"LAPT Mexico Update"
December 10, 2008
After the LAPT Mexico event was suspended by local authorities, it was decided that the event would be cancelled and 89 remaining players in the field would each receive $5,000 directly from the prizepool, with an additional $500 also awarded to each player above the prizepool distribution.
Soon after the cancellation, the LAPT released this statement:
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.
Further to this, it was announced today that PokerStars.net
will be offering a freeroll on their site to all 89 remaining players from the LAPT Mexico event. The players will start with the same number of chips they had when the tournament was suspended and they will play down to the final table. The final nine will then be flown to the LAPT Vina del Mar in Chile, where they will finish the tournament live on a televised table.
“We know that many of our remaining players really wanted the opportunity to finish this tournament and earn their shot at an LAPT title” says Sarne Lightman, Director of Marketing for PokerStars Latin America. “Although the tournament was suspended and the prize money distributed, PokerStars still wants to offer their players this extra opportunity. PokerStars will also be adding $50,000 in prize money to the final table.“
PokerStars will be contacting all the players shortly with a choice of available times and dates for the freeroll and will then schedule the time most convenient to most players. While it’s a delicate and difficult situation for all involved, it is hoped that this provides the fairest resolution for all involved and the LAPT can continue to move forwards.