Caribbean Poker Classic
The Caribbean Poker Classic is a poker tournament with a difference – not only does it take place in one of the most beautiful beach resorts in the Caribbean, but CPC packages, worth in the region of $10 000 in 2007, are up for grabs in a range of online poker rooms.
This literally means that anyone can take part in one of the more elite poker tournaments the world has to offer without paying out huge sums of money as a buy-in. There are generally two packages available, and the main package includes 7 nights accommodation, meal vouchers and a buy-in to the main event.
The tournament was floated in 2004 and it soon became one of the more popular events on the international poker diary. On-line poker players enjoyed the fact that the could qualify for an elite land-based competition through online satellites, and over 70% of qualifiers in the inaugural event won their coveted CPC package online.
The unparalleled popularity of the event has seen the prize pool rise to lofty heights and in 2007 it hit the $1 million mark. The organisers have taken it even further, with qualifying contestants flown in to St Kitts on a private poker jet. The games had literally begun in the air, with on-board poker action, poker movies and top pros offering poker tips to the uninitiated.
The rich pot has lured some of the top ranked players in the world to the tables of St Kitts – Jennifer Tilly, 2004 WSOP champion and Robert Varkonyi, big-hitter of the WSOP in 2002 have enjoyed the Caribbean action.
The event began on the island of St Maartens but in 2005 it was decided to move the Classic to St Kitts and Nevis, located in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. Qualifiers are accommodated in the fabulous St Kitts Marriott Resort and the Royal Beach Casino plays host to all the action. The casino is one of the most luxurious in the West Indies and has an extensive floor space of 35 000 sq ft!
In 2007 Brian Jensen from Denmark clinched the main event and pocketed over $237 000, but it was not only the top players who walked away with a little cash to spend in the tropical island paradise – the bottom six players were all rewarded for their efforts with a rather tidy $7 750 – not bad for a week at the beach!