Oriental Poker Championship Macau

Main Event

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 25,000 / 50,000
Ante 5,000

Players Info

Prize Pool $1,176,200
Main Event
Day 4 Completed

Congratulations to Martin Sansour, Winner of LAPT Argentina ($322,280)

Martin Sansour wins LAPT Argentina!
Martin Sansour wins LAPT Argentina!

Four days ago the LAPT Season Three Grand Final kicked-off at the City Center Casino in Rosario, Argentina. The tournament drew 254 players and generated a prize pool of $1,176,200. In the end, it was Martin Sansour who emerged victorious to become the Grand Final Champion and take home the $322,280 first prize.

The day started of fast with the eliminations of Nico Fierro (eighth place - $25,880) and Ivan Saul (seventh place - $37,640), both at the hands of Sansour. At that point, all eyes seemed to be on Matthias Habernig, the young Austrian who won the previous LAPT event in Florianopolis, Brazil. Habernig was looking to match Jose “Nacho” Barbero’s feat of winning back-to-back LAPT titles, but he found himself among the short stacks early on. He was eliminated from the tournament in sixth place ($49,400) when he, like those before him, met his end at the hands of Sansour.

After Habernig’s elimination, it didn’t take long for a monster pot to develop. Chip leader Sansour and second-largest stack Roberto Bianchi were heads up on a board reading {Q-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades}{Q-Spades} with a few hundred thousand in the pot. Suddenly Bianchi moved all in and was snap-called by Sansour. The crowd was stunned to see that Bianchi had pushed with pocket threes only to discover Sansour had flopped the straight. Bianchi was eliminated in fifth place ($61,160) while Sansour pulled away from the rest of the pack with 3.5 million.

Four-handed action lasted for quite some time before Sansour struck again, this time eliminating William Ross in fourth place ($84,960). A short time late Bolivar Palacios decided Sansour couldn’t be the only one eliminating people, so he put an end to Daniel Ades’ day in third place ($115,270). Heads-up play was expected to be an epic battle between Sansour and Palacios, who had been playing solidly all day. But the match lasted only two hands. On the second deal, Palacios was all in with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} against the {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} of Sansour. A king on the flop ushered Palacios out the door in second place ($188,200). Sansour, who knocked out six of his seven opponents, became the LAPT Grand Final Champion.

Sansour came to the final table third in chips and was able to capture them all in the end. He will take the Grand Final title back to Peru and close the door on another great season of the LAPT. For all of us here in Argentina from PokerNews, we thank you for following along and hope you get a chance to check out our coverage from the next stop!

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Bolivar Palacios Eliminated in 2nd Place ($188,200)

Bolivar Palacios - 2nd Place
Bolivar Palacios - 2nd Place

The first hand, Martin Sansour raised, and Bolivar Palacios folded. Not very exciting.

The second hand, Palacios raised, and Sansour shipped his big stack all in. And Palacios snap-called all-in, putting his tournament on the line! The crowd was instantly on its feet.

Palacios: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Sansour: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}

The {k-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop ended much of the drama. And the tournament was over after the {4-Clubs} on the turn. The two players have been friendly on breaks, often going outside to smoke together. They shook hands, and now it's time for them to celebrate.

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Daniel Ades Eliminated in 3rd Place ($115,270)

Daniel Ades - 3rd Place
Daniel Ades - 3rd Place

Bolivar Palacios was on the button and opened for 110,000. Daniel Ades then moved all-in from the small blind and Palacios motioned to call, which he eventually did after Martin Sansour folded from the big blind.

Palacios: {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}
Ades: {J-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

The {4-Clubs}{2-Spades}{6-Spades} was no help to anyone, which meant Ades needed to hit in order to survive. The {4-Spades} brought him one step close to elimination's door as the entire tournament area awaited the river. Unfortunately it was not meant to be for the 62 year-old Argentinean as the {K-Clubs} peeled off the deck. Ades was sent home in third place and will receive $115,270 for his performance.

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Finally Some Action


After a long lull, we've finally had a fairly substantial hand (at least it made it to the river). It all began when Martin Sansour raised preflop from the small blind and was called by Bolivar Palacios in the big.

The flop came down {3-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{9-Spades} and both players checked, as they did when the {10-Diamonds} fell on the turn. The dealer burned and put the {9-Diamonds} on the river at which point Sansour led out for 70,000. Palacios made the call but mucked after seeing Sansour's {10-Clubs}{2-Clubs}.

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Action seems to be in a stalemate as preflop raises have been enough to take down the pots preflop. In the rare instant that there is a flop, it has been in a limped pot where a simple bet is enough to take it down.