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It was the best of tables, it was the worst of tables, it was the age of run-good, it was the age of bad beats, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Champions, it was the season of Eliminations, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, they had everything before them and then they had nothing before them, they were all going direct to the Winner’s Circle, they were all going direct to the rail.

At both tables it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the bets and raises, that things in general should be settled in their favor forever.

They were Viña’s Sixteen.

There was a Brazilian poker king, Ariel I, who wore a bright shirt. His day ended in the trenches of the blinds, when his small-blinded opponent Franco Spitale shoved A9 and got there against the king’s AJ by making the nut flush. The king’s crown lost, he repaired to the payouts table to collect what remained of his kingdom.

There was an Argentine Team Pro with a smartphone on the 1-seat of the TV table. His was a face that would scrunch itself in thought before calling an all-in, once trying to eliminate an opponent named Gordo with KJ against AQ. Two queens and an ace told the Argentine to try rebuilding his stack again. He did.

There was the elation of a different Brazilian from doubling up with 99. There was the disappointment of a different Argentine, from losing with AQ to AQ48795. This regent of raises could only throw his sunglasses on the floor in disgust at the injustice of such an ungracious defeat. His kingdom was in ashes but not yet burned entirely to the root.


Sergio Braga is all smiles after doubling with pocket 9s

It was the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand Thirteen. They were Viña’s Fifteen.


Casino security have been diligent today about setting up a perimeter rail around the outer table – so diligent that they keep closing it off even to the bloggers, despite our repeated requests for an easy-access lane. Win some, lose some.


On the TV table, Jose Barbero’s open-raises are typically between 62,000 and 65,000. Normally tables fall into a pattern where all players used the same pre-flop bet-sizing, but Fernando Gordo has stubbornly been sticking to 85,000.


Gonzalo Farias went for the kill against Federico Quattrini by calling a 10-BB all-in bet with Q8 in a battle of the blinds. Quattrini showed pocket treys. A flop of 294 didn’t help Farias, nor did the 2 turn. Yet when the 9 river double-paired the board, Farias shouted in glee, thinking that the two pair on the board had overcoated Farias’ small pocket pair and knocked Farias out of the tournament. It took a moment for Quattrini to understand why the dealer was pushing the pot to Farias.

Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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