LAPT Nuevo Vallarta: Define All-Inclusive

A good journalist--the kind who has been around war long enough to count the bullets before they hit their target--knows the lead before the story is complete. He can tell you the capital "S" story in one sentence. This teller of tales cannot boil it down to one line. If forced, however, it would look a lot like this:

Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes may not be a good bullfighter, but he does it better than he sings.

Tonight gave us the first generation of the PokerStars LAPT Nuevo Vallarta welcome party. Complete with everything from salsa roja to guacamole to tequila girls, it was an event not soon forgotten. Even more memorable however were stories of Brenes' attempts to fight a bull yesterday.

More on that in a moment. First, why we're here.

As mentioned earlier tonight, the PokerStars Latin America Poker Tour has settled in to its second stop of its second season. The event here at Nuevo Vallarta's Marival Resort is an all-inclusive affair. You want a beer, they give you a beer. You want fajitas, they give you fajitas. You want Humbeto Brenes singing traditional tunes...well, do you really want that?

Well, it's a matter of taste and one best left to the individual. Regardless, that's what happened tonight as the mariachi band took the stage at this event's welcome party. Accompanied by fellow Team Pro Andre Akkari on violin, Brenes sang to the assemblage with as much heart as he put into his bull fighting.

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So you'e ready to hear about that?

As the oft-repeated story goes, Brenes set about some bull fighting yesterday. Instead of waving the red cape to his side, he waved it in front of a region best covered by a comfortable pair of boxer shorts. You can fill in the blanks, but apparently it wasn't pretty. We may or may not have pictures before the weekend is over. All we know is that the ever-tough Brenes was back on his feet tonight and ready to sing to the crowd.

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And what a crowd it was. Among the revelers tonight were a host of Team PokerStars Pros. Joining Brenes and Akkari here in Mexico are Greg Raymer, Alex Gomes, and Victor Ramdin. They will be fighting tomorrow against such notables as LAPT San Jose champ Ryan Fee, online wunderkind Tyler Netter, and PCA final tablist Christian Harder.

Tons of Latin America celebs are in attendance in what is predicted to be a be a bigger-than-expected event. First though, the assembled crowd must sleep off the tacos and tequila. After that, we move on to the real purpose of our journey to the Pacific coast.

Play kicks off at noon CT on Friday. We will play three days before crowning a champion. By that time, we expect the food coma to have worn off and the tequila girls to be off to another party.

In the meantime, viva la Mexico.

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Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Latin American Poker Tour