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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

LAPT6 Colombia: Esquivel's up top as the final horn sounds

His name is Luis Hernan Esquivel. He is from Chile and today he was wearing a pinkish-red sweatshirt. By the end of Day 1a of the 2013 Latin American Poker Tour Colombia National Poker Championship he had accumulated 214,600, good for the overnight chip lead. He also had acquired a Po...more

by Dave Behr on June 6, 2013 6:14 AM

LAPT6 Colombia: Flight of the Angel

At the start of Day 1a, I wrote a post about Juan Pablo Angel, the striker for Atletico Nacional who was in today's field. He busted out somewhere around the second break and presumably is already home, in bed, resting up for a morning training session tomorrow with Thierry Henry.There's another Ang...more

by Dave Behr on June 6, 2013 4:37 AM

LAPT6 Colombia: Shine bright like an emerald

When I tap a player on the shoulder in this part of the world, my first question invariably is, "¿Hablas ingles?" Although I speak enough Spanish to get by, I've learned that it's often easier to converse in English if the player speaks English. Some don't, and so then sentences in broken Spanish be...more

by Dave Behr on June 6, 2013 3:39 AM

LAPT6 Colombia: Cards don't speak

Beginning poker players tend to fall into two categories: those who bluff way too much and those who don't bluff nearly enough. Finding the right balance of bluffing frequency is quite a challenge, and recognizing the optimum times to deploy the bluff is no less difficult. They are skills that separ...more

by Dave Behr on June 6, 2013 2:38 AM

LAPT6 Colombia: Not quite as regular

It's a busy time of year in the poker world. Events that take place anywhere outside of Las Vegas butt heads with the World Series of Poker, which kicked off a week ago. I know what a great product the LAPT puts out - I've been covering events on tour since Season 2 - but I also know that it's toug...more

by Dave Behr on June 5, 2013 11:19 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Blogger meets Dogger

Somehow, in two previous trips to Medellin, I have failed to write about the hot dog vendor at the Allegre Casino. That oversight ends now.Everyone in the poker world seems to be trending towards healthy eating over the course of the last year. It all started with All American Dave at the World Seri...more

by Dave Behr on June 5, 2013 10:07 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Taking a shot

Despite what "they" say about assuming things, I'm going to assume that if you're a regular reader of this blog, your poker skill is higher than that of the average recreational player. That's a good starting point for a post recently written by Brad Willis, the PokerStars Head of Blogging, called "...more

by Dave Behr on June 5, 2013 9:14 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Where Angel doesn't fear to tread

In South America, football is life. I'm not talking about that peculiarly American version of the game with runs, passes and tackles. I'm talking about the world's game - soccer, as it's called in the U.S. Footballers are gods in this part of the world. LAPT players were given an object lesson in th...more

by Dave Behr on June 5, 2013 7:47 PM

LAPT6 Colombia: Strike up the music

Taxis are a way of life in big cities, especially when you travel. This morning, for the 1.5-mile trip from my hotel in Medellin, Colombia to the Casino Allegre, host venue for the Latin American Poker Tour Colombia National Poker Championship, my cab driver was a thin, weathered man ...more

by Dave Behr on June 5, 2013 6:19 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Sbrissa gives his fans what they want

Imagine the crowd rushing a college football field after a huge win and taking down the goalposts. Then apply that image to the final table set of a poker tournament and you'll have a good idea what we witnessed in São Paulo moments after Victor Sbrissa won the 2013 Latin American Pok...more

by Dave Behr on May 1, 2013 12:46 AM

LAPT6 Brazil: Death by a thousand cuts for Murta

When heads-up play began, Daniel Murta was the chip underdog to Victor Sbrissa. Slowly, small pot by small pot, Sbrissa began to increase his lead. He liberally raised his button against Murta's big blind. He played many pots out of position against Murta, often using the check-raise to induce folds...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 11:51 PM

LAPT6 Brazil: Third time no charm for Pardo

There was a lot of final table experience at the LAPT6 Brazil final table. We all knew about Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari and Leo Fernandez. But the most under-the-radar source of final table experience came from Colombian Rafael Pardo.Pardo was at the final table the first time the LAPT came t...more

by Dave Behr on April 30, 2013 10:19 PM
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