LAPT Lima: Sol-searching in Miraflores
Around the Latin American Poker tour, it's pretty common to find one's self in search of pesos. In Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Mexico, we've packed our pockets full of as many pesos as we could find. In Costa Rica, we got used to the country's colones. Now, we and hundreds of other poker players from places near and far are here in search of sol, or--to be more accurate--the nuevo sol, Peru's currency and the one of the many things you can find hawked on the streets of the Miraflores district of Lima.
After a brief hiatus, the LAPT has returned to action and brought the PokerStars Blog along for the ride. We've recently settled into our spots here in Latin America's fourth largest city. With nearly 8,000 people per square mile (and a population nearing eight million), Lima is among the top 20 most populous cities in the world.
Lima is also home to about as many casinos as a poker player could want. Within one city block of where I sit, there are three big casinos in action. The Atlantic City Casino will be the one with which we concern ourselves over the next week.
That's where hundreds of poker players are set to begin LAPT Lima at noon on Wednesday. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 people have won live satellite seats at the Atlantic City Casino. Many more than than won their entries and trips in online PokerStars satellites. This is shaping up to be one exceptionally big LAPT event.
Through the vagaries of poker scheduling, this event is happening right at the beginning of the World Series of Poker. In fact, one of the many Team PokerStars Pros playing here this week is Maria "maridu" Mayrinck. While she's always happy to represent her native Brazil on the LAPT, her heart and pride are still in Las Vegas. Mayrinck's boyfriend David Baker is second in chips at the star-studded final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. If there is any solace for Mayrinck, it will be that the big WSOP event will be complete before she sits down to play tomorrow. At least she won't have to worry about the distraction.
LAPT Lima is a $2,500 + $200 No-Limit Hold'em affair that kicks of with 20,000 starting chips in less than 24 hours. This is the first time in LAPT history that it has set foot on Peruvian soil, and even before things have started, it's looking to be one of the biggest LAPT events in recent years.
Before all that, though, there is the matter of one of PokerStars signature welcome parties. This one goes off tonight down at La Rosa Nautica, one of the cities top nightspots and restaurants.
Tonight, we overlook the Pacific Ocean. Tomorrow, we overlook the felt. In a few days, we'll have a look at our newest LAPT champion.
We hope you'll join us for all the live blogging action beginning at noon tomorrow.
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