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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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Espinar Doubles in Amazing Hand!

Alex Brenes raises to $450,000 and Jose Miguel Espinar moves all-in over the top. Brenes thinks for a moment or two before acquiescing and making the call, having Espinar covered by only $40,000. Espinar, however, has the best hand, showing A-T to Brenes' A-9.

Brenes huddles with brother Humberto as the Costa Ricans in the audience scream for a nine. The flop brings that nine and the Brenes bros (and the audience alongside) go nuts as SharkBro takes the lead.

The turn, however, is a dagger ten and Espinar retakes the lead in excruciating fashion. The river card is a brickly five and Espinar doubles, crippling Brenes and all but ending the match.

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Back in the Game!

After an amazing break that featured tournament staff, PokerStars personnel, video crew members and audience members alike frolicking in the tournament area as Erasure boomed over the sound system, the break is over and the cards are back in the air with increased blinds and antes and renewed hopes for a quick conclusion.

Chip counts have Jose Miguel Espinar at $1,950,000 and Alex Brenes at $1,570,000.

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Break

We're now on break. For 10 minutes. And then the madness will continue.
Level
26
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000
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Reraise!

It's been a slow level, folks, but recently Alex Brenes broke from tradition and actually raised to $180,000 pre-flop (previously he'd limped about 80% of his buttons). Jose Miguel Espinar was not, however, concerned, announcing a reraise to $310,000. Brenes went into the tank but ultimately laid it down, and that was that.
Level
26
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30000/60000
Ante
5000
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Brenes Shoves

Jose Miguel Espinar raises to $180,000. Alex Brenes gives the matter some thought in the big blind and then moves all-in. Espinar lays down the hand and Brenes takes it.
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26
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30000/60000
Ante
5000
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Blinds Up Again

The 25th level of the tournament is over and we play right through the level change into the 26th level of the tournament. There will be no break until the end of this level.
Level
26
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000
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Brenes Claws Back!

Brothers in arms!
Brothers in arms!

Alex Brenes limps in and Jose Miguel Espinar checks his option. The flop comes A-A-8 and Espinar bets out $65,000. Brenes makes the call and the turn is a deuce. Espinar now fires $180,000 into the pot and Brenes again makes the call. The river is a six and Espinar checks. Brenes fires out $300,000 and after some thought, Espinar matches the bet. Brenes shows A-9 for trips and takes down the pot.

Brenes is now on $1.6 million while Espinar still holds the lead with $2 million.

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25
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20000/40000
Ante
4000
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Pot for Brenes

Alex Brenes limps in and Jose Miguel Espinar checks his option. The flop comes Q-8-6 with two hearts and both players check. The turn is the 9 and Espinar bets $60,000. Brenes makes the call and the river is the 3. Espinar checks and Brenes bets $200,000. Espinar lays it down and the pot goes to Brenes.

Chip counts have Espinar with $2,550,000 and Brenes with $1,250,000.

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25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
4000
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Big Pot for Espinar

The tension mounts!
The tension mounts!

Jose Miguel Espinar raises to $105,000 and Alex Brenes makes the call. The flop comes 9-7-6 with two diamonds and Brenes checks. Espinar bets $160,000 and Brenes mulls things over before making the call. The turn is the 4 and Brenes bets out $400,000. Now it's Espinar's turn to ruminate and he does, giving the matter a bit of his attention and ultimately deciding to move all-in.

Brenes stands, his brow furrowed in consternation as he contemplates the call. After a few tense minutes the Costa Rican folds and Espinar takes a whopper of a pot, to the obvious delight of the pro-Spanish audience.

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25
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20000/40000
Ante
4000
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Tidy Pot for Brenes

Heads-Up!
Heads-Up!
Alex Brenes limps in and Jose Miguel Espinar checks his option in the big blind. The flop comes 8 5 4 and both players check. The turn is the 8 and Espinar bets out $60,000. Brenes matches the wager and the river is the 4. Espinar bets $180,000 and after a second to think, Brenes calls that bet as well. He shows A 3 for eights and fours with an ace kicker, and it's good to take the pot.
Level
25
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20000/40000
Ante
4000
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Long Break Over

The Brother Act
The Brother Act

The dinner break is over and tournament director Mike Ward has succeeded in enticing the camera crew and surviving two players away from the buffet and back to the tournament area. From here on out, we play until we've got a winner.

Chip counts are as follows: Jose Miguel Espinar has $2,250,000 and Alex Brenes has $1,350,000. And the game begins again! 

Level
25
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
4000
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Quick Break

We've reached the end of the current level and the surviving two players have been set loose for a 20-minute dinner break. Action will resume when they're fed.
Level
24
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15000/30000
Ante
3000
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Check-Raise!

Alex Brenes limps in from the button and Jose Miguel Espinar checks his option. The flop comes A-4-2 with two diamonds, and both players check. The turn is the J and Espinar checks. Brenes bets $60,000 and Espinar makes it $150,000 to go. Brenes lays it down and Espinar takes it.
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24
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15000/30000
Ante
3000
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Heads-Up!

In the heat of attack, it's the passion that kills!
In the heat of attack, it's the passion that kills!

After a quick break during which the tournament staff pumped Survivor throughout the venue, the players have returned for the thrilling conclusion of the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour's Season 1 finale in Punta del Este.

Heads-up play is under way, with Spain's Jose Miguel Espinar holding $1,993,000 and Costa Rica's Alex Brenes $1,528,000.

Cards are back in the air. Game on!

Level
24
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15000/30000
Ante
3000
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Gallo Stoned (Third)

Chip and a chair? Bah.
Chip and a chair? Bah.

After being reduced to his last $10,000, Lisandro Gallo gets all-in pre-flop against Jose Miguel Espinar holding 9-5 to Espinar's 8-5. The board comes A-Q-2-7-6 and Gallo doubles up.

On the next hand, Gallo is all-in in the small blind with A-K to big blind Alex Brenes' 7-4. The board comes 6-6-3-8-6 and Gallo again doubles, bringing his stack to over $50,000.

The next hand, however, sees Gallo shove from the button and Brenes make the call, holding a pocket pair of aces to Gallo's Q-9. The board runs K-3-2 and after the turn is a brick, Gallo is drawing dead and is eliminated in third place. He'll earn $93,630 for his efforts.

We now take a short break before commencing heads-up play between Brenes and Espinar. Chip counts to follow.

Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
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Espinar Doubles, Crippling Gallo

Double your fun!
Double your fun!

Lisandro Gallo raises to $60,000 on the button and Jose Miguel Espinar re-ups to $170,000 in the big blind. Gallo gives the matter some thought before matching the wager and we're heads-up going to the flop.

The flop comes T 6 2 and both players check. The turn is the J and Espinar bets out $200,000. Gallo moves all-in over the top for approximately $600,000 more and Espinar calls all-in almost instantly, turning up A-J for top/top while Gallo is behind with 8-6 for third pair.

The river card is the J and Espinar makes trips to double up, leaving Gallo with only about $10,000 after he settles his tab.

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23
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12000/24000
Ante
3000
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Gallo Doubles

Knew that five was coming!
Knew that five was coming!
Lisandro Gallo raises to $100,000 and Alex Brenes puts him all-in for another $450,000 or so. Gallo makes the call, putting his tournament life on the line with A 5 against Brenes' A-9. Gallo is dominated and needs to suck out to stay alive, and the flop is a godsend, coming K J 5 to give Gallo the best hand. The board finishes out 7 4 and Lisandro doubles up to over $1 million.
Level
23
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12000/24000
Ante
3000
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Huge Pot for Brenes

There's a reason they call it the Dead Man's Hand, son.
There's a reason they call it the Dead Man's Hand, son.
Alex Brenes raises pre-flop and Jose Miguel Espinar reraises to $105,000. Brenes makes the call and the flop comes A 4 4. Both players check and they check again when the J hits the turn. The river card is the 8 and Espinar checks to Brenes, who bets $250,000. Espinar makes the call and turns up A-8 for aces-up. Brenes, however, has pocket eights for the boat and takes an $800,000 pot.
Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
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Back from Break

The break is over and the cards are back in the air from Punta del Este on the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour. Here are the chip counts as we return to action:

Alex Brenes $1,655,000
Jose Miguel Espinar
$1,240,000
Lisandro Gallo
$625,000
Level
23
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
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Quick Break

We've reached the end of the 22nd level and the field has been released on a 15-minute break. More to follow.
Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
2000
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$500k+ Pot for Brenes

You never had me.
You never had me.
Jose Miguel Espinar raises to $55,000 on the button and Alex Brenes makes it $250,000 to go from the big blind. Espinar makes the call and the flop comes J 9 8. Both players check and the turn is the 7, prompting Brenes to move all-in and put Espinar to a decision for his last $900,000. Espinar folds fairly quickly and Brenes takes the pot.
Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
2000
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Nice Pot for Espinar

Picking up steam!
Picking up steam!
Alex Brenes limps in the small blind and Jose Miguel Espinar checks his option in the big blind. The flop comes Q 9 7 and Brenes checks to Espinar, who bets out $35,000. Brenes raises to $100,000 and Espinar makes the call. The turn is the K and both players check to see the river, which is the 9. Brenes checks to Espinar, who bets $300,000, and after a bit of thought the SharkBro makes the call, turning up Q-4 for two pair. Espinar has 9-3 for trips, however, and takes the pot.
Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
2000
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Gomes Morticia'd! (Fourth)

The Brazilian: Waxed!
The Brazilian: Waxed!

Alex Brenes and Alexandre Gomes see a flop come 6 4 3 and that's when the fireworks start. Brenes leads out and Gomes gets all-in over the top for just marginally less than his Costa Rican opponent's stack. Brenes mulls his options and eventually decides to call, galvanizing a very vocal audience as he turns up A-5 for the open-ended straight draw.

Gomes has Q 7 for the gut-shot straight draw and the flush draw and will need to improve to stay alive. The turn is the 7, giving Brenes the straight, and now Gomes needs a spade to win or a five to chop. The river card, however, is the 9 and the Team PokerStars pro can't get there.

Gomes is eliminated in fourth place and will take home $68,100 for his accomplishments.

Level
22
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10000/20000
Ante
2000
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Chip Counts!

Here are the current chip counts as the action continues at the PokerStars.net LAPT:

Jose Miguel Espinar $1,063,000
Alex Brenes
$880,000
Alexandre Gomes
$815,000
Lisandro Gallo
$620,000
Level
22
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
2000
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Boat for Brenes

Get on de boat, yeah!
Get on de boat, yeah!
Lisandro Gallo raises to $47,000 and Alex Brenes makes the call in the small blind. The flop comes A J J and both players check. The turn is the 7 and Brenes bets out $50,000. Gallo thinks for a minute or two before making the call; the river is the 2. Brenes bets $150,000 and Gallo makes the call, showing A-K for aces-up. Brenes has him spanked, however, showing A-J for the boat. SharkBro takes the pot.
Level
22
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10000/20000
Ante
2000
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New Level!

Level 21 is over and it's time for Level 22. The action continues without a break; we gots to keep, keep on.
Level
22
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10000/20000
Ante
2000
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Pot for Gomes

Poker Star!
Poker Star!
Jose Miguel Espinar raises to $45,000 and Alexandre Gomes flat-calls in the big blind. The flop comes 4 3 3 and both players check. The turn is the 6 and Gomes bets out $70,000. Espinar thinks for a few minutes before making the call. The river comes the 7. Gomes bets $130,000 and Espinar lays it down, giving the pot to the Brazilian.
Level
21
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
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Drolet Doused! (Fifth)

Gylbert: Sullivan'd!
Gylbert: Sullivan'd!

Lisandro Gallo raises to $44,000 and Gylbert Drolet moves all-in over the top for his last $195,000. Action folds back to Gallo, who gives the matter a bit of thought before making the call and turning up A Q. Drolet has pocket jacks and is racing for his tournament life.

The flop comes T 9 2 and Gallo flops four to the flush. Drolet needs to fade an ace, a queen or a club or he's busto. The North Americans in the room holler for a deuce and the turn is the 5, which is just as good. The river, however, is the K and Gallo makes the club flush, eliminating the young Canadien in fifth place. He earns $51,070 for his efforts.

Level
21
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
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Nothing's Really Happening!

Just couldn't do it!
Just couldn't do it!
The game has slowed considerably since we began five-handed play, with flops a rare breed and pre-flop raises mostly succeeding in taking down pots. We just saw a reraise as Alexandre Gomes came over the top of Alex Brenes' $45,000 raise, but SharkBro wasn't down to tango and laid down the hand. And the beast goes on.
Level
21
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
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Return to the Action!

Chip leadah!
Chip leadah!

The break is over and the cards are back in the air from Uruguay on the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour.

Here are the current chip counts as we proceed:

Jose Miguel Espinar $1,350,000
Lisandro Gallo
$775,000
Alexandre Gomes
$620,000
Alex Brenes
$490,000
Gylbert Drolet
$227,000
Level
21
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
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Pot for Gallo

The scene!
The scene!

Lisandro Gallo limps under the gun and Alexandre Gomes completes in the small blind. Jose Miguel Espinar checks his option and the flop comes Q T 3. Gomes bets out $36,000 and Espinar folds out, but Gallo raises to $75,000. Gomes mulls it over before making the call and checking dark heading for the turn, which comes the 2. Gallo bets out $85,000 and Gomes folds. Gallo takes the pot, flashing a queen as he does so.

We're now on a 15-minute break.

Level
20
Blinds
6000/12000
Ante
1000
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Ace-High Is Good

Lisandro Gallo
Lisandro Gallo
Lisandro Gallo raises to $30,000 out of the small blind and Gylbert Drolet makes the call in the big blind. The flop comes K 4 2 and Gallo checks to Drolet, who bets $45,000. Gallo makes the call and the turn is the 9. Gallo checks again to Drolet, who makes it $70,000 to go. Again Gallo calls and after 6 on the river, both players check. Gallo shows A T for ace-high and takes the pot.
Level
20
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6000/12000
Ante
1000
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Pot for Espinar

The Spaniard!
The Spaniard!
Alex Brenes raises to $34,000 from the button and Jose Miguel Espinar makes the call in the big blind. The flop comes A 5 2 and Espinar checks to Brenes, who bets out $60,000. Espinar raises to $160,000 and after some thought, Brenes lays it down. Espinar takes the pot.
Level
20
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6000/12000
Ante
1000
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New Level!

Jose Miguel Espinar
Jose Miguel Espinar

We've reached the end of Level 19 and action continues into Level 20 without benefit of a pause.

Here are the current chip counts for the remaining five players:

Jose Miguel Espinar $1,145,000
Alexandre Gomes
$800,000
Gylbert Drolet
$600,000
Alex Brenes
$500,000
Lisandro Gallo
$450,000
Level
20
Blinds
6000/12000
Ante
1000
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Chream Chropped (Sixth)

Chream get the money, dolla dolla bill y'all!
Chream get the money, dolla dolla bill y'all!
Short-stacked Sidney Chreem open-shoves all-in for his last $50,000 and Lisandro Gallo makes the call, turning up a pocket pair of sevens. Chreem is racing with Q 9 and will need to improve to survive. The flop comes T T 8, giving Chreem the gut-shot. The turn, however, is the 6 and the river the 3 and Chreem whiffs. He's out in sixth place and takes $34,045 from the prize pool.
Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
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Gomes Plays Tricky

Gylbert Drolet
Gylbert Drolet
Gylbert Drolet raises to $29,000 from under the gun and Alexandre Gomes makes the call on the button. The flop comes Q 8 7 and Drolet bets out $45,000. Gomes raises to $160,000 and after some negotiation, Drolet lays it down. Gomes shows J-T as he rakes the pot.
Level
19
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5000/10000
Ante
1000
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Pot for Gomes

Alexandre Gomes
Alexandre Gomes
Lisandro Gallo raises to $30,000 and the action folds around to Alexandre Gomes, who makes the call in the big blind. The flop comes T T 5 and both players check. The turn is the K and Gomes bets out $50,000. Gallo folds and Gomes takes the pot.
Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
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Perez Plastered (Seventh)

Juan Jose Perez raises to $35,000 and Jose Miguel Espinar reraises to $92,000 on the button. Action folds back around to Perez, who moves all-in for $195,000 total. Espinar makes an instant call and turns up A J, only to find himself well behind Perez's A A.

The flop comes Q T 2, giving Espinar the gut-shot straight draw, and the A on the turn gives Perez top set and eliminates Espinar's runner-runner outs. The river is the dagger K and Espinar spikes the broadway straight in dramatic fashion, brutally eliminating Juan Jose Perez in seventh place for a $25,535 consolation prize.

Level
19
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5000/10000
Ante
1000
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Ribeiro Primed! (Eighth)

Sour Paulo!
Sour Paulo!

On the third hand at the final table, Jose Miguel Espinar raises to $26,000 and Paulo Ribeiro makes it $52,000 to go. Action folds back to Espinar, who makes the call, and the flop comes K K 6. Espinar checks to Ribeiro, who bets $100,000 and is raised all-in.

Ribeiro instantly calls off his last $226,000 and turns up a pocket pair of jacks, only to find himself well behind Espinar's K Q. The turn is the Q and Ribeiro is drawing dead, and the K on the river adds insult to injury by giving Espinar quads.

Ribeiro is eliminated in eighth place. He wins $17,025 for his efforts.

Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
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The Final Countdown

The final eight players have found their seats and unbagged their chips and we're ready to go on Day 3 of the PokerStars.net LAPT-Punta del Este tournament. We've endured a number of teething issues on the side of the camera crew, but tournament director Mike Ward has now instructed his dealer to do the shuffle up and deal thing and the cards are in the air in Uruguay. Tune in for thrilling updates as we play down to a champion today!

Action begins with 43:39 left in Level 19. We'll play this level and one more before taking our first break, and take a break every two levels thereafter. Button starts with Gylbert Drolet.

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19
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5000/10000
Ante
1000
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Final-Table Profile: Juan Jose Perez

Rosy!
Rosy!
Juan Jose is a professional player who took up poker four years ago, playing online on PokerStars. He makes most of his money playing cash games, at the $3/$6 and $5/$10 tables. He also plays live in casinos in Argentina. He has played relatively few tournaments but has thoroughly enjoyed the LAPT. Short-stacked, he plans to play aggressively. “My only goal is to win.” Thinks the tournament has been very well-organized and hopes to win.
Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
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Final-Table Profile: Alex Brenes

Brother to the chark!
Brother to the chark!

Alex has already set a phenomenal LAPT record by making two final tables in the first three events. He came fourth at the first LAPT in Rio. Alex is the younger brother of Team PokerStars Pro Humberto and has been playing poker for 20 years. He used to watch Humberto and their other brother Eric play home games and when the game shifted to a local casino, he started playing himself.

He said: "There was a group of around 30 regulars at the casino. We used to have two tournaments a week and at the end of the year, the top 10 on the leader board would play a final table. I won it every year from 1988 to 1996."

If he wins today, it won't be his biggest live result – aside from LAPT Rio where he won $62,800, he's come second in two WSOP side events, and won a WPT title in LA and a $250k first prize in a Vegas tournament. Nevertheless, it’s the LAPT title he wants – and which he aims to get today.

Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
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Final-Table Profile: Gylbert Drolet

Pride of Canadia!
Pride of Canadia!

Gylbert has been playing poker seriously since he turned 18 three years ago but is already enjoying considerable success. He qualified for both LAPT San José and Punta del Este via the Steps satellites on PokerStars. He normally plays online as well as in home games with friends, and prefers tournaments. He has won three $100 online tournaments on PokerStars and also cashed in the Sunday Million around a month ago.

“I want to be sponsored and I know I can play really great poker,” he was quoted as saying. Gylbert is currently studying technology but will focus on business studies at university. “My parents aren’t that keen on me playing poker but they recognize that I’m pretty good at it.” He is being supported in Punta del Este by his good friend Andreane.

He added: “I had a really good feeling about this tournament. It started very badly though. In the first hour, I was dealt KK but ran into aces, which took me down to $6k. Despite that setback, I always felt very confident however.”

Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
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Final-Table Profile: Paulo Ribeiro

Paolo has played all the LAPTs so far: in Rio he busted in the first day and in Costa Rica he made Day 2 but busted short out of the money. Last Sunday he chopped four-way a tournament in a São Paulo poker room, taking $40,000 BRL. This inspired him and his best friend Piragibe to try the third and final LAPT Season 1 event in Punta.

Paolo started playing Texas Hold’em about a year ago but before that he used to play stick poker. Paolo, known online "PC PORTUGA", has tried not to think about what he'd do with the money if he wins, but he would definitely set aside some of it to bankroll more tournaments on the live and international circuit, especially EPTs. He has thoroughly enjoyed the LAPTs and now plans to bring the trophy and title back to Brazil.

Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
Players Left
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Final-Table Profile: Lisandro Gallo

Father-of-three Lisandro has been playing poker for 10 years, mainly live and online tournaments. His recent successes include winning a tournament at the Conrad Casino in Punta del Este in March and also an “Argentinians-only" poker tournament on PokerStars. By day, he manages an agricultural products company. Lisandro hasn’t had it that easy in this tournament – by the time we reached two tables, he was down to just $40k ... but a run of good cards brought him back up to $465,000.

Despite this low point, he is still supremely confident he can win. He said, “When I walked in here the first day, I pointed at the final table and told my friends 'That table is waiting for me.'” Lisandro is married to Karina and the couple have three children: Maria Celeste, Maria Eugenia and Juan Paolo.

Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
Players Left
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Final-Table Profile: Jose Miguel Espinar

Jose Miguel began playing poker in December 2007 but took to the game instantly. Only a month later, he found himself at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. A friend had convinced him to leave his job and dedicate himself to poker. It was the right decision: José Miguel came 44th at the PCA, winning $24,000.

Following that, he played all the rest of the European Poker Tour Season 4 events. He came to LAPT Punta del Este with a bunch of Spanish friends but has been the only one to make the money. He reached the final table courtesy of busting Team Poker Stars Pro Vanessa Rousso, who came 10th. Vanessa had the misfortune to find pocket nines against Jose Miguel’s pocket aces.

Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Final-Table Profile: Alexandre Gomes

Allingomes!
Allingomes!

Only two years ago, Alex was fully set on a career as a lawyer. He played poker at home with friends but was committed to his career and was already a partner in a corporate law firm. However, once he started playing online poker, he was soon winning big money, including first place in the Wednesday Hundred Fifty Grand for $65,333.

Eventually Alex had to make a choice, but doesn’t regret his decision to turn pro. In the last six weeks, his career has soared: first he took down the $2,000 NLHE at this year’s WSOP for an astonishing $770,540; then he was signed to join Team PokerStars Pro, and now he is chip leader on the final table at his first-ever LAPT. Alexandre is a keen sportsman and plays soccer regularly as well as supporting his local team, Coritiba FC. Alexandre plays online as "Allingomes."

Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Final-Table Profile: Sidney Chreem

Known as “flintstom” on PokerStars, Sidney mainly plays tournaments – both live and online. Today’s final-table appearance is the best result he’s had so far but he also took sixth place in a Super Tuesday on PokerStars and won a deep-stack tournament at the Conrad Casino in Punta del Este.

Sidney started off as a backgammon player but, like many backgammon players, found poker more lucrative. Back in Rio, he runs a chain of clothing stores. His wife Silvia couldn’t come with Sidney to Punta del Este – she’s back home caring for the couple’s two children, Laura and Gustavo.

"We talk every day though so I can tell her I’m getting on. I’m in this tournament to win so I expect to do well today.”

Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Final-Table Time-ish!

Chip leader Gylbert Drolet.
Chip leader Gylbert Drolet.

Welcome to Day 3 of the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour's finale in Punta del Este. Of the 351 players who started with high hopes and beleaguered bankrolls two days ago, only eight remain, and they've all reconverged on the Mantra Resort Spa Casino for the final day of this epic battle.

There's a $241,735 first prize on the line and nearly double that in bragging rights, so the action is guaranteed to be fierce as we play down to a champion over the next few hours. PokerListings.com is live and on location as your only true source for credible and comprehensive coverage of the LAPT extravaganza.

Action was slated to begin at noon local time (i.e. now), but has been pushed back an hour. While you wait, check out the chip counts here, the results to this point here, and our photo gallery here.

And then get yourself a PokerStars account so you can see Season 2 out the window of a jet airplane and not your laptop!

Level
19
Blinds
5000/10000
Ante
1000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Event Name LAPT Punta del Este
Venue Mantra Resort Spa Casino
Date 7 August 2008
Final Day 9 August 2008
Buy In $2,500
Entrants 351
Prize Pool $851,175
First Prize $241,735
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 25/50
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 3 0 75/150
Level 4 25 100/200
Level 5 25 150/300
Level 6 50 200/400
Level 7 50 300/600
Level 8 75 400/800
Level 9 100 500/1000
Level 10 100 600/1200
Level 11 150 800/1600
Level 12 150 1000/2000
Level 13 200 1200/2400
Level 14 300 1500/3000
Level 15 300 2000/4000
Level 16 400 2500/5000
Level 17 500 3000/6000
Level 18 500 4000/8000
Level 19 1000 5000/10000
Level 20 1000 6000/12000
Level 21 2000 8000/16000
Level 22 2000 10000/20000
Level 23 3000 12000/24000
Level 24 3000 15000/30000
Level 25 4000 20000/40000
Level 26 5000 30000/60000

Jose Miguel Espinar
wins
$241,735

LAPT Punta del Este

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Jose Miguel Espinar $241,735
2. Alex Brenes $127,675
3. Lisandro Gallo $93,630
4. Alexandre Gomes $68,100
5. Gylbert Drolet $51,070
6. Sidney Chreem $34,045
7. Juan Jose Perez $25,535
8. Paulo Ribeiro $17,025
9. Carlos Alberto Curi $12,765
10. Vanessa Rousso $11,065