Pedro Claus Wins LAPT Season 9 Uruguay $1,500 Main Event

Pedro Claus entered the LAPT Season 9 Uruguay $1,500 Main Event Final Table as a chip leader and holding a substantial chip advantage over his remaining opponents. Although the player relinquished his lead several times during final table play, he eventually scooped the trophy and the amount of $90,630 in prize money.

Day 4 of the event kicked off with eight remaining players to be concluded with Claus posing with the title. As mentioned above, the eventual winner started the day as the chip leader. Eight-handed play was off to a slow start, even though there were several short-stacked players who were expected to leave the final table relatively quickly.

There were six Argentines left at that stage of the tournament and only two Brazilians. It is interesting to note that Argentina holds the record for the most LAPT Main Event titles won since the series’ inception nine seasons ago. With Claus winning the Uruguay Main Event last night, the country now has ten winners to have captured the prestigious title.

With Day 4 play kicking off slowly, it took some time before the initial field of eight was whittled down to just three players. Brazil’s Fernando Araujo and Argentina’s Manuel Vuotto were the other two players left at the table at that point, aside from Claus. The three remaining survivors negotiated a deal, under which they were all to take $70,000 and the remaining $20,630 were to be given to the champion, together with the tournament trophy. A three-way deal was indeed reached and the players needed about an hour of play to determine the winner.

Araujo was Claus’ heads-up opponent. Two-handed play started with the Argentine holding five times more chips than his Brazilian opponent. The first hand of the heads-up duel turned out to be the very last one played in the tournament. Araujo tried to emerge from his uncomfortable position by moving all-in from the button. Claus called immediately, tabling [Qc][Qs] against his opponent’s [Kd][6c]. The board was of no help to Araujo and he had to content himself with a runner-up finish.

Manuel Vuotto took 3rd place in the tournament for $70,000. Sergio De Benedictis finished 4th for $39,720. Nicolas Pernigotti collected $31,160 for a fifth-place finish. Ruben Barros finished 6th, good for $24,400. Cristian Andres Rotondo took home the amount of $18,340 for taking 7th place in the event. Marco Oliveira, the other Brazilian at the final table, rounded it out for a payout of $13,040.

Conrad Resort & Casino in Punta del Este, Uruguay was the penultimate stop not only on the LAPT Season 9 schedule but also for the tournament series as a whole. Earlier this year, PokerStars announced that it would merge together all its regional live poker tours into what will be known as PokerStars Live from next year on. The LAPT will be concluded with a poker festival in São Paulo, Brazil, which is to take place together with the BSOP Millions from November 22 to December 1.

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