He could do no wrong. “It was odd, but with the hands I was getting, it would have been hard not to win. I was joking to someone that if you gave the cards that I had to anyone at the final table, they would have won also,” Carter Gill told Card Player after winning the Latin Series of Poker $1 million guaranteed event.
He may not have won one million dollars, but with his six-figure cash he managed to hit the million-dollar mark in live tournament winnings. Gill has been on a roll of making final tables in the region, plus a major Latin America Poker Tour title in Uruguay, before winning the Latin Series of Poker Millions.
He started the final day eighth in chips but not that that far behind Francis Cruz, who was the fifth biggest stack at the final table. Gill started his run by eliminating shortstack Adam Reynolds in seventh place. After a series of raises and re-raises, Reynolds confidently moved all his chips in the middle with pocket Queens. But Gill smooth-called with pocket Aces, ending Reynolds’ hopes of staying in the game.
Cruz was Gill’s next victim. He open-raised all-in with pocket sixes and had to dodge an Ace or a Queen to survive. That didn’t happen as the river brought a Queen to the board, sending Cruz packing in sixth place with $33,950.
Team PokerStars pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero was the fifth place finisher, losing his entire stack to Leonardo Tarazona. He didn’t leave Panama empty-handed, though, cashing in $43,625. Tarazona followed Barbero, putting his stack at risk with Ace-rag. Israeli Alon Raz got all of Tarazona’s chips with his pocket eights.
From three-handed play to the last man standing, it was only a matter of minutes. Maziar Keshavarzi finished third for $75,675 by losing his final hand against the future winner in an Ace-Nine versus Ace-Queen all-in battle. Moments later, Raz made a similar move by going all-in with Ace-Seven. Gill had the goodies again with Ace-King, finishing the tournament in style.
For his second-place finish, the Israeli cashed in $100,600. The winner earned a big $175,040 check.
Congratulations to Carter Gill on his outstanding run. Will he continue his domination in this year’s LAPT?