Poker players were anxiously waiting for more information to be released regarding the upcoming Latin American Poker Tour. PokerStars have announced that the tournament will begin in March and conclude at the end of November, with a total of six stops, in Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Panama and one to be decided.
This is the 7th consecutive year that the LAPT is held throughout South America and past performance suggests that in 2014 it will set new records. Season 6 is widely regarded as one of the most successful events held so far, with more players than ever before buying in for the main event and side tournaments. Not surprising, the vast majority of participants came from South America, but many players found it worthwhile to cross the ocean and signed up several months in advance.
Last season, players from 62 countries bought in, which caused the prize pool to hit the record amount of $9.7 million. The vast majority of players secured a seat at the main event through qualifiers, which acted as a catalyst and brought an increasingly high number of players at the tables. Each year, the field of players increased, with season six marking the most impressive boost of 25%, so it is only fair to assume that in 2014 the prize pool will cross the psychological threshold of $10 million.
The organisers are confident that the new events introduced last year, such as the $500 NLH Freeze-Out event with 30-minute levels or the $500 NLH Deep Stack Turbo will bring even more players at the tables. There are plenty of satellites for the tournaments. All the Main Events have a $1,700 buy-in and $3,000 for the Grand Final.
Given the fact that the number of tourists expected to visit Brazil in 2014 is tremendous, there is a good chance for the LAPT/BSOP Brazil, São Paulo event hosted by Holiday Inn Anhembi between May 13 and June 3 to shatter all previous records.
Check out the complete Season 7 schedule below:
|Chile, Viña del Mar Enjoy Casino and Resort||March 19-23, 2014||$1,550 + $150|
|LAPT/BSOP Brazil, São Paulo|
Holiday Inn Anhembi
|May 30-June 3, 2014||R$3,910 + R$490|
|Panama City, Panama|
Veneto Wyndham Grand Hotel and Casino`
|July 23-27, 2014||$1,550 + $150|
|TBC||September 10-14||$1,550 + $150|
|Lima, PeruAtlantic City Casino||October 15 – 19, 2014||1,550 + $150|
|LAPT Grand Final|
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Mantra Resort, Spa and Casino
|November 26-30, 2014||$2,700 + $300|