Not since pirates floated on the Spanish Main has so much money been up for grabs on the high seas.
Capitalizing on America’s newfound passion for poker, PartyPoker.com will set sail March 13 for a weeklong cruise on Holland America’s luxurious MS Ryndam, culminating in the March 14-18 PartyPoker.com Million III, the world’s largest No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker tournament.
More than 500 players are expected to compete for a record-smashing $3.5 million prize pool and a spot in the "World Poker Tour" Championship, airing on the Travel Channel. First prize will exceed $1 million.
Anyone can win their way into The PartyPoker.com Million III by going to PartyPoker.com and competing in preliminary tournaments that cost as little as $1 to enter. For information on qualifying, go to PartyPoker.com.
Winners who qualify in those preliminary satellite tournaments will receive a $9,000 package ”” the $1,800 cruise for two, plus their $7,200 "buy-in" for the event. Nearly 300 have already qualified through PartyPoker.com satellites, super satellite and semi-final tournaments, but more than 200 seats are still in contention.
"After two incredible tournaments in the last couple of years, The PartyPoker.com Million III will be an even more monumental leap forward, "said Mike Sexton, PartyPoker.com executive host and spokesman. "Tripling the prize money makes this the richest event in poker and certainly one of the most competitive. Someone’s going home with a million-dollar payday and lots of folks will win a portion of that huge pot."
The PartyPoker.com Million III is the third installment of the fabulously successful tournament. Last year the event drew 130 players and offered $1,013,000 in prize money. One of the players who made the final table, Tim Lark, qualified online at PartyPoker.com by winning a $1 satellite tournament and parlaying his winnings into a spot on the cruise. He was outlasted by Howard Lederer, of Las Vegas, a world champion and two-time winner of 2003 World Poker Tour tournaments. The year before, Kathy Liebert of South Gate, Calif., became the first woman ever to win $1 million in a single poker tournament.
This year, players will enjoy a fun cruise alternating relaxation and tension — featuring blazing sun and big bets! The MS Ryndam, which will call in Lareto and La Paz, is among the most elegant ships on the seas.
As for those big bets, players will begin the tournament on the first day with $7,000 in chips and play till they lose or until they make the final table on the fifth day. That final table of six players will be filmed for airing on the hugely popular World Poker Tour television series. Players closing in on the PartyPoker.com Million III championship will be sweating out bets and bluffs that risk hundreds of thousands per hand. After a tough day at the poker table, a Mai-Tai on the Ryndam veranda may be just the thing!
Launched in August 2001, PartyPoker.com is the world’s largest online multi-player poker room offering players a safe, secure and friendly environment to play poker.
PartyPoker.com is fully licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Quebec, Canada. The site typically hosts more than 20,000 simultaneous players playing an assortment of live classic poker games including Texas Hold ”˜Em, Omaha Hi/Low, and Seven Card Stud and single and multi table tournaments.
With TV coverage on the Travel Channel, poker has become the nation’s hottest cultural trend and phenomenon. The "World Poker Tour" television show and best-selling books like James McManus’ "Positively Fifth Street" have created a national interest in tournament style poker.
PartyPoker.com is where many new enthusiasts begin their poker lessons, playing for free, and then progressing to tournaments like The PartyPoker.com.