Following Robert Lipkin’s elimination in sixth place, the remaining five players played on for a short while before taking a break to talk about a possible deal to divide up most of the remaining prize money.
During the interim, LAPT President David Carrion took the opportunity to hand out some hardware. The award for the Season 6 LAPT Best Online Qualifier was presented to Pablo Tavitian, last year’s LAPT Chile champion, and the Season 6 Player of the Year trophy was given to Amos Ben who just finished ninth in this event.
The break lasted more than half an hour, but ultimately no deal was struck, and the five reassembled around the final table to continue the latter half of Level 29 (40,000/80,000/10,000).
Soon Johann Ibanez was open-raising all in from the small blind for 1.23 million even, and Luis Resk was quick with the call from a seat over.
Ibanez had 9♣8♦ while Resk had woken up with A♦K♣. The crowd gathered before the feature table began to shout encouragement for the Chilean Resk, and their shouts became louder after the K♦3♣5♠ flop fell to improve his hand even further.
The 3♦ came on the turn, meaning no river rescue could come for Ibanez as the 8♣ meaninglessly completed the board. Ibanez and Resk shared a handshake and there was applause for the Colombian as he departed, his fifth-place finish improving on his ninth-place effort last year at LAPT6 Peru.
Here’s a look at the counts with four players left, with Perez still in front and Level 30 (50,000/100,000/10,000) about to begin:
1. Rodrigo Perez (Chile) — 4,865,000
2. Luis Resk (Chile) — 2,855,000
3. Mario Lopez (Argentina) — 2,145,000
4. Jefferson Melo (Brazil) — 1,950,000
Photography from LAPT7 Chile by Carlos Monti. Live streaming of the final table in both Spanish and Portuguese is available via PokerStars.tv. You can also follow the Spanish feed at PokerStars or via Facebook, and the Portugeuse feed at PokerStars or via Facebook.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.