LAPT makes its return to Chile
When the Latin American Poker Tour visited Viña del Mar for the first time in 2009, there was no doubt the tour would go back. The next visit was planned for this time last year. It didn't happen.
The LAPT and its players watched with a heavy heart as Chile endured a devastating earthquake. As the country worked to rebuild, the LAPT rightly canceled its event and later was part of a Chilean charity tournament that raised more than $200,000 for the rebuilding effort.
Now, the tour has returned for the LAPT Chile National Poker Championship. The four-day $1,100 event will crown this country's poker champion for the year. It is both a celebration of the LAPT's return to Chile and the continued resolve of the people of the country. After a full year of recovery, Chile is once again thriving.
Day 1A saw a field of 351 players take the felt. With Day 1B beginning today, another big crowd is expected. The tournament will be the largest ever in Chile or on the LAPT. People from 20 different countries showed up for the event.
Heriberto Carvajal ended Day 1A with a stack of 153,000.
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