The inaugural Caribbean Poker Tour eventet, held on the exotic island of Punta Cana is now under way. The seven-event CPT series kicked off this past weekend on Nov.8s and will be followed later in the week by the headlining event, a $1,500 no-limit hold’em William Hill Poker Open.
Just one week later, the tour will venture to neighboring St. Maarten for 12 more events, including a World Poker Tour Main Event with a buy-in of $3,500 at Casino Royale in Maho Bay. There will also be a $7,000 buy-in, seven-handed Lucky Number 7 High Roller tournament hosted by German pro Tobias Reinkemeier.
Among the activities other than poker offered at the two resorts, Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort Spa & Casino and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, are swimming with dolphins, deep-sea fishing, and catamaran sailing.
“The CPT is the holiday of a lifetime with poker included,” CEO Leon Groenewoud told PokerNews. “This is an opportunity to take your friends and family with you, and they will love it. With each package you will play at least two tournaments, and you don’t need any money for food or drinks. With our adventure vouchers you can choose the activities you’ve always wanted to try.”
Both stops will feature a festival of poker tournaments including a special Learn.PokerNews Challenge. We’re proud to say that PokerNews Senior Editor and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Chad Holloway will be in St. Maarten to take part in the challenge.
“Learn.PokerNews is a great way for new players to learn about poker, and I’m thrilled they now have an event specifically designed for readers to test out exactly what they’ve learned,” Holloway said of the two-day event, which features a buy-in of $440. “The Learn.PokerNews Challenge coincides with the CPT Main Event, World Poker Tour Main Event, and the Lucky Number 7 High Roller. Toss in a great venue and it has all the ingredients to be an exhilarating experience. I’m very much looking forward to it.”
Here’s a look at the CPT Punta Cana schedule:
|Nov. 8||1||Supersatellite NLH for William Hill Poker Open||9pm||$100 (+20)|
|Nov. 9||2||NLH 300 - Day 1||6pm||$300 (+30)|
|Nov. 9||3||Supersatellite NLH for William Hill Poker Open||9pm||$100 (+20)|
|Nov. 10||4||William Hill Poker Open - Day 1A||4pm||$1,350 (+150)|
|Nov. 10||5||Supersatellite NLH for William Hill Poker Open||9pm||$100 (+20)|
|Nov. 11||4||William Hill Poker Open - Day 1B||4pm||$1,350 (+150)|
|Nov. 11||6||NLH 200 - Day 1||6pm||$200 (+20)|
|Nov. 11||7||Supersatellite NLH for WPT Caribbean||9pm||$100 (+20)|
|Nov. 12||8||Learn.PokerNews Challenge - Day 1||6pm||$400 (+40)|
|Nov. 12||9||Supersatellite NLH for WPT Caribbean||9pm||$100 (+20)|
|Nov. 13||10||Betfair Caribbean Deepstack Day 1||6pm||$500 (+50)|
|Nov. 13||11||Supersatellite NLH for WPT Caribbean||9pm||$100 (+20)|
|Nov. 14||12||Pot Limit Omaha||4pm||$200 (+20)|
|Nov. 14||13||Bountyhunter NLH 135 + 15 + 50 Bounty||5pm||$185 (+15)|
|Nov. 14||14||Supersatellite NLH for WPT Caribbean||6pm||$100 (+20)|
And the CPT St. Maarten schedule:
|Nov. 15||15||Supersatellite NLH for CPT St. Maarten||9pm||$100 (+20)|
|Nov. 16||16||NLH 200 - Day 1||6pm||$200 (+20)|
|Nov. 16||17||Supersatellite NLH for CPT St. Maarten||9pm||$100 (+20)|
|Nov. 17||18||CPT St. Maarten - Day 1||6pm||$1,500 (+150)|
|Nov. 17||19||Supersatellite NLH for WPT Caribbean||6pm||$300 (+30)|
|Nov. 17||20||Lucky Number 7 - HIGHROLLER - Day 1 by Tobias Reinkemeier||9pm||$6,800 (+200)|
|Nov. 17||21||NLH 300 Turbo||9pm||$300 (+30)|
|Nov. 18||22||Supersatellite NLH for WPT Caribbean||6pm||$100 (+20)|
|Nov. 18||23||Pot Limit Omaha||9pm||$200 (+20)|
|Nov. 19||24||WPT MAIN EVENT - Day 1A||4pm||$3,200 (+300)|
|Nov. 19||25||Supersatellite NLH for WPT Caribbean||6pm||$300 (+30)|
|Nov. 20||24||WPT MAIN EVENT - Day 1B||4pm||$3,200 (+300)|
|Nov. 20||26||Learn.PokerNews Challenge - Day 1||6pm||$400 (+40)|
|Nov. 21||27||NLH 300 - Day 1||6pm||$300 (+30)|
|Nov. 22||28||Pokerfest Caribbean Special - Day 1||6pm||$800 (+80)|
|Nov. 22||29||NLH 200 Turbo||9pm||$200 (+20)|
|Nov. 23||30||Betfair Caribbean Deepstack - Day 1||6pm||$500 (+50)|
|Nov. 23||31||NLH 200 Turbo||9pm||$200 (+20)|
|Nov. 24||24||WPT MAIN EVENT - Final Table||4pm||-|
|Nov. 24||32||NLH 400||6pm||$400 (+40)|
As always, all information regarding the CPT can be found on the tour's website.
Photo courtesy of www.voyagesdestination.com.