Valdemar Kwaysser claims LAPT San Jose

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Twenty-four-year-old Valdemar Kwaysser became the first player to win LAPT San Jose yesterday and just the second winner in the tour's history.

Although the Hungarian player trailed online pros Ashton Griffin and Steven Silverman entering the final table, he proceeded to bad-beat a large number of players out of tournament existence.

It all started when he got it in bad with 8-4 against Griffin's A-8. The board ran 9-7-3-4-J, a turn of fate that would kick-start a series of events that saw numerous players take their place on the rail wondering what happened.

Kwaysser was particularly lucky against Steven Silverman. First Kwaysser cracked kings with T 5 and then he managed to turn 2 2 into a winner versus 5 5. There must be something in the water in Budapest.

Kwaysser won the tournament when he was dealt pocket aces and Max Steinberg moved in with a pair of nines. Kwaysser was looked slightly embarrassed when he was handed the LAPT trophy.

"I really wanted to win," Kwaysser said in the PokerStars blog. "But I know I had a really lucky period today. Steven [Silverman] trapped me. But that's poker. You sometimes play perfect and don't get the results. And sometimes it's different."

It was indeed different for Kwaysswer, who took home $274,103 for his surprising victory in Costa Rica. With two out of three events completed at the inaugural LAPT, the next stop is Punta Del Este in Uruguay.

PokerListings' own Finnish Flash - Tournament Reporter Owen Laukkanen - has his recap blog for LAPT set up here. Be sure to tune during August too, to check out coverage of the Uruguay event.

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