Below are the biographies of the final table players from LAPT Playa Conchal.
Five of the players hail from Canada, two are form Latin America, and one is from the Netherlands.
Chip leader is Sol Bergren from Canada currently leads the field with 1,327,000 in chips.
A total of 32 players have cashed so far. See our LAPT Playa Conchal winners page to see who made it into the money.
Sol Bergren (Canada) 1,327,000
Sol Bergen is a self-described travel bum. The 29-year-old hails from Canada, but has spent much of the last year jet setting around the world. His most recent travels have taken him to Aruba and Costa Rica. He's spent the last month and half in this country exploring the lush jungles and rivers. His biggest recent live finish was a final table in the APPT Melbourne event.
Eric Levesque (Canada) 694,000
Eric Levesque, a PokerStars qualifier, traveled to Costa Rica from Montreal. That's where he runs his own business designing, building, and maintaining web sites for small businesses. The most vocal and brash of the the final table players, Levesque has made sure there is no one in the tournament who doesn't now who he is.
Rogelio Pardo (Costa Rica) 685,000
Rogelio, a Costa Rican player, is 33 years old. He is a civil engineer and owns a structural design company with a partner. This final table is his biggest accomplishment in his poker career. He is ranked currently 3rd in a Costa Rican poker league where all the best players in the country are playing, including Humberto Brenes and his family. Pardo has played tournaments in Vegas too; he won a tournament at the Venetian last year, the daily $150 with 200 player. This is his first LAPT event.
Amer Sulaiman (Canada) 604,000
Amer Sulaiman was born in Iraq forty five years ago. Now he lives in Toronto where he runs a business exporting coffee. For the last fifteen years he's been playing poker just for fun. He came with his girlfriend to Costa Rica to relax and enjoy the resort, but decided to enter the LAPT Playa Conchal. It turns out that was a good idea.
Darren Keyes (Canada) 572,000
Although Darren Keyes has been playing poker for ten years, he still humbly refers to himself as an "amateur" player. Hailing from just outside Toronto, Canada, Keyes works in the online poker industry and won his seat into this tournament in a live satellite here in Playa Conchal. Though he'll make the occasional foray into cash games, tournaments are more his speed. With 572,000 in chips he sits in fifth place going into the final table.
Francis-Nicolas Bouchard (Canada) 564,000
For his first live tournament, Francis-Nicolas Bouchard has certainly done well for himself. One of five Canadians at this final table, the 21-year old from Quebec has been playing for two and a half years, and developed his game by playing online at PokerStars. His present stomping grounds are the mid-stakes full-ring games and he bought directly into this event with his earnings.
Carlos Giron (Guatemala) 400,000
Carlos "Chaly" Giron is a 31-year-old poker player from Guatemala City, Guatemala. He is an online player he started playing five years ago. he specializes in no-limit hold'em. He is the two-time best all-around Guatemalan player for the past two years. He is an engineering graduate and he owns a satellite TV Company. This is his first LAPT event.
Patrick de Koster (Netherlands) 320,000
When Patrick de Koster was younger (not that he's old now at 25 years old), tennis was his life. He used to play and teach at Heiden, his hometown in the Netherlands. But then a broken knee cut his dream short. He started to play poker five years ago in home games and turned professional recently. He earned his spot at the LAPT Play Conchal on PokerStars. If he wins, he's planning a trip to the PCA in January. Maybe he can meet Boris Becker there.