Carnival Cruises to host poker tourneys

Carnival Cruise Lines will host a series of No-Limit Hold'em poker satellite tournaments on dozens of Fun Ship voyages this year.

Carnival Cruise Lines will host a series of No-Limit Hold'em poker satellite tournaments on dozens of Fun Ship voyages this year.

The 2008 Carnival PokerPro Challenge will occur on select cruises now through June 30, with the winners of the preliminary tournaments facing off during the Grand Final Playoff on the Carnival Fantasy's Oct. 4 voyage. At stake in the Grand Final Playoff will be $45,000 in cash.

According to a press release from Carnival Cruise Lines, the tournaments will be played on recently installed PokerPro tables. These dealer-less, electronic tables display the players' hands, commitments, table stakes, pot amount and the community cards.

Entry fee and buy-in for the 10-player tournaments is $150, with a $15 rake per entry. Tournaments will take place on the following voyages:

  • Carnival Pride (excluding June 15, 2008 sailing)
  • Carnival Spirit
  • Carnival Conquest
  • Carnival Legend
  • Carnival Glory (excluding May 10, 2008 sailing)
  • Carnival Valor
  • Carnival Liberty
  • Carnival Fascination
  • Carnival Victory
  • Carnival Miracle (excluding the April 23, 2008 sailing)

First-place winners of the preliminary tournaments will win $750 plus entry into the Grand Final Playoff on the Carnival Fantasy. Finalists booking their Grand Final Playoff cruise will receive an early booking bonus of $100, redeemable on board during the cruise, if they book within one month of qualifying.

"With the increasing popularity of No Limit Texas Hold'em poker tournaments throughout the gaming community, these events not only combine the excitement of a high stakes casino tournament, but also provide guests the opportunity to experience a fun and memorable cruise vacation," said Rodney Dofort, Carnival Corporation's Vice President of Casino Operations.

"We are particularly pleased that we are able to hold the Grand Final Playoff on board the Carnival Fantasy following the implementation of her full Evolutions of Fun upgrades later this year."

Guests can register for the tournaments on the first night of their cruise at the casino cashier cage, subject to availability.

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