PokerStars.net has announced the schedule for Season 7 of the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), which will run throughout 2014.
“Season 6 was LAPT’s best ever, with the number of unique players growing at a dramatic rate by any standards in the world,” said LAPT President David Carrion. “We are committed to maintaining our re-entry proposal, along with improvements in the overall schedule after taking into consideration player feedback. Our partners are committed to the festivals, and players are enjoying the repeated stops and similar dates. We have high expectations to continue to deliver an accessible tour with large fields and strong prize pools, always under the umbrella of superb service and authentic poker.”
Season 6 saw players from 62 countries compete for prize pools in excess of $9.7 million. That included more than 4,000 players in main events alone, and almost 1,000 online qualifiers. The LAPT has a growth in unique players of 25% year on year, and total entries — including re-entries — are up 52%.
“LAPT 7 is going to be more exciting than ever,” said LAPT Tournament Director Michael Ward. “We have added a $500 NLH Freeze-Out event with 30-minute levels, as well as a $500 NLH Deep Stack Turbo with a single re-entry to this season’s line-up. We have also standardized all main event buy-ins across the year at $1,700, except for the Grand Final at $3,000, and raised the buy-in of the NLH unlimited re-entry events from $500 to $1,100. I hope that our regular players enjoy the improvements in the schedule and that we attract even more new ones.”
Here’s a look at the Season 7 schedule:
|Chile, Viña del Mar||Enjoy Casino and Resort||March 19-23, 2014||$1,550 + $150|
|LAPT/BSOP Brazil, São Paulo||Holiday Inn Anhembi||May 30-June 3, 2014||R$3,910 + R$490|
|Panama City, Panama||Veneto Wyndham Grand Hotel and Casino||July 23-27, 2014||$1,550 + $150|
|TBC||September 10-14||$1,550 + $150|
|Lima, Peru||Atlantic City Casino||October 15 - 19, 2014||1,550 + $150|
|LAPT Grand Final Punta del Este, Uruguay||Mantra Resort, Spa and Casino||November 26-30, 2014||$2,700 + $300|
“The Enjoy Group is proud to host the most important poker tournament in the Latin American region,” Gino Breschi, Casino Manager at Enjoy Viña del Mar said of the opening event. “Last year we gathered 1,024 players, making it the biggest event of the series, and we are working hard towards breaking this record. This tournament stop is recognized internationally and constitutes an effective way of promoting tourism in the area, making it a must for players from all over the world.”
Finally, one of the newest features of Season 7 will be a special Brazilian stop from May 30-June 3, 2014, where LAPT and the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) will join forces to run a co-branded festival. If you recall, Murilo Ruis won the BSOP Millions Main Event for R$868,100 earlier this month.
For more information, please visit LAPT.com.