Espinar Ecstatic; Tournament Over!
Just one hand after being crippled when he doubled up Jose Miguel Espinar, Alex Brenes gets his last $40,000 into the middle holding A♥ T♣ and sees Espinar turn up K♣ 3♣. Brenes looks good to double up, but the flop comes K♦ 9♣ 7♣ to give Espinar a pair of kings and the lead.
Brenes needs to hit an ace or running cards (and fade a club) if he wants to stay alive, but the turn is the 4♠ and the river the 9♠ and Jose Espinar is champion!
For the win, Espinar (who only started playing poker in December of 2007) earns $241,735 and two gigantic LAPT-branded vases. Brenes takes home $127,675 and nightmares of that ten on the turn.
Congratulations to both finalists and to PokerStars and the LAPT for a wildly successful first season. We're already looking forward to Season 2!
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