MIAMI, May 28: Carnival Cruise Lines, the worldâ€™s largest cruise operator, is hosting its 2009 PokerPro Challenge, a series of No Limit Texas Holdâ€™em poker tournaments, which will take place during each voyage of the lineâ€™s 22 ships now through October. The winners of the preliminary tournaments will face off for a cash prize of $25,000 in the â€œGrand Finalâ€ during the Carnival Freedomâ€™s Jan 24, 2010, 6-day voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. All games will be played on state-of-the-art PokerPro tables, which clearly and quickly display playersâ€™ commitments and table stakes, pot amount and community cards. PokerPro tables also identify the winners at the end of each hand and immediately add the winnings to the playerâ€™s table stakes. First place winners of the preliminary tournaments will automatically be entered to participate in the Grand Final, as well as receive a certificate towards a cruise on the Carnival Freedomâ€™s Jan 24 voyage.
â€œWith the increasing popularity of No Limit Texas Holdâ€™em poker tournaments throughout the gaming community, these events which combine the excitement of a high stakes casino tournament with the opportunity to enjoy an exceptional vacation experience, should prove highly popular,â€ said Rodney Dofort, Carnival Corporationâ€™s senior vice president of casino operations.
The tournament entry fee is $150 per person. Guests can register for the tournaments on the first night of their cruise at the casino cashier cage, subject to availability. For additional information and reservations please contact any travel agent, call 1-888-672-2582 or visit carnivalplayersclub.com.