- The LAPT finally returns after seven long years, with its first stop taking place in Rio de Janeiro
- LAPT Rio de Janeiro kicks off on March 2 and is headlined by a $1,500 Main Event
- PokerStars could announce more stops soon
The popular Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) is finally back! PokerStars unveiled the tour’s 2023 schedule, kicking off with a stop in Rio de Janeiro.
The Brazilian city hosted the inaugural LAPT event back in 2008 and it’s only fitting that the tour returns to its hometown after seven long years.
LAPT Returns to Rio de Janeiro
LAPT Rio De Janeiro will run from March 2 to 6 at the Windsor Marapendi Hotel.
The schedule features both low buy-in tournaments and high rollers, culminating in the $1,500 Main Event. The tournament features four starting flights running on March 2 and 3, with Day 2 scheduled for March 4. The game resumes until a winner is crowned on March 6.
Apart from the Main Event, the Rio De Janeiro stop also includes other key events, including a couple of Single Day events with buy-ins of $3,000 and $4,000 which will take place on March 2 and 4 respectively. There’s also an NLH High Roller which costs $5,000 to enter and runs from March 5-6, and a $3,000 buy-in NLH High Roller Progressive Bounty scheduled for March 6.
Another key event to watch for is the $800 buy-in NLH 6-Handed Mystery K.O. which takes place from March 5-6.
Those looking for some low buy-in action will be delighted to know that the schedule also includes events with entry fees of between $200 and $500. There are three Turbo $200 events spread out across the schedule, and a few $400 NL and PLO events, those who enjoy Texas Holdem should refresh their strategies beforehand with our helpful guide.
More Stops Could be Announced Soon
Apart from Rio de Janeiro, the other LAPT stops confirmed so far this year are in Montevideo in Uruguay, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Montevideo stop takes place from April 28 to May 2 at the Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa. PokerStars is planning to run two events in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July and November.
The LAPT, launched in 2008, is the most prestigious live poker tour in Latin America. It ran for nine seasons until 2016. The tour’s much-awaited return is expected to draw large numbers, and PokerStars is sure to take advantage of this by announcing more stops in the months ahead.