PokerStars and Mantra Resort & Casino have mutually agreed to cancel the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Grand Final, which was to be held from November 26-30 in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Reasons for the cancellation were not publicly revealed. As a result, PokerStars has announced that an LAPT event will take place as part of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and officially kick off Season 8.
“The PCA is the richest poker festival held outside of Las Vegas and by including the LAPT we can offer players, who are used to lower buy-in tournaments, the opportunity to experience The Atlantis resort and everything the Bahamas has to offer,” said PCA & LATAM Director of Live Operations David Carrion.
The change is in line with the European Poker Tour (EPT), which has had success pairing itself with regional PokerStars tournaments such as the Estrellas Poker Tour and Italian Poker Tour to create larger poker festivals.
“Despite this change to the LAPT schedule, we are working hard to ensure a full poker offering in both Punta del Este casinos,” Tony Lemom, Vice President of Mantra-Group, said of the change. “We welcome all regional players to visit us at Casino Nogaró, an all-year operating entertainment centre, and Casino Mantra, a five-star gambling room located at Manantiales beach.”
Consequently, LAPT Peru from October 15-19 at Atlantic City Casino in Lima now becomes the final stop of LAPT Season 7. That series will feature a $1,700 Main Event and is expected to build upon last year’s 557 entries, which generated a prize pool of $810,440.
For more information, visit LAPT.com.