Luis Alberto Peluso reflects on successful Mar del Plata poker event

Part of Buenos Aires Province, the Argentine city of Mar del Plata is the country's most prominent seaside beach resort and its seventh largest city.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, May 29, 2018 / — As part of the Latin American Poker Tour, the city played host to what would become its first officially organized poker tournament in an event largely orchestrated by lottery and casino industry expert Luis Alberto Peluso.

Luis Peluso has presided over numerous high profile events in the entertainment space but is particularly proud of bringing the Latin American Poker Tour to Mar del Plata. Speaking shortly after the event, Peluso commented, "I've been delighted with the development of the Latin American Poker Tour event as it has arrived in Argentina, held here in Mar del Plata, and hope that the event can be repeated."

He continues, "Our croupiers prepared for months to be able to perform in the way which they did. A significant part of that preparation was carried out in Las Vegas, USA."

Peluso further explains that the Las Vegas economy is primarily driven by tourism, gaming, and conventions. These, in turn, feed the city's restaurant and retail industries. "This was a key aspiration of the resort of Mar del Plata," he remarks, which at the time sought to grow its economy through the gaming and entertainment sectors.

"Poker in particular," adds Peluso. "Hundreds of millions of people around the world now enjoy poker."

Peluso points out that, rather than merely a game of chance, poker is instead a game of skill and ability. "It's a mathematical game, like a variation of chess," he suggests of its success.

The Mar del Plata poker event's top prize of $381,030, sponsored by online poker platform PokerStars, alongside the European Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, and North American Poker Tour, was scooped by Dominik Nitsche of Germany. Peluso vowed at the time to ensure future poker tournaments would take place in the resort city and casinos across Buenos Aires Province.

Also a major fishing port, before the arrival of the Latin American Poker Tour, Mar del Plata's purpose-built Estadio José María Minella stadium was host to six games in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Slightly more recently, the city also hosted the 1995 Pan American Games, the 2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens, and, in 2003, the 2nd Parapan American Games.

Mar del Plata has subsequently gone on to host the FIBA Americas Championship in 2011, posed as the starting point for the 2012 Dakar Rally, and, taking place in 2015, held the 20th World Transplant Games.

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Source: EIN Presswire