LAPT Punta del Este Season 1

LAPT Punta del Este: Begin the reign of the man from Spain

All good things must come to an end, and now the first season of the Latin America Poker Tour (LAPT) is in the record books. After Julien Nuijten in Rio de Janeiro, Valdemar Kwaysser in San Jose, the third and final champion has also been decided. And he is also a European. His name is Jose Miguel E...more

by Howard Swains on August 9, 2008 11:10 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Final table, level 27

11.40pm -- Jose Miguel Espinar, Spain, champion of LAPT Punta del Este, earning $241,735 Alex Brenes, Costa Rica, eliminated in second place, earning $127,675 It all goes in next hand and Brenes has A-10 against Espinar's king-five. But a king flops and it stay good, giving the title to the Spaniard...more

by Howard Swains on August 9, 2008 10:18 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Final table, level 26

11.10pm -- We have a ten minute break at the end of the level and white chips are coming into play. 11.05pm -- After a period of small-ball jousting, there's a raise and a re-raise pre-flop with Espinar repopping Brenes to the tune of about 250,000. Brenes thinks and thinks, then he stands up and l...more

by Howard Swains on August 9, 2008 9:11 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Final table, level 25

10.10pm -- King high good. They get all the way to the river, and see a board of A-9-5-3-5. Espinar bet the turn but Alex called, and after they both checked the river, Brenes showed jack high. That was no match for Espinar's king. 10.05pm -- There's more to think about than there is to write about...more

by Howard Swains on August 9, 2008 8:06 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Final table, level 24

8.30pm -- The level is over, and we're off to dinner. It was a largely uneventful first hour of heads up action and the stacks are almost level. We'll be back for level 25 soon. 8.20pm -- We've been playing heads up for about 50 minutes and the players are still about even in chips. Team PokerStars...more

by Howard Swains on August 9, 2008 6:05 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Final table, level 23

7pm - Lisandro Gallo, Argentina, eliminated in third place, earning $93,630 After the huge hand against Espinar, Gallo was left with just 10,000, putting him all in in the big blind. Remarkably, he doubled up twice, with nine-six and then ace-king, but the third time he tries it, he can't pull off a...more

by Howard Swains on August 9, 2008 4:38 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Final table, level 22

5.25pm -- Alex Brenes and Jose Miguel Espinar are at it again, with Espinar raising from the button pre-flop (to 55,000) and Brenes reraising 220,000 from the big blind. Espinar calls. The flop is 8s-Jd-9h and both players check. The 7s comes on the turn and Brenes moves all in for 900,000 and chang...more

by Howard Swains on August 9, 2008 3:55 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Final table, level 21

4.50pm-- That's the end of the level, with the chip counts something like this. Jose Miguel Espinar -- 1,063,000 Alex Brenes -- 880,000 Alex Gomes -- 815,000 Lisandro Gallo -- 620,000 4.40pm -- Alex Brenes wins a pot of about 250,000 from Lisandro Gallo. Brenes flops a full house with A-J when the...more

by Howard Swains on August 9, 2008 2:21 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Final table, level 20

3.10pm -- The level ends with Lisandro Gallo taking another pot, this time from Alexandre Gomes. The tactics are the same: Gallo calls a button raise in the big blind, then check calls all the way to the river. By that point, the board features two aces, a three, a nine and a queen and when Gallo b...more

by Howard Swains on August 9, 2008 1:16 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Final table update

2.05pm -- Sidney Chreem, Brazil, eliminated in sixth place, earning $34,045 The tournament short-stack Sidney Chreem moves all in pre-flop for his last 50,000. Lisandro Gallo reraises from the button and everyone else folds. They're racing, as Gallo flips pocket sevens and and Gallo shows Q-9d. The ...more

by Howard Swains on August 9, 2008 12:19 PM
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