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Nacho Barbero Closes Out LAPT with Record-Setting Win in Brazil
Jose “Nacho” Barbero took down LAPT Brazil last night to become the first poker player in history to win three Latin American Poker Tour titles.
He will also be the only player to win three LAPT titles.
Thanks to PokerStars shifting the LAPT into its Championship/Festival schedule, Barbero’s record will likely stand the test of time.
LAPT Brazil will be the final stop on the tour, which ran for nine seasons and awarded millions of dollars across events in Central America and South America.
Long-Time Coming for Barbero
Nacho Barbero picked up his second LAPT title way back in season 2, which means he’s been waiting over five years to complete the hat trick.
The Argentinean had some close calls over the years — he finished third in LAPT Chile in 2013 — but he couldn’t quite wrap it up.
Instead he had to wait for the last LAPT in history to outlast 329 entries in São Paulo and take down the coveted third title.
The final table included plenty of locals with the poker boom currently in full swing in Brazil.
Barbero was actually the short-stacked when play got down to three players. He wasn’t to be denied, however, and battled back to enter heads-up against Thiago Grigoletti with a massive 14.2 million to 1.8 million chip lead.
As you might expect heads-up only lasted one hand with A♠ Q♥ getting the nod as the winning hand in the final LAPT event.
PokerStars will return to Latin America in March for the first-ever PokerStars Championship series in Panama.