LAPT Playa Conchal: Wipeout for the surfer boy

lapt-promo.gifHank Sitton waved his hand around the well-appointed resort.

"This is my old stomping grounds," he said, the memory obviously still clear in his mind. "I used to be a surfer.

Sitton, known as "Hardway Hank" on PokerStars, is a serial qualifier for PokerStars events. We've seen him just about everywhere, including the underground games in Greenville, SC where this writer used to play. The owner of a major car dealership back in the U.S., Sitton likes to spend his spare time playing cards. He's done alright for himself. His most recent score was a third place finish at the Gulf Coast Poker Championship in 2007 for $210,000.

If that win is in the past, Sitton is enjoying his memories of ancient history, of his time on the waves along the Guanacaste coastline.

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"Back then, none of this was here. It was gravel roads all the way from Tamarindo to here," he said. "And that airport we flew into? It had a thatched roof. A tiki hut!"

Just last night, Sitton was sure he would make a big splash here in the place of his youth. Alas, the scream of "Seat open, Table 2" meant an early wipeout for the one-time king of the waves.

Sorry, Hank. But, look at it this way...it's more time for the beach.


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In other news, Jean-Robert Bellande must have been hungry for some pool time. He busted in the first level of the day.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Latin American Poker Tour