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Valdemar Kwaysser Wins LAPT Event in Costa Rica

Wins $274,102 for Outlasting 389 Entrants

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Home soil in San Jose was no comfort for pro Humberto Brenes The PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) went to San José, Costa Rica, for its second stop, where Hungarian Valdemar Kwaysser became the last man standing. He outlasted 397 other entrants to snag the $274,000 first-place prize after qualifying for the $2,500 buy-in event in a $200 PokerStars satellite.

Kwaysser, 24, raked in the final pot of the event when his A-A held against Max Steinberg’s J-9 after a flop of 9-8-8. Kwaysser is no novice to the poker scene, as he came in third place in the PokerStars Sunday Million last year, earning $133,000. Steinberg took home $144,773 for his second-place finish.

The final table payouts were:

  1. Valdemar Kwaysser (Hungary) — $274,103
  2. Max Steinberg (USA) — $144,773
  3. Steven Silverman (USA) — $106,167
  4. Alex Soderland (Sweden) — $77,212
  5. Alec Torelli (USA) — $57,909
  6. Pawel Sanojca (Poland) — $38,606
  7. Ashton Griffin (USA) — $28,955
  8. Joe Ebanks (USA) — $19,303
  9. Steven Thompson (Costa Rica) — $14,477


Players from 35 countires entered the event. Those in attendance included Team PokerStars pros Humberto Brenes, Daniel Negreanu, and Isabelle Mercier, as well as talk show host Montel Williams, Simpsons creator Sam Simon, and baseball star Orel Hershiser.

The third and final stop on the tour is Punta del Este, Uruguay, from Aug. 7-9. Players can qualify now on PokerStars.com.