Fee exacts heavy toll at LAPT San Jose

Ryan Fee

The second season of the Latin America Poker Tour is now in full swing after the LAPT San Jose event ended yesterday in record time.

The Herradura Ramada Plaza Casino in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, played host to what turned out to be a wild ride for the final nine players of a 219-strong field.

Two days of tournament poker had left each of them with a shot at the first LAPT title of the season, but in the end it was 20-year-old Ryan Fee of Philadelphia, Penn., who emerged victorious. Fee not only took down the title, but did so in dramatic - and efficient - fashion.

Final-table play began at 12:20 p.m. local time on Wednesday. For the first 90 minutes play was tense, with the short stacks looking for opportunities to double up but having to be content with taking the blinds and antes instead. The only action exciting enough to get the crowd out of its seats came courtesy of Brent Sheirbon's all-in bluff with the Hammer - 7-2 offsuit.

Local favorite (and 1997 Land of the Fee."

With an exciting San Jose event now in the books, fans of the LAPT look to the Marival Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico for their next poker fix.

The season's second event will take place there in early December, marking the first time a major poker tournament has been held in Mexico. As usual, the all-star tournament reporting team here at PokerListings.com will be on hand to bring you all the action.

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