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LAPT Mar del Plata: Picture your chip leaders

It's dinner time. Actually, for Argentinians, we think this is more like lunch, but we're not going to parse eating traditions. As far as Tournament Director Mike Ward is concerned, this is the time at which we dine.Fewer than 80 people remain in Day 1A. Because of the vagaries of a bifurcated Day ...more

by Brad Willis on April 16, 2009 11:54 PM

LAPT Mar del Plata: Pettey Cash

Travis Pettey is a long way from San Diego. After bubbling several satellites to the LAPT Grand Final, Pettey decided to bite the bullet and buy in... with the plethora of Frequent Player Points he had accumulated from playing some of the highest buy-in cash games on PokerStars. With 87 players r...more

by Kristin Bihr on April 16, 2009 9:53 PM

LAPT Mar del Plata: 22 minutes with Chris Moneymaker

Twenty-two minutes remained on the clock before the break. Chris Moneymaker sat stone-faced his table, sandwiched in the nine-seat between the dealer and Boris Becker's significant other, Lilly Kerssenberg.Moneymaker wasn't even supposed to be here today. He was initially signed up for Day 1B. He w...more

by Brad Willis on April 16, 2009 9:04 PM

LAPT Mar del Plata: Maridu needs a little run-good

"I ran so bad in SCOOP so I have to win this one, right?" said Maria "Maridu" Mayrinck as she clutched a cocktail at last night's welcome party. Wearing a printed kimono-style dress and metallic birdcage wedges, the always-fashionable Maridu had her "Team Pro" patch affixed to a vintage Chanel pur...more

by Kristin Bihr on April 16, 2009 7:46 PM

LAPT Mar del Plata: Field of final tablists

"Jude Law is here!"It's a common cry on the Latin American Poker Tour. The man we call Jude is, in fact, Damian Salas (an almost-dead ringer for the actor) He came in third place in Chile and has been a familiar face on the LAPT for some time.The nature of this game leads us to remember the names a...more

by Brad Willis on April 16, 2009 7:02 PM

LAPT Mar del Plata: Day 1 begins in the lens

Our photographer Joe Giron provides us with pictures that are worth more than 1,000 words. That much is clear.Unheralded though are the guys behind the video camera who provided us with thousands of pictures strung together into some great video worth...well, you do the math.Here's the video blog t...more

by Brad Willis on April 16, 2009 5:59 PM

LAPT Mar del Plata: Becker Faults

Even champions can fault from time to time. Especially when your opponent turns out to be slow-playing a monster hand. Becker called a 300 chip raise from his opponent and the two saw a flop of 8♣6♦4♥. Facing a bet of 600 on the flop, Becker shuffled his chips for several minutes, perhaps co...more

by Kristin Bihr on April 16, 2009 5:56 PM

LAPT Mar del Plata: All eyes on Boris

Cards went in the air only moments ago and as the first hand was dealt, every camera in the room was fixated on one table. Still and video lenses created a nearly impenetrable ring around the slice of felt housing Boris Becker, the rail full of fans behind him all craning their necks and holding po...more

by Kristin Bihr on April 16, 2009 5:53 PM

LAPT Mar del Plata: End of the road

This is how the end begins.It has been a long road, one that traveled from San Jose, Costa Rica to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. It then turned farther south, to Vina del Mar, Chile and then cross-continent to Punta del Este, Uruguay. For many people, they were long, thankless hours on a long, thankless r...more

by Brad Willis on April 16, 2009 5:50 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Houdini Hevroy escapes with win

by Brad Willis and Change100In the late hours of Day 2, Tournament Director Mike Ward began joking with 20 year-old Norwegian Karl Hevroy. Ward called the young online poker player "Houdini." At first, it was an inside joke between the two men. Tonight, it has a lot more meaning.Hevroy is, in fact,...more

by Brad Willis on March 21, 2009 3:02 AM

LAPT Punta del Este: Level 23 live updates

Updates from the LAPT event in Punta del Este Level 23 (15,000/30,000/3,000) will be posted here and come courtesy of live bloggers Brad Willis and Change100. Click refresh to see the latest updates.Last update 9:12pm9:12pm-- Karl Hevroy wins the LAPT Punta del Este ($283,500), Alejandro De Arruaba...more

by Kristin Bihr on March 21, 2009 2:10 AM

LAPT Punta del Este: Level 22 live updates

Updates from the LAPT event in Punta del Este Level 21 (12,000/24,000/2,000) will be posted here and come courtesy of live bloggers Brad Willis and Change100. Click refresh to see the latest updates.Last update 5:51pm6:11pm--A moving look at the final table6:01pm--Hevroy takes a chunk out of Guillén...more

by Brad Willis on March 20, 2009 10:35 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Level 21 live updates

Updates from the LAPT event in Punta del Este Level 21 (10,000/20,000/2,000) will be posted here and come courtesy of live bloggers Brad Willis and Change100. Click refresh to see the latest updates.Last update 5:11pm5:20pm--Half-million pot in battle of the blindsAfter play folded around to the bl...more

by Brad Willis on March 20, 2009 9:43 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Level 20 live updates

Updates from the LAPT event in Punta del Este Level 20 (8,000/16,000/1,000) will be posted here and come courtesy of live bloggers Brad Willis and Change100. Click refresh to see the latest updates.Last update 4:00pm4:00--SIETE!!!!!!!!!Play folded around the the blinds and Bolivar Palacios almost im...more

by Brad Willis on March 20, 2009 8:20 PM

LAPT Punta del Este: Level 19 continued

Updates from the LAPT event in Punta del Este Level 19 (6,000/12,000/1,000) will be posted here and come courtesy of live bloggers Brad Willis and Change100. Click refresh to see the latest updates.Last update 2:43pm2:55pm--Magno Aragao forcing the actionMagno Aragao is not going to be content to si...more

by Brad Willis on March 20, 2009 6:59 PM
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