LAPT Chile 2012 Won By Aliro Diaz

Aliro Diaz has won the 2012 LAPT Chile, after defeating a field of 651 players over five days to lift the title, and collect the $76,560 top prize, after a six-way deal was struck.
After his victory, Chile’s Aliro Diaz honoured his friend who died in an accident yesterday, and said:
“He was a friend, a brother. I want to dedicate this to a friend who’s been watching over me since yesterday. This is for you Jorge.”
As the final table got underway, Aliro Diaz was lying 4th in chips out of table consisting of 3 Chileans, 2 Colombians, 2 Brazilians and an Argentinian.
Forty minutes later, Felipe Velasquez (Ad-Kh) dispatched Nicholas Batt (J-J) in 8th ($13,040), while not long after Aliro Diaz (8-8) eliminated Halysson Sala (A-J) in 7th($17,470) on a 3-Q-7-K-5 board.
It was at his point the remaining six players struck a deal which saw chip leader Velasquez guaranteed $60,000, the other players $40,000 apiece, and varying amounts then reserved for different finishing positions.
Felipe Velasquez (A-Q) then sent Sergio Escobar (9-9) to the rail in 6th ($47,000), before a short-stacked Javier Venegas (K-3) pushed all-in from the button and was called by Leonardo Olivares (A-10) in the big blind. The 7-K-J-A-10 board subsequently ended Javier Venegas’s tournament, who went out in 5th for $50,000.
Next, out was Velasquez in 4th ($74,000), who pushed all-in (As-5s) from the small blind and was called by Aliro Diaz(9-9) on the big blind with the board falling 4-2-9-K-7.
After Jaoa Lopes was out in 3rd ($58,000) with pocket three’s versus Aliro Diaz’s pocket sevens, the heads-up phase of the competition got going with Aliro Diaz (6.5 m) up against fellow Chilean Leonardo Olivares (3.2m).
Seven hands later, Olivares (A-Q) went all-in on a J-9-9 flop only to be called by Diaz with J-7. With the turn and river falling a 5 and J, Leonardo finished the runner-up for ($66,000), while Aliro Diaz was crowned the 2012 LAPT Chile Champion.

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