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poker.jpgPoker Stars recently announced the formation of the Latin America Poker Tour, a poker tourthat will hold major poker tournaments at exotic locations across Central and South America. There are currently three events scheduled for the LAPT, with the first taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, beginning on May 3rd and lasting until May 5th. The second event will take place in San Jose, Costa Rica from May 22nd-May 24th. The third event will take place in Punta del Este, Uruguay and go from August 7th to August 9th. All of the events are anticipated to have player fields of at least 250 players, with at least $600,000 in each of the prize pools.

Glenn Cadematori has been named the head of the LAPT and is very enthusiastic about his new charge, saying “Poker is exploding in Latin America and the game is more than ready for its own major poker tour.” According toCadematori thousands of poker players in Central and South America will now have more of an opportunity to play in world-class poker tournaments, as the tournaments are now being brought to them.

Mike Ward has been named the tournament director for the LAPT events. Mike Ward has worked with Poker Stars before, running their Poker Stars Carribean Adventure tournaments every year since the PCA was started. He has also been a tournament director for the Foxwoods Resort Casino. It was an easy decision for Poker Stars to hire him as tournament director.

As is to be expected, a number of Poker Stars pros will be participating in the LAPT, including their Latin American pros, Humberto Brenes from Costa Rica, and Andre Akkari from Brazil. Both of them have already signed up for the Brazilian event and are expected to compete in the other two.

The LAPTprovides yet more opportunities for poker players from around the world to get together and compete for fame, fun, and fortune.

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