History

The Caribbean Poker Classic has been thrilling gamblers since 2004, and it is now one of the premier events on the annual poker calendar.

The innovative tour is wholly owned by Wagerlogic, a company which is responsible for the licensing of gaming software and services. Some of its biggest clients are the giants of the online and land based gambling world – William Hill, the World Poker Tour and Littlewoods Gaming.

What makes the CPC so compelling is that anybody who has access to a computer can qualify for the event online. Complete packages including accommodation, buy-ins for the main event and meal and travel vouchers, can be won online at these top international poker rooms:

Satellite competitions also take place over the seven days of competition, so if you can’t qualify online, then it’s off to the Caribbean for you!

The first event of its kind took place on the island of St Maartens way back in 2004 at the luxurious Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. The championship package, which is the cause of so much unbridled joy in the poker world today, included:

  • A $5 100 buy-in
  • Return air fares
  • Six nights accommodation at the fabulous resort
  • A guaranteed seat valued at $8500.

The prize pool was a sumptuous $750 000, and pretty soon the event had enticed some of the top ranked players in the world – land-based and online! The inaugural CPC also tabled a pro-am event with 3 European Tour members and 3 World Series of Poker gurus facing off against amateur, online hopefuls. The EPT’s Steve Vlader showed the rookies how to do it and walked off with $50 000 as first prize.

The following year the organisers opted to move the event to the island of St Kitts and the Marriott Resort and Royal Casino played host to the second Caribbean Poker Classic. The prize pool was doubled to $1.5 million and for all intents and purposes the event was entrenched in poker lore.

2005 also saw one of Littlewood’s top contenders, Tony Cascarino, denying Steve Vlader his second pro-am title when he beat him with a lowly pair of kings over Vlader’s pair of tens.

The 2006 CPC saw the debut of on-land Hold ‘Em Blackjack, which is a fantastic synergy between the intensity of poker and the simplicity of blackjack. It was so popular that it is now very much part of the scheduled events at all the Caribbean Poker Classics.