Right before players went on break, we lost another player.
After Ariel Eghi raised to 42,000 from the cutoff, Patricio Rojas moved all-in for about 230,000 from the big blind.
Eghi, who only had about 140,000 behind, called all-in. Rojas tabled A♦K♠ but Eghi had him beat with A♠A♣.
The A♥J♦J♠K♣3♦ board connected heavily with both players but Eghi’s full house took the pot.
Eghi doubled up while Rojas was left with just about 50,000.
Then, a very short-stacked Rojas pushed his two big blinds in from the small blind and Mario Lopez called from the big blind.
Rojas had 4♦2♠ and was dominated by Lopez’s A♣4♠.
The board ran 7♥3♠8♣J♦7♦ and Rojas went on a permanent break. Rojas won $36,280 for finishing 6th while Lopez’s lead grew by a bit.
When players got back from break, they were greeted with 12,000/24,000 blinds and another elimination.
Eghi raised to 50,000 and Hilario Quijada three-bet to 144,000. Eghi moved all-in for about 380,000 and Quijada snap-called with Q♣Q♥.
Eghi tabled A♦J♠ but couldn’t improve on the 3♠Q♦6♦9♠K♠ board and was knocked out of the tournament.
Eghi won $47,940 for the 5th place finish while Quijada scored another elimination and chipped up to 1.2 million.
Quijada took off his sunglasses and spent the next few minutes happily arranging his chips while Mario Lopez continued to take down pots.
In one hand, Lopez raised to 50,000 from the cutoff and Chadi Moustapha three-bet to 130,000 from the button.
Both players checked the Q♠10♣5♥ flop and checked again again when the K♥ came on the turn. The river brought a 7♣ and a 265,000 bet from Lopez.
Moustapha thought for a few minutes and counted out a bet. When he leaned back to take a bite of his apple, Lopez called the clock and Moustapha folded.
There was some discussion about the time that Moustapha was taking to act at the final table.
“I guess it was too long,” Moustapha said.
“It’s fine if he’s thinking but don’t just start eating an apple in the middle of the hand,” Lopez said.
“Yeah, I’m an old man, I don’t have much time,” Quijada said. “We need to hurry things up.”
The next hand, Quijada jokingly called the clock on German Christiansen the second he got his cards.
The tournament has been going incredibly quickly –Day 3 lasted less than four levels– but there’s been a noticeable slowdown now that we’ve hit four players.
The money is getting big and while players are already guaranteed $61,140, they’re battling for the coveted LAPT trophy and $155,730.
Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.