LAPT7 Peru: Coming soon to a beach near you -- LAPT Bahamas!
The first four levels are in the books here on Day 1A, the first of two Day 1 flights for the LAPT7 Peru Grand Final. The big board is showing more than 240 entrants thus far today, with late registration (and the always inviting post-bust option to reenter) available through the start of Level 7.
We'll likely see more entrants for Day 1B, both because that's how things typically go with multiple Day 1 flights and also because the PokerStars Brazilian Series of Poker just concluded its Florianópolis stop with a final table going into the wee hours this morning, thereby delaying the cross-continent trip for a number of Brazilian players expected to play.
As the "Grand Final" appelation indicates, this marks the last stop of the Season 7 for the LAPT -- another reason why many players are eager to make the event. But there's a lot to look forward to after Season 7 ends, as anticipation is already starting to build regarding the LAPT's Season 8 kickoff event in the Bahamas at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
"We're going to be following the model of the EPT and events like the Estrellas Poker Tour in Barcelona," explains LAPT President David Carrion, pointing out how the new "LAPT Bahamas" Main Event -- a $3,000 buy-in tournament scheduled just before the start of the 2015 PCA in January -- will function much like the Estrellas Poker Tour series that precedes and leads into EPT Barcelona each year.
"It will be like a prime side event," says Carrion, who went on to talk about how the decision to start the tour's eighth season in the Bahamas will be of benefit both to the LAPT and to the PCA come January.
"People who participate regularly on the LAPT will get a chance to be part of what is probably the best tournament series in the world," notes Carrion, referring to the increasingly-popular PCA. "There are already a decent number of Latin American poker players who go to the PCA each year -- last year Brazil was the third-most represented country, in fact -- but this will give even more LAPT players a chance to make the trip."
Being at the Atlantis at a time when most tournament poker players make it a point to go to the Caribbean will no doubt help create a big field for the LAPT Bahamas, too. "I think there's little question it will be the biggest prize pool ever for the LAPT," says Carrion with a nod.
But the PCA should benefit from the move as well, bringing an early influx of players during the series' preliminary events and increasing liquidity both for satellites and cash games. The last day of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event will coincide with the second Day 1 flight of the PCA Main Event, meaning nearly all of those who play the LAPT -- and especially those who cash -- will be able to stay for the PCA Main as well.
In other words, not only will LAPT Bahamas serve as a nice, early momentum builder for Season 8 of the tour, but it should serve a similar purpose to kickstart things at the PCA, too.
"Next year we'll probably start it even earlier," says Carrion, referring to how the kicking off of a new LAPT season in the Bahamas is going to be a regular occurrence going forward.
There's a lot to look forward to this week as Season 7 comes to an exciting conclusion. But even after it ends, new beginnings await.
Photography from LAPT7 Peru by Carlos Monti. Check out the start-to-finish live streaming coverage (in both Spanish and Portuguese) at PokerStars.tv. Click here for live updates in Spanish, and here for live updates in Portuguese.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.