LAPT San Jose: Flashbacks and rebuys

It was late. I remember that much. The World Series was going on. It was either 2005 or 2006. It's hard to keep them straight. Plus, it was late. I probably mentioned that, but it was worth repeating.

It was a single-table satellite in the back corner of the room. I was off work and playing to kill an hour or so before bed. The table was populated by a rowdy bunch, most notably three just-into-town Canadians with nothing but sleep to lose. Before you could say Molson, we were four-handed--three fun-loving Canadians and me. I'll let you guess who finished fourth.

During our time together, we managed to have enough laughs (likely at my expense) to remember each other down the road. Since then we've crossed paths several times.

Fast forward to about ten minutes ago as I wandered through the tournament room and one Brent Wajcman raised his sunglasses. The Canadian had returned.

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After a quick greeting, Wajcman was quick to let me know he was here for $25. He played an $8 rebuy tournament, took one rebuy and the add-on and won his seat to compete for a $1 million prize pool. I thought to warn his table-mates about his abilities, then decided against it. They'll figure it out soon enough.

The story of the moment though is Costa Rica's own Steve Thompson. Followers of the LAPT will remember he made the final table of this same event in Season 1. His ninth place finish was apparently not good enough. He is back and has snagged the early chip lead in level four. For a fresh look at the counts, visit the LAPT Chip Counts page.

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While we're mentioning Costa Rican players, it's worth noting that we are also publishing coverage in two languages besides English. Be sure to check out our Spanish coverage as well as the news on the PokerStars Brazil blog.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Latin American Poker Tour