partypoker Announces the Latin America Poker Championships
Poker players in Latin America have another reason to celebrate as partypoker becomes the latest big name poker brand to announce a live tour stop in the region. Introducing the partypoker Latin American Poker Championships (LAPC) which will take place Feb. 24-March 4 at the Conrad Resort on the coast of Uruguay in Punta del Este.
The nine-day series guarantees $2 million in prize pools, highlighted by a $1 million guaranteed Main Event and a $200,000 guaranteed Super High Roller. Satellites are now running at partypoker where players can win $15,000 packages to the event, with super-satellite buy-ins starting at just one cent.
Last month, it was online poker operator PokerStars to announce the return of the European Poker Tour (EPT) and the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) for 2018, with LAPT Chile scheduled for March.
Another major live tour — the World Poker Tour — has continued a presence in South America, holding their first televised event on the continent from Nov. 1-5 at Enjoy Punta del Este in Uruguay.
Venturing to South America
For partypoker, this won’t be their first rodeo in Latin America, and with the way the continent has been experiencing a bit of their own poker boom of late, it’s no surprise they are getting more involved there.
partypoker has already gotten their feet wet in South America, just last year partnering with the WSOP Circuit to host WSOP Brazil in the summer and also sponsoring the WSOP Uruguay Main Event in December, also held at the Conrad Resort.
In a recent press release, partypoker LIVE president John Duthie commented, “Poker has taken off in Latin America in a major way in recent years so it’s a very exciting time to be playing there. I’m delighted that we are hosting another event in the region, especially somewhere like Punta del Este … I know players are going to love it.”
The announcement of the new Latin American tour comes after a year of stellar resurgence for the partypoker online and live brands, a feat that earned the brand the "Online Poker Operator of the Year" award at the EGR Operator Awards 2017, and also landed them number eight in the top ten stories of the year at PokerNews.
They relaunched their live tour a year ago and introduced partypoker LIVE and partypoker MILLIONS events that featured $5,000 buy-in events, multi-million dollar guarantees and even online opening flights. The company plans to build on the success they saw in 2017 with a partypoker MILLIONS schedule featuring prize pool guarantees totaling more than $100 million between Nov. 2017 and Dec. 2018.
The recent introduction of MY PP LIVE $$$ allows its players to bank bucks from satellite wins online to apply to buy-ins, travel and accommodations for any partypoker live event, a feature that players can use for the newly announced LAPC should they choose to do so.
If the current trend continues, more regulars on the tournament circuit may be looking to book flights to South America in the months to come.
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