Vamos! The Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) will make its triumphant return to the felt this spring. PokerStars has not hosted a live tournament series in Latin America in seven years, but there's a big itch for poker that everyone wants to scratch, so the festive LAPT returns.
The LAPT began back in 2008 and ran for nine seasons before the final run in 2016.
"We are delighted to announce the return of this iconic series and once again hold the LAPT for poker players in Latin America," says Cedric Billot, Head of Global Live Event Operations at PokerStars. "We're working hard to ensure that this is a spectacular series and can't wait to head to Rio to get the show on the road."
The comeback event for the new and improved LAPT is slated for March 2 through March 6. PokerStars and the LAPT always had a deep and rich history with Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, so it's not a surprise that the Rio will be the location for the comeback event.
The swanky beachfront Windsor Marapendi Hotel will host the festivities with the return of the LAPT. There's six events of note on the schedule starting with the LAPT Rio Main Event on March 2 and running through March 6.
There's a couple of high rollers, and a couple of single-day events, plus a 6-max Mystery KO.
- The LAPT Rio Main Event has a $1,500 buy-in and begins March 2.
- The LAPT Single Day 3K has a $3,000 buy-in and slated for March 2.
- The LAPT Single Day 4K has a $4,000 buy-in and slated for March 4.
- The first High Roller is a NL affair that has a $5,000 buy-in and starts on March 5.
- The second High Roller is a PKO with a $3,000 buy-in that begins March 6.
- There's also a two-day 6-Handed Mystery KO that runs on March 5 and 6, which has a modest buy-in of $800.
You can qualify for a full LAPT package with satellites running right now on PokerStars.
"The LAPT has a special place in the hearts of Latin American poker players and poker enthusiasts, so we're absolutely thrilled that the tour is back," says Devanir Campos, LAPT Executive Director. "The tour will enable us to bring together former LAPT champions and a new generation of poker players that never got to experience this amazing event. The LAPT was never just about playing poker, but also travelling, getting to see and experience different countries and cultures, meeting friends and, ultimately, having a lot of fun."
There will be at least three stops in Brazil with the comeback event in Rio, plus two more events in Sao Paolo. The Sao Paolo events are slated for July and November, so you have two chances to qualify for those LAPT stops later on in the year.
Uruguay hosted LAPT events in the past, and the tour will hit Montevideo for another stop on the epic comeback tour.
PokerStars also mentioned there's a couple other stops that are currently being planned and finalized. As soon as all the logistics are worked out, PokerStars will make another announcement about more LAPT stops.
Head over to PokerStars Blog for more details.