The cards have been thrown, the smoke has cleared, and the chips have finally settled. The inaugural Texas Poker Classic is over, and the 2016 champion has been crowned. But I get ahead of myself…
For those that weren’t there, or didn’t know, Card Player Cruises and IHP have collaborated to create the Texas Poker Classic, a deep-stack freeze-out Texas Hold’em tournament held aboard a cruise. Royal Caribbean’s ‘Liberty of the Seas’ departed from the port of Galveston on March 6, for a week, with stops in Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Cozumel. There were 120+ poker players on this cruise, and once they played down to a final table, their chip stacks looked like this:
Yes, that’s our fearless leader Bill Heuer in 4th chip position!
Fate was not on Bill’s side, however, as the finishes almost reflected the stacks at the start of the final table. Only one player was able to move up the pay ladder:
- Chuck Barker
- Misha Heyde
- Butch Hallford
- Bill Heuer
Congratulations Chuck! And Bill, too – but more to Chuck.
A plaque AND cash? I’m in!
The Poker Room
If you’ve never played poker on a cruise ship, you would probably be surprised at how roomy and comfortable this room is, with professional dealers, casino quality tables and equipment, and almost 24/7 action.
The mutually legendary Jan Fisher and Linda Johnson, both of Card Player Cruises, who run a tight ship (pun intended).
2017 Texas Poker Classic
If you missed this year, you don’t want to miss next year. Ask anyone who made the trip – it’s non-stop fun and action! So, mark your calendars now – the second poker cruise, featuring the Texas Poker Classic hosted by iHost Poker, is 04/30/2017. It’s a 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Liberty of the Seas”, leaving out of the port of Galveston, and including Ports of Call in Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel. You can book your tickets now as LOW as $559.00.
“There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having fun and being smart.”
Hunter S. Thompson