LAPT adopts Player of the Year system

lapt-promo.gifThere are a lot of ways to compare yourself to other poker players on the Latin American Poker Tour: championships, money, height, or whatever you choose. But now, you'll have an official way to rank yourself on the LAPT. As Season 4 begins in Sao Paulo next month, the LAPT is introducing the Latin American Poker Tour Awards.

During the season, the LAPT will keep track on a wide variety of statistics to determine the best players of the year. At the end of the season, the tour will award six LAPT awards based on main events, side events worth $500 or more, and player votes.

It's a development that has to have last season's back-to-back champion Jose Barbero saying, "Where were these awards last year?"


Two-time Season 3 winner Jose "Nacho" Barbero

LAPT players will be awarded a set number of points based on their finishing position in all qualifying events (see for a breakdown of the points table and full rules).

Here's what's up for grabs during Season 4:

Player of the Year: The player who wins the most points over all qualifying events will be crowned LAPT Player of the Year. PRIZE: LAPT Passport for next season (all LAPT main event buy-ins paid)

Short-Handed Player of the Year: This award will go to the player who earns the most points in six-max events during Season 4. PRIZE: LAPT 6-Max Passport for next season (all LAPT 6-Max events paid).

Best Online Qualifier of the Year: A ranking system that combines online qualifying with live results will be used to determine the LAPT's best online qualifier of the year. PRIZE: $215 qualifier tickets to be used online on PokerStars (one for each LAPT Main Event).

Best Latin American Country: The Latin American country that does the best over the course of season 4 will have all its LAPT players invited to play a $10,000 freeroll at the first event of Season 5.

Best Venue: LAPT players will be invited to vote for their favorite venue during Season 4. PRIZE: The winning venue will be given an inscribed trophy as well being featured on the LAPT website during the following season.

Best Achievement of the Year: LAPT players will have a chance to vote at the end of the year on a list of the best 25 achievements from the fourth season. The award will go to the person or people who receive the most player votes. PRIZE: Main Event buyin and hotel to the opening event of LAPT Season 5.

For more information and the full Season 4 schedule, visit

Brad Willis
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