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LAPT Colombia Day 3: Menendez victorious in the land of coffee and poker

A few years from now, when South Americans look back on what they consider the watershed moments for the rise of poker on the continent, someone will invariably point to the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour's Colombian National Poker Championship. It was a smaller buy-in event -- only $...more

by Dave Behr on October 17, 2011 8:39 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Levels 29-32 (blinds 50000-100000, ante 10000)

Jonathan Monsalves eliminated in 2nd place; Julian Menendez wins 2011 Colombian National Poker Championship!At long last, it came down to another flip for Julian Menendez and Jonathan Monsalves. Menendez limped the button for 150,000; Monsalves shoved all in with A♠5♦ and Menendez called with [4...more

by Dave Behr on October 17, 2011 8:33 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Levels 25-28 (blinds 20000-40000, ante 5000)

10:58pm: Break timeThe remaining six players are on a fifteen-minute break. When they return, updates will be in a new post.10:49pm: Rafael Pardo eliminated in 7th placeIt was inevitable that some of these flips were going to start going the bigger stack's way. Alexis Gomez (pictured below) opened p...more

by Dave Behr on October 17, 2011 5:00 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Levels 21-24 (blinds 8000-16000, ante 2000)

4:38pm: David Garcia eliminated in 12th placeA rare three-way pot developed on Table 1. Victor Forero started things with a raise to 60,000 under the gun. Jonathan Markovitz (cutoff) and David Garcia (big blind) both called. Garcia checked a flop of J♦J♣6♦ and Forero made his continuation bet ...more

by Dave Behr on October 16, 2011 10:44 PM

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Until the bitter end

We made it. At one point last night, late on Day 2 of the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour's Colombian National Poker Championship, it seemed like we might never make it to Day 3. A generous structure, combined with a surprising lack of big stacks to drive the action, pushed the tournam...more

by Dave Behr on October 16, 2011 5:33 PM

LAPT Colombia Day 2: McDonald by a nose on a long track

When I got out of bed this morning, I knew that Day 2 of the 2011 LAPT Colombian National Poker Championship promised to be a very, very long day. It comes with the territory sometimes, and there's not much you can do about it. The long day speaks volumes about the popularity of poker in this countr...more

by Dave Behr on October 16, 2011 8:16 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 2: Levels 19-22 (blinds 5000-10000, ante 1000)

1:31am: Two eliminations to end Day 2Martin Romero put in a strong showing on Day 2, but as the stacks became shallower and shallower he lost most of his leverage. He eventually moved all in with pocket kings but was outdrawn by ace-queen.And on the very last hand of the night, Stuart McDonald's [10...more

by Dave Behr on October 16, 2011 8:07 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 2: Levels 15-18 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 500)

11:22pm: Extra! Hand extended into break creates new chip leaderThere was one hand that played deep into the break. Gilberto Castillo of Colombia opened pre-flop for 22,000. The player two to Castillo's left three-bet to 70,000 before Nicolas Cottin moved all in on the button for more than 300,000. ...more

by Dave Behr on October 16, 2011 5:15 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 2: Levels 11-14 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200)

4:25pm: BreakPlayers are on their second break of the day.4:17pm: Sudol knocks out a shortyThere is one lone American remaining in the field -- Jason Sudol, an American currently living in Colombia. He's up to 150,000 after racing a short stack pre-flop with his pocket 7s against the short stack's [...more

by Dave Behr on October 15, 2011 10:28 PM

LAPT Colombia Day 2: The sun will come out tomorrow

It rains a lot in Medellin, Colombia. I'm told that the "rainy season" isn't so much a season as it is 10 months of the year. I guess you could say there's a "dry season", and October isn't it. But the sun broke through the clouds this morning as we prepare for Day 2 of the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin...more

by Dave Behr on October 15, 2011 4:51 PM

LAPT Colombia Day 1b: Come and get Csome

You see a lot of things on the tournament circuit. Poker, after all, is a game filled with improbability. But there were three improbabilities on Day 1b of the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour's Colombian National Poker Championship that made even a veteran tournament reporter like me t...more

by Dave Behr on October 15, 2011 6:57 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 1b: Level 9-10 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100)

12:05am: Day 1b ends; Csome leadsWhat a comeback for Leandro Csome! Down to just 10,000 chips at one point, he came roaring back to claim the overnight chip lead with 149,000. We'll have a full recap of the day's events up on the blog soon.11:44pm: The field sits backWith about 20 minutes to go in t...more

by Dave Behr on October 15, 2011 6:24 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 1b: Levels 5-8 (blinds 150-300, ante 50)

9:50pm: Last breakPlayers are on their last 15-minute break of the day.9:21pm: Table change!The players at Table 12 have all requested a table change -- as in, they want a brand new table to play on. Their current table has developed a case of the wobbles. It shakes back and forth at the slightest m...more

by Dave Behr on October 15, 2011 3:52 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 1b: Levels 1-4 (blinds 50-100)

4:20pm Second breakSmoke if you got 'em. When the players return, the updates for levels 5-8 will begin in a new post.4:15pm: Mystery stack owner reveals himselfWe staked out Table 25 for the last 20 minutes, wondering who owned the 60,000-chip stack in the 3-seat. The owner turned out to be Carlos ...more

by Dave Behr on October 14, 2011 10:20 PM

LAPT Colombia Day 1b: The two armies of Colombia

One of the things that I neglected to mention yesterday, during Day 1a of the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Colombian National Poker Championship, is the Colombian army that's camped just outside the venue. Casino Allegre, gracious host to the LAPT for this fortnight of poker, is loc...more

by Dave Behr on October 14, 2011 5:40 PM
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