Four days ago the LAPT Season Three Grand Final kicked-off at the City Center Casino in Rosario, Argentina. The tournament drew 254 players and generated a prize pool of $1,176,200. In the end, it was Martin Sansour who emerged victorious to become the Grand Final Champion and take home the $322,280 first prize.
The day started of fast with the eliminations of Nico Fierro (eighth place - $25,880) and Ivan Saul (seventh place - $37,640), both at the hands of Sansour. At that point, all eyes seemed to be on Matthias Habernig, the young Austrian who won the previous LAPT event in Florianopolis, Brazil. Habernig was looking to match Jose “Nacho” Barbero’s feat of winning back-to-back LAPT titles, but he found himself among the short stacks early on. He was eliminated from the tournament in sixth place ($49,400) when he, like those before him, met his end at the hands of Sansour.
After Habernig’s elimination, it didn’t take long for a monster pot to develop. Chip leader Sansour and second-largest stack Roberto Bianchi were heads up on a board reading with a few hundred thousand in the pot. Suddenly Bianchi moved all in and was snap-called by Sansour. The crowd was stunned to see that Bianchi had pushed with pocket threes only to discover Sansour had flopped the straight. Bianchi was eliminated in fifth place ($61,160) while Sansour pulled away from the rest of the pack with 3.5 million.
Four-handed action lasted for quite some time before Sansour struck again, this time eliminating William Ross in fourth place ($84,960). A short time late Bolivar Palacios decided Sansour couldn’t be the only one eliminating people, so he put an end to Daniel Ades’ day in third place ($115,270). Heads-up play was expected to be an epic battle between Sansour and Palacios, who had been playing solidly all day. But the match lasted only two hands. On the second deal, Palacios was all in with against the of Sansour. A king on the flop ushered Palacios out the door in second place ($188,200). Sansour, who knocked out six of his seven opponents, became the LAPT Grand Final Champion.
Sansour came to the final table third in chips and was able to capture them all in the end. He will take the Grand Final title back to Peru and close the door on another great season of the LAPT. For all of us here in Argentina from PokerNews, we thank you for following along and hope you get a chance to check out our coverage from the next stop!