LAPT Nuevo Vallarta: Get off the beach!

There is a certain tone we have come to recognize in tournament director Mike Ward's voice. He's a friendly guy who rarely has a bad thing to say about anybody, but when we hear that tone we know he means business.

We heard that tone just now.

"Players, please take your seats," he said, and it was understood, anyone who did not find their chair was going to be left behind.

As the clock hit noon, the cards went in the air on this second stop of the second season of the Latin America Poker Tour. Here at the Marival Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, the madness has begun. From ESPN, to Fox Sports, to the throngs of traveling media, to more than 200 players, this event is read to rock and roll.

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Players are starting with 10,000 chips and settling in for a full day of hour-long levels. They will all be tring to match the achievement of LAPT San Jose Champion Ryan Fee who won more than $200,000 a few weeks back. That task will be made harder by the fact the Fee is in in attendance here today.

Fee is joined by Team PokerStars Pros Humberto Brenes, Greg Raymer, Andre Akkari, Alex Gomes, and Victor Ramdin, not to mention does of PokerStars qualifiers and locals who all want the first title to come out of Nuevo Vallarta.

Keep it here for all the action, all day long.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Latin American Poker Tour