T.J. Cloutier, a six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner who has more than $9 million in tournament winnings, will be sailing aboard <a href="http://www.anteupmagazine.com/cruise.html">Ante Up Poker Cruise 2</a>.
Cloutier, the former-football-star-turned-po ker-pro, will teach an four-hour poker course on board for new Ante Up Poker Cruise partner DeepStacks University.
“T.J. has been one of our favorite poker players since we’ve been playing the game, and we’re beyond excited that he’ll be sharing his vast knowledge on board our cruise and bringing his friendly demeanor to our poker room,” said Scott Long, who publishes Ante Up Magazine with Christopher Cozenza.
DeepStacks University is an innovator in poker training, holding live training courses several times a year throughout Florida and the United States, and it recently launched its new online component. Cloutier’s course on board will be a good introduction for players to all that DeepStacks University offers.
Cloutier’s course will cost $199, which includes the activation fee and one free month to DeepStacks University’s online training. The course tuition is optional and in addition to the cruise fare, which starts at $479 per person based on double occupancy.
Ante Up Poker Cruise 2 sails March 25-29 from Tampa to Cozumel, Mexico, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. The cruise features a professionally staffed, 10-table poker room with limits and games for all players, SNGs and daily tournaments, including a $350 Ante Up Poker Tour event.
To book your cruise, email <a href="firstname.lastname@example.org m">Mary Kolb</a> of GO Travel or call her at (727) 733-3498.
Several Florida poker rooms have partnered with Ante Up to let their players win their way on board. Here are the promotions:
<strong>Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track
Dec. 19 -</strong> Noon, December deepstack tournament. Buy-in is $225. One cruise-for-two for every 20 players, plus normal cash prizes and dinner for players still alive at dinner break.
<strong>Sarasota Kennel Club</strong>
Top players in November and December are entered into a tournament with cruise giveaways
<strong>Tampa Bay Downs
Nov. 22 & 29 – </strong>12:30 p.m., Ante Up Poker Cruise tournament. Entry fee is $10, with $10 rebuys and one $20 add-on. Winner gets a cruise-for-two (with sufficient prize pool).
<strong>Dec. 15 -</strong> 5:30 p.m., Ante Up Cards & Bars Team Tournament. Buy-in is $30 per person. Four-person teams battle with the winning team getting two cruises-for-two.
<strong>Seminole Casino Immokalee
Jan. 2, Feb. 6 and March 6: </strong>Winner of 4 p.m. Ante Up Poker Tour $225 tournament wins cruise-for-two (plus normal cash payouts)
<strong>Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22:</strong> High hand between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. wins a cruise-for-two
<strong>Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28:</strong> Winner of 7 p.m. $115 tournament wins cruise-for-two (plus normal cash payouts)
Dec. 1-23:</strong> Two cruises-for-two will be among the prizes offered during the 23 Days of Christmas high-hand promotion.
Details are pending for giveaways at Seminole Casino Brighton.
Your favorite poker room not listed here? Ask the room manager to call Scott Long at (727) 331-4335 to set up a giveaway.