Are you thinking about taking a cruise but don't want to be away from poker for a long period of time? If so, a poker cruise may be right up your alley. Poker cruises allow you to have all the fun and adventure of cruising while having the option to satisfy your poker itch.
What's the Difference?
In most cases, a poker cruise is really no different than a regular cruise. In reality, the people on a poker cruise are really a subgroup on the ship. There are exceptions. All of the same activities offered on a cruise ship are available on poker cruises. The main difference is that there is either a casino or a card room open 24 hours on ship. These are usually shut down when the ship is at port. Also, anyone 18 and up may play. This gives those unable to play legally in most card rooms in the United States a chance to play.
Carnival Cruises offers a casino on many of their cruises. Players can play Texas Holdem on PokerPro automated poker tables. For many online players, this will seem like a giant online poker game. The only difference is you will see your opponents clicking their buttons. Poker tournaments are also available.
Card Player Cruises
Card Player Cruises is one of the longest running and more popular types of specialty poker cruises available. Sponsored by Card Player magazine and hosted by Women's Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson, these cruises are fun for both beginners and experienced players.
Lessons are given by Johnson for those new to the game which are then followed by a running $1/$2 Limit Holdem game. Cash games from $1-2 up to $20-$40 are held on the cruises as well as Omaha 8 or Better, Mixed Games, and even NL Holdem. Games are spread according to demand. Tournaments are also available in the $100 to $230 range.
World Poker Showdown
The World Poker Showdown holds a couple of different poker cruises each year that are specifically setup as a poker event. Several events and nightly tournaments are held in the $100 to $300 buy-in range and lead up to a $2,650 main event. These cruises are usually hosted by celebrity poker players such as Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, Oklahoma Johnny Hale, and Marcel Luske.
Poker cruises allow poker players the chance to experience the adventure of cruising while being able to grind away at the poker tables. Cruises are available to multiple destinations and run throughout the year. Check them out and maybe soon you will be check-raising on the high seas.