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LAPT Panama: Patrick Mahoney, Leo Fernandez lead final table

Patrick Mahoney is not a vacuum salesman. We know this because moments ago when filling out a bio questionnaire, Mahoney wrote "vacuum salesman" down as his profession. And then he scratched it out. In its place, he wrote "Zamboni driver." "No one but me is going to know what that is," he said with a smirk. That is the kind of dry humor afforded the man taking the chip lead to tomorrow's LAPT final table. Mahoney--probably not a zamboni driver, by the way--is taking 1,714,000 in chips to Sunday's championship...more

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LAPT Panama: Leo Fernandez and his green arm


Leo Fernandez's arm is sticking out like a sore thumb. A green sore thumb at that. For the past three days, the Team PokerStars Pro has shown up to play with a green band around his bicep. Speculation ran rampant. Was it a fashion statement? Was it something akin to...more

LAPT Panama: Sam Razavi looking for PokerStars hat trick


Many people have spoken of poker's Triple Crown, the achievement of one player winning WSOP, EPT, and WPT events during their career. Fewer people have spoken of something tourney grinder Sam Razavi is lining up for today: the PokerStars hat trick. With 12 players remaining, Razavi has an average stack...more

LAPT Panama: Stars rising above Trinidad and Tobago


Looking for a Trinidadian (or Tobagonian, for that matter) poker champion is like a search for Sasquatch or the Yeti. There are people who believe such a thing exists, but evidence in support of it is murky at best. But this was my mission today. As the final 23 players...more

LAPT Panama: Leo Fernandez leads charge for final table


Can he do it? With a big chip lead and only 22 people to beat, can Argentinian Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez win the very first LAPT Panama? The last time any Team Pro won a LAPT event, it was Fernandez's countryman Jose "Nacho" Barbero in Season 3. Barbero was...more