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First Season of LAPT Ends with Spanish Victory

Jose Miguel Espinar Wins $241,735

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A player who has only been playing poker since December took down the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour in Punta del Este, Uruguay, this weekend, winning $241,735. Jose Miguel Espinar, from Valencia, Spain, had to beat poker veteran Alex Brenes heads up to claim the title.

A total of 351 entrants from 34 countries took part in the three-day event, generating a total prize pool of $851,175. They included 145 players who won their seats online with PokerStars, two of whom also made the final table: Gylbert Drolet from Canada and Paulo Cesar Ribeiro from Brazil.

Brenes, brother to poker superstar Humberto Brenes, has had a great start in LAPT events. This was Alex Brenes’ second final table of the first three events on the LAPT. He finished fourth in Rio de Janeiro for $62,800, and his runner-up finish here, for $127,675, puts him over the $1-million mark for lifetime tournament earnings.

Alexandre Gomes, the newest Team PokerStars Pro, came in fourth for $68,100. The 26-year-old Brazilian joined PokerStars' roster of star players less than a month ago after winning a $2,000 no-limit hold’em event at the World Series of Poker for $770,540.

The top nine finishers were:

  1. Jose Miguel Espinar (Spain) — $241,735
  2. Alex Brenes (Costa Rica) — $127,675
  3. Lisandro Gallo (Argentina) — $93,630
  4. Alexandre Gomes (Brazil) — $68,100
  5. Gylbert Drolet (Canada) — $51,070
  6. Sidney Chreem (Brazil) — $34,045
  7. Juan Jose Perez (Argentina) — $25,535
  8. Paulo Cesar Ribeiro (Brazil) — $17,025
  9. Carlos Curi (Argentina) — $12,765


The deepest American finish was by Vanessa Rousso, who got knocked out in 10th.

This was the last LAPT event scheduled or its first season. The three events generated a total prize pool of $2,513,675 built by 1,110 entries, of which 457 were players qualifying online through PokerStars.