was $141,426 on the line in the PokerStars Latin
American Poker Tour (LAPT) Viña del Mar
event, held in Chile. Players from 27 countries
around the world descended on the South American
casino and, in the end, Fabian Ortiz became the
first Latin American champion in LAPT history.
He hails from Chaco, which PokerStars describes
as a "rural province" in Argentina.
Main Event at Vina del Mar had a buy-in of $2,700
along with a second chance tournament that sported
a $1,100 price tag. It was the LAPT's first tournament
since the event in Mexico ended abruptly with
federal agents descending on the tournament area
late last year. The Viña del Mar event
saw 50 Chileans enter and the entire final table
consisted of players from across Latin and South
President Glenn Cademartori commented in a press
release distributed by PokerStars on Friday, "Fabian
Ortiz's win demonstrates the growth of poker as
a Latin American sport. This is our first event
where the majority of the field was made up of
Latin American players. We expect many more local
champions as this sport continues to grow in popularity
in the region."
PokerStars Pro members Humberto Brenes, who hails
from Costa Rica, and Andre Akkari, who resides
in Brazil, made their way to Viña del Mar.
However, neither sponsored pro made the final
table, which in the end shook out as follows:
up for the LAPT is a stop in Punta del Este, Uruguay
at the Mantra Resort Spa and Casino. The $3,700
Main Event kicks off on March 18th and a winner
will be crowned two days later. A second chance
tournament has a $1,100 buy-in. The feature tournament
is capped at 500 players and the second chance
can accomodate a maximum of 300. Mar de Plata
in Argentina will host the season-end event in
April. No official dates for the tournament have
is fresh off holding the largest live poker tournament
ever held outside of the United States. The most
recent PokerStars Caribbean Adventure drew 1,347
players and awarded a first place prize of $3
million, which went to Poorya Nazari. The Canadian
defeated American Tony Gregg heads-up.
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