LAPT Sao Paulo: Levels 23-26 live updates (Blinds 20,000-40,000-5,000)

lapt-promo.gif9:15pm: Colonese out, final table set
With only a few hands left before he blinded off, Fabio Colonese got his last 110,000 in with J♣8♥. He got called in three spots. Everybody checked the Q♦7♦A♥ flop. On the T♥ turn, Leandro Csome led out and pushed everyone else form the pot. He held Q♥7♥ for two pair with the flush draw. Colonese needed a king or nine that wasn't a heart. He didn't get it. The A♣ on the river sent Colonese out in ninth place for R$ 31,090. Full chip counts and a wrap coming soon. --BW

9:10pm: Fabio Colonese crippled
This one had to hurt. Bruno Politano open-shoved for 525,000 and Fabio Colonese called, having his opponent slightly covered.

Politano 9♠9♣
Colonese A♦K♥

The K♠5♠2♠ flop favored Colonese, but the T♠ on the turn gave Politano a spade flush. The poker gods displayed a terrible sense of humor, the river falling the K♦ to give Colonese trip kings and all but 125,000 of his chips were shipped across the table.
--KB

9:00pm: Fonseca takes over 300k from Nadal
Yep, things are still slow-going out here, save for this pot that saw Nadal's chip stack fall by a significant percentage.

Santiago Nadal opened for 85,000 on the button and Marcelo Fonseca made the call from the big blind. Both players checked the T♥8♠3♣ flop. The turn came the 7♣ and Fonseca led out for 90,000. Nadal called. The river was the 6♦ and Fonseca checked. Nadal bet 220,000 and Fonseca looked him up. Fonseca's K♠T♠ was good for the win and he raked in the massive pot.--KB

8:18pm: Blinds up
As players get ready to come back from break, the blinds are now 20,000-40,000-5,000.--BW

8:12pm: Updated chip counts
Here are some rough chip counts taken during the break. --BW

Seat 1: Santiago Nadal (975,000)
Seat 2: Marcio Motta (1,300,000)
Seat 3: Marcelo Fonseca (885,000)
Seat 4: Joao Neto (1,200,000)
Seat 5: Alex Manzano (2,100,000)
Seat 6: Leandro Csome (1,800,000)
Seat 7: Bruno Politano (530,000)
Seat 8: Fabio Colonese (850,000)
Seat 9: Henrique Bernardes (900,000)

8:03pm: Players take a 10-minute break
This one might run a little long as the yellow 1,000-denomination chips will be colored up and removed from play.

8:00pm: At last, a bit of action
As this extremely slow-going level came to a close, a few chips finally exchanged hands. Joao Neto opened for 70,000 and Bruno Politano made the call from the hijack seat. Neto checked the A♥J♣9♦ flop over to Politano, who bet 100,000. Neto called and they went to the turn which fell the 7♠. Neto check-called another 140,000 from Politano. The 8♠ on the river brought checks from both players, Neto turning over A♦6♦ for the win. --KB

7:20pm: Neto nails river for big double
Joao Neto was just one card away from going home in ninth place. All-in pre-flop with A♠J♠ for his last 447,000 chips, he ran into Alex Manzano's Q♥Q♣. The flop came out 8♥3♠2♣ and Neto looked resigned to his fate. The J♦ on the turn turned on a light in his eye. When the J♥ hit on the river, Neto exploded into an unintelligible fit of Portuguese screaming that let us know he was pleased with the outcome of the hand. He's now up near 1 million and back in the game. --BW

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Not one jack, Joao. Two!

7:00pm: Blinds up, action down
As you might have guessed by the crickets sounding around the room, there has been somewhere between little and nothing going on in the last half an hour. Moving the blinds up to 15,000-30,000-4,000 (four chip ante!) might do something to fix that problem. --BW

6:19pm: The (almost) final table
Our nine remaining players have condensed to a single table on the TV stage. Here's a look at the new lineup with updated chip counts:

Seat 1: Santiago Nadal (1,398,000)
Seat 2: Marcio Motta (1,014,000)
Seat 3: Marcelo Fonseca (1,233,000)
Seat 4: Joao Neto (685,000)
Seat 5: Alex Manzano (2,416,000)
Seat 6: Leandro Csome (1,908,000)
Seat 7: Bruno Politano (971,000)
Seat 8: Fabio Colonese (434,000)
Seat 9: Henrique Bernardes (890,000)

6:05pm: It's Ben fun, Amos
With play folded to him on the button, Amos Ben shoved his 482,000 stack into the middle. Marcio Motto double-fist-pumped his way to call with K♣K♦. Ben had little hope of catch up, and did not on the 4♠A♦J♦T♥5♠ board. With his exit in R$ 31,090 10th place, the players are now re-drawing for their seats at the unofficial final table. The next person out goes home. The rest of them come back tomorrow to play on TV for the championship. --BW

6:00pm: Battle of the big stacks
Eduardo Csome was just moved off the featured table onto the outer table... landing on Alex Manzano's left. God help the short stacks.

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5:53pm: Manzano killing them all; Costa latest victim
Alex Manzano came in for a raise to 49,000 under the gun. Eduardo Costa moved all-in from the big blind. Manzano made the call with J♥7♥. Costa was ahead with A♥Q♥. The board ran out 3♦7♦8♦4♠K♥ and Costa was out in 11th place earning R$ 26,300. --BW

5:43:pm: Walter Oaquim falls to Manzano
The third-shortest stack headed back from the break, Walter Oaquim was looking for a double up. He moved all in UTG+1 for 321,000. Alex Manzano made the call from the big blind with A♣Q♣. Oaquim was in bad shape with K♣J♥. Manzano turned an ace to lock up the hand and Oaquim is gone in 12th for R$ 26,300. -BW

5:41pm: Caio Brites wins, and loses
With 355,000 in his stack, Caio Brites open-shoved from the small blind with J♥5♥. Alex Manzano looked him up with 3♣3♥. Brites was certainly pleased to see the J♠ on the flop. He was less happy with the 3♦ on the turn. Dead as a doornail, Brites went out in 13th place for R$ 21,500. --BW

5:34pm: Headed back from break
Players will be resuming the tournament in just a matter of moments at 12,000-24,000-3,000 blinds. The chip count page has updated counts from the break. --BW

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LAPT Sao Paulo live update reporting team in order of time it took the them to answer in the affirmative when asked if they would like to move to a new hotel: Kristin "change100" Bihr (.5 seconds), Brad Willis (60 seconds after recovering from a fainting spell).

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Sao Paulo