Both the ANZPT and the LAPT crowned new champions last night. Chilean Aliro Diaz earned $76,580 for winning the LAPT in Viña del Mar, while Gordon Huntly from Scotland took home AUD$191,780 for winning the ANZPT in Sydney.
Both the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour and the Latin American Poker Tour celebrated new champions last night, following final tables in Viña del Mar in Chile and Sydney, Australia.
In Viña del Mar, local player Aliro Diaz emerged as the winner of the LAPT's first event this year after beating Leonardo Olivares heads-up.
Diaz, who celebrated his first major title with the win, earned $76,580 for his achievement, following a rare six-way deal on the event's final table.
"I feel great, I think I played the best tournament of my life. I don't really know what else to say," said a very emotional Diaz in his winner's interview with the PokerStars Blog
Meanwhile in Sydney, the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour also found a winner, as Gordon Huntly of Scotland claimed the win in one of the tour's biggest events.
Huntly surged through the chip counts on the tournament's last day of play, and ended up defeating Liam O'Rourke heads-up to claim a AUD$191,780 first prize, worth roughly $200,000 US dollars.
Huntly, who has now made close to $500,000 from live tournaments throughout his career, earned the win after his
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"It feels incredible. It's been a great few days, and some great poker played by everyone. I enjoyed the whole tournament, and obviously ran very well when it mattered," Huntly said shortly after his win.
Both the ANZPT and the LAPT are events sponsored by PokerStars, and the world's largest online poker site
has already shot off yet another event, this time around in Campione, Italy.
Campione today saw a number of European and American pros sign up for the first ever European Poker Tour Campione event, set to run from today and until this Saturday.
The EPT Campione is also the third-last stop on the EPT Season eight schedule, leaving only next month's EPT Berlin before the tour culminates with the €10,000 EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, Monaco.