PokerStars unveils LAPT schedule

PokerStars unveils LAPT schedule

Friday, 25 January 2013

PokerStars has announced the schedule for the latest edition of its Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) with events set to take place in Panama, Chile, Peru, Columbia, Brazil and Uruguay.

Being called the ‘biggest and richest poker tour in Latin America’ the sixth LAPT will get underway with a five-day and nine-event festival from the Enjoy Casino and Resort in Vina Del Mar, Chile, on March 13.

This marks the fourth time that the LAPT has visited Chile with the season opener promising to build on the success enjoyed by previous editions. Last year’s main event held at the same venue attracted 672 players and generated a prize pool of $651,840 and this time around will include a $5,000 buy-in high-roller tournament.

“We are very proud to be part of the biggest poker tournament in Latin America,” said Eduardo Garcia, Commercial Manager for the Enjoy Casino and Resort.

“It is due to this association that the Enjoy Casino and Resort in Chile has led this initiative five years in a row, which stands for quality and constitutes an effective way to boost tourism by bringing tourists to Chile from around the world.”

From here the sixth season of the PokerStars-sponsored LAPT is due to revisit the same destinations as its predecessor in a bid to establish regular festivals and consolidate relationships with partners while delivering consistency to players.

“It’s amazing how fast the LAPT has grown in the past few years and the most exciting thing is that it continues to expand,” said Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez, who won the Panama main event during the fifth season of the LAPT.

“The organisation, the well thought out buy-in levels, the prestige and the experience that all professional and amateur players bring to the LAPT makes this tour better and better year after year.

“I’m happy that the tour I love to play will return to Panama where I felt great excitement not only from winning the event but also because I was able to share the experience with friends and people I love. There is a unique atmosphere of love and support from everyone involved in LAPT events that you cannot find elsewhere.”

PokerStars stated that players from around the world are to be given ‘many opportunities to participate’ and can either buy-in direct on-site or take part in via a series of live or online satellites. A series of daily freerolls for a seat into the opener in Chile has already begun while additional information is available at

“Season six will build on last year’s growth and return to the same cities, adding stability for poker and the LAPT brand in the region,” said David Carrion, President for the LAPT.

“Season six will focus on delivering an excellent poker experience to players at all skill levels.”

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Tags: LAPT, Chile, Panama, Columbia, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Leo Fernandez