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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.

RE: LAPT Tournament in Mexico Suspended

Let Our Poker People Go

by , | 9:25 am

It seems that nothing has been resolved in the suspension of the Latin American Poker Tour stop in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The LAPT itself nor PokerStars, the official sponsor of the tournament, have been able to put together a statement yet, as they are likely still trying to determine what can be done to save this situation…if anything.

Not only were there 89 players left in the tournament, including poker blogger turned poker pro Maria “Maridu” Mayrinck, but members of various media outlets were forced to leave the tournament area quickly as well. As Kevin mentioned, Dr. Pauly is there for PokerNews, but among the others are Owen for PokerListings and Otis and Change100 for PokerStars. Most of them aren’t writing anything about what happened yet and likely won’t until they’re out of the country.

F-Train, a field tournament reporter not on this trip, wrote a little ditty about it, posing the obvious “what to do” questions:

The tournament was stopped late on Day 1. 89 players remained when federal cops shut everything down. Not only did they shut everything down, but the entire room was cleared — players, media, dealers and all tournament staff. There is no way to confirm who was sitting where, or what any individual player’s chip count was at the time of the shutdown.

Pretend you’re LAPT President Glenn Cademartori or LAPT Tournament Director Mike Ward. Assume that play will not be able to resume as scheduled tomorrow. What would you do with the prize pool? How would you resolve this situation?

Still awaiting a statement or word that everyone is safely on planes, trains, or automobiles outta there.

LAPT tournament in Mexico suspended

by , | 6:28 am

Pokerstars’ Latin American Poker Tour’s first visit to Mexico may be its last. Play started on Friday with 242 players paying $2,500+200 to play at the Marival Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. It appears that corrupt government officials weren’t paid off there were some sort of procedural issues that weren’t completed (there are no casinos in Mexico, so Pokerstars apparently had to get a waiver for this tournament). Play was suspended late Friday with 89 players remaining in the tournament with the hope that play will resume at noon local time Saturday. Pauly is down there right now, doing live updates and reporting for Pokernews, so expect more on this developing story throughout the day.