Canadian victory at LAPT Playa Conchal

Amer Sulaiman

A Canadian coffee merchant brewed up a win at the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour Playa Conchal event in Costa Rica this weekend.

Amer Sulaiman outlasted a field of 259 players to nab a first place prize of $172,096. Sulaiman bested fellow Canadian Sol Bergren in a tough heads-up match that went into the wee hours of the morning Monday.

The final table featured five Canadians, one Dutch player, one Guatemalan and Rogelio Pardo, the sole representative from the host country of Costa Rica.

Bergren entered the final table as the massive chip leader with 1.3 million chips and added to that total by busting three players. Meanwhile Sulaiman, who began the final as a medium stack, busted two players en route to heads-up play.

Pardo came painfully short of giving the hometown crowd something to cheer about when he busted in third place leaving the two Canadians to fight it out for the title.

By the time they reached heads-up, Bergren held 2.8 million chips to Sulaiman's 2.2 million.

The cards were going Sulaiman's way, however, and he quickly overtook Bergren for the chip lead.

After several hours of play Sulaiman shoved with top-pair, top-kicker and Bergren called with top-pair with a combo flush and straight draw. Bergren missed all his outs and Sulaiman was awarded the LAPT title.

This marks the third year that PokerStars has hosted an LAPT Event in Costa Rica. This time around organizers opted to relocate the tournament to scenic beach resort Paradisus Playa Conchal instead of San Jose.

The third season of the LAPT will now turn to the Bahamas where the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is scheduled to be held Jan. 4-14, 2010. This is the first year the PCA has been held as part of the LAPT and organizers are hoping to beat the 1,347 entrants they had last year.

Satellites for the event are currently running on PokerStars.

Here are the complete final table payouts for LAPT Playa Conchal:

1. Amer Sulaiman - $172,095
2. Sol Bergren - $100,492
3. Rogelio Pardo - $61,551
4. Eric Levesque - $45,221
5. Francis-Nicolas Bouchard - $32,660
6. Darren Keyes - $26,380
7. Carlos Giron - $20,098
8. Patrik de Koster - $13,818

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