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LAPT Grand Final: Nestola's victory brings Season 4 to an end

The first time I ever covered an LAPT event for the PokerStarsBlog was in San Jose, Costa Rica at the beginning of Season 2. What astounded me at the time was just how (for lack of a better word) crazy the players and the rail could get on the LAPT. They were a loud, excitable, fun bunch of people.R...more

by Dave Behr on February 20, 2012 7:03 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Pleasing the rail

Ever seen the crowd dictate the terms of a deal at a big buy-in poker tournament? I just did.After a rash of eliminations in the first two hours of the day, play slowed down considerably for the next two. With not much change in the chip counts between Daniele Nestola (3,640,000), Gasperino Loiacano...more

by Dave Behr on February 20, 2012 6:23 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Elimination therapy by Daniele Nestola

Daniele Nestola is up on his knees in his chair. He looks like a bearded version of a Labrador puppy at meal time. He's happy, and if he had a tail, he'd be wagging it right now.Let this image stand in stark contrast to Nestola's attitude 20 minutes ago. After getting rivered in a pot by Carlos Ibar...more

by Brad Willis on February 20, 2012 4:58 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Spanish lessons

You hear a lot of Spanish in South America. It's the predominant language of almost every country on this continent. Even in Brazil, where the primary language is Portuguese, passable Spanish can get you pretty far. Daniel Negreanu, among the most bantering of table banterers, may have wished for so...more

by Dave Behr on February 20, 2012 3:56 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Gonzalez's welcome to Brazil

"What the hell is going on in this game?" Daniel Negreanu asked the final table. "Welcome to Brazil!"Negreanu was voicing his opinion of the pre-flop action that resulted in an all-in confrontation between chip leader Daniele Nestola and Argentinian Juan Gonzalez. They were both in the blinds for th...more

by Dave Behr on February 20, 2012 3:37 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Brazil denied title in Brazil (again)

Brazil is very good at hosting Latin American Poker Tour tournaments. Some people might argue that Brazil does it better than any other country. What Brazilian players have a hard time doing, however, is winning an LAPT title in Brazil. Though the country had a player at the final table of this Gran...more

by Brad Willis on February 20, 2012 3:32 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Seven countries, one title, all the marbles

When the LAPT first visited this amazing city at the beginning of this season, the event happened in the same room of the same hotel. When the first event of Season 4 reached the final table in Sao Paulo, half of them called Brazil home. This year? Things look a lot different.The final eight players...more

by Brad Willis on February 20, 2012 2:04 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Negreanu chasing Nestola at final table

Daniel Negreanu, a man who plays $100,000 tournaments for fun and profit, entered this $2,300 LAPT Grand Final main event and found himself caring about the outcome. He could be out partying it up 24 hours a day for Carnival, but instead he set about the process of winning this thing. Now he is amon...more

by Brad Willis on February 19, 2012 10:19 PM

LAPT Grand FInal: Must be nice?

There are downsides to being a Team PokerStars Pro. Like, you have to do constant media interviews, be nice to fans, or show up early to tournaments for press conferences. There are probably more bad things, but you get the gist. Being a Team PokerStars Pro means a lot of the personal time you might...more

by Brad Willis on February 19, 2012 7:40 PM

LAPT Grand Final: The best thing I've ever seen on this tour

Three or four times a year, something happens that makes me want to run to a computer and write the story. The only thing that kept me from writing this story earlier is that I didn't want the experience to end. So, when I saw one of the most amazing things I've ever seen, I turned to my buddy Dave ...more

by Brad Willis on February 19, 2012 7:35 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Believe the dream

Caio Pimenta has a single word tattooed along the length of the top of his left arm, in scripted letters a few inches high: Believe. I tapped him on the shoulder in between hands at the feature table and asked him why he chose that particular tattoo."Believe the dream," he replied. A smile flashed a...more

by Dave Behr on February 19, 2012 7:34 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Meanwhile, back at the tournament...

In between all the samba dances, caipirinhas and Brazilian flash mobs, there's this little poker tournament going on in the WTC Shearton ballroom. We're halfway home on Day 3. Playing for three hours has resulted in eight of the sixteen executions scheduled for the day. Among the ranks of the fallen...more

by Dave Behr on February 19, 2012 5:43 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Baptism by bloco

You've seen those Japanese tsunami videos from last year, I'm sure. Onlookers watch in horror as walls of water come pouring into Japanese coastal villages and flow over, under, around and through anything that stands in their way. What you don't see in those videos, for very good reason, is anybody...more

by Dave Behr on February 19, 2012 4:19 PM

LAPT Grand Final: The grind

At various times in the past, in this very space, I have waxed eloquent about the coffee in South America. The last time that happened I was blogging from the LAPT Colombian National Poker Championship in Medellin in October. But I beg your indulgence to allow me to spill the slightest bit more digi...more

by Dave Behr on February 19, 2012 1:49 PM

LAPT Grand Final: Peppers and turtles

A better writer than me would figure out what the link is between peppers and turtles, as both played prominently in Day 2 of the LAPT Season 4 Grand Final. They're both green is the best that I could do. That doesn't really lend itself very well to a description of what transpired in the WTC Sherat...more

by Dave Behr on February 18, 2012 10:44 PM
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