LAPT Rio de Janeiro
Season One – 3-5 May 2008
314 of which 130 were online qualifiers
InterContinental Hotel Rio, Av Prefeito Mendes de Morais 222, Rio de Janeiro 22610-095 Brazil
Tel – +55 21 33232200
Fax – +55 21 33232295
Holiday brings with it the ‘Mother Lode’ for Dutch Tourist
The inaugural event of the richest tour in South and Central America, the LAPT, was won by Dutch tourist, Julien Nuijten, who was primarily in Rio on his annual holiday with a friend. The online qualifier and prodigious online poker player decided he had better try his luck and ended up going home over $200 000 richer!
The 19-year-old survived a field that included some poker heavyweights – Brazilian pro Andre Akkari and Costa Rican poker legend, Humberto ‘the Shark’ Brenes as well as members of the PokerStars team including Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Rousso and Victor Ramdin.
A Touch of Magic!
What is most interesting is that Nuijten is one of four poker players who have translated their awesome skill in magic onto the green felt tables of tournament poker with unparalleled success. He became the youngest ever ‘Magic World Champion’ at the age of fifteen in 2004! Other accomplished poker players well known for their contribution to conjuring are Noah Boeken, David Williams and Dario Minieri!
Nuijten joined the final table battle as the significant chip leader and eliminated half of the remaining combatants personally before the heads-up encounter with the lone American who made it through to the final table, the 47-year-old Vitaly Kovyazin.
"We were in the neighbourhood, so we thought we’d give it a go. I was playing pretty aggressively heads-up and I knew I could break him. I’m feeling pretty good about it. I had some two horrible bad beats but in the end I got him on tilt,“ said the elated Dutchman of his one and only ‘live’ tournament win!
Nuijten has every right to be elated with his final table pasting of Kovyazin – the American has had plenty of live tournament action and boasts three additional cashes to his first LAPT ‘in the money’ finish including 15th spot at the no limit holdem event at the 2008 WPT Borgata Winter Open, 4th at the 2006 WSOP Tournament Circuit at Harrah’s in Atlantic City and 27th at the United States Poker Championship in 2004.
Final Table Results
- Julien Nuijten (Netherlands) – $222 940
- Vitaly Kovyazin (USA) – $117 750
- Nikolai Senninger (Germany) – $86 350
- Alex Brenes (Costa Rica) – $62 800
- Eduardo Henriques (Brazil) – $47 100
- Oliver Kugler (Germany) – $31 400
- Rafael Pardo (Colombia) – $23 550
- Juan Carlo Burguillos (Venezuela) – $15 700
- Severin Walser (Switzerland) – $11 775