LAPT Peru: Barbero out, four remain

Seven players started level 25, only 4 survived.

When players came back from their 15-minute break, the short stacks got frisky. Sheirbon moved all-in first, with 325,000. Jorgela Pirela called with A♦J♦ while Brent showed K♥J♠.

The flop paired both players' jacks, but then Brent hit a king on the turn. Brent doubled up and stayed alive. Barbero was the next to move all-in. Barbero made his move with 310,000, but got no callers.

Aramis Salvadori was next. He wouldn't be so lucky though. Salvadori moved all in for 405,000 and got called by Oscar Barriga in the big blind.

Salvadori showed a pair of fives and was flipping against Barriga's A♣K♦. The flop came A♠[10s]7♥ and the crowd exploded. The home team was in the lead.


7th place finisher, Aramis Salvadori

The turn and river brought no help for Salvadori, and the Argentinian was eliminated in 7th place, earning $26,840.

This left Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero as the sole Argentinian at the table. But he wouldn't stay there long.

Barbero's chance at making history ended when he moved all-in for 300,000 from the small blind. Oscar Barriga, with the home field advantage and the big blind, called.

Barriga showed A♦5♥ while Barbero turned over Q♦7♥.

There was an A♠K♦6♥ flop and the crowd exploded, again. The Peruvian's showed up in force and were rooting for their hometown hero. The turn, a 4♥, and the river, a 2♥, appeased the crowd but crushed Barbero's hopes of a third title.


No third title for Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero

Barbero was eliminated in 6th place, earning $36,070. While Barbero didn't get his third LAPT title, he's now passed the $2 million mark in live tournament earnings and increases his lead as all-time cash earner at the LAPT. Barbero has now won a total of $599,170 at the LAPT, $184,352 ahead of his closest contender.

About 10 minutes later, our OE, Brent Sheirbon was on the chopping block

Down to 480,000, Sheirbon moved all-in with A♥7♦ from the hijack. Maxence Debar, the dominant Frenchman, called from the button.

Debar showed A♦J♣ and Sheirbon was behind. Things looked up for Sheirbon when the dealer fanned out the [10c]7♣3♥ flop.

Sheirbon took the lead with a pair, but a K♣ on the turn gave Maxence a flush draw. Sheirbon was hoping to avoid any jacks, queens or clubs on the river, but the river is cruel.

The river was a J♦ and Debar hit a higher pair. Debar cheered and Sheirbon was eliminated.

This was Sheirbon's second LAPT final table, but he failed to improve on his 3rd place finish back in Season 2's LAPT San Jose. For his 5th place finish here in Lima, Sheirbon will get $46,140.


A shocking river busts Brent Sheirbon out in 5th place

A few minutes after Sheirbon's elimination we ticked into Level 26, with 25,000/50,000 blinds and a 5,000 ante.

Here's how the players stacked up at the beginning of the level:

Maxence Debar - 2,800,000
Jordan Scott - 2,550,000
Jorge Gonzalez Pirela - 1,240,000
Oscar Barriga - 765,000

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Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog

Alex Villegas
@PokerStars in Peru