When we last left off here at the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event in São Paulo, 28 players remained with defending LAPT Brazil champion Caio Hey the shortest-stacked of all of them.

Soon, though, Hey managed a double-up with 10♥7♦ versus fellow Brazilian’s A♦5♣ following a preflop all-in when a ten managed to appear among the community cards, enabling Hey to continue to grind a short stack.

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Caio Hey
Then a little later as they were nearing the end of Level 21, a flurry of excitement at Table 79 was followed by a second similar flurry as reporters gathered around to see what the commotion was.

Three-way action on a 10♣6♦6♣ flop had resulted in two players all in and at risk versus a third who had them both covered.

São Paulo’s own Luis Gustavo Camargo was the one with the most chips and the current best hand of J♠J♣, while his fellow Brazilian Gustavo Apine’s 10♠7♦ gave him a lesser two pair. Meanwhile Francisco De Beláustegui of Argentina had a flush draw and overcard with A♣8♣.

The modest roar settled into a low hum as the dealer burned and turned the next community card — the K♣! Beláustegui slapped his hands at the sight of the card, then cheered aloud after the Q♥ river secured him the pot, punctuating his celebration with a happy “show me the money!”

That hand pushed Beláustegui all of the way near the 1 million-chip mark and ahead of earlier leader Felipe Difini who has slipped back in the counts a touch. Meanwhile it knocked Camargo down to around 250,000, and knocked Apine out altogether in 28th place (R$23,690).

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Gustavo Apine
Then a few minutes into Level 22, Lothar Richard of Brazil open-pushed from the button with his last 150,000 or so (about a dozen BBs) with K♠10♠, and Bruno Kawauti called him from the small blind with 5♦5♠. A five fell on the flop, and by the turn Richard was drawing dead to finish in 27th (R$27,450).

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Lothar Richard
Meanwhile with 26 left, Francisco De Beláustegui has presently edged up into the lead, having now amassed more than 1.15 million.

Photography from LAPT8 Brazil by Carlos Monti. You can also follow the action in Spanish here and in Portuguese here.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.


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