LAPT Punta del Este: Kiles killing it after crazy day on the bubble
There is no accounting for a bubble day. Put the world's credit rating specialists, a couple of nuclear physicists, and the world's best poker tournament directors in a locked room, and they still couldn't predict how an LAPT bubble would turn out.
Witness the wild and wooly world that was the Season 4 LAPT Punta Del Este main event bubble. After a day that saw 188 players reduced to 57 in just a few hours, it took 90 minutes of hand-for-hand play to bust out the next player. During that time we saw men with just a few antes triple up, a man with a mucked hand survive, and countless instances of insanity that were too obscene to put down in print (read all about it in our live updates from Levels 9-12, 13-16, and 17-18).
With each passing moment, the phrase "uno mano mas" became more of a 70s disco tune that it was when the day started. When it was finally over, Carlos Medina saw his hopes and dreams of LAPT stardom pop like a spit bubble in a South American winter wind. Or, for the uninitiated, he walked away with no cash after two days of play, the last unfortunate soul who had to stand around and watch the LAPT Punta del Este winners cash in for thousands of dollars.
Now the day has ended with 27 players remaining. Each of them is guaranteed at least $5,180 when they come back tomorrow to play down to the final table. Leading them all is the late-day great white killer Cassio Kiles, a Brazilian who bounced off the bubble and ended the day with a jaw-dropping with 1,120,000 in chips. In the chase pack are several other contenders, including Andrey Tsitovich (712,000) and Day 1 chip leader Juan Jose Perez (617,000).
The remaining field will come back here Saturday at noon local time to fight for a chance at big money and the main event final table. We'll be back with them. If you need something to do in the meantime, check out some of the videos over on PokerStars.tv or the coverage from our Latin American and Brazilian blogs.
Until Saturday, buenos noches, folks.