4:18pm: Break time
The 85 remaining players are now on a 15-minute break.
4:07pm: Eric von Buxhoeveden -- new chip leader
We have a new chip leader in Erik von Buxhoeveden. The Austrian has steadily built his stack over the first four levels of play today, having now pushed past the 300,000-chip mark. Meanwhile, Juan Jose Perez of Argentina, leader for most of Day 2 thus far, just took a hit to fall back to 235,000.
Von Buxhoeveden made that push over 300,000 just a few moments ago. After raising from late position, he was reraised by a short stack in the blinds and subsequently made the call. The flop came all hearts -- 9♥3♥T♥ -- and von Buxhoeveden's opponent immediately pushed all in for his last 25,000. The Austrian instantly called, turning over 3♣3♠ for a set of treys while his opponent had flush hopes with A♦K♥.
The turn was the 7♦ and river the 9♦, and another player has hit the rail. Von Buxhoeveden is still stacking, but looks to have around 330,000 at present. --MH
3:59pm: So, you do have the ace
Maybe it's one of those things in which wearing a pair of ridiculous sunglasses makes you seem less than reputable. Or maybe Robert Thuyh has proven himself to actually be less than reputable. In any case, after three-betting pre-flop and getting a call, Thuyh responded to a flop-check with a 20,000 bet on a A♥T♣T♠ board. His opponent mulled his decision for a moment before shoving all-in for 50,000. Thuyh made the quick call with A♠K♠, well ahead of the 7♣7♠ on the other side of the table. Thuyh is not up around the 100,000 mark. --BW
3:50pm: Bolivar bounced
Bolivar Palacios has been eliminated, the last of his chips claimed by Oded Minond.
Both Palacios and Minond contributed chips before the flop and then again on every street, with the last of Palacios' going in on the river. The flop had come K♣9 9 , then the turn the 5♣. A club landed on the river as well.
At the end, Palacios turned over 9♣6♣ -- he'd flopped trip nines, then ultimately made a flush. But Minond had A♣X♣, having turned the draw and made a better flush on the end. Palacios is out, while Minond now sits with about 140,000. --MH
3:26pm: How they're stacking
Juan Jose Perez, who began Day 2 as the chip leader, continues to extend his lead as the field shrinks. Here's a quick look at a few of the six-figure stacks around the room:
Juan Jose Perez -- 330,000
Engelberth Varela -- 190,000
Mario Lopez -- 140,000
Nicasio Toranzo -- 115,500
Odet Minon -- 106,000
Julio Belluscio -- 106,000
Iván Negrin Luca -- 100,000
Just over 100 players remain. --MH
3:21pm: Santos out
Alessandra Santos has finally been eliminated after committing her short stack once more and this time failing to survive. --MH
3:17pm: Level up
Players are now working with 1,000/2,000/300 blinds. --BW
3:07pm: Forget your outhouse
There are more cliches in this business than possible poker hand combinations. One, the Penthouse to Outhouse Story, is one that's been told too many times. So, how about the story of Regis Kogler, who at the beginning of the day lost all but 700 of his chips. After doubling up four consecutive times, Kogler has since worked his stack up to 80,000...better than average, and better than any age-old poker cliche. --BW
3:01pm: Robaina runs out
Ana Laura Robaina of Spain began today with a super-short stack of 11,100, but managed to nurse those chips through two-and-a-half levels. Finally one last all-in bet of hers was called and she had A♥Q♦ versus her opponent's A♣K♥.
The community cards came jack-high, and Robaina hits the rail. --MH
2:45pm: Jesus Bertoli, the non-believer
Jesus Bertoli had an average stack and A♦J♥ on he button. That's the life, yeah? It gets worse when a raising battle ensues with the big blin the ultimate results in Bertoli refusing to give his opponent credit for a real hand and calling off this stack to A♣A♥. Although Bertoli turned a jack, he didn't further improve and has been eliminated. --BW
2:37pm: From bad to worse to you-gotta-be-kidding-me
Have a curious, unfortunate story to report. Unfortunate in a couple of ways, actually, as we haven't the primary protagonist's name to share. But the events are compelling enough, hopefully, to carry the narrative.
The tale begins with a raise to 3,500 from the cutoff, followed by a reraise to 12,400 from the button. It folded to our protagonist in the big blind who shoved all in for 35,000 or so. The cutoff folded, but the button snap-called, tabling A♣A♦ to our hero's K♦J♦. The board ran out eight-high, and the big blind was down to less than 5,000.
A couple of hands later came another raise, this time from UTG to 3,100. It folded to the unfortunate one on the button who reraised all in for 4,100. The blinds folded and the original raiser called. Again, the poor soul had run into a pair of bullets as his opponent showed A♣A♥. Mr. Tough Luck was still smiling though... until he noticed his hand had been mistakenly swept into the muck by the dealer!
The floor was called over, during which time the all-in player explained he had held 9♠6♠. The cards were unretrievable, however, and it was ruled his bet would be a call rather than an all-in raise. And, it goes without saying, he'd lost those chips, meaning he was left with 800. Curious, yes. And most certainly unfortunate.
The player decided, however, he'd had enough and left immediately, letting those 800 chips go as antes over the next four hands. An understandable response, given the sequence of events he'd endured. --MH
2:17pm: We're back
In case you hadn't figured it out yet, we're back. With 133 players in their seats, cards are in the air. Or, in the words of our own Famous Ray, we're back. That is, we're back. --BW
2:04pm: First break
The remaining 134 players are on their first break of the day. They'll be back in 15 minutes. --BW
1:53pm: The struggle to keep one's seat
Over the last couple of days we've grown accustomed to a peculiar phenomenon here in the main poker room at the Mantra casino. The chairs in which the players are seated are designed with particularly heavy backs, meaning if a jacket or shirt happens to be hanging on the back, the chair is likely to tip backwards onto the floor if a player gets up quickly or inattentively.
Indeed, when the first couple of chairs went down early on today bets were being made along media row regarding the over/under for the number we'd hear hitting the floor today. Someone naively set the line at nine, but we've already well exceeded that within the first two hours of play, if you can believe it.
Another chair just hit the floor over at Table 11, in fact, the one in which Juan Martin Abal was sitting. He had his opponent, Matthew Goldman, all in, with Abal holding Q♠Q♥ and his Goldman A♠J♣. All was fine through the turn for Abal as the board showed 3♥4♠5♥J♦, but then A♣ fell with a thud on the river. And Abal's chair fell with a thud shortly thereafter.
Abal righted his chair and sat back down behind his stack of 40,000, while Goldman now has more than 120,000. --MH
1:48pm: Perez plays funny, gets paid in more than laughs
Diego Vilela opened to 2,600 from the cutoff. Juan Jose Perez, the chip leader to start the day, three-bet from the button to 7,500. Vilela made the call, and the two men saw the Q♣8♠4♣ flop. Vilela check-called a 9,600 bet from Perez. When the 6♠ came on the turn, Vilela checked again. That's when Perez put out a monster 42,000 bet. It was worth just short of half of Vilela's remaining stack. Still, he only made the call. Vilela thought the tables had turned when the Q♠ fell on the river. He counted out his chips and announced all-in for his last 50,000. After all, he was sitting with K♣Q♦. What else was he going to do? The snap-call could be heard all the way in Montevideo. Perez turned up 5♦7♠ for the turned gutshot straight. He now sits with around 310,000. Vilela, meanwhile, is stumbling stunned somewhere outside. --BW
1:33pm: Santos ships, splits, smiles
Alessandra Santos, one of the few women left in the field, just pushed her short stack all in from the cutoff and got one caller from the small blind. Santos showed A♦Q♥ and her opponent A♠7♥.
The dealer delivered the community cards: 2♦4♣5♥K♣... 3♠! When the river arrived to make both players the same straight, Santos' smiled and drooped her head down for a moment. She sat up quickly, though, still smiling and ready to try again to improve upon her short stack of about 13,000. --MH
1:26pm: Palacios the non-believer
It was a flop of 7♣4♣5♣ and Palacios watched the man in the small blind check-call his bet. That might not have seemed odd until the 2♦ on the turn drew a fast bet of 8,000 from Palacios' foe. That seemed weird, but not enough for Palacios to make the quick call. Now things were getting spooky. The board paired the four on the river and again came a quick 8,000 bet. Palacios seemed confused, as if he couldn't help but call, as if his agnostic approach to his opponent's line forced him to put out the call. Innocently, his opponent turned over K♦7♦...no flush, no boat, no straight. Just top pair with a king kicker. Apparently good enough to beat Palacios. --BW
1:23pm: All together now
There are now fewer than 150 players left, with the last three tables in the outer room having been broken. That means all of those remaining are finally gathered here in the main poker room, seated around the last 17 tables. --MH
1:02pm: Level up
On to Level 10, where the blinds are 600/1,200 and antes 200. --MH
12:59pm: Neto arrives
Nelson Neto arrived near the end of the first level today, his super-sized stack of 164,000 perhaps allowing him some time for a little extra rest this morning.
Those chips are also allowing him to play a few extra hands, too, one would think, as suggested by his opening with a raise to 2,000 from under the gun just now. Neto got two callers from the button and big blind. The flop came A♣7♥J♠ and when checked to Neto continued for 3,000. Only the button called. The turn was the J♥ and Neto checked. His opponent fired 4,400 this time, and Neto called.
The river was the A♥ and both checked. Neto showed his 6♥5♥ for a flush, but his opponent turned over Q♠J♣ for jacks full and claimed the pot.
Neto still has about 160,000 as we near the start of Level 10, those chips protected by his faithful figurine, captured here yesterday when there were considerably fewer chips to guard (see below). --MH
12:55pm: Lopes and the four spades
Rafael Lopes came in for a raise and got a call from Jesus Bertoli in the blinds. Both players checked the 5♠6♦Q♠. When the 3♠ came on the turn, Bertoli led for 2,500 and Lopes made the call. Bertoli didn't take a lot of time betting 7,700 when the 9♠ fell on the river. Lopes took a full minute before announcing a raise, and then another minute to put 19,200 in front of him. Bertoli took a moment, but eventually surrendered the pot. --BW
12:49pm: Big call by Bolivar
We arrived on the turn, at which point there was about 10,000 in the middle and the board read 5♠T♦8♦T♠. The player in the small blind checked, and Bolivar Palacios, playing from the button, bet 6,500. His opponent then check-raised all in, and after a count it looked as though the raise was for about 30,000 more.
Palacios tanked for some time, counting out his chips and carving out what it would take to call. Doing so showed that he'd only have less than 5,000 himself should he call and lose. Finally Palacios called, and when his opponent tabled A♣J♦ the Panamanian exhaled with relief as he turned over A♠8♥. The river was the 4♣, and another player has hit the rail. Meanwhile, Palacios now sits with approximately 100,000. --MH
12:34pm: My kingdom for one of three outs
Scott Kroshus from Argentina began the day in a perilous position. With only 22,300 to start the day, he had only a couple of big blinds more than his starting stack. Just now, he was check-raised all-in by countryman Nicasio Toranzo, on a flop of A♣5♥J♠. Kroshus thought long and hard about his decision, so long, in fact, that Toranzo eventually called the clock on his man.
Kroshus finally, with a look of acquiescence only the truly behind can muster, made the call. Toranzo showed him A♠J♣ for the flopped two pair, and much better than Kroshus' A♥Q♣...until the Q♠ spiked on the river and doubled Kroshus up. Toranzo, who stood up through almost the entire hand, has now retaken his seat...and he's mumbling. --BW
12:29pm: Chips for Bux
A sizable pot had already developed between Erik von Buxhoeveden and his lone opponent when the Austrian checked from early position following the river card being dealt. The board showed Q♠4♠2♣J♥9♣. Von Buxhoeveden's opponent, playing from the button, fired 15,500, and when von Buxhoeveden called his opponent immediately mucked his cards.
Von Buxhoeveden tried not to show his hand before scooping the pot, but the other players objected and Tournament Director Mike Ward was called over. Ward explained that while the rule is about to be changed here on the LAPT, currently the winner must still show his hand even if his opponent mucks, and von Buxhoeveden obliged by turning over his Q♣6♣ for queens.
Von Buxhoeveden has gotten off to a fast start here on Day 2, pushing up over 130,000 in the early going. --MH
If you missed out on yesterday and are looking for a way to catch up on the big stories from yesterday, check out our Famous Ray on PokerStars.tv. He's got the scoop. --BW
12:11pm: Thuyh looking good
Alex Manzano opened with a 3x raise to 3,000 from under the gun and got one caller in Robert Thuyh on the button. The flop came 3♦6♠2♥ and Manzano continued for 2,800. Thuyh thought a beat, then called. The turn was the Q♠. This time Manzano fired 6,500, and without much hesitation Thuyh raised to 17,000. Manzano thought for a minute, then let his hand go.
Manzano dropped below 50,000 on that hand, still above the average at the moment. However, soon after this hand the Chilean found himself committing all of those chips and losing, and he becomes one of the first to leave us on Day 2.
Meanwhile, Thuyh has about 75,000 sitting in front of him. The Canadian also has his novelty glasses at the ready, as we saw yesterday... --MH
12:02pm: Poker in Punta
The instruction to begin has been delivered to dealers at the 20 remaining tables, and Level 9 is now underway. --MH
11:30am: Day 2 ready to begin
Good morning, one and all, from Punta del Este, Uruguay. The sun continues to shine, the winter chill is just enough to remind us we're human, and somewhere a man is butchering a steak with our name on it. In other news, the remaining 188 players from the Latin American Poker Tour main event are are about to sit down for Day 2 of this monster contest.
No one here will deny the simple fact that they didn't expect 422 players to show up. In fact, they didn't expect 400 to show up. Punta del Este has never, ever seen more than 351 players in a main event. Whatever it is about the LAPT in Season 4, it seems to be working.
As we begin the day, Juan Jose Perez, a man taught to play by Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez, leads the field with nearly 200,000 off his starting stack of 20,000.
According to tournament director Mike Ward, players will be playing the first six levels of the day, going on a 75-minute dinner break, and returning to play either four more levels or down to 24 players, whichever comes first (bet the former).
Our live coverage will begin right here on this page in about half an hour. --BW
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