LAPT5 Colombia: Anatomy of an elimination

August 11, 2012

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lapt-promo.gifAt this stage of the game, with the stacks shallow, getting lucky and getting good cards is as important as playing great poker. Because no matter how great you play, if you get unlucky you can bust in a hurry.

Weider Vanegas – the player who showed up late for Day 3 – ran his stack up to about 850,000 and was looking to add to that tally when he called the all in of Luis Jaikel. Jaikel showed K♣J♠, one overcard to Vanegas’ pocket jacks. Jaikel pleaded with the dealer for a “king, king, king” and got it – K♥8♠7♥. That pair of kings held to the river, dropping Vanegas to 560,000.


Luis Jaikel – in for now…

The very next hand Brazilian Jayr Fregona was the short stack shoving into Vanegas, for 140,000 with A♣4♦. Vanegas called with A♠8♣, once again the better hand. But as happened with Jakiel, Fregona out-flopped Vanegas, K♠4♠10♠. Fregona’s lowly pair of fours stood tall to the river. Vanegas shook his head several times as he flung his calling chips into the pot so they could be pushed to Fregona.

A few hands later, Jaikel opened to 46,000. Around back, Vanegas squeezed out 10♠10♦ and moved in for 399,000 total. Jaikel snap-called with A♦K♣. By the equity, Vanegas had the better hand again. This time that edge held up, 8♥8♣8♦6♣3♠. Vanegas was back in business with about 830,000 in chips.

Jaikel, on the other hand, dropped all the way to 230,000. He tried a button shove with Q♦J♥ but ran right into Jhon Ferney Dulcey Diaz’ Q♠Q♣. The Q♥3♠J♠ left Jaikel dead to running jacks. They didn’t come.

Jaikel played well all day, but when push came to shove he needed to win a flip to make the last push for the final table. That’s a simple matter of luck. When the luck’s with you, life’s great and you’re at the final table. When the luck abandons you, you find yourself on the rail.


Raul Paez hasn’t been shy about putting his chips to work. After an open-raise to 45,000, Paez shoved his whole stack of into the middle, a good 700,000. Sitting in the big blind, Oscar Jimenez snap-called all in for less, about 400,000, instantly creating a circle around the table. After the initial raiser folded, Paez showed Q♥J♠ to Jimenez’ A♠K♦. Given the heading of this note, you know the board comes clean until the river, when Paez spiked the J♣ to send Jimenez to the rail and climb to about 1.2 million in chips.


We played almost the whole hour without an elimination at either table. Then, in the span of two minutes, Jaikel busted on the feature table and Jimenez busted on the secondary table.


Dulce de leche.


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