Vina del Mar

Travel Diary: Viña del Mar

My trip to Viña del Mar was one of the longest travel days I've ever had. The day after I finished covering EPT Madrid, I headed to the airport to begin my journey to Chile, which consisted of a 10-hour flight from Madrid to Atlanta, a six-hour layover, another 10-flight to Santiago, and then a 1.5-...more

by Kristy Arnett on April 3, 2012 7:17 AM

Team PokerStars Pros talk LAPT Season 5

This past week, the Latin American Poker Tour kicked off its fifth season with a stop in Viña del Mar, Chile, the first of five events that include Uruguay, Colombia and Peru. It marked the third time the LAPT has visited the Viña del Mar Enjoy Casino & Resort, and the second time since a tragic ear...more

by Chad Holloway on March 30, 2012 6:40 AM

LAPT Viña del Mar: Aliro Diaz keeps the trophy home

It's been said that war is 90 percent boredom, 10 percent fear.The same could be said about poker. We saw one level go by without action, and then the next looked like it was going to bring more of the same, but then it happened.That 10 percent of adrenaline-packed situations where hands tremble, fo...more

by Alex Villegas on March 25, 2012 2:05 PM

LAPT Viña del Mar: Dealing with the break

Our first level of play brought us two eliminations, the second brought none.While not much was going on, we did manage to see one showdown last level. It was the only one. Javier Venegas raised to 100,000 and Felipe Velasquez called. The flop came 6♠3♥4♥ and both players checked. A J♠ came ...more

by Alex Villegas on March 25, 2012 11:39 AM

LAPT Viña del Mar: A little slow, a little quick

The day started off fairly tight, but before the end of the level, we'd have our first two eliminations. Some players folded some big hands early on. We started the day off in Level 25, with 20,000/40,000 blinds and a 5,000 ante. In one of the first hands of the day, our start-of-day chip leader, Se...more

by Alex Villegas on March 25, 2012 9:43 AM

LAPT Viña del Mar: The final eight, a little late

We're here, the first final table of LAPT Season 5. We saw 672 players sign up, 651 actually showed up (21 no-shows), and they've all been eliminated except for eight.And while majority of the 104 players who've cashed have already been paid out, our remaining eight are fighting for the majority of ...more

by Alex Villegas on March 25, 2012 8:10 AM

LAPT Viña del Mar: Bursting on break

The final table bubble burst at an unusual time. Level 24 had just come to an end -- signaled by the "Jaws" theme song -- and a few players ran out to do whatever it is they do during breaks.But while they were out and about frolicking across the Enjoy Hotel, we'd get our final eight.It's definitely...more

by Alex Villegas on March 24, 2012 3:43 PM

LAPT Viña del Mar: Changing pace and showing face

Ten players are left and action has dropped a gear or two. It's hard to keep the blistering pace we started the day off with.Stacks are getting big and so is the money. The final ten are guaranteed $9,130, but that's only a fraction of the $129,470 that awaits our winner. Table talk has dropped and ...more

by Alex Villegas on March 24, 2012 2:03 PM

LAPT Viña del Mar: The millionaires club

And just like that, we're down to 12. But Daniela Horno is not among the final dozen. The start-of-day chip leader had quite the roller coaster ride on the chip counts page. She started up top, but then rushed to the bottom. She fought her way back to average stack and then she dipped once again. Th...more

by Alex Villegas on March 24, 2012 12:13 PM

LAPT Viña del Mar: A morning rumble and an afternoon tumble

It's been a massacre.We're 90 minutes into Day 3 and we're already down to our last 20 players.Players are now guaranteed $3,860, but they have bigger goals in mind, we're almost down to the final two tables.And that means we're getting closer to the final table.We've also seen a new chip leader eme...more

by Alex Villegas on March 24, 2012 10:27 AM
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