At the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) in Panama, Mario Del Valle showed off his skills as he notched two victories in one day instead of one. From the start, Del Valle showed his skill and determination to qualify for Day 2 of the Main Event.
This Saturday, Del Valle returned to the poker tables at the Sheraton Crown Casino at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Panama with unwavering determination. Not content with just making progress, the Guatemalan pro entered the Freezeout event and defeated 38 players to claim the coveted title. His victory earned him $8,350 and his first trophy on the LAPT Tour.
“I’ve been playing in the LAPT since 2008, but this is my first championship,” Del Valle revealed cheerfully. “I’m happy, winning is always a pleasure. Even if it’s not a big prize, it’s a title and a trophy,” cheered the enthusiastic champion.
Del Valle praised the prestigious event and shared his reasons for participating in Panama. “The tournament has a great reputation and Panama is very close to Mexico. Traveling to Brazil or Uruguay is very difficult because they are far away. Panama is an excellent choice and attracts a lot of Mexican players,” he explained.
For Del Valle, the road to the championship is not easy. Despite having only 15 blinds during the dinner break and one of the shortest stacks, his determination and skill allowed him to take the chip lead early on at the final table.
During a critical period, Del Valle encountered talented players, including Brazilian Caio Hey. In a thrilling matchup, Hey finished third, with Del Valle facing Brazilian Marcelo Júnior in the final showdown. Although Del Valle got off to a bad start, he quickly took control of the game.
The last move sealed the victory. After 865 losses, the finalists bet all in. With more chips, Del Valle hit 99 against his opponent K5. With nothing changing on the turn or river, Mario Del Valle’s victory was assured.
The champion humbly wishes to dedicate his victory to those he loves. “I want to dedicate this win to my family, who have always supported me throughout the game, and my girlfriend. It is difficult for people around me to accept poker so easily, but my parents have always supported me and are Integral part of it,” concludes Del Valle.
Event #06: NHL FreezeoutPurchase price: $800Number of Submissions: 38
Final Table Results
1. 1st Place: Mario Del Valle – $8,350Second place: Marcelo Inácio Júnior – $5,780Third Place: Caio Hey – $3,680Fourth Place: Juan Barattini – $2,820Fifth Place: Viviana Bustamante – $2,210Sixth place: Fabian Balboa – $1,720