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Argentinian wins LAPT title in Chile

26 Jan 2009

VINA DEL MAR, Chile -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- 39-year-old Fabian Ortiz, from Argentina, has become the first ever Latin American poker player to win a LAPT title with his victory at the inaugural Chile event in Viña del Mar.

Ortiz, who lives in the rural province of Chaco, (pronounciation: Chako) defeated a strong field of players from 27 countries to take home the title and first prize of USD 141,426. A former disco owner he now does most of his dancing on the poker circuit where he has shown he is fearless on the felt with some success.

Latin American players dominated the starting field with almost every nation represented. Fifty players were from the host country of Chile alone and every seat at the final table was taken by a player from Latin America - including Fabio Escobar, who won his seat to the event on PokerStars.

"Fabian Ortiz's win demonstrates the growth of poker as a Latin American sport", said LAPT President Glenn Cademartori. "This is our first event where the majority of the field was made up of Latin American players. We expect many more local champions as this sport continues to grow in popularity in the region."

The LAPT Viña del Mar event, at the prestigious Viña del Mar Casino and Resort, attracted a host of international poker stars including Team PokerStars Pros Humberto Brenes from Costa Rica, Andre Akkari from Brazil, and the former Brazilian stock car racer and PokerStars sponsored player Gualter Salles,. Also representing Costa Rica were Max and Maria Stern, the only married couple who have both won WSOP bracelets. Ortiz bested Argentinian Veronica Dabul, who cashed three times at the WSOP in 2008.

The next event on the LAPT tour will be in Punta del Este, Uruguay in March, followed by the season finale in Mar del Plata, Argentina in April. All the LAPT events will be broadcast by ESPN in Latin America later in the year.

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