LAPT Heads to Medellin, Colombia

Medellin: "City of Eternal Spring"

The PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour is making its next stop in Medellin, Colombia for the newly created Colombia National Poker Championship.

"The poker communities in Latin America are extraordinary,” LAPT president David Carrion said in a release.

“They are growing quickly and are extremely enthusiastic and passionate about playing in the tournaments.

“I hope that players from all over the world come to Medellin to compete and that they also take time to enjoy the scenery, culture and food of this fantastic destination."

The first-ever Colombia National Poker Championship will be held at the Allegre Casino in Medellin from Oct. 12-16 and will have a $1,980,000 Colombian peso buy-in (roughly $1,100 USD).

A $7,200,000 peso ($4,020 USD) High Roller event will also be played on Oct. 16.

Players who don’t want to buy-in to the poker tournaments directly can qualify through satellites online at PokerStars or through super satellites that will be held at Allegre Casino.

“During the fourth season of the LAPT we have introduced Sao Paulo as a new destination, and now it is Medellin’s turn for a debut event,” Carrion added.

“This decision was made so that we could have a National Championship in many different countries, and in turn find the best poker player in the region through the Player of the Year Award.”

Season 4 of the LAPT has already made stops in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Vina del Mar, Chile, Lima, Peru, and Punta Del Este, Uruguay.

The original schedule for Season 4 of the LAPT had a stop in Bogota, Colombia scheduled from Aug 3-7, which has now been switched to the Medellin stop.

As of the most recent stop in Uruguay, Pablo Gonzalez sits atop the LAPT Leaderboard race with 1,125 points.

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