With a little extra time being taken with final preparations and introductions of the final eight players at the LAPT Peru Main Event, the tourney was a little slow getting started today with the first hand of the final table not dealt until about 12:30 p.m. local time.
Play has started slowly as well, in contrast to the rapid pace from Day 3 when 27 played down to eight inside of six hours.
The day began with LAPT President David Carrion making a few announcements about this fourth LAPT Main Event to take place in Lima, noting how the 557 entries for this year’s installment made it the biggest ever tournament held on Peruvian soil.
Introductions of the players followed. A small crowd has gathered in the poker room to watch the final table, with loud applause following the introductions of each.
An orbit’s worth of raise-and-take hands then started the day. A Rafael Pardo reraise-shove over a Richard Chauriye opening min-raise grabbed the attention momentarily, but Chauriye folded and play continued.
As the tournament moved into Level 27 (30,000/60,000/10,000), some action arose in a hand between Julian Menendez and Scott Diver that finally saw some significant chip movement.
The pair battled through a hand that reached the river with the board showing J♦7♥3♣5♦6♣ and about 700,000 in the middle. At that Menendez put out a small bet of 140,000, then Diver pushed all in for 765,000 and Menendez tanked for a while before letting his hand go.
Diver improved to more than 1.5 million after that one, good for fourth position while Rojas continues to lead with more than 2.3 million.
Diver shared a few words before the start of today’s play:
Meanwhile Carlos Noriega has been folding hands for the first half-hour and is now down to 320,000.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
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