PokerStars launches Latin American Poker Tour

Andre Akkari
Andre Akkari

With noted poker players like Humberto Brenes and Andre Akkari, South America is quickly becoming a hotbed for poker action. Now the region will have an elite poker tournament with PokerStars launching the Latin American Poker Tour.

The LAPT will be the first major poker tour in South America and with stops in Brazil, Costa Rica and Uruguay it's already one of the most picturesque poker tournaments in the world.

"Poker is exploding in Latin America and the game is more than ready for its own major poker tour," said LAPT President Glenn Cademartori. "It's one of the fastest-growing poker regions and there are thousands upon thousands of players in countries like Brazil and Argentina who will love the chance to take part in events of this kind. In every regard, the LAPT is going to put Latin America on the map as the newest hotspot to play high-stakes international poker."

The tour will kick off in May with the first event scheduled in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from May 3-5. The three-day, $2,500 tournament will be the largest tournament ever held in Brazil with players competing for a total prize pool of over $600,000.

Brenes and Akkari are both on Team PokerStars and hail from Costa Rica and Brazil, respectively. They are both looking forward to playing in the inaugural run of the new tour.

"It's a real honor to be representing Team PokerStars in the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour - and even more exciting that the very first event is in my home country," said Akkari. "The LAPT offers great opportunities for Latin American players. Poker is growing so fast in this region and now local players will have the chance to compete in major events in their own backyard.

PokerStars will be looking to emulate the success of their European Poker Tour (EPT) which is currently in its fourth season and would have to be considered the most successful poker tour in Europe. PokerStars also sponsors the newly-founded Asian Pacific Poker Tour which has stops across Asia.

Poker veteran Mike Ward will be handling the tournament directing duties at the new tour. Ward brings 15 years of experience in the poker business and has acted as tournament director and Foxwoods Resort Casino since 1996.

"I'm really looking forward to bringing my skills and energy to the Latin American Poker Tour," said Ward.

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