LAPT Panama: Brazilian Down, Gill Dips

September 22, 2013

No one expects to be the first elimination at the final table.

The big stacks are in the most desirable position while medium stacks are hoping the short stacks hit the rail first. Then we have the short stacks. They’re hoping to catch a quick double up and mount a victorious comeback like so many short stacks before them.

You never know what to expect. You can’t even expect the unexpected because sometimes things go exactly as expected.

Tournament poker.

Today, one of our short stacks got the quick double up while the other hit the rail.

On the third hand of the day, Raul Pino moved all-in for 385,000 from under-the-gun and Joseph Stefan re-shoved from the small blind. The big blind folded and we had our first final table showdown, a flip.

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Panama’s got Raul Pino’s back

Pino turned over K♠Q♣ and was up against Stefan’s pocket eights. The flop came 4♦3♠9♣ and Pino and his crowd looked solemn. Then a 10♣ came on the turn and sparked a little hope.

When the J♣ came on the river the Panamanian crowd exploded and Pino doubled up.

Then we lost one.

It was Brazilian vs. Brazilian, Oliveira vs. Oliveira.

Joel Oliveira raised to 90,000 from early position and Marco Oliveira re-raised all-in from the small blind. Joel called and put his countryman at-risk.

Joel also had Marco’s A♦10♦ dominated with A♥K♣. Then the flop came J♦J♥10♥ to put Marco in the lead. The turn was an 8♠ and a Q♠ fell on the river to give Joel the straight and eliminate Marco.

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8th place finisher, Marco Oliveira

Marco Oliveira became our first final table elimination and won $18,080 for his 8th place finish.

Then we saw our start-of-day chip leader dip.

Carter Gill relinquished the lead to Galal Dahrouj before Marco’s elimination and then he lost a big pot to Joseph Stefan. Both players were fairly deep and Stefan raised to 115,000 from the hijack.

Gill moved all-in and Stefan snap called.

Gill turned over pocket jacks and Stefan showed queens. The board changed nothing and Stefan doubled up to nearly 2 million.

Gill then took down a few pots before doubling up another player.

Gill raised to 100,000 from the hijack and Paulo Carrillo called from the big blind. The flop came K♣2♣7♣ and Gill bet 110,000 when checked to. Carrillo raised to 330,000 and Gill moved all-in for 1.94 million.

Carrillo called and showed K♦Q♣ for top pair and a flush draw while Gill showed A♣2♥ for deuces and the nut-flush draw.

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Carter Gill, much happier after double ups

The turn and river both brought low hearts and Carrillo doubled up to 2.05 million.

Gill slammed a handful of chips on the table and was down to about 1 million. Then he found his tournament life at-risk.

Galal Dahrouj raised to 110,000 from under-the-gun and action folded to Gill on the big blind. Gill moved all-in for 938,000 and Dahrouj called.

Dahrouj turned over A♥Q♠ and Gill had him dominated with A♣K♥. The board came 3♥K♣9♥10♠7♠ and Gill put a momentary stop to his downswing.

Players then went on their first break of the day.

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Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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