Ante Up Poker Cruises set sail from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera on Jan. 24 with a fun-filled group of poker players who filled the poker room aboard the Norwegian Jewel for seven nights of cash games, tournaments, free poker classes and great shore excursions.
Tim Kahn, Brent Philbin and Kathy Chang were tournament winners, and Joe Massaro cashed in all three events to take the early lead in the 2016 Ante Up Poker Tour Player of the Year race. Online pro Tony Ciorciari was aboard, and taught a free intermediate hold’em class as well as offering paid instruction.
This was also the first cruise that players earned $5 off a future cruise for every hour they played in cash games!
For more information on Ante Up Poker Cruises, which features upcoming sailings to the Bahamas, Alaska and the Caribbean, visit AnteUpCruises.Com.
Event #1 – No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys
Entries: 40 with 95 rebuys/add-ons
Prize pool: $2,210
1. Kathy Chang, Valencia, Calif., $840
2. Joe Massaro, West Palm Beach, Fla., $485
3. Mike Postle, Rancho Cordova, Calif., $330
4. Marc Kenville, Minneapolis, Minn., $245
5. Arlene Gaeth, Snohomish, Wash., $175
6. Jody Russell, Reno, Nev., $135
Event #2 – No-Limit Hold’em with $25 Bounties
Prize pool (not counting bounties): $2,670
1. Brent Philbin, Hallandale Beach, Fla., $915
2. Sarah Cole, Las Vegas, Nev., $585
3. Tom Peterson, Tucson, Ariz., $400
4. Forrest Fairley, Dallas, Texas, $295
5. Joe Massaro, West Palm Beach, Fla., $215
6. Marc Kenville, Minneapolis, Minn., $160
7. Anonymous, $100
Main Event – No-Limit Hold’em
Prize pool: $5,320
1. Tim Kahn, North Bend, Wash., $925
2. Myrna Peterson, Tucson, Ariz., $920
3. Michael Suretman, San Antonio, Texas, $920
4. Joe Massaro, West Palm Beach, Fla., $920
5. Craig Steinberg, Del Mar, Calif., $350
6. Forrest Fairely, Dallas, Texas, $265
7. Tony Ciorciari, Henderson, Nev., $100