Boris Becker to battle players in Caribbean

Boris Becker

The 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is coming up in January, and a few poker players will also be treated to a battle at the felt against six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker during their trip to the Bahamas for some poker action.

Becker will be taking on seven PokerStars qualifiers in a heads-up Battleship-style match for a seat in the 2009 PCA main event. Four of those players are from North America.

Battleship poker is where two players compete in a heads-up poker match sitting across from one another. Instead of being played with a live dealer, the game itself is played online at PokerStars, with the two players on back-to-back laptops.

"Battleship poker gives you all the fast play luxuries of online poker, but also allows you to look your opponent in the eye," Becker said. "It's an exciting game to play and I'm really looking forward to competing against these players."


Battleship poker made its debut at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2006. This year, four North American PokerStars qualifiers will compete against Becker using that style of game to try to get into the Caribbean Adventure main event.

The four lucky North American qualifiers from PokerStars are Itsik Oknin of Ottawa, Canada; Joshua Miloy of Oley, Pa.; and Keith Anderson and Michel Dion of Quebec, Canada.

The 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event is scheduled for Jan. 5-10. It has a $10,000 buy-in, and brings together some of the world's top online and live players to compete for major cash prizes.

Previous Caribbean Adventure winners include Gus Hansen, John Gale, Steve Paul-Ambrose, Ryan Daut and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.

There's still time to win your chance to join the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event as well. PokerStars has been hosting online qualifiers, and will dish out a bunch more the weekend after Christmas.

On Dec. 27 and 28 the poker site will host two big qualifiers to award 40 main event seats to players.

The first event is Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. ET. It has a $650 buy-in and will award a guaranteed 10 seats to the Caribbean Adventure.

On Dec. 28, the site will host a tournament at 6 p.m. ET that will award seats to the top 30 players.

For more information, head to PokerStars.

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