LAPT9 Chile: Oscar Alache - your LAPT Player of the Year

It's not often you see an entire poker room stop and applaud for someone they're still competing with. However, when the player in question is as popular as Oscar Alache, it's not surprising at all.

A Chile native who currently sits fourth on the country's all-time money list, Alache has had quite a year. The icing on the cake came right before our Day 1B players here at LAPT9 Chile returned to play after their dinner break:

Alache was officially named our LAPT Player of the Year.


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Oscar Alache (right) with Santiago Gandara

When that message was announced over the microphone, all 200-plus of the remaining Day 1B field started clapping and cheering. Alache looked touched, but remained as cool as ever.

So, how did Alache get to this point? Let's take a look at just some of his results over the past 12 months.

- LAPT8 Chile Main Event - 1st place for $131,962

- Two side event wins

- Six final tables for a combined $70,532

Needless to say, Alache is a very worthy winner of Player of the Year. He also has another LAPT title too, one he won in Peru back in 2014. That means he's on the short list of players who are chasing their third title alongside Fabian Ortiz, Jose Barbero, and Mario Lopez.


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Oscar Alache winning his second LAPT title in Chile, 2015

And Alache's not done yet - there's still the matter of LAPT9 Chile, in which Alache is still playing.

"I have seven LAPT trophies now, but I also have lots of room for more," Alache said over the mic.

When you've got the talent, and the support of even the people you're playing against, we wouldn't bet against Alache scooping more trophies over the next year.

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Photos by Carlos Monti.


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