After the excitement resulting in the elimination of Justo Esquivel in fifth, the remaining four players paused proceedings to talk about a deal. Here were the counts at that point:
Renata Teixeira (Brazil) — 2,875,000
Oscar Alache (Chile) — 2,725,000
Nacho Barbero (Argentina) — 1,325,000
Javier Venegas (Argentina) — 1,040,000
It didn’t take long for the four to come to terms, dividing up the remaining prize pool while leaving $20,000 and the LAPT Main Event trophy for which to play. Here are the guaranteed payouts with which each came away:
Teixeira — $113,460
Alache — $111,962
Barbero — $100,073
Venegas — $86,505
Soon after the deal was struck, a hand arose that saw Alache open from the button with a raise, Teixeira call from the small blind, then Javier Venegas push all in for 870,000 from the big blind. Alache let his hand go, but Teixeira called.
Teixeira turned over A♥J♥ and Venegas needed help with his K♦7♦. The crowd began their chanting, and even the K♣K♠Q♥ flop giving Venegas trip kings didn’t lessen the enthusiasm as calls for a ten came from Team Teixeira.
But the turn was the 4♣ and river the 3♦, and Venegas kept his seat.
Not long after that one, Venegas used some of those chips he’d won to raise from the button, Barbero reraised all in for 910,000 from the small blind, and Venegas called.
Barbero had A♦J♦ this time, but Venegas had better with A♠Q♥. The board came K♥K♣4♦8♣3♠, and Barbero fell in fourth, just a few spots shy of a third LAPT title for the Argentinian at this, his seventh LAPT final table. He did ensure himself a six-figure payday however ($100,073), thanks to the recently-completed deal.
That hand gave Venegas the chip lead, although he’d lose it before the level concluded in a big hand versus Alache.
After an Alache open to 125,000 from the button, Venegas three-bet to 330,000 from the big blind, Alache pushed all in, and Venegas called.
Alache had A♣9♣ and Venegas Q♥Q♦, but a flop of 8♣A♠A♦ put Alache in front, recalling the trips Venegas had flopped earlier. The turn and river blanked, and Alache suddenly was in front with more than 4.2 million.
The level ended with Alache deciding against calling an all-in reraise-shove from Teixeira, and the trio took a break with Alache the commanding leader.
Oscar Alache (Chile) — 4,055,000
Renata Teixeira (Brazil) — 2,040,000
Javier Venegas (Argentina) — 1,860,000
Photography from LAPT8 Chile by Carlos Monti. Watch the stream at LAPT Live. You can also follow the action in Spanish on the PokerStars blog and on Facebook, and in Portuguese on the blog and on Facebook.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.