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Travel Diary: LAPT Colombia

On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, the Latin American Poker Tour paid its first visit to the country of Colombia; coincidentally, this was my first trip to the South American country as well. The event took place at the Allegre Casino in Medellin, the second largest city in the country. While traveling to ...more

by Chad Holloway on October 24, 2011 6:24 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Menendez victorious in the land of coffee and poker

A few years from now, when South Americans look back on what they consider the watershed moments for the rise of poker on this Southern Hemisphere continent, someone will invariably point to the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour's Colombian National Poker Championship. It was a smaller b...more

by Dave Behr on October 17, 2011 12:35 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Levels 29-32 (blinds 50000-100000, ante 10000)

Jonathan Monsalves eliminated in 2nd place; Julian Menendez wins 2011 Colombian National Poker Championship!At long last, it came down to another flip for Julian Menendez and Jonathan Monsalves. Menendez limped the button for 150,000; Monsalves shoved all in with A♠5♦ and Menendez called with [4...more

by Dave Behr on October 16, 2011 9:19 PM

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Levels 25-28 (blinds 20000-40000, ante 5000)

10:58pm: Break timeThe remaining six players are on a fifteen-minute break. When they return, updates will be in a new post.10:49pm: Rafael Pardo eliminated in 7th placeIt was inevitable that some of these flips were going to start going the bigger stack's way. Alexis Gomez (pictured below) opened p...more

by Dave Behr on October 16, 2011 2:53 PM

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Levels 21-24 (blinds 8000-16000, ante 2000)

4:38pm: David Garcia eliminated in 12th placeA rare three-way pot developed on Table 1. Victor Forero started things with a raise to 60,000 under the gun. Jonathan Markovitz (cutoff) and David Garcia (big blind) both called. Garcia checked a flop of J♦J♣6♦ and Forero made his continuation bet ...more

by Dave Behr on October 16, 2011 10:28 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Until the bitter end

We made it. At one point last night, late on Day 2 of the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour's Colombian National Poker Championship, it seemed like we might never make it to Day 3. A generous structure, combined with a surprising lack of big stacks to drive the action, pushed the tournam...more

by Dave Behr on October 16, 2011 9:19 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 2: McDonald by a nose on a long track

When I got out of bed this morning, I knew that Day 2 of the 2011 LAPT Colombian National Poker Championship promised to be a very, very long day. It comes with the territory sometimes, and there's not much you can do about it. The long day speaks volumes about the popularity of poker in this countr...more

by Dave Behr on October 16, 2011 12:09 AM

LAPT Colombia Day 2: Levels 19-22 (blinds 5000-10000, ante 1000)

1:31am: Two eliminations to end Day 2Martin Romero put in a strong showing on Day 2, but as the stacks became shallower and shallower he lost most of his leverage. He eventually moved all in with pocket kings but was outdrawn by ace-queen.And on the very last hand of the night, Stuart McDonald's [10...more

by Dave Behr on October 15, 2011 9:29 PM

LAPT Colombia Day 2: Levels 15-18 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 500)

11:22pm: Extra! Hand extended into break creates new chip leaderThere was one hand that played deep into the break. Gilberto Castillo of Colombia opened pre-flop for 22,000. The player two to Castillo's left three-bet to 70,000 before Nicolas Cottin moved all in on the button for more than 300,000. ...more

by Dave Behr on October 15, 2011 2:41 PM

LAPT Colombia Day 2: Levels 11-14 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200)

4:25pm: BreakPlayers are on their second break of the day.4:17pm: Sudol knocks out a shortyThere is one lone American remaining in the field -- Jason Sudol, an American currently living in Colombia. He's up to 150,000 after racing a short stack pre-flop with his pocket 7s against the short stack's [...more

by Dave Behr on October 15, 2011 9:46 AM
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