POKER ON THE HIGH SEAS - April 26 - May 3, 2020

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PCF goes to sea!

We now have our cruise dates confirmed and the itinerary as well.
Be sure and use the booking link below so you are identified with the PCF group.
We will have some special things for us, tbd, but probably a Chip Market and maybe a Reception just for us.

Booking Information

Here is the Booking Form:


Please click the text below to register
PCF Cruise Booking Form

If you have any questions or concerns please shoot me a PM @ekricket. I will get you answers and post any more info that may be needed.



We are booked in Room 9660. It’s a balcony, and we like being higher in the ship, but we try to be on the same end of the ship as the card room. If you want to be on the same floor as the card room it is Deck 2. Sometimes that’s convenient, especially if you want to go to your own bathroom during breaks, or if you like to play really late and stumble home, although almost everyone who closes it down ends up on Deck 5 for pizza at 4 AM. In reality no place on the ship is more than 10 minutes away, so wherever you end up for whatever reason appeals to you will be fine.

Here are some particulars:

Date
  • April 26, 2020 – May 3, 2020 This is in 2020!
Where
  • Liberty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean ship, out of Galveston Texas
  • Ports are Roatan Honduras, Puerto Costa Maya Mexico, Cozumel Mexico
Cost for cruise

This is the current pricing for balcony rooms and inner cabins. If you want a suite or larger room than these send me a PM and I can hook you up with the people to get you the baller status you are willing to pay for.

Room Code/Room Description/Cost

4B/Spacious Balcony/
$979 per person + taxes
2N/Ocean View Stateroom/$729 per person + taxes
4V/Inside Stateroom/$579 per person + taxes
6V/Inside Stateroom/$559 per person + taxes

Ninety (90) days or sooner before the cruise date, prices can and do change daily (depending on our inventory allotment.)

We will confirm your cabin selection and cost when we complete your booking. The prices above do not include taxes or gratuities.

A $250 deposit per person is required when making your reservation.
(This cost is approx., depends a lot on how many rooms they reserve and other things. Also is Double Occupancy, means you need two per room)

Extras: To have access to the CardPlayer Poker Room you must book through them.

What you get
  • Dedicated card room with dedicated dealers. Great dealers, consistently some of the best I’ve ever had
  • Cash games from 9:00 am - ?? Big cash games. Fishes in every one, but good players too.
  • There are usually 3-4 NL tables going and 2 PLO/Limit games going, but they will spread any stakes you can get 6 players for. We will have a Circus Table every night we have enough interest
  • Tournaments – NLHE, Bounty, Survivor, Satellites, Main Event
  • A Cruise Ship. All the food, drink, shows, ports, casino, pools, bars that the thing has to offer for you, your significant other, and children.
Other things
  • Cash rake is $5 max per pot. There is also $1 that is paid by the button each hand.
  • Tournaments are typically in the $85-$225 entry range. Main event is prob $365 entry with $80 satellites.
  • Poker Room is closed anytime we are docked in a port. They open asap when we set sail.
  • They are more than willing to set aside a room for us for any chip related activities we might want to do – swaps, vendor demo’s, sales, etc………
This event is a partnership with CardPlayer Cruises and PCF, so in addition to any members that we have going there will be CardPlayer guests as well. They are estimating that they will have 150-200 players that register outside of PCF.

So think about it, talk to the decision maker in your family, whatever you need to do, and click the above link to register.

I'm sure I've missed a lot of stuff, so ask questions and I'll answer here for you and others.

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Here is a Tentative Schedule of the CardPlayer Poker Room. The rest of the cruise ship functions as normal, so you can do as much or as little of this as you want depending on what else you want to do on the ship. This is simply available to you at these times.

4/26 Sunday Day 1
Galveston, TX
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m
Welcome aboard cocktail party (Star Lounge Deck 5 forward)

7:00 p.m (Poker room open after 1st seating dinner)
7.15 p.m $90 Mega Satellite for $340 PCF Main Event (1 in 5 entries wins a seat) Evening Cash Games

4/27 Monday Day 2
At Sea
9:00 a.m for Cash Games
9:30 a.m $150 NL Tournament
11:30 a.m Beginner Lessons
2:30 p.m $100 Survivor (1 in 5 receive $400)

5:15 p.m. Poker Room Closed - Dinner
7:00 p.m (Poker room open after 1st seating dinner)
7:15 p.m $90 Mega Satellite for $340 PCF Main Event (1 in 5 entries wins a seat) Evening Cash Games
10:00 pm Circus Table opens


4/28 Tuesday Day 3
Roatan, Honduras
7:00 p.m (Poker room open after first seating dinner)
7:30 p.m $90 Mega Satellite for $340 PCF Main Event (1 in 5 entries wins a seat)
10:00 pm Circus Table opens


4/29 Wednesday Day 4
Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
7:00 p.m (Poker room open after 1st seating dinner)
7.15 p.m $90 Mega Satellite for $340 PCF Main Event (1 in 5 entries wins a seat) Evening Cash Games
10:00 pm Circus Table opens


4/30 Thursday Day 5
Cozumel, Mexico
7:00 p.m. (Open after first seating dinner)
7:30 p.m $340 PCF Main Event (SPECIAL PRIZES TO BE ANNOUNCED) (Play 6 levels)
10:00 pm Circus Table opens


5/01 Friday Day 6
At Sea
9:00 a.m. Daytime Cash Games
9:30 a.m. $150 NL Tournament
10:00 a.m PCF Main Event resumes (Play 9 levels)

5:15 p.m. Poker Room Closed - Dinner
7:00 p.m. (Poker Room open after first seating dinner)
7:30 p.m PCF Main Event resumes (Play to conclusion)
8:00 p.m. $150 Survivor ( 1 in 5 get $500)
10:00 pm Circus Table opens


5/02 Saturday Day 7
At Sea
9:00 a.m. Daytime Cash Games
9:30 a.m. $150 Survivor Bounty ($25 Bounties 1 in 5 get 500)
1:30 p.m. $100 Survivor ( 1 in 5 get $400)

4:15 p.m. Poker Room Closed

Farewell cocktail party (Star Lounge Deck 5 forward)

7:00 p.m. (Poker Room open after first seating dinner) Evening Cash Games until late
10:00 pm Circus Table opens


5/03 Sunday Day 8
Galveston, TX
Depart Ship
 
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Myself and the wife are interested.
 

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2020 is coming up on our 10 yr. anniversary so we WILL be doing some type of nice trip together. I am just not sure how I would sell this to her. Right now we are eyeing Cuba, Mexico, or Hawaii. This is such a fantastic idea. I will be watching and being jealous from a distance :)
 

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I used to keep a "3-day" bag packed for spontaneous get-a-ways. Now I'm planning my vacation 2 years in advance :(

Watching, but admittedly the idea of being seasick on vacation does not appeal to me. :sick::vomit::sick::vomit::sick::vomit:
 

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Forgive the thread derail but I have to ask... what chips do they use?
 

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2020 is coming up on our 10 yr. anniversary so we WILL be doing some type of nice trip together. I am just not sure how I would sell this to her. Right now we are eyeing Cuba, Mexico, or Hawaii. This is such a fantastic idea. I will be watching and being jealous from a distance :)
Two of the ports are in Mexico.
 

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Forgive the thread derail but I have to ask... what chips do they use?
It won't be the Carnival chips shown above. Besides the fact that this would be on Royal Caribbean, not Carnival, Cardplayercruises does not use the ship's poker chips. Cardplayercruises bring all their own equipment - chips, tables, cards, etc., and their own dealers. They rent the conference center for the duration of the cruise and do a great job of running a private poker room. They are not allowed by the cruise line to let anyone into their poker room that hasn't purchased a cabin from them directly, although sometimes they can get away with it anyway, depending on enforcement on the ship. The last poker cruise I went on, by Ante Up Cruises that does the same thing on RCL, the ship's casino actually sent people who wanted to play poker to the Conference Center.

I can't tell you what chips Cardplayercruises uses, other than that they have their own logo and are comparable to the chips used at my local cardrooms. I can tell you that Cardplayercruises does a great job of putting on a poker cruise.

Also, the estimated prices given above probably include the $100 poker room fee. Cardplayercruises also has permission from the cruise line to pass on any promotional rate savings or purchase bonuses (onboard credits, etc.) at time of ticket purchases. So check for specials on the RCL website for the same sailing before purchasing your ticket, and ask for any cardplayercruises specials that are advertised.
 
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It won't be the Carnival chips shown above. Besides the fact that this would be on Royal Caribbean, not Carnival, Cardplayercruises does not use the ship's poker chips. Cardplayercruises bring all their own equipment - chips, tables, cards, etc., and their own dealers. They rent the conference center for the duration of the cruise and do a great job of running a private poker room. They are not allowed by the cruise line to let anyone into their poker room that hasn't purchased a cabin from them directly, although sometimes they can get away with it anyway, depending on enforcement on the ship. The last poker cruise I went on, by Ante Up Cruises that does the same thing on RCL, the ship's casino actually sent people who wanted to play poker to the Conference Center.

I can't tell you what chips Cardplayercruises uses, other than that they have their own logo and are comparable to the chips used at my local cardrooms. I can tell you that Cardplayercruises does a great job of putting on a poker cruise.
It is great man. The picture above was what we used on their cruise a few weeks ago. On previous ones we have also used pokerstars ceramics. I think they have two setups, one for the east coast and one for west. Bulk lots of cheap chips, but they do the job.
 

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It is great man. The picture above was what we used on their cruise a few weeks ago. On previous ones we have also used pokerstars ceramics. I think they have two setups, one for the east coast and one for west. Bulk lots of cheap chips, but they do the job.
Cool. I never ran into that on one of their cruises, out of Florida, Boston or Seattle. They probably keep different equipment locally for the various U.S. ports they sail from.
 

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a poker cruise sounds fantastic. I've never been able to get my wife to do a cruise because she has a fear of boats. I've explained to her that cruise ships only rarely sink but she isn't persuaded.

The last cruise I went on was senior week of high school. My parents wouldn't let me go to ocean city, MD - but apparently, a cruise to Cozumel was OK. About 30 of us went and only 4 of us were dudes. Great times....
 

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a poker cruise sounds fantastic. I've never been able to get my wife to do a cruise because she has a fear of boats. I've explained to her that cruise ships only rarely sink but she isn't persuaded.

The last cruise I went on was senior week of high school. My parents wouldn't let me go to ocean city, MD - but apparently, a cruise to Cozumel was OK. About 30 of us went and only 4 of us were dudes. Great times....
That’s what they said about titanic
 

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So are the games raked or do they get paid in a separate fee?
Both. Answered in the OP:
To have access to the CardPlayer Poker Room there is a $100 fee and you must book through them as well. Link will be provided once we are complete on the planning.
Cash rake is $5 max per pot. There is also $1 that is paid by the button each hand.
Tournament entry also includes fees.
Also, dealer tips are expected, but optional, just like any casino cardroom.

The $100 fee is per cruise, usually included in the cabin price when you book through them. They do get good cabin rates from the cruise line from booking a block of rooms, so often at least some of that $100 fee is absorbed by the savings.

They offer a $100 per cabin refer-a-friend referral fee for any first time CardPlayer cruisers that are referred by a past customer: https://www.cardplayercruises.com/about/referrals

Maybe PCF can work a deal to get that as a discount for all their cruisers as a new cruising group. Or someone that has cruised with them before (like me) can be the "referrer" for the new cruisers, and then refund it on the side. But this may be complicated from income taxes, if they issue a tax form when it hits $600+.
 
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So they are raking $6 per hand? Does the extra $1 go to the house or the dealer?
Yes, it's up to $6 per hand - 10% up to $5 from the pot (I think they round down and no flop no drop), plus $1 from the button (even when no flop). It all goes to the house.

For comparison, the casino on the ship rakes 10% up to $15 max.
 

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Yes, it's up to $6 per hand - 10% up to $5 from the pot (I think they round down and no flop no drop), plus $1 from the button (even when no flop). It all goes to the house.

For comparison, the casino on the ship rakes 10% up to $15 max.
Ouch! Can’t beat that rake at low limits.
 
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