Everything in Panama is growing.
The population, the economy, the skyline, even the canal is expanding.
Poker isn’t exempt from Panamanian growth either. Like gambling hermit crabs, poker tours and tournaments oftentimes outgrow their original venue and most move on to newer, more spacious ballrooms.
Just a mere kilometer away stands the Veneto Hotel and Casino, LAPT Panama’s original home.
It hosted the first three LAPT Panamas and had a sushi bar next to the elevators that was fairly popular with players.
But the new venue, the Sortis Hotel, has far more things that are popular with players. For a hotel, the Sortis is an infant; it opened its doors just seven months ago.
It still has that new hotel smell.
The hotel is designed to be “ultra-modern” and has all the funky sculptures and weird glass cubes one would expect from the adjective.
If players want to leave the comfort of their sleek rooms, they can eat the equally-comfortable restaurant, Manabi.
Manabi, is named after the famous straw Panamanian hat. Ironically, that name comes from Manabi, Ecuador, the town where the hats are made.
The hotel’s other amenities are round-the-clock services. The spa, pool and fitness room –an amenity for the ultra-modern poker player– never close their doors and neither does the casino.
The Sortis casino is one of the largest in Panama and is located next to the aptly-named Score Bar.
Veteran LAPT Panama players and tournament staff have been raving about the hotel and it looks like LAPT Panama has found a suitable second shell for the time being.
For multilingual coverage, check out our Spanish PokerStars Blog and our Brazilian PokerStars Blog. If you’re more of a watcher, head over to LAPT Live to check out the live stream. Updates are also available on the LAPT Facebook page.
All photos are snapped by Carlos Monti and all words are clacked by Alexander Villegas.