Our tournament this weekend was solid proof that poker is growing worldwide and that Latin America, in particular, is poised for major tournament play. Fighting through three very long days and 351 skillful opponents, Jose Miguel Espinar has just captured the title here at the PokerStars.net LAPT Punta del Este!
The luxurious setting here at the Mantra Resort Spa Casino provided a wonderful backdrop for a tournament. The players were comfortable and the staff took good care of them for three full days.This final stop on the LAPT offered up a prize pool of more than $850,000, and 32 players captured their own piece of that. The big chunk goes to Espinar though, who will snag $241,735 -- or a whopping 4,605,000 Uruguayan pesos! This is easily the biggest cash in Espinar's short poker career, which began just six months ago. Along the way, he faced a tough test, including a final table that was truly skilled. Despite his competition, Espinar's chip stack climbed steadily all day, and by the end of the night, he found himself on the top of the mountain.
That just about wraps things up from Punta del Este Uruguay. All indications are that the LAPT will be back here next year, and we certainly hope to see you then. Until then, congratulations to our champion, Jose Miguel Espinar!