Another online tournament qualifier Erick Lindgren has won big. Lindgren took home the title and the $1,000,000 first prize in poker’s most unique event, the PartyPoker.Com Million III, a tournament whose players begin in cyberspace and finish on a cruise ship.
Last year, Chris Moneymaker parlayed an online tournament satellite win to the World Series of Poker championship.
Battling five other opponents at the World Poker Tour televised final table (the show will air June 16), Lindgren stormed back from a fourth place chip position at one point and overtook the day’s starting chip leader and eventual third place finisher, fellow online qualifier Chris Hinchcliffe, a construction worker from Olympia, Washington.
PartyPoker.com is the world’s largest poker room, with over 45,000 simultaneous players from all over the world.
Poker cruises are not an entirely new phenomenon but one wherein everyone on the ship is either a player or a player’s friend or family member. Holland America’s luxury cruise ship Ryndam departed from San Diego harbor carrying 546 players and roughly 750 companions, with the only non-poker related people on board being the ship’s crew.
Most of the players won their entry fee and cruise package by playing online poker satellites, in which players won both a cruise and entry into the $7,500 buy-in tournament for as little as $25. One player actually made it on board for $2, encouraged by having won her second try at $1 tournaments that were offered briefly earlier in the year.
Ninety players took home at least a couple of thousand dollars in extra prize money, although the lion’s share was reserved for those making the final table.
Runner-up Daniel Negreanu, a Canadian poker player, took home $675,000 and a $25,000 entry into the World Poker Tour’s Championship Event, which will be held next month at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Winner Lindgren, 27, is a "famous" Internet player for his success under his Internet alter ego Edawg. After he accepted his trophy, he noted that while he plays both Internet and land-based poker, "There is no doubt that I learned the technical side of the game, how to bet correctly, playing on the Internet."