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  • PokerStars Cancels the LAPT Vina Del Mar Poker Festival

    Monday, March 8th, 2010 by t2admin

PokerStars has just announced they have cancelled the Latin American Poker Toru Vina Del Mar stop. The event was cancelled just days after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile. The tournament series was set to take place on March 19th through the 23rd at the Vina Del Mar Casino and Resort.

The earthquake hit just 200 miles south of Vina Del Mar and it has strongly affected the country. Most of Chile is still undergoing rescue efforts and emergency services are still needed. PokerStars has assured their players that if they qualified or bought in to the event that they will be refunded their buy-ins and any out of pocket expenses.

Poker Stars.com has expressed that their thoughts are with their friends in Chile and they look forward to the time when they can visit the beautiful country. The PokerStars blog released the official statement from PokerStars on the cancellation. It read:

The PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) regrets to announce that the 2010 LAPT Viña del Mar, Chile poker festival has been cancelled. The festival was scheduled to be held at the Enjoy Viña del Mar Casino and Resort from March 19-23, 2010.

All players who have qualified or bought-in to the event will be fully refunded their buy-ins and any out-of-pocket expenses*.

This cancellation follows a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile approximately 175 miles south of Viña del Mar on February 27, 2010. The cancellation of the festival has been forced by the effects of the earthquake and in light of the rescue and recovery efforts now taking place throughout Chile.

Everyone at PokerStars.net and the LAPT offers their thoughts and condolences to all of those affected by this tragic natural disaster.

The LAPT sincerely apologizes for this cancellation to the players that had planned to attend the festival.

*Players should contact lapt@pokerstars.com with any queries

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