LAPT8 Peru: Mubarak wrecks a spot shy of the cash
When the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event crossed into Level 16, just 58 players were left -- that is, three away from the cash.
With the burbuja about to burst, a couple of Argentinians had raced out ahead of everyone to sit atop the counts as the short stacks struggled. Andres Dos Santos was one, building a stack north of 300,000.
And Ramiro Patrone was the other, having done even better over the course of the afternoon to sit with more than 380,000 as the level began.
One fell shortly thereafter, then after a half-hour of grinding at the eight remaining tables another elimination came when Mexico's Ignacio Garcia took a pair of jacks up against Marcus Martinez's ace-king. An ace on the board spelled the end for Garcia, and Martinez moved up to about 265,000.
The tournament was then paused, empty seats were filled, making seven full eight-handed tables, and play resumed. Five hands went by with little excitement, then the familiar refrain of "all in and call" swiftly began circulating around the room on hand number six.
Chile's Claudio Moya was all in for his last 70,000 or so with J♠J♣ versus the A♦K♣ of Leon Cordoba of Argentina who had him well covered. With reporters, photographers, staff, and a couple of massage therapists forming a ring around the action, the board was swiftly delivered, and when no ace or king or any other troubling combination arrived for Moya, he slapped the table, shouting "Bom!" as he gathered the chips that signified his continued tournament life.
A couple more hands passed, then with just a couple of minutes to go before the end of Level 16 and the scheduled dinner break, it happened again.
Peru's Walid Mubarak -- who took 13th in this same event during Season 6 and final-tabled LAPT5 Panama finishing fourth-- was the player at risk this time, all in for less than Moya was versus start-of-day leader Chadi Moustapha of Lebanon. Mubarak hopefully turned over his Q♠Q♥, but he'd run headlong into the A♣A♠ of Moustapha.
With a resigned look Mubarak watched the board roll out T♠4♠5♦6♦A♥. He then shrugged and wished the others luck, his look closer to a grin than chagrin as he departed.
Soon Carlos Odreman busted in 55th, then the other 54 players were walking out of the poker room, too, the dinner break arriving at a point at which all left are assured at the very least a $3,960 minimum cash like the one Odreman received.
We'll be joining them as well. Back later for reports on the how that $807,396 gets divided.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.