LAPT Panama: Man down (pssst, he was the chip leader)

lapt-promo.gifI learned something some years ago about the use of the word "meteoric." I was reminded of it again here today as we watched Day 1 chip leader John Hewitt make a startlingly early departure.

Most folks use "meteoric" to describe the speed and relative brilliance of a person's accomplishment. It's a fair use and in line with most dictionaries' definitions. That understood, a friend once suggested to me that to describe a career or accomplishment in terms of meteors is actually somewhat dismissive and even derogatory. Why? Well, when you gaze upon thine sky and watch a meteor cross the atmosphere, it's there but for a moment--a brilliant, fiery flash, once amazing, but in seconds turned to blackness...nothingness...a void where brilliance once streaked.

No matter how you feel about it, the latter definition suits Day 1 chip leader John Hewitt. His rise to the chip lead late yesterday was meteoric. His flame out in the first two hours of Day 2 was just as much so. Let's just say, he won't need a bag at the end of the day unless he wants to throw up into it.

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No mas fiches

Our coverage partners at Codigo poker (reporting on our Latin American blog here), caught the flame out as it happened.

Andres Herrera came in for a raise to 4,300. A player in the cutoff called, but Hewitt three-bet to 15,200. Herrera called, and the cutoff got out of the way. On a flop of 4♦6♦Q♠, Herrera led out for 3,000, but Hewitt made it 20,000 to play. Herrera called. The turn brought the 4♠. Once again, Herrera bet 3,000. This time, Hewitt just called. On the 8♠ river, Herrera led for for 27,000. Hewitt took his time, but eventually moved all in for 75,000 more. Herrera took a long time, but matched the bet.

"Good call," Hewitt said, revealing his 9♣9♦. Herrera's K♣Q♣ was good for the pot, 400,000 chips, and the the tournament lead.

So, there, friends, is your lesson in the english language today. Meteoric may be a compliment when describing the ascent, but for many it comes with a fiery, explosive downside. And so it was for Day 1 chip leader John Hewitt today.

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Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Panama