LAPT8 Uruguay: Mobile distractions

September 19, 2015

There’s a lot of commotion in the tournament area.

Every now and then, players rush over to one table and there’s audible jumble of cheers, groans and sighs.

It’s similar to the tournament frenzy during the money bubble but we’re still on Day 1a and late registration hasn’t even closed.

No, this is something different.

Players aren’t flocking to the expectation of money, they’re flocking to the expectation of goals.

Boca Juniors is currently playing against Argentinos Juniors in the 2015 Argentine Primera División and one table has a pair of iPads set up so everyone at the table can see the game.

Those familiar with Argentinian need no further explanation for the commotion, but for everyone else, here’s a small primer.

Boca Juniors is Argentina’s most successful soccer team and is currently leading the Argentine Primera División with 52 points.

Boca’s success has obviously garnered the team a lot of fans, several of whom seem to be playing in the field today.

But not every Argentinian is loyal to Boca.


Nacho Barbero watching the game on his personal iPad
The team’s main rival, River Plate, is currently 5th in the standings with 41 points.

There are several River Plate fans in the field too, and they were the ones groaning when Boca scored.

They want Boca to lose. They always want Boca to lose, but today they really want them to lose.

With five games left in the season, both teams are fighting for one of the top two spots. The top two teams at the end of the season will gain entry to the 2016 Copa Libertadores, the most prestigious club soccer tournament in Latin America.

While many of the Argentinians in the field are giving this game a little more priority over poker for the moment, other players are only distracting themselves with more poker.

The WCOOP –or what several people within a one-foot radius of my computer call the Copa Libertadores of online poker– is currently underway and a few players aren’t letting one form of poker interfere with the other.

Back in the prehistoric days before 2012, players had to bring their laptops to the table if they wanted to play online poker at the table.

Then, PokerStars Mobile showed up and changed the game by making it smaller.

Players were able to play on their phone and tablets, making multi-interdimensional-tabling easier than ever.


Shakeeb Kazemipur, who plays on PokerStars as “njåguar” is supplementing his live play with some online poker today.

Kazemipur is well-acquainted with online play. The Canadian player won the Sunday Million weeks before he won his LAPT title in Panama.

While only a few players currently on Uruguayan soil have a shot at winning an LAPT/WCOOP double title this week, countless more have a shot at a WCOOP title this season.

The series will run until September 27th, so check out the WCOOP schedule for a list of the remaining events and satellites to each one.

Players are about to go on dinner break so they’ll now have time to not eat and fully dedicate themselves to soccer and online poker.

Photography from LAPT8 Uruguay by Carlos Monti. You can also follow the action in Spanish and in Portuguese.

Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.


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