The spacious poker room here in the Atlantic City Casino is starting to seem even more so as the LAPT Peru Grand Final field continues to dwindle. A few tables are occupied by side events on the far side of the room, but things have become much roomier where the Main Event is playing out.
The first 25 minutes of Level 23 saw five quick knockouts, starting with two Peruvians — Edwald Olivera (29th) and Theo Lozano (28th) — followed by Natan Wager of Costa Rica who was sent away from the feature table in 27th.
Wager had wagered his last 293,000 by reraise-shoving from the blinds with Q♣J♣, but Nacho Barbero’s late-position open had been legit as he called with K♣K♥. The board ran out K♠4♦Q♥4♥7♣, and Wager was out.
Argentina’s Ariel Scaparro was the next to be knocked out in 26th after taking A♥Q♦ up against Claudio Moya’s A♣5♣, then watching with dismay as fifth street brough a five.
Walid Mubarek of Peru then fell with the same A♠Q♦ hand, although in his case his prefop commitment was against Gerardo Godinez’s A♦K♠. The community cards didn’t aid Mubarek, who adds a 25th-place finish here to an eighth-place showing at LAPT6 Uruguay and an 11th at LAPT7 Chile.
With 24 left a redraw ensued, and once players found their new seats Renan Estellita quickly ran 6♠6♠ into Carlos Sobenes’s K♠K♥ to become the 24th-place finisher.
Nacho Barbero next took care of Edgar Troche in 23rd, then Thiago Nishijima ended Mauricio Zeman’s run in 22nd after a preflop all-in saw both players holding an ace, but Nishijima with the better kicker.
That hand brought the player known as “XTheDecanoX” on PokerStars up close to the 1 million-chip mark.
But with 21 left, Gilmar Gallegos continues to gallop along ahead of the others with a stack of about 1.1 million.
Photography from LAPT7 Peru by Carlos Monti. Check out the start-to-finish live streaming coverage (in both Spanish and Portuguese) at PokerStars.tv. Click here for live updates in Spanish, and here for live updates in Portuguese.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.