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LAPT Rosario: PokerStars qualifier Martin Sansour wins Grand Final

by Brad Willis and Change100The road to Argentina is the road to the end of the world. Drive far enough down its coasts and through its mountains, and you might just fall off the planet. Oh, sure, there is a greater chance you'll just get frostbite on the South Pole, but frankly, there's not much r...more

by Brad Willis on September 27, 2010 12:06 AM

LAPT Rosario: Levels 22-27 updates (25,000-50,000-5,000)

6:50pm: Martin Sansour wins the LAPT Rosario, Bolivar Palacios eliminated in second placeOn the second hand of heads-up play, Bolivar Palacios open-raised, Martin Sansour moved all-in and Palacios made the call. Palacios: A♦Q♣Sansour: A♣K♣Dominated and the LAPT title at risk, Palacios neede...more

by Kristin Bihr on September 26, 2010 11:07 PM

LAPT Rosario: Final table player profiles

Out of the 254 players who started the LAPT Grand Final in Rosario, Argentina, only eight remain. The final table players come from around South America, the USA, and Sweden. They have many final tables among them, but only one, Matthias Habernig, has an LAPT championship.For a better look at the pe...more

by Brad Willis on September 26, 2010 4:13 PM

LAPT Rosario: La Mesa Final

If any of our final table players ever dreamt of seeing their name in lights over twenty feet high, well, today they'll get their wish. As the TV crew scrambles to prepare the stage and set up the audience viewing area, another slickly edited video package introducing our eight finalists is playing...more

by Kristin Bihr on September 26, 2010 3:41 PM

LAPT Rosario: Bianchi leads, Habernig looking for back-to-back titles

It's hard to find a Red Bull in South America. I'm sure it's available somewhere, but south of the equator their preferred variety of energy drink comes in a black can emblazoned with a red lightning bolt and the word "SPEED." That's right, folks. Speed in a can. Not everyone was drinking it today b...more

by Brad Willis on September 25, 2010 10:39 PM

LAPT Rosario: Levels 17-21 updates (10,000-20,000-2,000)

5:48pm: Final table setWith the final table set, the remaining players are taking a break for the night and will return tomorrow to determine the champion. A full wrap of the day is on the way.5:23pm: Gustavo Flessak eliminated in 9th place, final table setGustavo Flessak open-shoved for about 240,0...more

by Brad Willis on September 25, 2010 9:50 PM

LAPT Rosario: In search of a final table

The lights. The bright, shining, make-you-squint lights. Those are usually the first indication that the stakes have changed. When TV cameras and big boom microphones appear in your face, the chip bags are stuffed with big denomination fichas, and every bustout gets you so much closer to fame, the l...more

by Brad Willis on September 25, 2010 4:17 PM

LAPT Rosario: Tight chip lead going into Day 3

This looked, by all accounts, to be Nico Fierro's. He could've almost folded to the chip lead from the middle of the day,Could he do it? Could Chile's Nico Fierro go wire-to-wire as the chip leader to the final table? He looked good for it. It seemed there was no way to beat the man. Chips seemed to...more

by Brad Willis on September 25, 2010 2:56 AM

LAPT Rosario: Levels 13-17 updates (3,000-6,000-500)

10:05pm: Robby Westrom eliminated, 24 remainRobby Westrom got his chips in with the best of it, taking his A♣K♠ up against A♦Q♥. A queen on the flop and another on the turn dashed his hopes of advancing to Day 3 and he hit the rail in 25th place. With Westrom's elimination, we're down to ou...more

by Kristin Bihr on September 25, 2010 2:35 AM

LAPT Rosario: Levels 9-12 updates (1,000-2,000-200)

4:28pm: Players take a 15-minute breakWhile our players enjoy a stretch and a little fresh air, we're going to close out this post. We'll be back in a few with the blinds up to 1,200/2,400 with a 200 ante. 4:26pm: Barbero, Phillips oustedWe are down to two Team Pros remaining in the field following ...more

by Kristin Bihr on September 24, 2010 8:37 PM

LAPT Rosario: Day 2 preview

Buenos dias, Rosario. We've rubbed the sleep out of our eyes thanks to some of South America's finest java and in about thirty minutes' time, the 126 players who survived Day 1 of the LAPT Grand Final will return to the tables, unbag their chips, and pick up where they left off last night. The plan...more

by Brad Willis on September 24, 2010 4:03 PM

LAPT Rosario: Fierro en Fuego

I have yet to figure out the city of Rosario. The acres of impossibly green farmland on its outskirts recalls the American midwest. The packed-together high-rise apartments that line Boulevard Orono bring to mind some of the South American seaside enclaves we've visited elsewhere on the LAPT, like ...more

by Brad Willis on September 24, 2010 2:01 AM

LAPT Rosario: Levels 5-8 updates (300-600-75)

9:21pm: End of Day 19:20pmWait. The world just blew upWith just a couple hands left in the night, Nico Fierro nearly doubled his stack, again at the expense of Hugo Franca. It was A♣A♥ versus A♦K♦. The 6♣[2♥K♣[2♦2♣ board was an ugly one. Franca, who had 215,000 an hour ago, now has...more

by Brad Willis on September 24, 2010 1:41 AM

LAPT Rosario: Levels 1-4 updates (150-300 blinds)

4:25pm: Level ends, players breakWith the end of level 4, players are headed out for a 15 minute break. We'll be closing out this post of updates and starting one anew in the meantime. 4:15pm: Dominik downLast year's Grand Final champion Dominik Nitsche's seat is now filled with one Tim Vance. We c...more

by Brad Willis on September 23, 2010 8:29 PM

LAPT Rosario: Close encounters of the Grand Final kind

We sit inside a giant, dark room inside the biggest and most luxurious gaming spot on the continent of South America. This alone should be reason enough to impress us. This, however, is not all that's knocking us back like the iconic Maxell "Blown Away" ad campaign (that most poker players are proba...more

by Brad Willis on September 23, 2010 3:40 PM
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