Re: LAPT tournament in Mexico suspended canceled

by , Dec 6, 2008 | 3:59 pm

It’s now official, the LAPT tournament at the Marival Resorts and Suites in Nuevo Vallerta, Mexico has now been canceled according to Dr. Pauly over at Pokernews.

How it’s being resolved is that the remaining 89 players (among them Greg Raymer and Victor Ramdin) will evenly chop the prize pool, meaning they’ll each take home about $7,000 got $5,000 from the prize pool, with the remaining prize pool given to the players based on their chip count, plus an additional $500 from Pokerstars for their troubles. Expect a more official statement at in the very near future.

Update: Pokerstars released the following statement on their LAPT site:

The Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) confirms that it is cancelling the poker tournament in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, 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.

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.

9 Comments to “Re: LAPT tournament in Mexico suspended canceled”

  1. DanM

    I just got a text from Pauly …

    shady shit going down in mexico!

    Gotta think PokerNews has the right guy down there to cover it.

  2. Kevin Mathers

    Pauly added this to his blog:

    I’ll write more on this subject shortly including the riot that almost happened.

    Sounds like all kinds of fun going down in ol’ Mexico.

  3. California Jen

    Can’t wait to hear the real scoop, but I don’t blame any of them for not wanting to write it before they safely get outta there.

  4. Kevin Mathers

    From Owen Laukkanen at

    “The announcement sparked a near riot at the Marival Resort and Suites in Nuevo Vallarta as players among the 153 who had previously been eliminated from contention angrily demanded their money back as well. No word on whether they’ll be appeased.”

  5. DanM

    Ooh, interesting … right. Should eliminated players get their money back? The PokerBowl ran into similar issues — hey, because other people got ripped off, I should get a refund, too!

  6. Kevin Mathers

    Didn’t most of the people in the Pokerbowl get in for free?

  7. DanM

    i think so. sorta — i was just trying to imply there were similarities in who claimed they were owed some money back.

    but i could be wrong on this one — not too many tourneys get canceled halfway through. i’m not sure how i would feel if i busted out early in the day and later the players still alive got their money back and then some.

    my first instinct, however, is that those rioting players are in the wrong.

  8. CzechGrazer

    How would you feel if you finshed 90th or 91st in this tourney in a typical 99 vs AQ race situation that you wouldn’t have played to begin with if you knew you were 1 spot from the money.

    Mid-stack players near the bubble typically play conservatively and they were not given the chance to do so in this tourney.

    I don’t have the answers, except LAPT should probably have to have to eat some prize money on this one.

  9. DanM

    ***How would you feel if you finshed 90th or 91st in this tourney in a typical 99 vs AQ race situation that you wouldn’t have played to begin with if you knew you were 1 spot from the money***

    This is probably the best argument possible for that side.

    Still, you couldn’t know it was the bubble, so …

    From what I understand, the LAPT used the PokerStars model for what they do when they have a server crash in the middle of a tourney.

    Sure, it sucks if you were the unknowing bubble boy … but really, that’s more a matter of the people in front of you getting lucky, not you getting unlucky, right?

    Though the LAPT should probably give all entrants — not just those still remaining in the field — the $500 hassle refund. It would be hard to complain about that … but then again, that’s more than $100k the LAPT would have to shell out extra. Perhaps they coulda just given that to the Mexicanos.