Chilean earthquake forces LAPT Vina del Mar cancellation
Today, in response to the earthquake in Chile, PokerStars announced the cancellation of the Latin America Poker Tour event in Vina del Mar.
We at the PokerStars Blog send our thoughts to our friends in Chile and look forward to the time we can visit the beautiful country.
Below is the full text of PokerStars' official statement.
The PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) regrets to announce that the 2010 LAPT Viña del Mar, Chile poker festival has been cancelled. The festival was scheduled to be held at the Enjoy Viña del Mar Casino and Resort from March 19-23, 2010.
All players who have qualified or bought-in to the event will be fully refunded their buy-ins and any out-of-pocket expenses*.
This cancellation follows a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile approximately 175 miles south of Viña del Mar on February 27, 2010. The cancellation of the festival has been forced by the effects of the earthquake and in light of the rescue and recovery efforts now taking place throughout Chile.
Everyone at PokerStars.net and the LAPT offers their thoughts and condolences to all of those affected by this tragic natural disaster.
The LAPT sincerely apologizes for this cancellation to the players that had planned to attend the festival.
*Players should contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries