89 Poker Players Left When LAPT Nuevo Vallarta Event Cancelled Mid-Play

Play at the 2008 togel online LAPT Nuevo Vallarta tournament was suddenly stopped by gaming officials late on the first day of the event, leaving 89 players out of a field of 242 entrants wondering if they’d get to play on. The players were hurriedly ushered out of the tournament room, leaving their chips behind on the tables, after the tournament director announced that play was suspended until further notice. After the room was vacated there was no further news until near midnight a couple of hours later, when players were advised to return at noon on Saturday for an update.


Today, the Latin American Poker Tour released a statement that said it was canceling the tournament due to an indefinite suspension served on one of its local partners.


“The LAPT states it has cooperated fully and in good faith with the requirements outlined by the Mexican government.  The LAPT respects and abides by local regulations in each market,” said the statement on the LAPT web site.


“LAPT’s partner in Mexico obtained a formal ruling from the Mexican Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) allowing the event to take place.  As the LAPT compiled with every rule stipulated by the Code of the Mexican Federal Law of Games and Raffles, the reasons for suspension are being reviewed by lawyers of all parties.”


At last word, the 89 players who were waiting to play out the tournament will each get $5,000 from the prize pool, with the remainder of the pool being distributed among the players based on chip count. Only 27 players would have cashed if the tournament had played to its conclusion. Tournament sponsor PokerStars has said it also will give each of the remaining players $500 in addition to their winnings from the prize pool.


Sponsored by PokerStars, the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) started in May 2008 in Brazil and has staged events in Rio de Janeiro, San José in Costa Rica and Punta del Este in Uruguay.


Poker Tournament? What Poker Tournament?


The dust is still settling after the fiasco that was the PokerStars LAPT Nueveo Vallarta, and apparently some would like to pretend it never happened.


To recap, at about 10:30 p.m. CT Friday evening, day 1 of the second event of the LAPT’s second season, play was suspended with 89 of the original 242 entrants still in the running when tournament director Mike Ward put a halt to the action. The tournament room was cleared and the players were left wondering what was going on until around midnight, when they were told to come back on noon on Saturday for an update. The players returned the next day at the appointed time and were told that the problem was still being worked on. Finally, several hours later, the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) announced that the tournament was canceled, “due to an indefinite suspension served on one of its local partners,” by local gaming authorities.


The 89 remaining players were each paid $5000 out of the prize pool, with the remainder of the pool divided up between the players by chip count. PokerStars also paid the players $500 each. Thanks for coming out.


Now, leaving aside the issue of what many players think was a really bad chop (shortstacks got compensated handsomely while above average stacks got hosed), you’d think there would be some official follow-up from the LAPT or PokerStars to explain what happened.


Instead, the main link to LAPT Nuevo Vallarta News has magically disappeared from the LAPT links on PokerStars’ blog site (see for yourself here at PokerStar’s blog) and there is nothing posted on the LAPT site beyond the original cancellation announcement. There is some saving grace though, as you can still access the PokerStars blog posts that were made before the tourney was canceled through the link that’s still up on the LAPT site (http://www.pokerstarsblog.com/lapt/season-2-1/), not that that will tell you anything more about why the tournament ended so disastrously.


Looks like some people are still wiping the egg off their faces and just wish PokerStars LAPT Nuevo Vallarta would go away.