From November 25 through December 3, 2015, the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) will host their Season 8 finale in São Paulo, Brazil, and thanks to a new collaboration, it will be held alongside the Brazil Series of Poker (BSOP) Millions festival.
The two tours come together to create a poker festival featuring 32 events offering a wide variety of games and buy-ins including the R$10,000 LAPT Grand Final Main Event and the R$3,000 BSOP Millions. Other schedule highlights include a Seniors Event, pot-limit Omaha Courchevel, no-limit hold'em six-max, a no-limit hold'em Survivor Event running every day at 10 p.m., and the popular Ladies Event.
The BSOP Millions is the biggest poker festival ever held in Latin America, with last year’s event drawing more than 15,000 entrants. That included 2,749 entrants in the Main Event, which saw Wilson Calixto emerge victorious to capture a $416,168 first-place prize.
"The BSOP Millions and the LAPT Grand Final are the two most important live poker events in Latin America," said Igor Federal, Chief Executive Officer of the BSOP. "The region has seen a massive increase in player numbers in recent years, with the BSOP reporting a 218% increase in tournament entries since last year. Bringing together the two tours means that we can combine our efforts to create one amazing festival, and we are expecting record numbers of players."
Popular Brazilian player and Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari echoed those sentiments: "In 2014 the BSOP Millions was a record-breaking event, providing a poker festival experience like no other. This year, with the LAPT Grand Final joining the festival and Brazilian football legend Neymar Jr acting as a PokerStars ambassador to help promote poker as a sport, it is going to increase overall participation and strengthen the competitiveness of the event. I encourage players from all over Latin America to participate in both tournaments and contribute to the growth of poker in the region."
- Festival dates: November 25 - December 3, 2015
- LAPT Grand Final Main Event: November 25-29
- BSOP Millions Main Event: November 27 – December 3
- Freerolls to win packages to both events will run on PokerStars.net.
The LAPT, which launched in 2008, is sponsored by PokerStars.net and has paid out over USD$48 million since its inception. Thus far in Season 8, the LAPT has held stops in the Bahamas alongside the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), as well as in Chile, Panama and Peru. The tour will next stop in Uruguay for their next festival from September 18-22.
Here's a look at the LAPT Season 8 winners thus far:
|Date||Tournament||Buy-in||Player||Prize Pool||Winner||Prize (USD)|
|May 8-12, 2015||LAPT Panama||$2,500||422||$930,932||Shakeeb Kazemipur||$180,112|
|March 6-10, 2015||LAPT Chile||$2,500||410||$904,460||Oscar Alache||$131,962|
|January 7-9, 2015||LAPT Bahamas||$3,000||736||$1,945,248||Josh Kay||$367,928|
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