LAPT Vina del Mar Event Canceled by PokerStars

The Latin American Poker Tour Vina del Mar stop was scheduled for March 19th to the 23rd but PokerStars recently announced they have cancelled the event. the event was cancelled because of the earthquake that hit Chile on February 27th. The area hit by the earthquake is just one hundred and seventy five miles north of the Vina del Mar Casino.

Chile is still recovering from the massive earthquake which registered a 8.8 richter scale. The earthquake has killed at least 500 people and the entire region has been affected. Citizens are still in need of all essentials like food, shelter and medical assistance.

Highways and hospitals were damaged in the earthquake and over 500,000 homes were destroyed. Just today three more aftershocks hit Chile and a tsunami warning was issued by the navy of Chile right after the aftershocks hit.

PokerStars released a statement on their blog announcing the release. The statement is as follows:

The Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) regrets to announce that the 2010 LAPT Viña del Mar, Chile poker festival has been cancelled. The festival was scheduled to be held at the Enjoy Viña del Mar Casino and Resort from March 19-23, 2010.

All players who have qualified or bought-in to the event will be fully refunded their buy-ins and any out-of-pocket expenses*.

This cancellation follows a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile approximately 175 miles south of Viña del Mar on February 27, 2010. The cancellation of the festival has been forced by the effects of the earthquake and in light of the rescue and recovery efforts now taking place throughout Chile.

Everyone at and the LAPT offers their thoughts and condolences to all of those affected by this tragic natural disaster.

The LAPT sincerely apologizes for this cancellation to the players that had planned to attend the festival.
*Players should contact with any queries

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