Million III Cruises Along with Record
$3.5 Million in Prize Money
Stakes On The High Seas: Poker Site Charters Ship for Mega Event
Netherlands Antilles--Not since pirates floated on the Spanish
Main has so much money been up for grabs on the high seas.
on America's newfound passion for poker, PartyPoker.com will
set sail March 13 for a weeklong cruise on Holland America's
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. PartyPoker.com is the world's
largest online multi-player poker room offering players a safe,
secure and friendly environment to play poker.
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.
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."
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,
CA, became the first woman ever to win $1 million in a single
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