Pedro Claus Triumphs at 2016 LAPT Uruguay

Pedro Claus has won the 2016 LAPT Uruguay Main Event, after navigating his way past a 438 player field over four days to capture the title, and collect a first place prize worth $90,630
The $1,500 LAPT Main Event was held at the Enjoy Conrad Resort & Casino in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and featured a $571,590 prize pool. Amongst those well-known pros cashing in at one of the tournament’s sixty-three money spots was Oscar Alache in 52nd ($2,620), Leo Fernandez in 29th ($3,600), Mario Lopez in 14th ($6,580), and Amos Ben in 13th ($7,480).
Pedro Claus then entered the eight-handed final table as the chip leader, and after being dealt pocket queens sent Ruben Barros (A-8) to the rail in 6th. In the meantime, Fernando Araujo (A-10) took care of Sergio De Benedictis (K-Q) in 4th, after which the three remaining players agreed a deal in which they guaranteed themselves $70,000 each with the remaining $20,630 earmarked for the ultimate champion.
After play resumed, Pedro Claus (K-9) called Manuel Vuotto’s (Q-9) ten big blind preflop shove, and after he exited the tournament, Pedro Claus took a 5 to 1 chip lead against Fernando Araujo into heads-up play.
The final battle which ensued proved to be a quick affair, and on the very first hand Araujo moved all-in preflop holding K-6, only to be snap called by Claus with pocket queens. With no help from the board, Araujo then had to be content with his runner-up finish, while Pedro Claus was crowned the 2016 LAPT Uruguay champion.
Final Table Payouts:
1: Pedro Claus (Arg) $90,630*
2: Fernando Araujo (Bra) $70,000*
3: Manuel Vuotto (Arg) $70,000*
4: Sergio De Benedictis (Arg) $39,720
5: Nicolas Pernigotti (Arg) $31,160
6: Ruben Barros (Arg) $24,400
7: Cristian Andres Rotondo (Arg) $18,340
8: Marco Oliveira (Bra) $13,040
The final stop on Season 9 of the LAPT is São Paulo in Brazil, with the series being held together with the Brazilian Series Of Poker (BSOP) Millions from November 22nd to December 1st. Starting in 2017, the LAPT will subsequently be replaced with a rebranded series called PokerStars Live.

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