Level 29 is done, marked by three big all-ins, all full of drama and third reducing the field down to a final two.
With Patricio Rojas enjoying a big chip lead three-handed, both Rafael Pardo and Victor Jesus Lay weren’t left with too many options before the flop besides folding or shoving.
Down to about 1.3 million, Lay decided shoving was the thing to do with Q♣8♦ when it folded to him in the small blind, then Pardo called with 9♠9♣ from a seat over.
The flop came 9♦10♠5♥ and the crowd roared at the sight of the board. Pardo had made a set, with Lay down to a gutshot straight draw to survive.
Then the turn went “boom”… the J♦! A straight for Lay, and after the Q♠ river Lay had doubled to about 2.7 million while Pardo was down to less than 1 million.
Soon after that one Pardo was pushing from the button with 6♥6♠ and Lay calling from the big blind with K♣Q♥. The board came Q♠2♠5♣, then 7♠, then… K♠! Another dramatic run out as Pardo had made a flush on fifth street to survive.
Down again to 1.8 million, Lay watched as Rojas open-raised to 280,000 from the small blind, then pushed all in and Rojas called without waiting.
Despite the cheers of many here to support the Peruvian, the board came 2♣8♦K♥Q♠3♠, bringing no help to Lay as his run ends in third for an $80,000 cash.
Rojas carries a big advantage into heads-up play now with 8.74 million to the 1.87 million of Pardo. At his fourth LAPT final table, Pardo has now guaranteed himself a highest-ever finish in a Main Event on the tour, besting the third he made at LAPT Brazil earlier this year.
But like Rojas, he most certainly hopes to make it just one step further.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
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