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    By Ryan Lucchesi

    The third season of the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour began Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Paradisius Playa Conchal Resort in Costa Rica. The $2,500 no-limit hold’em main event will feature four days of competition, and it will crown a champion on Sunday, Nov. 22. The player cap is set at 350 players for this event, and it looks like the unofficial number of players who have entered is 259 (official numbers have not been released as of press time). Big names who entered the event include Team PokerStars Pro members Humberto Brenes (pictured right), Alexandre Gomes, Victor Ramdin, and Andre Akkari.

    Side action at the LAPT Costa Rica event will include a $1,000 no-limit hold’em tournament that begins on Saturday, Nov. 21 at noon, and a $10,000 high-roller single-table challenge that will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Check back at the end of the tournament for a full recap of the main event final table from CardPlayer.com. Here is a look at the main event tournament schedule:

    Thursday, Nov. 19: Day 1 (eight levels)
    Friday, Nov. 20: Day 2 (eight levels)
    Saturday, Nov. 21: Day 3 (play down to final table)
    Sunday, Nov. 22: Final table

    2008 LAPT Costa Rica:

    Buy-in: $3,700
    Number of Entries: 219
    Total Prize Pool: $1,000,000
    First-Place Prize: $285,773
    Places Paid: 24

    Final-Table Results:

    1: Ryan Fee — $285,773
    2: Joel Micka — $148,993
    3: Brent Sheirbon — $109,913
    4: Jesus Bertoli — $80,603
    5: Andrew Chen — $61,063
    6: Jeff Patronack — $43,965
    7: Claus Rasmussen — $34,195
    8: Maria Stern — $24,425
    9: Rob Woodcock — $17,098

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