LAPT announces new format for Season 9

Everyone knows, when the seasons change, so does the world around us. So it goes with the Latin American Poker Tour. Today, the LAPT announced it making some big changes for its upcoming ninth season.

The most noticeable change will be the size of the buy-in. Except for the upcoming event at the PCA, all Main Event buy-ins will now be $1,500. The Bahamas event will cost $2,200 to enter. The LAPT expects the field sizes to be even bigger in the coming year.

Edgar Stuchly, Director of Live Events at PokerStars, said, "The poker industry is booming in Latin America and by providing the best live poker experience in the region we will contribute to this growth for many years. Every poker player will want to compete in the LAPT next year. The tour attracts some of the world's best poker players, along with Team PokerStars SportStars such as Ronaldo and Neymar Jr, while offering more tournaments than ever before and buy-ins starting from as little as $50 to cater for our recreational players."

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The LAPT also plans to debut a new $400 No-Limit Hold'em Cup event and more poker variants across the board with mixed games and multiple Pot Limit Omaha tournaments offered at each stop.

Brazilian Team PokerStars Pro, Andre Akkari, said, "Over the past 10 years I've been playing poker tournaments all around the world and it's great to see games that are popular in North America and Europe make their way to Latin America. Other games besides Texas Hold'em, such as Pot Limit-Omaha, will only become more popular if they are made available to play. With more variety available, the LAPT will appeal to more online grinders, recreational players and mixed game players, which will mean more players, larger tournament fields and bigger prizes."

TOUR SCHEDULE

The LAPT Bahamas Main Event runs January 7-9 and is expected to draw a record number of participants. After that, the tour returns to the same destinations as last season - Chile, Panama, Uruguay and Brazil - with only Peru absent from the schedule.

Here's the full schedule.

LAPT Bahamas
Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island
January 7-9, 2016

LAPT Chile
Enjoy Casino & Resort, Vina del Mar
March 4-8, 2016

LAPT Panama
Sortis Hotel & Casino, Panama City
May 12-16, 2016

LAPT Uruguay
Conrad Resort & Casino, Punta del Este
September 23-27, 2016

LAPT Brazil during BSOP Millions
São Paulo
TBC

For more information, visit LAPT.com


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