:14pm: Tour Medellin
While we wait for the action to pick back up, why not tour Medellin with Lynn Gilmartin?
10:10pm: Level 9 begins (blinds 500-1000, ante 100, 143 players remain)
Players are back in their seats and cards are back in the air. We've got two more hours of play tonight before the chip bags come out.