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E pupu ake anaHe awa e mapuna mai anaI roto i te whatu-manawaKo tona matapuna he hononuA ina ia ka re re anoHe tai timuHe tai pariHe tai opeHe tai oraHe tai nuiLove is like waterContinually bubbling upA river that will keep flowingFrom within the very seat of the emotions.From...more

by Landon Blackhall on August 25, 2011 12:58 AM

LAPT Punta del Este: Komaromi captures Uruguay's first LAPT title

Of all the poker tours in the world, there may be no circuit fueled more by national pride than the Latin American Poker Tour. Where else will you find players and fans packing bags with their country's flag on the off-chance they can drape it over their shoulders during a victory celebration? Where...more

by Brad Willis on August 7, 2011 10:03 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 4, level 24-27 live updates (30,000-60,000-10,000)

4:47pm: Alex Komaromi wins Uruguay's first LAPT titleAlex Komaromi came in for a raise to 150,000 and Claudio Piedrabuena made the call. Both players checked the flop of 4♠7♣K♦. On the J♣ turn, Piedrabuena checked, Komaromi bet 225,000, and Piedrabuena announced he was all-in for around 1.3 ...more

by Martin Harris on August 7, 2011 8:56 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 3, level 23-24 live updates (15,000-30,000-5,000)

6:17pm: Oded dead in ninth as final table gets setAlex Komaromi opened to 65,000, a luxury afforded the chip leader at this stage. Oded Oscar Minond had been relatively quiet for the past hour or so, but finally woke up with an all-in for 445,000. Komaromi considered his options for a moment. Findin...more

by Brad Willis on August 6, 2011 11:00 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Komaromi of Uruguay leads final eight

Seems like ages ago that 422 players were seated all over the Mantra Resort and Casino, each with hopes of claiming an LAPT title and the cool $244,720 that went along with it. But it has only been three days, during which time all but eight from that starting field have survived with chips, all st...more

by Martin Harris on August 6, 2011 10:56 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 3, levels 19-22 live updates (10,000-20,000-3,000)

4:13pm: Break time; a dozen remainThe final 12 players have reached the second 15-minute break of the day. 4:04pm: Double doubleAnother quiet stretch just now, then two double-ups in quick succession, one on each of the two remaining six-handed tables.One saw Nelson Neto open for 50,000 from the c...more

by Brad Willis on August 6, 2011 10:54 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Kiles killing it after crazy day on the bubble

There is no accounting for a bubble day. Put the world's credit rating specialists, a couple of nuclear physicists, and the world's best poker tournament directors in a locked room, and they still couldn't predict how an LAPT bubble would turn out. Witness the wild and wooly world that was the Seas...more

by Brad Willis on August 6, 2011 5:11 AM

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2, levels 13-16 live updates (2,500-5,000-500)

10:24pm: Break timePlayers have reached the last break of the night.10:18pm: A killing for Kiles with KKHuge one just now between Cassio Kiles and Erik von Buxhoeveden. We came upon the hand on the turn, with the board showing 2♦3♦Q♦9♣ and van Buxhoeveden calling a hefty bet by Kiles, there...more

by Brad Willis on August 6, 2011 2:36 AM

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2, levels 9-12 live updates (1,000-2,000-300)

4:18pm: Break timeThe 85 remaining players are now on a 15-minute break.4:07pm: Eric von Buxhoeveden -- new chip leaderWe have a new chip leader in Erik von Buxhoeveden. The Austrian has steadily built his stack over the first four levels of play today, having now pushed past the 300,000-chip mark....more

by Brad Willis on August 5, 2011 8:21 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Record field trimmed in half, Perez ends Day 1 with lea

After a cold, wet night, the sun came out to shine on the east coast city of Punta del Este this morning. And a whopping field of 422 came out as well to join the fun at this year's main event, a new record for the LAPT stop. That field created a total prize pool of $941,480 which the top 56 finis...more

by Brad Willis on August 5, 2011 5:50 AM
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