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LAPT6 Colombia: Controversy erupts

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez finds himself at an outer table after dinner, embroiled in controversy. He played a hand against a similarly-stacked player. On the river of a Q-4-2-2-4 board, the other player bet. Fernandez pondered his call.It's well known that poker players try to "psyche" each ...more

by Dave Behr on June 8, 2013 2:49 AM

LAPT6 Colombia: Monsterstacken alert

Despite all the chips on the feature table (currently about 2 million, give or take a hundred thousand), the first monsterstacken wasn't found underneath the bright lights. It is on one of the outer tables and it belongs to Colombian player German Arias.Arias started the day with 115,800 in chips. H...more

by Dave Behr on June 8, 2013 12:24 AM

LAPT6 Colombia: Bite-sized updates

The field is making an ordered push towards the dinner break in about an hour. The most exciting thing that's happened since I last posted is the start of the Colombia-Argentina World Cup qualifier, so let's just get to a couple of quick hits:TRIPLE-UP OF THE HOUR: Pablo Gonzalez got himself all in ...more

by Dave Behr on June 7, 2013 11:43 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Who's winning?

During the boom years, railbirds who weren't well versed in poker would often ask questions that seemed strange to those of us firmly implanted inside the bubble. They'd fumble over player names and they'd want to know what place they were when they busted in Level 4. Sometimes they wanted to know t...more

by Dave Behr on June 7, 2013 10:49 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: The wait

In big buy-in tournament poker, when the money bubble approaches, the field plays hand-for-hand. Each table plays a hand and has to wait for all other tables to complete the same hand before moving onto the next hand. This is done for two principal reasons: to prevent stalling and to ensure that it'...more

by Dave Behr on June 7, 2013 10:48 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Passport winner hiding in plain sight

I've written in the past about how, over time, the LAPT truly has become Latin America's poker tour. In the early seasons, players from outside Latin America regularly participated at and won LAPT events. Yet over the last few seasons the shift towards a playerbase that is almost entirely from Latin...more

by Dave Behr on June 7, 2013 10:47 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Concentration required

I should have been writing this morning. But at 9:32am Medellin time, PokerStars Head of Lime Tossing Brad Willis tweeted, "I don't play tennis and my knowledge of the game comes from DFW & a few months of watching. But this French Open semifinal is art."Oh right! The Nadal-Djokovic semfinal. Rafa i...more

by Dave Behr on June 7, 2013 6:00 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Merry as a cricket

Poker is enough to drive anybody mad. Yesterday, Team PokerStars Pro Cristian "El Grillo" de Leon couldn't get anything going. He was the only member of the Red Spade Brigade who entered Day 1a and failed to advance to Day 2. Today he tried again. His stack kept growing and growing and growing, like...more

by Dave Behr on June 7, 2013 6:09 AM

LAPT6 Colombia: We are the world

On the tournament poker circuit, there are the players you see at every stop. You know them, they know you, and even if you've never shared so much as a beer, friendly greetings are usually exchanged. If you do know them, warm handshakes, hugs and beers are definitely on tap during your five days at...more

by Dave Behr on June 7, 2013 4:27 AM

LAPT6 Colombia: A round with the champ

When I was a kid, Mike Tyson was a boxing monster. He was at the top of his form, the top of his game, and regularly destroyed anyone foolish enough to get in the ring with him. My friends and I used to joke about what it would take for one of us to get in the ring and go a round with the champ.Fast...more

by Dave Behr on June 7, 2013 2:56 AM

LAPT6 Colombia: No more safety net

Now that late registration for Day 1b is closed, tournament staff have brought out the slide rules and the abacus to figure out how many total entries there are. I'll have that information confirmed later in the day but right now it looks like the Day 1b total will be 401 and the two-day total could...more

by Dave Behr on June 6, 2013 11:38 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Winter is coming

Outside the Allegre Casino, Medellin may be the City of Eternal Spring. Inside the casino, however, it's a war between summer and winter.A player flagged me down as I was walking among the tables on the main section of the floor. I know my Spanish isn't the best but I always give it a shot before I...more

by Dave Behr on June 6, 2013 9:34 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Tournament of champions

In the five-plus seasons of its existence, the LAPT has produced 25 individual champions through 26 events. The difference between events and champions is accounted by Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero, who won back-to-back events in Season 3.Four out of the 25 are playing in the field today....more

by Dave Behr on June 6, 2013 8:27 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Burning up prior to re-entry

I'm going to level with you. I dislike writing about hands on Day 1 of a four-day tournament, especially in the first half of the day. While those hands are important in the sense that they allow players to gauge each other and to begin to build stacks, in the grand scheme of things they're not all ...more

by Dave Behr on June 6, 2013 7:06 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: The cutting edge

When you fly into Medellin airport, you pass over row after row of greenhouses. Flowers are a big part of the economy and the culture here, so much that there is an annual flower festival that takes place every August. The festival is more than 50 years old at this point, a source of pride for the c...more

by Dave Behr on June 6, 2013 5:50 PM
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