He made the final table with the least amount of chips, but finished with all of them.
After a few levels of play, Jordan Scott overcame a tough final table and won the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Grand Final in Lima, Peru. For his come-from-behind victory, Scott took home $168,210 and his first LAPT trophy.
On his way to the title, Scott was faced with a man looking to make history. Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero started the final table — his fourth on the LAPT — seventh in chips and was looking to win his third LAPT title.
Barbero became the first Team Pro to win an LAPT and then he became the first person to win two LAPT titles; back-to-back ones at that. This week, he was looking to tick that number up to three and become the first player to win the same LAPT venue twice.
But the Argentinian Team Pro fell in sixth place to the last Peruvian standing, Oscar Barriga. Barriga, 19, was playing his first live tournament and had been one of the chip leaders since Day 2.
Barriga, Peru's last chance at a hometown win, was eliminated in 3rd place by Maxence Debar. Debar was a force to be reckoned with the entire tournament. His constant aggression led to constant chipping up and a few key hands — including the best call of his life — pushed him into the final table lead.
Debar went on to eliminate half the players at the final table, but he couldn't beat Scott heads-up. That was Scott's game.
"I'm a heads-up specialist," Scott said. "But I moved to Mexico about 7 or 8 months ago, and in that time I played more tournaments than in the past 8 years."
Scott outlasted 375 other players that registered for the LAPT Grand Final. The 376 entrants created a prize pool of $838,860. Fifty-six players made the money, with the mincash guaranteeing $3,710.
Day 1 saw a lot of PokerStars Team Pros hit the felt, including Vanessa Selbst, Chris Moneymaker, Angel Guillen, Christian de Leon and Humberto Brenes. Brenes and Barbero were the only ones to make it to Day 2, but Brenes was eliminated early.
Barbero, on the other hand, went on to make his fourth LAPT final table.
This ends the Latin American Poker Tour's fifth season. All eyes are now on the new poker year, starting with the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Satellites are running now on PokerStars and the event will be held Jan. 5 through 14, 2013.
Check out the full wrap-up of the LAPT Peru final table at the PokerStars Blog.
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