The Latin American Poker Tour, an Overview
The long-reaching tendrils of tournament poker have now virtually grabbed the imagination of poker players the world over and with the newly conceived LAPT it is only really the continent of Africa that is still to be conquered by poker, Texas Holdem in particular.
The sponsors of the EPT and APPT soon realised there was massive interest in tournament poker in South and Central America and with the continent close to the real action of Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Reno it was just a matter of time before a tournament was mooted for Latin America. It is argued that Latin America is currently one of the fastest growing ‘poker regions’, together with areas of Asia.
LAPT Season One Kicks off in Rio
In May 2008, Season One of the LAPT was launched and the inaugural event took place in one of the most exotic destinations on planet earth, the incomparable Rio de Janeiro – home to Ipanema, Copacabana, the titivating Rio Carnival and of course the giant statue of Jesus the Redeemer!
What is refreshing is that many of the top poker players in the United States, Canada and Europe have not only indicated their support for the tour but have made the trip to contest the maiden events of the LAPT. Without the backing of the top pros, no tour has a chance of succeeding as we have witnessed with the EPM (European Poker Masters), the ShowDown Poker Tour (SDPT) and to a lesser extent, the PPT (Professional Poker Tour).
Although many of the pros do fall under the auspices of sponsor, PokerStars, and are expected to show support for the fledgling tour, there are a number of other professionals who have put their considerable weight behind the tour and as long as the fields continue to grow together with the prize pools, the future of the LAPT is a given.
LAPT Season One Schedule
Big Names Back the LAPT
Some of the consummate poker technicians behind the remarkable success of the inaugural season of the LAPT are:
- Humberto Brenes – native of San Jose in Colombia and dubbed the ‘Godfather of Costa Rican Poker Players’, Brenes has two WSOP bracelets to his name and has pocketed over $5million in career earnings.
- Daniel Negreanu – who is currently heading the WPT earnings list and has two WPT titles and four WSOP bracelets.
- Greg ‘Fossilman’ Raymer – winner of the celebrated main event at the 2004 WSOP becoming the second online qualifier to do so
- Barry Greenstein – two-time WPT title holder and winner of three WSOP bracelets
- Gavin Griffin – winner of the 2007 EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo