LAPT Grand Final: Player of the Year race still tight

lapt-promo.gifLeandro Csome is playing the Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final with my money. Or at least he could be. What's more, he could be using my money to win the LAPT Player of the Year.

The last time I saw Csome, he was sitting on my left in a private poker game. I won't say where or when, because...well, it was a private game. Suffice it to say, I naively thought the stakes in the game weren't that big of a deal to Csome. I further naively assumed my flush was any good against the guy who insta-shoved when the board paired. Let's just say I was naïve and leave it at that.

I bring it up because I'm looking at Csome right now, and it's really clear to me now--several months removed from that experiment in naivety--that I never should have been playing poker with Csome in the first place. The man from Argentina has game, and he's got a legitimate shot at winning Player of the Year for Season 4 of the LAPT.


Leandro Csome

As it stands right now, Csome is in fourth place on the leaderboard for Player of the Year. If the three players above him fail to cash in the Grand Final main event (or any of the side events), Csome needs only to place 23rd or better to win Player of the Year. That said, he's not without serious competition. Here are the top ten players on the Player of the Year leaderboard right now:

1. Pablo Gonzalez (Colombia) 1125
2. Alex Manzano (Chile) 1100
3. Daniel Ospina (Colombia) 990
4. Leandro Csome (Argentina) 975
5. Engelbert Varela (Venezuela) 970
6. Luis Alexander Yepez (Venezuela) 870
7. Joao Neto (Brazil) 850
8. Miguel Alvarez de Lugo (Venezuela) 830
9. Ricardo Miyashiro (Peru) 800
10. Raul Pino (Panama) 750

The way the leaderboard works, any player in the main event who cashes will pick up 100 points. The 24th place finisher gets 150 points. It goes up from there (as you can see on the handy chart on this page). In short, it's still pretty much anybody's game. If Pablo Gonzalez, Alex Manzano, or Daniel Ospina were sitting right in front of me and playing with my money, this post might have been about them.

Instead, I'm looking at Csome right now as he struggles in a big hand. The pot in the middle is small, but he's got 4,000 in front of him on the K♣6♣6♠ flop. His opponent has moved all-in for another 12,000, and Csome looks unhappy. If he makes the call and loses, he'll be back down around his starting stack. If he folds, he's still in with an above-average stack. It takes him several minutes, but he folds. His opponent shows 5♦6♦, and Csome nods sagely. If he were the kind of guy to pat himself on the back, this would be a good time.

But he's not that kind of guy. I know, because I once paid a bunch of money to see how Csome wins pots, and he didn't pat himself on the back then either. Winning comes natural to him, and patting one's self on the back takes too much time away from using your hands to stack the chips.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Grand Final