Cruising to my family's high seas poker showdown

March 25, 2008 5:00 PM
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Back in the Saddle by Johnny Hale | Carol, it is time to pack our travel bags. We are going on a poker cruise and when we get back don’t unpack them because we will be leaving to go to another event up at the Wildhorse Casino at Pendleton, Oregon for the Spring Round-Up Poker Tournament!

We and our daughter "Oklahoma Sarah" will be flying to Miami next week to meet a lot of our friends when we board one of the biggest cruise ships in the world –The Freedom of the Seas!

OK-Sarah and I will be hosting the World Poker Showdown for the next week on board this beautiful sailing city. Arrangements have been made with the cruise line for us to install our poker tables and have both live games and tournaments anytime we are three miles out in the international waters of the Caribbean.

There will be several poker tables for live poker games and then we will have a lot of poker tournaments at sea with small buy-in. It will be a lot of fun!

Our good friend Warren Karp will help out by being tournament director. Herb Van Dyke has made all the arrangements and will serve as the World Poker Showdown host. Tagg, director of poker operations from the Gold Coast, will make sure that everything runs smooth for everybody acting as key grip.

There will be one serious No Limit Hold’Em tournament on April 3. This event called The Battle of the Caribbean Sea has a $2,500 entry. We will have a lot of satellites for small buy-ins so the folks will have a chance to win a lot with a small buy-in.

We will set sail from the Miami port March 30 on one of the newest cruise ships of the Royal Caribbean. This ship has many of the most innovative onboard features in the cruise industry.

We will be dropping anchor a few times to take in the island of Labadee, the Royal Caribbean’s private paradise.

We will also see the Mayan ruins, rain forest, thundering waterfalls, tropical beaches and the breathtaking reefs of the islands of Haiti, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel (in Mexico).

They tell me that the ship is about sold out, but I can still get you on board if interested. Just email me ASAP at Oklajohnny@aol.com. I will help you work it out so you can come along. However you will need a passport.

Carol, OK Sarah and I will break a leg to get you on board. We would love to have you come along and play a few hands of poker with us.

OK-J Tip of the Week

I have learned over the years when I am playing poker that patience and persistence are the twins of excellence and skill. Also, you throw in a big dash of good old country luck!

Then most of the time you can take the money home and count it there.

However, if you lose your patience, most of the time you will lose your money!

If you are not persistent in your efforts to improve your poker skills, it will be very difficult to ever upgrade your skills when playing the game of poker.

Until next time remember to Stay Lucky!!