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leo_fernandez_chip_leader_lapt.JPG Leo Fernandez leads final 23 in LAPT Panama main event

LAPT Panama: Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez leads final 23

Someday--mark my words--there will be a Cirque du Soleil built around the face of Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez. It's simultaneously clownish, contorted, and artful. It's all I can do to not imagine it painted in clown-face-white as he rakes pot after pot. The rakish grin, the mussed hair, the shifting ease with which he stacks his chips. It's hilarious, smooth art, and the method by which he amassed a massive chip-leading stack to end the Day 2. When play began this afternoon, 111 players had a shot at making...more

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LAPT Panama: In-depth with president David Carrion


When you look at the Latin American Poker Tour, you're looking at the handy work of its president David Carrion and his team of organizers. No matter what happens--good, bad, or ugly--Carrion takes responsibility for it all. He was among the people responsible for bringing the LAPT to Panama for...more

LAPT Panama: Americas Cup of Poker gets underway


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LAPT Panama: Man down (pssst, he was the chip leader)


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LAPT Panama: Reduce, reuse, recycle


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LAPT Panama: New host on pace for final table appearance


There is something quite important to be said about being the first to a title. It's a distinction that no one can ever take away. This week, there are many firsts still in play. For instance, whoever wins this weekend will be the first ever LAPT Panama champion. There also...more