The schedule of the ninth season of the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) has been released.
The ninth season will begin with the Bahamas leg early in January 2016. Throughout the year, five events will be held in Panama, Chile, Brazil, and Uruguay.
The Bahamas leg of the LAPT will be held on Jan 7 – 9 at Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, and its highlight will be a main event with a buy-in of $2,200. The Chile and Panama legs of the LAPT will be held on March 4 – 8 and May 12 – 16, respectively. The LAPT Uruguay will be held on September 23 – 27 at Conrad Resort and Casino at Punta del Este, and the Brazil leg of the LAPT will be held at Sao Paulo, featuring a $1,500 buy-in Main Event.
The main event of the Bahamas leg of the LAPT 2016 will form part of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), a mega live poker event with 104 tournaments. The main event of LAPT Bahamas will have a buy-in of $2,200 and will be played at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort on Jan 7 – 9. Last year, the event had a buy-in of $3k and attracted a field of 736 players. Joshua Kay, the US poker player, emerged as the champion and took home the first-place prize of $367,928.
Edgar Stuchly, PokerStars live events director, told the press: “The poker industry is booming in Latin America and by providing the best live poker experience in the region we will contribute to this growth for many years. Every poker player will want to compete in the LAPT next year. The tour attracts some of the world’s best poker players, along with Team PokerStars SportStars such as Ronaldo and Neymar Jr., while offering more tournaments than ever before and buy-ins starting from as little as $50 to cater for our recreational players.”
The LAPT has reduced the buy-ins of several events to “improve the player experience and attract a greater number of competitors to the tour.”
In addition, the tour will include a new event to each of its stops—the $400 NL Hold’em Cup Tournament—in a bid to attract a larger number of players to the event. The LAPT will also include more PL Omaha and mixed poker games.
Since the LAPT presents better variety, it is sure to attract a larger number of players, leading to larger player fields and prizes.