LAPT7 Chile: The sequel to a record-setting sixth season

The start of a new season of the Latin American Poker Tour has inspired some looking back over the tour's storied history, in particular last year's record-breaking Season 6 where nearly every stop along the way saw new standards established in terms of field sizes and money won.

We've mentioned before how LAPT6 Chile drew a phenomenal 1,024 entries to kick off the sixth season, shattering the previous high of 672 from the year before. That meant a big payday of $184,220 for winner Pablo Tavitian.


Pablo Tavitian kicked off a record-setting LAPT Season 6 in smiling style

We've yet to spot the Argentinian in today's field, although we suspect we'll be seeing him eventually given that he's both qualified and expressed a desire to defend his title.

From there the tour traveled to Sao Paulo for LAPT6 Brazil where another record was established when the tourney attracted 753 total entries. Brazil's own Victor Sbrissa claimed the title there for a R$512,100 score, worth nearly a quarter million USD.

It was another victory for the home country, and almost another field-size record broken, in Medellin where LAPT6 Colombia drew 629 entries -- not quite the 681 of a couple of years before -- where Colombian Weider Gutierrez won, earning Col$165,244,000 or about 87K USD.

The last three stops of the season then saw new highs established at each.

There were 557 entries at LAPT6 Peru where the Chilean Patricio Andres Rojas won the title and $123,840. Then 570 entered played LAPT6 Panama (another site record), where Galal Dahrouj of Colombia took first for $132,535. And finally Carter Gill's victory at LAPT6 Uruguay last fall for $238,260 also came in a record field of 508 entries.

The upped entry fee for LAPT6 Chile (from $1,100 to $1,700) might well keep this week's event from setting a new standard in terms of entries, although there were still almost as many online qualifiers this year as last.

Level 6 has begun, with registration remaining open through the start of Level 7 today, then again through dinner for tomorrow's Day 1B. Announcements for a super satellite into tomorrow's final Day 1 flight are being made at the moment as well, which will generate more entries, too.

We'll soon be seeing what kind of history gets made going forward, and how it builds on what has gone before.

Photography from LAPT7 Chile by Carlos Monti. Follow live streaming coverage throughout LAPT7 Chile in Spanish at PokerStars or via Facebook as well as in Portuguese, also at PokerStars or via Facebook.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.