LAPT5 Colombia: Multi-tasking
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I'm going to admit that, over the last few years, I've become a fan of high-caliber, international-level soccer. Football, as the rest of the world calls it. And if ever an area of the world were football-crazed, it would be South America.
Today is the gold medal match in women's soccer at the Olympics. It's being contested between the U.S. and Japan, the two teams that appeared in the 2011 Women's World Cup final. Japan won that game on penalties.
Technology being what it is, finding a stream of the game here in Colombia wasn't too difficult. While I've been writing, I've had the stream on in the background. It's on right now while I'm typing this post. And when the U.S. scored the first goal in the 8th minute of the game, my cry of "GOAL!" drew some attention from punters around me - including Alex Brenes, the younger brother of Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes.
In addition to being a poker player of some renown, Brenes is also an experienced sports bettor. He's made a number of bets on women's soccer during these Olympics, including a two-game parlay on Japan in the semifinals and finals. He's seated just beyond the Bloggers desk and immediately popped up when he heard my cry.
The amount of Brenes' ticket if Japan were to win or tie was $1600, far less than even his buy-in for LAPT5 Colombia, never mind whatever the top prize winds up being when all of the registrations are tallied. A Japan loss got him his bet back, as he laid off some of the action after hitting the first leg of the parlay.
Despite the relatively small amount at issue, the immediacy of his live ticket and the action junkie that most sports bettors harbor harbor led Brenes to pop out of his seat every few minutes and crane his neck around the blogging desk to get a look at my screen. As an American, of course, I was rooting for the U.S. all the way. When the game finally ended, I raised my arms in triumph, then offered Brenes a "Sorry about your bet."
Brenes smiled, shrugged as if to say "no big deal" and then went back to concentrating on winning the six-figures that are up for grabs to the winner of LAPT5 Colombia.
TEAM PRO OF THE HOUR
It's tough to pick out just one, as all of the Team Pros in today's field are close to each other in the counts. But it appears that Angel Guillen has a slight chip lead among the Team Pros with 32,000, followed by Jose Barbero (31,000) and Humberto Brenes (29,000).
SIGN OF THE HOUR
"Condom use is a sound decision." (hanging outside the men's room of the Allegre Casino)
OLYMPIC UPDATES OF THE HOUR
Usain Bolt wins the men's 200m dash; Women's football gold medal U.S. 2, Japan 1