We’ve reached the end of Level 21, with many more knockouts to pass along as the field in the Latin American Poker Tour Peru Main Event has swiftly been reduced from 21 players to just 12.
We had lost one LAPT champion already today, two-time winner Fabian Ortiz (in 25th). Another has now fallen in 21st ($7,180) in Martin Sansour, the Peruvian who picked up his Main Event trophy during Season 3 in Rosario, Argentina.
An Argentinian was next on the sour side of an all-in as Ramiro Patrone also lost with a premium holding in a hand versus Daniel Ramirez.
Petrone had the best starter in hold ’em — A♣A♥ — while Ramirez showed K♠J♣. All was fine for Petrone through the 10♦9♥4♠ flop and 2♣ turn, but the Q♣ river added up to a straight for Ramirez, ending Petrone’s run in 20th ($8,000).
Henry Ez-Kher went down in 19th ($8,000) after taking K♠Q♣ up against Patricio Rojas’s A♠10♥, then watching the board come A♦10♠3♦J♥10♣ to give Rojas a full house and end Ez-Kher’s run. Maximiliano Gallardo soon followed in 18th ($8,000) after his pocket tens failed him against Cristian Aceiton’s K♠5♠ when a king came among the community cards.
Alejandro Reyes was the next out the door in 17th ($8,800), pocket treys not working for him against Daniel Ramirez’s queen-nine after Reyes hit a set on the turn, but Ramirez filled a king-high straight on the river. Then Daniel Bizoza of Uruguay went down in 16th ($8,800) with Q♣6♣ versus Helio Neves’s pocket treys, a third trey on board helping assure Bizoza’s end.
While all of that was happening, former leader Andres Herrera slipped back in the counts, then found himself all in with ace-ten versus the king-jack of a surging Daniel Ramirez. The flop was clean for Herrera, but a king on the turn helped Ramirez, and after the river failed to bring an ace Herrera was out in 15th ($9,760).
That one pushed Ramirez way up over 1.3 million, giving him the clear lead as the knockouts continued to come.
Finally, just before the level concluded, the Norwegian Liev Kare Johannessen was felted in 13th ($11,060) after putting in his last 95,000 with J♦8♦, running up against Aceiton’s A♥Q♠, and watching the board come an unhelpful 3♠7♣6♥10♦5♣.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.