Ante Up Poker Cruise 3 announced

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A poker cruise for just $299? That’s right!

On Oct. 25, the Ante Up Poker Cruise sets sail from a new port and will call on exciting new destinations for four nights of poker action at the cheapest price Ante Up has ever offered.

"We’ve had two great cruises out of Tampa, and we wanted our third one to appeal to as many players as possible," said Scott Long, who publishes Ante Up with Christopher Cosenza. "With this low price, the built-in extras and access to a whole new group of players, we’re expecting a sellout."

While the poker cruise will feature much of what made the first two cruises so successful, this cruise offers plenty of new features:

NEW PORT AND ITINERARY: The cruise will sail aboard Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas out of Port Canaveral, Fla., an easy drive from most anywhere in Florida and close to Orlando International Airport. The ship will call on Nassau, Bahamas, an action-packed city with great history, attractions and entertainment, and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island that features a relaxing day on the beach.

FREE POKER STRATEGY COURSE: All cruisers will be invited to a free sit-n-go strategy course taught by Ante Up columnist Don Baruch, who won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2007. Baruch, an expert in single-table tournaments, will help players hone their skills for a cruise that’s likely to feature plenty of SNG play.

And everything that made the first Ante Up cruises so much fun is back this time:

GREAT POKER ACTION:
Featuring 46 hours of poker action, the cruise offers games for all levels, from small buy-in limit games to big no-limit and pot-limit games. A featured game this time is a "deep stack" $2-$5 no-limit game with a buy-in range of $500-$2,500. Any game at any limit is dealt based on demand, and past cruises have featured a good mix of hold’em, Omaha and stud, including mixed games. Two multitable events are scheduled (a $40 turbo and $200 main event) and SNG tournaments will be available whenever the room is open.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF: Jody Russell and Cassie Greene, veteran managers of poker rooms on land and sea, will lead the room again, hand-picking a team of professional dealers with years of experience.

FREE OPEN BAR COCKTAIL PARTY: The fun gets started right away with a welcome-aboard cocktail party with free drinks.

MASSAGES: Amenity Pro, the company that provides tableside massages to many poker rooms in Ante Up’s circulation area, will do the same aboard the Ante Up Poker Cruise.

As with the first two Ante Up Cruises, poker rooms and leagues have the opportunity to give away cruise packages to their players or run satellite tournaments. Details on those events will be posted at www.anteupmagazine.com/cruise as they’re scheduled.

Fares start at $299 a person, based on double occupancy, and include all government fees, port charges and taxes. Gratuities of $39 per person are due upon booking.

Per Royal Caribbean policy, guests must book through Ante Up to be admitted to the private poker room.

Contact Scott Long at (727) 331-4335 or scott@anteupmagazine.com to book your cabin, set up a satellite or giveaway or to become a sponsor.