Day 1a completed
Day 1a completed
Season 4 of the Latin American Poker Tour resumed on Thursday with Day 1a of LAPT Colombia, presented by PokerStars.net. The Allegre Casino poker room was absolutely packed as the field was capped at 330. The same is expected tomorrow's Day 1b. After ten levels of play on Day 1a, an unofficial 104 remain and will return on Saturday for Day 2. Leading the way is PokerStars Team Online's Freddy Torres with 207,000.
Torres held an average stack for a little while before winning a key pot that got the ball rolling. With the board reading , an opponent with got his chips in the middle against Torres' . The turn and river secured the pot for Torres, helping pave the way for his rise to the top of the counts.
It was a rough start to the day for other members of Team PokerStars, as three were felted early on. In less than an hour between Levels 3 and 4, Mexico's Christian de Leon and Angel Guillen, as well as Argentina's Nacho Barbero all were eliminated. Costa Rica's Humberto Brenes, on the other hand, survived and will return for Day 2 with 53,700.
Day 1b kicks off at noon local time tomorrow, so be sure to keep it here at PokerNews for all of the action. Until then, goodnight from Medellin!
The players have bagged their chips and here are a few counts we managed to catch. It looks like Team Pokerstars Pro (Online) Freddy Torres is leading the way with over 200K.
|Freddy Torres||PokerStars Team Online||207,000|
The tournaments staff just announced that the remaining players will play four more hands before calling it a night. We're headed out to the floor to catch the action and find the big stacks.
There may not be a player in this room with more experience than Team PokerStars Pro (Costa Rica) Humberto Brenes, who has been mixing it up here at the end of the night. Brenes is no doubt wise to the fact that many players are hoping to coast to Day 2, and he is using that to his advantage.
In a recent hand, Brenes was in the big blind and called an early-position player's raise to 2,600. Both players then checked the flop, and then Brenes checked the turn. The EP player bet 2,700, Brenes folded, and the hand was over. Nothing special there, but it does demonstrate Brenes' willingness to see a flop.
The strategy seems to be paying off too, as he is now up to 50,000.
A big stack in middle position raised to 2,800 and watched as action folded to Freddy Torres on the button. The PokerStars Pro took his time before putting in the three-bet to 7,900. The blinds cleared out of the way and the middle-position player woke up with a four-bet to 16,700. The stacks were deep and had all the makings of a big pot, that is until Torres slide his cards to the muck. The Colombian native appears to still be the big stack with 148,000.
|Freddy Torres||PokerStars Team Online||148,000|
Action folded to Humberto Brenes on the button and he put in a raise to 2,900. The small blind was quick to fold, but the big blind decided to defend. Both players proceeded to check the flop, leading to the turn. Once again the big blind checked, opening the door for "The Shark" to bet 3,600. It was enough to take down the pot, bringing Brenes up to approximately 40,000.
A player in middle position raised to 2,600 and found a caller in Andres Castro. The player in the big blind then moved all in for approximately 12,000, which pushed the original raiser out of the pot. Castro contemplated the call, knowing full well he had enough chips to take a chance, but he erred on the side of caution and laid down his . It turned out to be a wise decision as the big blind showed .
With about 20,000 in the pot and a board reading , an unknown player in the big blind moved all in for 16,500 and put the pressure on his sole opponent, Daniel Ospina. The man currently in second place in the LAPT Player of the Year race thought long and hard as a call would cost him the remainder of his stack, 16,300.
After a couple minute's deliberation, Ospina released his hand and chose to pick a better spot.