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  1. [caption width="640"] The partypoker Caribbean Poker Party takes place in November at the Hard Rock Punta Cana[/caption] There's nothing like sun, sand, and surf to compliment a poker tournament. Whether it's the Bahamas or the Caribbean or southern France, a beautiful backdrop, complete with yachts and seagulls, is the perfect remedy for a bad day at the office and a perfect bonus to a big tournament win. Plus, it'll keep your Vitamin D levels up. Enter the Czech Republic's 'icenigel', who won a package to the Caribbean Poker Party in November after coming out on top of the $1 Million Summer Giveaway Leaderboard on partypoker. The package is worth $6,000 and is good for one person. Now, it's his mission to win a larger package so he can bring along his significant other. "I love it. It's a great place for poker vacation and it seems that there is going to be a lot to play for," 'icenigel' said. The trip will come at the perfect time since it'll be winter in Europe. In the Dominican Republic, however, where the Caribbean Poker Party is held, it'll be beach weather. Prior to the promotion, 'icenigel' didn't even have an account on partypoker. Now, he's racking up event packages and deep runs in major tournaments on the site. Case in point, 'icenigel' finished third in the partypoker Powerfest Main Event in March for $90,000, his largest online tournament score to date. That, along with his other in the money finishes, has raised his career cash total to north of $1.2 million. "I started playing on a Monday morning to see if I could start fast and then decide if it would be worth it," he said of getting started on partypoker. "I made some final tables, got heads-up in the Heavyweight Weigh-In, and ended Monday on top of the leaderboard, so I decided to grind hard the rest of the week." Sure enough, his grinding paid off. 'icenigel' will head west to the Dominican Republic later this year. Once he gets there, the Main Event has a $2,500 buy-in and a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. "I wanted to go because Hard Rock Punta Cana, the host casino for this event, was where I went for my first international poker tournament," he said. "I loved it there, so I wanted to see how things have changed. And November in Prague is not the greatest month in terms of weather." [caption width="640"] The Hard Rock Punta Cana is the host resort for the Caribbean Poker Party[/caption] 'icenigel' said that the Hard Rock Punta Cana was much more spacious and much larger than he imagined, so he was blown away as soon as he arrived last time. "I remember the pools and the beach mostly," he said. "This time, I hope I spend more time in the casino, Congress Center, or wherever the tournament is played." The Hard Rock has 13 pools, four swim-up bars, and three kiddie pools. Plus, it's right on the beach, so there's no shortage of water activities. There's also a spa, salon, and Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Navigating the field that will show up to the resort will require at least some live poker chops. It'll be full of qualifiers as well, but 'icenigel' is preparing for the challenge. "I think I'm playing better live than I used to, so I'm confident," the Czech player said. "The toughest part about the transition from online to live is overcoming the boredom of playing just one table where everyone tanks for ages and plays weird lines because of their own boredom. I feel like my heads-up game got worse, though. I have to work on that and hope I'll have a chance to use it in the tournament." He certainly has a head-start on fixing any pitfalls his game may have. "I'm too passive at times and too aggressive in other spots," he admitted. "I always had almost the same number of first place finishes as second and third place finishes combined on PocketFives, but during the last year I lost my heads-up mojo. So, I'll probably play heads-up sit and gos against guys who know what they're doing and try to hold my own." 'icenigel' now has 144 wins in tournaments tracked by PocketFives, 93 second place finishes, and 77 third place finishes. If you add that together, you get 314 top-three finishes, or 15% of his 2,092 career cashes. To cure any heads-up woes, his plan is to attack heads-up games. To cure boredom, the remedy is stand-up comedy. "Listening to interesting podcasts and George Carlin stand-up comedy always gets me in a better mood when I play live poker," he said. "I will also try to focus more on live aspects of the game like tells." If he were to win the Caribbean Poker Party and bank the lion's share of the $1 million prize pool, it'd be another step towards financial independence. A win would also bolster his confidence in his poker skills. And he's gunning for an $8,000 package anyway so he can bring his girlfriend along, which could add a whole new dimension to what should already be a memorable trip.
  2. [caption width="640"] The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is hosting the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party this November.[/caption] Set at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in sun-soaked Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, partypoker’s Caribbean Poker Party is sure to be one of the most anticipated poker events of the year. Now, the online poker site is giving players even more reason to make the trip after doubling the guarantee of one of the events, the partypoker Million, to an impressive $2,000,000. The addition of the extra cash coupled with the $1 million earmarked for the WPT Caribbean tournament means that, aside from working on their suntans, players will be vying $3 million across two great tournaments. The festivities kick off on November 19 with the $5,000 buy-in World Poker Tour event and wrap up on the November 25 with the final day of the $2,750 buy-in Million. Players dreaming of white sandy beaches but lacking a travel budget will have the chance to win one of several $8,000 packages, up for grabs on partypoker starting September 5. Lucky winners will enjoy airfare for two, all-inclusive accommodations, the $2,750 Million buy-in, plus loads of bells and whistles sure to make the trip a memorable one. Sign up now for partypoker and get a 100% bonus on your first deposit and start playing your way to a seat in the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party. Several big names in the poker world have already confirmed their attendance, including poker pro Sam Trickett, and partypoker ambassadors Mike Sexton and Tony Dunst. "After launching the first partypoker Million in 2002, it will be fantastic to see how the event has grown and with qualification starting at $0.01 and ten $8,000 packages per week up for grabs on partypoker from September it offers more value than ever," said Sexton. "I look forward to a week of unforgettable action in paradise on and off the felt." Trickett, who boasts an astronomical $20 million in live tournament cashes, looks to add even more titles to his resume while relaxing with friends. "The Caribbean Poker Party is going to be a fantastic event, I’m looking forward to going with a big group of friends and it’s brilliant to hear that the Million guarantee has been doubled to $2 million," said Trickett. Also coming to the party is boxing superstar Carl Froch, who can’t wait to put his live poker training to the test. "I’m looking forward to a week of poker in paradise and my first live tournament action outside of my home town,” he said. "Playing the partypoker Million and WPT Caribbean is the ultimate test and I’ve been putting in the hours, preparing myself for the differences between online tournaments to ensure I will be at the very top of my game." Both events allow players to re-enter one time. Of course, partypoker will take full advantage of the idyllic Punta Cana backdrop and has packed the schedule with an array of outdoor sporting events and cocktail parties. Players can play water polo, golf or volleyball on off days or enjoy the beach on their own.
  3. The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS series found success in Punta Cana last November with a field of 1,061 in the Caribbean Poker Party $5 million guaranteed Main Event. This year, the Party moves from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to Baha Mar in Nassau, the Bahamas for a $5,300 buy-in $10 million guaranteed tournament. An expected field of at least 2,000 runners means plenty of qualifiers at the satellite level. partypoker has introduced the "centroll" satellites in the hopes of bringing in as many players as possible by the time the Party gets started on November 9. The centrolls start at $0.50 for the Caribbean Poker Party. Qualifiers are running now on partypoker and remain in action all the way to the lead up to the event on a daily basis. Each $0.50 satellite carries a five-seat guarantee into the $22 quarterfinals which are also running each and every day. The $0.50 openers carry a hyper turbo structure of three-minute blind levels. Instead of directly winning seats into the next step on the qualification ladder, players bring their stacks through to whatever stage comes next. For the $22 quarterfinals, all players "bag" their largest stack after the end of Level 21 for the $109 semifinals. The semifinals are in action on a daily basis, as well. Both the quarterfinals and semifinals have five-minute blind rotations. The semifinals are the penultimate stage of the $1,050 Live final. Players are required in this round to reach the end of Level 24. The finals do not run on a daily basis and players are therefore allowed to play multiple semifinals bring their best stack forward into the last qualifier. Caribbean Poker Party finals award approximately one seat for every ten entrants for the $12,000 package. The full deal includes a $5,300 buy-in into the Caribbean Poker Party, a nine-night stay at the Baha Mar resort, $1,000 resort credit and $2,000 in travel expenses. Blind levels are 12-minutes each for the finals and late registration is available for 12 levels. The finals are up and running every Sunday on partypoker.com and each final has a guarantee of 10 packages to be given away. Expect to see the New Jersey market involved once again in the qualifying process. partypokerNJ is sending over 30 players to partypoker MILLIONS North America in Montreal including New Jersey online player Dan DiZenzo. The road toward qualifying for one of the best tournaments of the year starts at less than a dollar on partypoker.com. With a four-figure field in play, expect to see a few satellite winners make some noise during the event.
  4. The majority of the poker world may be transfixed on the massive World Series of Poker schedule happening right now in Las Vegas but those in the know are already planning on where to recover after a long summer grind. The partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party festival, one of the most anticipated live stops of the year, returns in 2018 from November 9-18. The Caribbean Poker Party comes with a massive guarantee and a brand new venue that promises to be more than enough reason to hop a flight to the Bahamas. Double The Guarantee One of the first things players will notice is that the Main Event guarantee has doubled from 2017 from $5 million to $10 million. partypoker's LIVE MILLIONS schedule continues to push their guarantees and make good on their promises to make their live events a "must-play" affair. The details of the Main Event will be familiar to those that have played one of the more recent MILLIONS events. The tournament comes with $5,300 buy-in and follows a similar structure to the Main Event held in April at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal. Players start 100bb deep, with 1,000,000 in chips and all Day 1 starting flights have 40-minute levels. Those who survive to Day 2, will enjoy 60-minute levels. Those who don’t, well, they'll be able to enjoy the beach. At least three players in the Main Event will walk away as millionaires. First place is guaranteed $1.4 million, the runner-up will take home $1.2 million and the bronze medalist will leave with $1 million. The Main Event will be but one of an entire festival of events that will include the $1,000 MILLIONS Opening event, a $10,000 and $25,000 High Roller and a $5,000 MILLIONS Finale. partypoker officials are going for broke during the Caribbean Poker Party this year. They will need to nearly double the 2017 turn out in order to hit their money mark. In 2017, 1,061 runners made their way into the Main Event. Canadian pro, and PocketFives member, Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood secured his second career million dollar score, taking home an even $1,000,000. It was a field packed with notable names from the poker world. Jason Koon, Mike Sexton, Maria Ho, Felipe Ramos, Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao, Seth Davies, Alex Foxen and Steffen Sontheimer all made the trip and left having made the money. New Sights, New Sounds In 2018, it’s not only the guarantee that will change. partypoker has relocated the festival to a brand new location. The exceptional new resort Baha Mar will play host to poker players from all over the world. From the description, the resort will treat every player as if they were a high roller with 20 restaurant options, plenty of bars and lounges, a golf course and spa. The casino itself is said to be wide open with a view of the ocean and resort pools. Win And You’re In partypoker has already begun running satellites for a package worth $12,000 with satellites starting for as little as $0.50. The package takes care of everything. It includes a Main Event seat, nine nights bed and breakfast at Baha Mar, room credit for the resort worth $1,000 and an additional $2,000 in cash to help players pay for travel expenses. Players can opt in to play at any stage - $0.50, $11, $22 or $109 and even buy directly into the finals which run on Sundays and come with a 10-package guarantee. Satellites to the 2018 partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party are running right now on partypoker. The 10-day festival gets underway on November 9.
  5. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. In this week's episode of The Fives, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters discuss the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party and the intriguing overlay situation that is developing. They also preview the mammoth upcoming partypoker MILLIONS Online and project what - if any - overlay players can expect to find there. They also recap Patrick ‘prepprepprep’ Serda's win at WPT Montreal and talk about the dominance at Playground Poker Club shown by Ema Zajmovic before wrapping up the show with a new segment, Five Questions. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  6. For most of 2018, Steve O'Dwyer has been unbeatable in high roller tournaments, both online and live. Roger Teska flipped the script on that narrative late Monday night at the $25,500 buy-in Caribbean Poker Party MILLIONS World, coming back from a 4-1 heads up chip deficit to win $2,000,000 and his first live title in over nine years. Teska started the final table with the third shortest stack and had to battle against the likes of Rainer Kempe, Niall Farrell, Joao Vieira, Ben Tollerene and Andras Nemeth on his way to the title. Teska's last live win came in 2009 when he won a $500 buy-in Bellagio Cup V event. It didn't take long for the first casualty at the nine-handed final table. Paul Tedeschi raised to 2,500,000 from middle position with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] before Vieira moved all in for 17,500,000 from the hijack with [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. Tedeschi called and watched the [poker card="qh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] runout keep him in full control and eliminated Vieira in ninth place. Ten minutes later, Farrell became the next victim of the final table. O'Dwyer raised from the button to 2,600,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"] and Farrell moved all in for 10,500,000 with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"] from the small blind. Roger Teska re-raised all in from the big blind with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. O'Dwyer folded and Farrell could only watch after the [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"] flop kept Teska well ahead. The turn was the [poker card="td"] and the [poker card="qd"] completed the board to send Farrell to the rail with an eighth place finish. O'Dwyer found his first final table victim almost 30 minutes later. O'Dwyer raised to 2,500,000 from UTG+1 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. From the button, Kempe moved all in for 15,600,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"] and O'Dwyer called. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5d"] flop gave O'Dwyer complete control as the [poker card="6d"] and [poker card="ks"] hit the turn and river respectively to eliminate Kempe in seventh. It took nearly two hours of play before there was another elimination. Teska and Tollerene tangled in a pre-flop all in hand that saw Teska win with runner-runner flush against Tollerene's pocket pair. Left with just fumes, the next hand was the end of the line for Tollerene. Tollerene moved all in for 10,000,000 from UTG with [poker card="kd"][poker card="2h"] and Nemeth called from the big blind with [poker card="js"][poker card="7c"]. The [qs[poker card="jh"][poker card="5s"] flop gave Nemeth second pair. The turn was the [poker card="6c"] and the river was the [poker card="ad"] to eliminate Tollerene in sixth. Nemeth had plans on putting his newfound big stack to work but ran into the buzzsaw that is O'Dwyer. From the button, O'Dwyer raised to 3,700,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and Teska called from the small blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"] before Nemeth moved all in for 71,500,000 with [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"] from the big blind. O'Dwyer called and Teska folded. O'Dwyer got great news on the [poker card="ad"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"] flop. Neither the [poker card="qc"] turn or [poker card="5c"] river were any help for Nemeth and he was eliminated in fifth place. Tedeschi lost a monster pot to Teska before O'Dwyer finished him off for good. Teska and Charles La Boissonniere both folded and Tedeschi moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="2d"]. O'Dwyer called from the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="7h"] and then moved ahead with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2c"] flop. The [poker card="ts"] turn and [poker card="3d"] river failed to save Tedeschi and he was out in fourth. As O'Dwyer continued to build his stack, he did so largely at the expense of La Boissonniere. The Canadian had less than 10 big blinds and found himself in the big blind with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. O'Dwyer folded the button, Teska moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="7d"] and La Boissonniere called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"][poker card="th"] flop gave Teska the lead. The [poker card="8s"] turn gave La Boissonniere outs to a straight, but the river was the [poker card="6h"] and he was out in third place. When heads-up play began, O'Dwyer had 79.1% of the chips in play. The tournament was all but over a few minutes later when Teska four-bet all in holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and O'Dwyer called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="qs"] on the flop moved Teska in front and neither the turn or river helped O'Dwyer and the stacks were nearly even. Teska's momentum continued and less than an hour later he was posing with the trophy. O'Dwyer button-raised to 9,000,000 holding [poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] and Teska shoved with [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"] and O'Dwyer called all in. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2h"] moved Teska ahead and the [poker card="qd"] turn and the [poker card="3c"] river sealed O'Dwyer's second place finish. Final Table Payouts Roger Teska - $2,000,000 Steve O'Dwyer - $1,300,000 Charles La Boissonniere - $1,000,000 Paul Tedeschi - $700,000 Andras Nemeth - $550,000 Ben Tollerene - $450,000 Rainer Kempe - $350,000 Niall Farrell - $300,000 Joao Viera - $250,000
  7. The 2018 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event came to a conclusion on Saturday when Portugal’s Filipe Oliveira bested the field of 1,815 to take hoist the trophy and take home the $1.5 million first-place prize. After starting the final table in the middle of the pack, Oliveira found himself sitting on fewer than five big blinds with six players remaining. Oliveira then turned an opportune triple up with six players remaining, to ride a wave of run good to a career-defining win. 2018 World Series of Poker final tablist Alex Lynskey was the official final table bubble boy. From the small blind Lynskey open shipped his [poker card="ad"][poker card="7s"]. Much to his dismay, he was snapped off by Germany’s Pascal Hartmann’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="5h"] almost had Linskey drawing dead. When the [poker card="8c"] hit the turn, Lynskey’s fate was sealed. The inconsequential river hit the felt and Lynskey exited the tournament in ninth place for $155,000. After Lynskey's departure, Joe Kuether was the tournament short stack. Folded to him, he moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] only to get a call by fellow American Craig Mason in the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"][poker card="2s"] and Kuether picked up an additional outs. The turn fell the [poker card="4d"] and Kuether needed to catch one of his 14 outs to survive. The river came the [poker card="5c"], Mason wins the hand with a straight and Kuether headed to the cashier to pick up his $218,500 eighth place prize. Hartmann was involved in another all-in confrontation after he raised in early position with [poker card="qd"][poker card="ts"] and Alex Turyansky shipped his remaining small stack with the [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"]. The flop fell [poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="kc"] keeping Hartmann in the lead. The turn came the [poker card="7d"] and Turyansky picked up some additional flush outs. The [poker card="4c"] brick locked up the hand for Hartmann and Turyansky fell in seventh place for $300,000. Then came the hand that would give Oliveira the life he needed to go all the way. With three big blinds he stuck it in with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="6c"]. He was called by both Konstantin Maslak and his [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"] and Hartmann who held [poker card="jh"][poker card="3h"]. Even though he was dominated when the flop paired Oliveira's six, he faded two more streets to triple up. Next, with roughly ten big blinds, Portugal’s Diogo Viega moved all-in on the button holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"]. Craig Mason picked up the [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] in the big blind and ended up making the call. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="5d"], pairing Viega, but bringing Mason the set. The board brought the [poker card="8c"][ turn and the [poker card="3c"] river improving Mason to a flush and Viega settled for sixth place and $400,000. The final table hit the halfway mark after the elimination of Maslak. Marc MacDonnell open jammed the [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"] on the button and Maslak, who was covered by MacDonnell, called off his ten big blind stack with the [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"]. Malask was on the verge of a much needed double while looking at the [poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="qh"][poker card="4h"] board. However the [poker card="ac"] peeled off on the river, and Mask’s tournament came to an abrupt end. He walked in fifth place for a career-high cash of $600,000. Half an hour later, Hartmann, who had eliminated a pair of players earlier, found himself on the wrong end of an elimination. Folded to the button, Hartmann moved all-in with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"] but Oliveira woke up with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"] in the big blind and made the call, covering Hartmann. The board missed both players entirely letting Oliveira’s pocket nine’s stand as the best hand. Hartmann, who did a lot of work at the final table settled for fourth place and $800,000. This set up Oliveira’s run to the title. MacDonnell’s stack was crippled after losing a big hand with Mason. So with five big blinds left he open jammed holding the [poker card="jh"][poker card="4h"] and with plenty to spare, Oliveira made the obligatory call with [poker card="tc"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="th"][poker card="8c"] flop paired Oliveira and MacDonnell was looking for some help. The [poker card="6h"] turn brought some life to Ireland’s MacDonnell. However, the [poker card="2s"] river was a complete miss and MacDonnell became the first of the three millionaires collecting an even $1,000,000 for third place. Oliveira and Mason were basically even at the start of heads-up play. But Oliveira began to pull out ahead and held the lead when the final hand played out. Mason raised with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"] and Oliveira three-bet with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"], Mason made the call. The flop came [poker card="9c"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2s"]. Oliveira continued with his middle pair. Mason made his move and shoved with the same pair, weaker kicker. Oliveira made the call and Mason was looking for a king. The turn was the [poker card="jd"] and the final card of the tournament was the [poker card="4h"]. Mason, whose largest ever cash was $71,000, became a poker millionaire with his runner-up $1,200,000 prize. Oliveira wins the partypoker 2018 Caribbean Poker Party Main Event for $1.5 million, his first seven-figure score.
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