Tuesday, October 18, 2011 : MENENDEZ TAKES THE POKER CROWN IN COLOMBIA
 
Record entries for Latin American Poker Tour
 
The latest Pokerstars Latin American Poker Tour leg, held in Medellin, Colombia this week, attracted a record LAPT main event entry field of 681 players – well up on previous record holder Chile which pulled in 621 hopefuls.
 
Argentinian pro Julian Menendez bested the field after three tough days of poker action at the Allegro Casino, winning $64,710 after beating Jonathan Monsalves heads up. With a 4 to 1 chip lead entering the heads up, Menendez remained dominant and there were no surprises in his victory.
 
The two were the sole survivors of a final table led by Monsalves and comprising Jhon Jairo, Stuart McDonald, Victor Forero, Rafael Pardo, Jessica Bedoya, Alexis Gomez and Jonathan Markovitz.
 
When play reached six-handed the remaining contestants agreed on a six-way chop guaranteeing individual shares in the prize pool at that point. It was a good deal for MacDonald, who locked up a cool $87 000 and change in the deal, even though he was eliminated in the sixth spot. The six agreed that $14,666 would be set aside for the ultimate winner.