PokerStars LAPT Colombian National Poker Championship

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Aug 13, 2012 Posted in Tournament News, World Poker News | No Comments »

Down in Medellin, Columbia the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) was hosting the Colombian National Poker Championship and the event attracted a fairly international field, including some big names poker players. The tournament was the third stop on Season 5 of the PokerStars LAPT, and the turnout at the event saw Season 5 continue its excellent season for the LAPT.

One of the big names who happened to be in Colombia on vacation (taking a break from poker), Sorel Mizzi, actually had no intention of playing a poker tournament but simply couldn’t resist once he got to Colombia and found a Major Poker Tournament going on. Mizzi tweeted about his surprise, saying, “Went to Colombia to chill / try to learn spanish and somehow theres a @pokerstarsLAPT here … so obv i have to play… stop following me!”

Unfortunately for Mizzi (or perhaps fortunately if he wants to get back to his vacation) he wasn’t able to make a deep run and failed to cash in the tournament.

As far as the actual tournament goes, the LAPT Colombian National Poker Championship boasted a $3,820,000 + $380,000 buy-in, which isn’t quite as impressive as it first appears considering it takes 1,720 Colombian Pesos to equal $1 USD! The tournament attracted 337 entrants over the course of the two starting days, making the top payout of the tournament nearly $150,000.

The highest finisher among well-known players was Humberto Brenes, a member of Team PokerStars Pro, finished in 22nd place, collecting a decent payday for his efforts, a $9,000,000 payday (which is equivalent to about $5,200 USD.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the LAPT Colombian National Poker Championship:

1. Robbie Renehan — $148,709

2. Jayr Fregona — $114,857

3. Raul Paez — $69,914

4. Weider Gutierrez — $52,091

5. Cristian Velasquez — $39,960

6. Hernan Villa — $ 31,394

7. Ruben Ospina — $ 23,549

8. Luis Felipe Herrera — $ 17,840

The next stop on the LAPT will be in Panama, for the LAPT Panama, which will feature a $2,300 buy-in with a $200 tournament fee. The LAPT Panama will only feature a single starting day and will kick-off on September 27, 2012.

After Panama the LAPT will head to Lima, Peru for the LAPT Grand Final from November 14-18, 2012. The Grand Final will also feature a $2,300+ $200 buy-in and should attract a huge field, full of top-flight players.


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