Ante Up poker scramble heads to Punta Cana April 6

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Ten teams of four players, battling it out in a series of single-table and heads-up matches at one of the most luxurious resorts in the Caribbean for a $100,000 prize pool, and one team can win it all.

It all happens at the Ante Up Scramble in the Sand April 6-10 at the Hard Rock Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

“We’ve used this team format at other venues and the players really like it,” Scott Long, one of the Ante Up’s publishers said. “Now being able to do it in paradise makes it the perfect event.”

Each team consists of four players, each playing in simultaneous single-table tournaments. The winners of each of the single tables meet in a four-player heads-up bracket, competing to win money for their entire team. The Scramble in the Sand will feature four of these events, and the overall winners will meet again in a final four-player heads-up bracket on the final night where more prize money and the championship title is on the line.

“The problem with most team events that we’ve seen is there is no way to prevent collusion from teammates,” Long said. “This format eliminates that worry, as the only time teammates are at the same table is if they each win their single table and meet heads-up. And that’s what makes this event great; if one team wins all four single tables, they win all the money.”

The Hard Rock Punta Cana features an eight-table poker room in the middle of one of the largest and most luxurious casinos in the Caribbean, and the resort boasts fantastic guest suites, all of which include Jacuzzi tubs, balconies and stocked bars. All teammates can bring a guest, and the entire group will enjoy complimentary gourmet food, top-shelf liquor, great activities and world-class golf. A golf scramble with a $1,000 winner-take-all prize also is planned.

Cash games and side tournaments will be available throughout the entire event.
Adding to the exclusiveness of the event, Ante Up is not accepting direct buy-ins. Teams will need to win their way into the event in one of the participating poker rooms in Ante Up’s coverage area. Poker room managers wishing to sponsor a team should call Scott Long at (727) 331-4335 for more details or visit www.anteupmagazine.com/scrambl e.