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COINFLIP OF THE HOUR
After the button player opened for 9,500, Brazilian Fellipe Nunes shoved all in for 74,500, drawing a cluck of exasperation from his opponent. That player hemmed and hawed for a few minutes before picking up a pink (T500) chip. He looked at both sides of it, the side with PokerStars red spade and the side with the LAPT logo. Then he placed the chip on the table on its side and spun it. The chip fell showing the red spade. Nunes' opponent then folded.
STEADY EDDIE OF THE HOUR
Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen has been sitting behind roughly 75,000 in chips seemingly for the entire day. That's a dangerous stack of 15 big blinds as the bubble approaches.
VAMO OF THE HOUR
"Vamo, vamo! Vamo, vamo!" said an excited Brazilian player after a double-up. A railbird ran inside the rail and shouted, "Oh yeah!" in response.
MEDIA REPORTING OF THE HOUR
Two separate members of the media walked up to the "big board" - the screen with the tournament clock, players left, average stack and other pertinent tournament information - and took photos of it with their iOS devices.
TOUGH CALL? OF THE HOUR
Humberto Brenes has a very deserved reputation as a big blind defender. He defended against a raise from a short-stack player. The two were heads-up to a flop of 8♠5♥T♥. Brenes checked to the pre-flop raiser, who continued for 12,500. Brenes eyed how many chips the player had left behind that bet (about 60,000), then raised to 100,000. Brenes' opponent was pained and peeked back at his cards. He counted on his fingers. He did everything except make a decision. After two minutes he finally took a deep breath and put his chips in the middle with A♣T♣, top pair, top kicker. A surprised Brenes showed K♠T♠ and didn't improve.
REPEAT PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON
PokerStars Team Online player Freddy Torres was the Day 1a chip leader of the Season 4 LAPT Colombia Main Event but was unable to carry that momentum into Day 2. He was eliminated one table away from the money. This season, Torres was the Day 1a chip leader of this LAPT Colombia Main Event. But he was unable to carry that momentum into Day 2... and was eliminated five places from the money.
TOURNAMENT OF THE HOUR
With all of the attention focused on the approaching bubble in the main event, the rest of the room is getting ready to get its gamble on for the 6pm turbo event. Players start with 100 big blinds but the levels are only 15 minutes long.
IMPULSE CONTROL OF THE HOUR
"I'm going to Dunkin Donuts. Do you guys want anything?"
BUBBLE BOY OF THE HOUR
Down to 37,000, Rafael Moreas opened all in from early position. The "coin flipper" from earlier flipped a coin again and this time called. With 49 players left and 48 being paid, cards were not exposed until action was completed at the other tables.
"I'm going to be the bubble?" Moraes asked in surprise. "I thought it was 50!"
At showdown, Moraes showed A♥9♦ against his opponent's pocket 4s. The board came all blanks, K♠5♥2♠2♣8♣, to send Moraes out of the tournament as the stone bubble.