2011 PokerStars.net LAPT Colombia Day 2: McDonald Leads With 28 Remaining

Stuart McDonald

The PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour continued on Saturday with Day 2 of the2011 Pokerstars.net LAPT Colombia. Out of the starting field of 681, only 209 returned on Day 2 with hopes of making it through to the final table. Reaching the final table was not going to be easy with such a large returning field, and after 10 levels of play, only 28 will come back on Sunday for Day 3. Leading the way is Stuart McDonald of Australia with 754,000.

McDonald held an above-average stack for most of the day, but really turned it on during the latter stages of the day. The hand that got things started for McDonald was when he eliminated Andres Castro at the 4,000/8,000/1,000 level.

In early position, McDonald opened for 17,000 and Castro called in middle position. The flop came down {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{4-Spades} and after McDonald bet 18,000, Castro moved all-in for 61,000. McDonald went into the tank, eventually getting the clock called on him. Ultimately, McDonald called with {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}. He was ahead with his kings as Castro tabled {q-Spades}{j-Spades}. The {a-Diamonds} turn and {a-Spades} river secured the pot for McDonald en route to his ending the day with the chip lead.

Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes made the money but busted in 53rd place. On his final hand, action folded to Brenes in the small blind and he stuck in his remaining eight big blinds with {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. The player in the big blind looked him up with {a-Hearts}{4-Spades} and took out the Costa Rican when the board ran out {q-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{8-Spades}.

Among those who failed to make the money were Day 1a chip leader Freddy Torres and Day 1b chip leader Leandro Csome. In the latter's case, it was all downhill from the start on Day 2. On his final hand, holding {10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}, he called all-in on a {9-Clubs}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts}{j-Hearts} board. Jessica Bedoya had him beat with {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and sent the Argentinian to the rail when the {a-Hearts} hit the river.

For PokerStars Team Online's Freddy Torres, it was a bluff gone wrong that spelled doom. On a {10-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{3-Spades} board, Torres and his opponent in the hand, Jonathan Markovitz, checked to see the {9-Diamonds} turn. Torres fired 35,000, about half the size of the pot, but was unable to shake Markovitz. When the {2-Hearts} hit the river, Torres shoved with the bigger stack. However, Markovitz again called and the look on Torres' face said it all. Torres showed {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}, second best to Markovitz's {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}, and found himself on the short stack, busting shortly thereafter.

Here is the Day 3 table and seat draw:

11Tulio Bertoli98,000
12Victor Forero283,000
13Jhon Jairo398,000
14Rafael Velandia248,000
16Alexis Gomez713,000
18Norberto Iglesias369,000
19Cesar Mejia Medina412,000
21Jessica Bedoya168,000
22Carlos Perez184,000
23Jason Sudol425,000
24Stuart McDonald754,000
27Jonathan Monsalve393,000
28Martz Ramirez257,000
29David Garcia701,000
31Francisco Cortaza147,000
32Francisco Corvalan369,000
33Miguel Solano236,000
36Simon Campo490,000
37Luis Vayas281,000
38Rafael Pardo372,000
39Ernesto Barros275,000
42Carlos Ponce259,000
43Daniel Hurtado238,000
44Julian Menendez400,000
45Andres Felipe Corrales Giraldo544,000
46Gilberto Castillo417,000
48Jonathan Markovitz561,000
49Roxana Azar73,000

Day 3 action is set to commence at 1200 COT (1000 PDT) on Sunday, and play will continue until a champion is crowned.

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