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LAPT6 Colombia: Cracked aces are the end for Velasco

The final three players - Miguel Velasco, Miguel Moscoso and Weider Gutierrez - agreed to a deal that guaranteed each man COP 145,243,000. The runner-up will receive an extra COP 10,000,000; the winner an extra COP 20,001,000.We expected to see play loosen up a bit with a deal in place, and we weren...more

by Dave Behr on June 9, 2013 11:01 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Flight of the Angel

At the start of Day 1a, I wrote a post about Juan Pablo Angel, the striker for Atletico Nacional who was in today's field. He busted out somewhere around the second break and presumably is already home, in bed, resting up for a morning training session tomorrow with Thierry Henry.There's another Ang...more

by Dave Behr on June 6, 2013 4:37 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Sbrissa gives his fans what they want

Imagine the crowd rushing a college football field after a huge win and taking down the goalposts. Then apply that image to the final table set of a poker tournament and you'll have a good idea what we witnessed in São Paulo moments after Victor Sbrissa won the 2013 Latin American Pok...more

by Dave Behr on May 1, 2013 12:46 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Death by a thousand cuts for Murta

When heads-up play began, Daniel Murta was the chip underdog to Victor Sbrissa. Slowly, small pot by small pot, Sbrissa began to increase his lead. He liberally raised his button against Murta's big blind. He played many pots out of position against Murta, often using the check-raise to induce folds...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 11:51 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Third time no charm for Pardo

There was a lot of final table experience at the LAPT6 Brazil final table. We all knew about Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari and Leo Fernandez. But the most under-the-radar source of final table experience came from Colombian Rafael Pardo.Pardo was at the final table the first time the LAPT came t...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 10:19 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Brescia knuckles under

Leonardo Brescia had been having a quiet final table. Despite all of the action around him - pair versus pair, a flip here, a double-up there, even a few eliminations - he has somehow stayed out of the fray. The problem for Brescia was that the blinds were continuing to increase, but his stack wasn'...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 9:58 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Underpairs end Ximenes; Akkari out too

At this stage of the game, players are willing to take flips where they can. When the stacks are so shallow, it's not a bad strategy. You cross your fingers and take your chances.The problem is that you don't always find yourself in a flip. Sometimes it's pair versus pair, putting the smaller pair a...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 9:39 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Tough day for Fernandez

I feel Leo Fernandez' pain. He came into today's final table as the chip leader, but his stack of 56 big blinds was definitely vulnerable. The vulnerability was on full display early after he doubled up Victor Sbrissa, cutting his stack in half. Still, the Team PokerStars Pro could draw on his LAPT5...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 7:51 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Grigoletti the first to fall

Yesterday we went more than two and a half hours without an elimination. Ten times, a short stacked moved all in and was called. Ten times, the short stack got chips back.Today, the first elimination occurred the first time anyone moved all in. It was the fourth hand of the day. The victim was the t...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 6:55 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Portuguese lessons

I've learned a few Portuguese words this week at the 2013 Latin American Poker Tour Brazil Main Event. Chá means tea. A mamão is a papaya. Jogo bonito is an elegant phrase to describe the style of football favored by Brazilians, and bom dia is a standard greeting.There's one Portugues...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 5:46 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Fernandez, Akkari among final eight

Well that took longer than expected.When last I posted, six called all-in bets resulted in five double-ups and a triple-up. There were another three double-ups and one more triple-up before the remaining players succeeded in knocking out one of their own to end Day 3 of the 2013 Latin...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 2:42 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: El doble

The lights have not gone out and the internet is working just fine. That's not always the case in South America, but today we haven't had any problems.The only problem we're having right now is finding the last elimination of the day. Since the final nine players collapsed to one table, there have b...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 1:10 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Nacho consumed

The Nacho party parade has hit a brick wall. After bouncing between 1 million and 1.5 million all day, Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero suddenly finds himself standing at the payouts desk, collecting R$31,300 for finishing in 11th place."It was an impressive run," noted my colleague Sergio P...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 11:37 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Team Pros running the show

The Red Spade Brigade - Team PokerStars - continues to have its way with the late stages of LAPT6 Brazil. All three remaining Team Pros are leading the tournament. Sitting at the feature table right now are chip leader Leo Fernandez (2,010,000) and Andre Akkari (1,785,000). Jose "Nacho" Barbero star...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 10:11 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Wheel of time

Journey with me all the way back to the dawn of the Latin American Poker Tour. Early May of 2008 was a heady time. Nobody knew if Latin America was ready for the kind of poker tournaments that the LAPT wanted to bring, but somebody had to try. The first event was organized for Rio de Janeiro, an ina...more

by Dave Behr on April 29, 2013 9:23 PM
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