lmost 300 poker players participated in the event held on 10 PokerPro tables at CIRSA’s CasinoLife Del Valle property and broadcast live throughout Mexico. “This historic event would have been impossible without the great performance of the PokerPro tables and the technology they posses,” said Jose Lopez, CEO of Pringsa and CIRSA Mexico.
“The tournament on PokerPro was a huge success,” said David Carrion, President of the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT). “I’ve never seen a large-scale tournament run so smoothly. Everyone was impressed by the amount of information the tables provided to the players and press, who had complete visibility to the tournament standings at all times. We look forward to running more tournaments on these tables in the near future.”
Raul Bouchot, Director of Sales for PokerTek, added, “This tournament was a great way for us to showcase PokerPro to the players and operators in Mexico. CIRSA and PokerStars.net did an outstanding job planning the tournament, and we’re pleased that PokerPro had such a significant role in making this a successful event.”
This was the first government-sanctioned tournament of its size to be run in Mexico. CIRSA and PokerStars.net organized and sponsored the tournament. Jose Nadal, a player who has played professionally and in other prestigious tournaments, won the tournament. Nadal bested 289 players to win the us$ 60,064 purse and made history as Mexican first poker champion.
PokerPro’s new tournament software seamlessly facilitated the entire tournament, allowing three qualifying rounds to be run in two days. The qualifiers then reconvened for the final rounds until only 10 players were moved to the final table. The software’s “hand-for-hand” feature allowed payouts across multiple tables, and PokerPro’s enhanced Tournament Leaderboard allowed players and spectators to follow all of the action.
In addition to the main event, several other tournaments and cash games were played on the tables over the weekend, including a celebrity charity tournament that donated us$ 7,669 to the Mayan Sanchez Foundation for special-needs children and a LAPT Super Satellite tournament with more than 40 players.