LAPT Rio: There's shuffling and there's dealing
Well, the sun came out in Rio today for the first time since we arrived on Wednesday. Perfect time, then, to join the hordes of players and supporters heading through the darkened corridors of the Intercontinental Hotel to the conference facilities, where we're getting ready for the start of this LAPT extravaganza.
Mike Ward, the tournament director, was in characteristically bullish mood, drilling his army of dealers in the finer points of chip allocation ahead of the biggest tournament ever to reach these shores.
Soon enough, the chips were all in their neat multicoloured stacks, and moments later they were being riffled anxiously, casually, threateningly or dismissively by the 300-plus players who will use them as their weapons for the coming three days. The starting stack is 10,000 and the structure can be found
We'll also be providing the latest chip counts
In moments, we'll surely hear the inimitable "Shuffle up and deal!" over the microphone, repeated three times, in Portuguese ("Embaralha e distribua as cartas!") and Spanish: ("Barajad y repartir"). Which reminds me, we're covering this event in multiple languages. Click