What were we talking about again?
Oh yeh, Latin America is finally getting a big league poker tour of its own with PokerStars launching its three-event Latin American Poker Tour this summer in Brazil, Costa Rica and Uruguay.
Featuring $2,500 buy-ins, the LAPT kicks off on May 3-5, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and then heads to Costa Rica for the LAPT San José from May 22-24. The short tour wraps in Uruguay with the LAPT Punta del Este from August 7-9.
Our pick of the three stops would be Brazil (for why, see Ana above, she’s Brazilian), and we’re considering the trip because we have some good poker buddies there including our bestest Brazilian friend Maria Eduarda Mayrinck (aka Maridu) who said something about kicking us in the nuts in Vegas this summer if we don’t make it, or maybe she didn’t, hard to understand foreign chicks sometimes. If we don’t make it, then maybe Costa Rica and if not, well, anyone know where Uruguay is?
Speaking of Maria, below is a cool video she did with her hot in a really cute way Brazilian friend Julia in New York City during a snow storm last year. It’s to the song “Young Folks” by Peter, Bjorn and John. As Maria explained, “we had too much creativity and time in our hands.” Ridiculously, Julia is married. She’s also a photographer and occasional poker player. Maria on the other hand is single and a damn fine
Watch the video at YouTube here.
LAPT press release and real video to “Young Folks” after the jump . . .
POKERSTARS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF Latin American Poker Tour
PokerStars, (www.PokerStars.net), the world’s largest online poker site, today announced the launch of Latin America’s first major poker tour, the LAPT. With stops in Brazil, Costa Rica and Uruguay, the tour is set to bring world-class poker action to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
The Latin American Poker Tour kicks off in the beautiful beach city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from May 3-5, 2008. This three-day, $2,500 tournament will be the largest poker tournament ever held in Brazil, with players competing for a total prize pool of over $600,000. Among the players will be Team PokerStars Pros and international poker stars Andre Akkari from Brazil and Humberto Brenes from Costa Rica.
The tour continues with the LAPT San José in Costa Rica from May 22-24, and then moves on to Uruguay for the LAPT Punta del Este from August 7-9.
LAPT President Glenn Cademartori said, “Poker is exploding in Latin America and the game is more than ready for its own major poker tour. 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.”
As well as players from Latin America, the LAPT is also set to attract top players from North America and Europe. Each LAPT event planned so far anticipates 250 players or more, creating total prize pools of well over $600,000.
Cademartori said the partnership with PokerStars was ideal for the LAPT. “It’s not just because PokerStars has proven success in launching major poker tours in other regions, but also because it is the world’s number one online poker destination. This means it’s uniquely positioned to give an enormous number of players from across the globe the chance to take part through online qualifying satellite tournaments. Our goal is to provide Latin American players and beyond with the best poker tournament experience in this part of the world.”
PokerStars already sponsors the European Poker Tour (EPT), the leading poker tour in Europe, now in its fourth season, and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), which launched last year to bring world-class, televised poker to the Asia Pacific region for the first time. It is the largest poker tour in Asia Pacific and a tremendous success after just one season.
Overseeing the LAPT will be Tournament Director Mike Ward. “As director of Foxwoods Resort Casino since 1996 and director of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas since its launch in 2004, I’ve had the opportunity to witness the dramatic expansion of tournament poker. I’m now really looking forward to bringing my skills and energy to the Latin American Poker Tour.”
Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari stated, “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. 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.”