On Sunday, Weider Gutierrez emerged as the winner of the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Colombia Main Event at the Casino Allegre in Medellin, claiming a top prize of 165,244,000 Colombian pesos (US$86,918).
|Place||Player||Prize (COP)||Prize (USD)|
|4||Christian de Leon||74,460,000||$39,165|
|8||Juan Manual Pastor||22,840,000||$12,013|
*Denotes three-handed deal
Amazingly, Gutierrez was in contention for the same title last year. At the 2012 LAPT Colombia Main Event, he finished in fourth place after his opponent hit a three-outer on the river to send him packing short of glory. A year later, Gutierrez found himself with a second chance at the prize by making the final table again.
Gutierrez began the day third in chips behind Miguel Velasco and Pablo Luzardo. The final table also included Team PokerStars Pro Christian “El Grillo” de Leon of Mexico and fellow Colombian Mayu Roca.
Argentinian Juan Manual Pastor was the first to go. He started the final table sixth in chips but quickly recognized his fate after having all his chips in the middle holding pocket tens against short-stack Roca’s pocket kings. The kings held and Pastor was left with only 70,000 chips. Three hands later, he shoved and was called by Alejandro Arrubarrena who had been dealt pocket kings. The kings held again, and Pastor was out of the tournament in eighth place for COP 22,840,000 (USD $12,013).
Roca then busted the tournament in seventh place to collect COP 30,530,000 (USD $16,058). He played only one hand at the final table, committing the rest of his stack with . Miguel Moscoso called with pocket threes and held up when the board ran out .
In one of the biggest hands of the tournament, when blinds were at 20,000/40,000, Velasco started with an early position raise. Luzardo called, as did Moscoso, who checked the flop. Velasco bet 110,000 and Luzardo raised to 225,000, folding out Moscoso. Velasco called. Both players checked the turn. Velasco bet 250,000 into a 760,000 pot when the hit the river. Luzardo tank open-folded for bottom set of sixes. Velasco tabled for only middle pair. After that, the table applied pressure to Luzardo’s stack. Then finally in his last hand, Luzardo’s fell to Velasco’s when Velasco flopped and turned a flush with . Luzardo was out in sixth place and left with COP 41,510,000.
Arrubarrena busted in fifth place after he ran into Moscoso’s pocket eights. The board ran forcing Arrubarrena out of the tournament and left to collect COP 55,790,000 (USD $29,345).
Within 10 minutes, Arrubarrena was joined on the rail by de Leon, who failed to improve his hand of against Velasco’s pocket nines. An all-number board of sent de Leon to the payout table and cashed COP 74,460,000 ($39,165).
Once action reached three-handed play, a deal saw each of the players lock up 145,243,000 in Colombian pesos with an extra 10 million pesos going to second and a further 10 million to the winner.
Velasco was out in third for COP 145,243,000 ($76,397). Moscoso got all his chips in the middle on a flop holding . He was called by Velasco who had . The on the turn kept the aces in the lead, but the on the river gave Moscoso a flush and Velasco was out.
Going into heads-up play, Moscoso held a 2.5-to-1 chip advantage over Gutierrez but the lead switched when Moscoso ran his pocket fours into pocket eights. Then the players were nearly even when Moscoso got all of his chips in the middle with against Gutierrez’s . The flop delivered an ace for Gutierrez, but the turn and river gave Moscoso a runner-runner straight.
In the final hand, both players checked the flop of . Gutierrez check-raised to 900,000 on the turn. Moscoso shoved all-in and Gutierrez snap-called. Moscoso tabled for a six-high straight, while Gutierrez showed for a nine-high straight. With that hand, Gutierrez took the title of LAPT Colombia champion and COP 165,244,000 in prize money.
For a full recap of the LAPT Main Event, check out the PokerStars Blog.