We’re watching races today during the early part of Day 3 of the Latin American Poker Tour Chile Main Event.
Just now the Argentine Luciano Basualdo pushed his last 107,000 with Q♥10♥ and was behind both chipwise and in percentages against Guilherme Coutinho’s A♠5♠. Coutinho led from start-to-finish in that race as the cards brought no improvement for Basualdo, ending his run in 28th ($5,400).
Chile’s own Miguel Zarzar then battled back and forth with his countryman Rodrigo Perez before getting his short stack all in preflop, with Zarzar’s 6♠6♦ a slight favorite versus Perez’s A♠8♦.
Two eights arrived on the 8♠8♣Q♥ flop, and suddenly Perez had sped way out ahead, better than 9-to-1 to finish in front.
Then the 6♥ popped out on fourth street, giving Zarzar the set and a similarly-dominating position as the hand neared the finish line.
Then came the river… the 8♥! Quads for Perez, and a 27th-place crash for Zarzar.
Start-of-day-2 chip leader Fernando Mazzeo of Argentina was the next challenger to get behind the wheel, picking up A♠8♥ and then seeing Perez again with a head start against him holding K♠K♦.
Again Perez lost the lead before coming back, as the A♥ flopped to improve Mazzeo, then the K♠ came on the hairpin turn to send Mazzeo out in 26th. Like Zarzar, Mazzeo earns $5,400 for his finish.
Those hands have helped Perez push ahead of Melo to claim the chip lead for the moment with a stack of more than 1.2 million. Twenty-five still remain as Day 3 races forward.
Photography from LAPT7 Chile by Carlos Monti. Follow live streaming coverage throughout LAPT7 Chile in Spanish at PokerStars or via Facebook as well as in Portuguese, also at PokerStars or via Facebook.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.