CPC begins in St. Kitts today

The Beach

It's that time of year again when tourists are flocking to the British West Indies to get a break and save up some Caribbean vitamin D to get them through winter back home. Not only will they be lounging on the beaches, but at St. Kitts they'll be able to play in the Caribbean Poker Classic.

Preliminary events and super satellites to the main event have been playing since Monday, and today the main event of the CPC gets under way at noon.

Online qualifiers from around the world as well as those players willing to shell out the $6,000 buy-in will be shaking sand out of their shorts to play for a potential six-figure payday.

Last year saw 155 players in the main event, creating a $902,100 prize pool. Among those players were plenty of familiar faces.

Simon Trumper, David Colclough, Marc Goodwin and others braved the sunny Caribbean weather to play some poker.

By the time the final day rolled around, all of them had hit the rail and had extra time to go work on their tans. But Fredrik Haugen was among the six players at the final table, and he probably didn't regret not getting extra beach time when he finished in first place to win $135,000.

Haugen won his seat online from a $20 satellite. Due to a by-the-chips chop among the final three players, he and the second-place finisher each took home $135,000, while the eventual third-place finisher actually received $165,000.

Perhaps Haugen will be returning to defend his title and looking to take home the complete top prize this time.

To find out, all you have to do is check out the Live Tournament Section. Matt Showell is forcing himself to endure the Caribbean weather and sun in order to bring readers the best live updates, reports, photos, interviews and more from St. Kitts.

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