LAPT5 Colombia: The Red Spade Brigade marches on

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lapt-promo.gifTo start Day 2, the Red Spade Brigade was represented by six players: Team Pros Jose Barbero, Andre Akkari, Angel Guillen and Humberto Brenes, and Team Online players Freddy Torres and Jorge Limon. Three levels into the day their ranks have been cut neatly in half.

Barbero was the first to go. He started the day with 15,700 (although he tried to start with 14,700 by inadvertently throwing one of his chips in the trash), about 10 big blinds. There was no short stack magic for "Nacho"; he busted out and was left to consider side events or taking in some of Medellin's sights. Andre Akkari soon followed Barbero out the door when his ace-queen couldn't hold against ace-jack. The jack fell on the "maldito rio".

Limon, on the other hand, survived a bit longer. He started the day with 20 big blinds and managed to tread water until he was dealt pocket 10s in the 1200-2400 level. The chips went in but didn't come back out, as an opponent called Limon with pocket jacks and took the pot on a board of 3♣5♥4♣Q♥7♣.

The first three levels haven't been a picnic for Guillen or Torres, but both still have chips. Guillen has declined slightly to 66,000, while Torres' 73,000 has him barely beat.

The story of the Red Spade Brigade on Day 2 belong to Humberto Brenes.


Brenes started the day with 105,200, the biggest stack on Table 2. He has used his dominant position to dominate his table and to more than double up in the first three levels. At last count, his stack stood at about 247,000, enough to vie for the overall chip lead in the room while a massage therapist tended to the knots in his back.

Brenes has had his share of setbacks, too. Against a late-position raise, he recently defended his big blind with K♣Q♥. He checked a king-high flop, 9♥J♠K♠; his opponent checked back. Brenes then check-called 6,100 when the A♣ fell on the turn. The river 7♠ brought a third check from Brenes and another check behind from his opponent. A pair of kings wasn't enough to win this pot; Brenes' opponent showed A♦7♥ for a running two pair to claim the chips.

Even "da chark" gets speared every once in a while.


Serial qualifier Gerardo Rodriguez opened pre-flop and was three-bet by a player behind him. Rodriguez four-bet to 26,000. His opponent didn't flinch, shoving several stacks of yellow (T1000) chips into the middle, the fourth raise. Rodriguez, holding A♠K♥, moved all in for 105,200. His opponent had too much of his stack in the middle to fold; he called all in with A♣4♣. Rodriguez paired kings on the flop and never looked back, notching the elimination and vaulting up the counts to about 200,000.


The average stack to start the day was 37 big blinds. It has been steadly dwindling since, to 34 big blinds at the start of Level 12, 32 big blinds at the start of Level 13, and 30 big blinds at the start of Level 14. Usually big buy-in poker tournament hit a "rubber band" point when the average stack reaches 35-40 big blinds, beyond which it won't dwindle further. We haven't found that point yet.


Boston Creme, from the Dunkin Donuts one level down.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in Medellin