Shortly after the dinner break concluded, the final 10 players in the LAPT Chile Main Event reassembled around two five-handed tables once again.
Soon a hand at the feature table saw everyone fold around to Nacho Barbero who shoved from the small blind, and after some thought Oscar Alache called from the big blind, risking his last 368,000.
Each had an ace, but Barbero’s A♦6♥ meant his kicker pipped Alache’s as he tabled A♣5♠. A five fell on the flop, however, and Alache’s hand held to earn him a double.
Meanwhile on the outer table a big hand suddenly developed between Claudio Schafer and Justo Esquivel, beginning with a button raise from Schafer. Esquivel three-bet from the big blind, Schafer shoved, and Esquivel called to create a huge pot of more than 1.4 million.
Schafer showed J♥8♠, having been unable to bully Esquivel off his J♣J♠. The 4♠5♣7♥ flop and 9♥ turn provided some extra drama, though, giving Schafer a double-gutter draw. But the river was the Q♦ and suddenly Esquivel was challenging for the chip lead while Schafer was under 75,000.
Just a few hands later Schafer again was shoving all in — but just for 68,000 this time — and Esquivel (button) and Fabian Chauriye (small blind) both called. They checked down the 6♦J♦Q♣ flop and 8♣ turn, then Chauriye tossed out 25,000 following the Q♦ river and Esquivel called.
Esquivel briefly flashed his K♣10♦, mucking the cards after seeing Chauriye had rivered a flush with K♦8♦. With a grim look Schafer showed one of his cards — the Q♥ — and left for the cashier’s desk to collect 10th-place prize money ($14,300)
They’re getting reseated now and the remaining nine will play down to eight and the official final table. Also among the final nine is Renata Teixeira — whose fans are excited about her deep Main Event run.
Here’s how the stacks look as they prepare to play again, with Chauriye still in front:
Fabian Chauriye (Chile) — 1,619,000
Justo Esquivel (Chile) — 1,420,000
Rodrigo Quezada (Chile) — 1,133,000
Javier Venegas (Argentina) — 931,000
Oscar Alache (Chile) — 798,000
Rodrigo Oliver (Chile) — 623,000
Bruno Marino (Brazil) — 529,000
Nacho Barbero (Argentina) — 488,000
Renata Teixeira (Brazil) — 473,000
Stay tuned to see who makes the final eight — and remember, you can watch the action, too, via LAPT Live.
Photography from LAPT8 Chile by Carlos Monti. Watch the stream at LAPT Live. You can also follow the action in Spanish on the PokerStars blog and on Facebook, and in Portuguese on the blog and on Facebook.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.