The pace to start Level 29 slowed somewhat, with Oscar Alache maintaining his lead, Renata Teixeira remaining second, and Javier Venegas third.
Teixera used a six-high straight to beat Venegas’s five-high straight to close the gap with Alache and make Venegas a shorter stack. Then came a hand in which it folded to Teixeira in the small blind and after a check of her cards she announced she was all in.
At that Venegas stood up, removing his earbuds to lean forward and examine the situation more closely. The purple-haired Teixeira sat with her arms folded, looking straight ahead through her sunglasses, entirely motionless.
Venegas sat back down, rechecked his cards, then thought another minute longer before finally tossing a few chips in to signal a call.
The chanting swelled once more, then burst into another loud roar at the sight of the A♠Q♦3♠ flop. The 5♦ then landed on the turn, making two pair for Teixeira and leaving Venegas drawing dead to finish in third and collect $86,505 thanks to the four-way deal.
That hand gives Teixeira the advantage to start heads-up.
Renata Teixeira (Brazil) — 4,305,000
Oscar Alache (Chile) — 3,655,000
History will be made however this one turns out. Teixeira has already ensured herself the highest-ever finish for a woman in an LAPT Main Event, eclipsing Jessica Bedoya’s third-place finish at LAPT4 Colombia. And Alache looks to join Nacho Barbero and Fabian Ortiz as the third two-time champion on the LAPT. Stay tuned!
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.