The PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour recently stopped in Lima, Peru and held a $2,700 no limit hold’em main event. the tournament saw 384 players competing and the total prize pool up for grabs was $931,200. In the end it would be Jose Barbero who would outlast the field and earn the $250,000 first place prize.
Barbero has done well during Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) events. He won the Punta del Esta main event in Uruguay earning just over $279,000 and with the win he became the first player ever to win two tournament titles.
When final table play began Barbero would be in the chip lead and he would continue to play well until he claimed the title. He held just over 1.8 million chips and the closest player to him had just over 1.4 million chips.
The first player to be eliminated from final table play would be Valerio Valera. He would call an all in preflop for 79,000 with his pocket fours. The flop fell 10-8-7 and Carlos Herrera would hold K-10 and with no help from the turn or river cards, Valera would be out in eighth place.
Just two hands later another poker player would fall. Ben Barrows would go all in pre flop with an A-Q and Herrera would call. Herrera held pocket kings and with a board of Q-Q-5-6-8 Herrera would be eliminated in seventh place.
Sixth place would go to Rene Aguilar who would go all in pre-flop (every elimination hand seemed to be an all in pre-flop) with K-Q. he would be called by Erick Cabrera who held pocket queens. Nothing came on the board and Aguilar was out in sixth place. Next to go would be Silvio Martins when he went all in with K-10 against Barrows who held A-6. The flop saw an ace and it was just enough for Martins to be eliminated in fifth place.
Fourth place would go to Ismael Cadiz who moved all in preflop against Barbero. Cadiz held K-J while Barbero held A-2.the board ran Q-7-7-8-10 and Cadiz would go out in fourth. Cabrera would go out in third after going all in with A-10. Jose Barbero would call with 9-7 and the board would produce a straight for Barbero and Cabrera would go out in third.
This would bring the game to heads up play with Barbero and Barrows. Barbero would hold a good size chip lead so heads up play would not last long. On the last hand of the game Barrows would go all in pre-flop and Barbero would call. Barbero would hold A-7 while Barrows would hold A-2. The board fell K-Q-7-2-J. Barbero would have the better hand and Barrows would be eliminated in second place. Barbero would gain his second LAPT title and this would put him at the top of the all time leading money list for the tour.
1: Jose Barbero — $250,000
2: Ben Barrows — $144,000
3: Erick Cabrera — $88,400
4: Ismael Cádiz — $65,100
5: Silvio Martins — $46,500
6: Rene Aguilar — $37,300
7: Carlos Herrera — $28,000
8: Valerio Valera — $18,600
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