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Poker Stars LAPT -- Season Three Schedule Released

Season Three Will Feature Five Tournaments

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Andre AkkariPokerStars released the schedule for the third season of the Latin American Poker Tour on Thursday, Oct. 29. The tour will feature five tournament stops beginning on Nov. 19, 2009 in Costa Rica, and concluding with the LAPT Finale in Argentina, which will take place in 2010 (dates have yet to be announced). The first event in Costa Rica will feature a $2,500+$200 buy-in. Players can also win a $6,000 LAPT Costa Rica prize package in satellite tournaments on PokerStars.

The 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will also be included on the LAPT season three schedule. “I can’t wait for the start of LAPT season three,” said Team PokerStars pro Andre Akkari (pictured left). “I’m really happy that the tour will take in the PCA event in the Bahamas. It’s one of my favorite tournaments of the year. It’s got everything, with more than 50 poker events and fun activities in the sun for friends and family!”

Last year, the LAPT attracted 1,053 players and awarded $4,045,350. Those numbers will surely be topped during the new season.

Team PokerStars pro Humberto Brenes will host Humberto’s ‘Shark Hunt’ Bounty Charity Tournament on Nov. 18 in Costa Rica, and the winner will receive an LAPT Chile prize package. The $100 buy-in no-limit hold’em event will feature a turbo structure and half of the prize pool will be donated to The Whitley Fund for Nature. PokerStars and Brenes will match the donation. The other half of the prize pool will be divided up and placed as bounties on the heads of the Team PokerStars pros who will participate in the charity event.

“In just two seasons, the Latin American Poker Tour has become the biggest poker tour in the region,” said Brenes. “It attracts the best players from Latin America and all over the world. Last season, the prize pool hit a million dollars in Costa Rica, and I know we’re going to beat that this time! I am very proud to play in Costa Rica, it’s my home country and a very special event for me. Tell everyone to come here, the Shark is waiting for them.”

LAPT Season Three Schedule:

Nov. 19-22, 2009: LAPT Playa Conchal, Costa Rica ($2,500 no-limit hold’em)
Jan. 4-14, 2010: PCA Bahamas ($10,000 no-limit hold’em)
Feb. 24-27, 2009: LAPT Punta del Este, Uruguay ($3,500 no-limit hold’em)
Mar. 20-23, 2010: LAPT Vina del Mar, Chile ($2,500 no-limit hold’em)
TBA: LAPT Finale Argentina ($5,000 no-limit hold’em)