The Latin American Poker Tour concluded its Season 6 Grand Final on Sunday as the final eight players of a 508-player field returned to the Mantra Resort, Spa and Casino in Punta del Esta, Uruguay to battle down to a winner. Carter Gill, who made national headlines after video of his “bad beat” face went viral, began the final table as chip leader, and he put it to good use on his way to victory.
Here’s a look at the LAPT Season 6 Uruguay final table results:
|5th||Juan Perez Solari||$59,840|
|7th||Joao “Bauer” NetoCesar||$33,780|
*Denotes heads-up deal.
According to the PokerStars Blog, the first elimination of the final table occurred when Walid Mubarak moved all in for 235,000 from the button and Ivan Raich called from the big blind.
It was a classic flip, and according to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Raich was a slight 55.05% favorite while Mubarak would come from behind 44.55% of the time. The flop was no help to Mubarak, and his chances of survival dropped to 26.87%. The turn knocked it down even further to 13.64%, which meant he needed either a king or queen on the river to stay alive. The dealer burned one last time and put out the . The Peruvian missed and was dispatched in eighth place for $25,840.
After Joao “Bauer” NetoCesar and Cesar Sanguinetti were eliminated in seventh and sixth place, respectively, courtesy of Gill, Juan Perez Solari joined them on the rail courtesy of a bad beat. It happened when Solari moved his last 10 big blinds or so all in preflop holding and received a call from Andre Korn, who picked up the in the big blind. Solari was in a dominating position, but then the flop came down . Korn spiked a set, and after the blanked on the turn followed by the on the river, Solari was bounced in fifth place for $59,840.
Korn failed to capitalize on the momentum and was himself dispatched in fourth place for $79,100, and with three players remaining, Ariel Mantel moved all in from the small blind for his last 10 big blinds. Gill called from the big blind and the cards were turned up.
The flop wasn’t particularly interesting, and neither was the turn. Mantel needed either a queen or ten on the river to stay alive, but it wasn’t in the cards as the bricked. Mantel took his leave in third place for $106,300.
Gill held a sizeable chip lead in heads-up play, but Raich managed to close the gap a bit. It was at that point the two struck a deal. Gill guaranteed himself $194,692 while Raich was awarded $172,568. The two left the title and $24,000 on the table, so it was back to business.
Raich eventually took over the chip lead, but Gill battled back to a 2-1 advantage. Near the end of Level 30, Gill put in a raise preflop, Raich called, and then both players checked the flop. After the dealer burned and turned the , Raich bet 255,000 and Gill called. The river saw Raich lead out for 975,000 only to have Gill move all in. Raich seem conflicted as to what to do, but eventually called off with the for a straight. Unfortunately for him, it was no good as Gill had rivered a flush with the .
Raich took home $172,568 for his runner-up finish while Gill took down the Grand Final for $218,692.
“I’m just happy," Gill said after the win. “Happy.”
Gill, who was coming off a fourth-place finish in the LAPT Panama Main Event worth $57,060, notched the second largest score of his live poker career with this win. He also pushed himself to nearly $900,000 in career tournament earnings.
Data and photos courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.