The Caribbean Poker Tour is a brand new event which will take place between the 8th and 14th of November 2013 in Punta Cana and St. Maarten, two luxurious Caribbean islands.
Events will include Main Events of $1500 (Punta Cana) and $1650 (St. Maarten) along with a $7000 Buy-in “Lucky Number 7” High Roller event hosted by Tobias Reinkemeier. The CPT will also cross swords with the WPT Caribbean stop ($3500). Side events and cash games will also be available.
The Event is the brainchild of Thomas Kremser and his partners Alex Teufel and Leon Groenewoud, under their new company – ICU Events. Kresmer is an internationally renowned poker tournament director, having directed the World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour and Late Night Poker to name a few.
The iPoker Network and William Hill will serve as the official partners of the tour, with satellites, qualifiers and attractive packages available to win through WilliamHill Poker and other iPoker Network rooms. Play online poker at the UK room William Hill.
The tour will focus on luxury and service, according to ICU. “The concept of ICU Events is offering an incomparable service in advance and during the event, in the poker room or away from the poker tables.” Every player will also have the opportunity to fully customize their experience directly through the CPT website. “The Caribbean Poker Tour is offering a terrific service – on the website everybody can customize his trip. Choose hotel, activities, tournaments and flights for themselves and friends and create their own package, just a few clicks away” according to the official press release.
New poker tour not sponsored by PokerStars!
Poker players Worldwide will be under no illusion that out of all the operators, Pokerstars have truly dominated live poker tours in recent years, with the PCA (Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure) and EPT (European Poker Tour) at the fore front.
The iPoker network has recently seen some significant growth, with Betfair and Everest having recently joined the network, and UK sportsbook giants Ladbrokes expected to fully migrate in Q1 2014. As the largest poker network, iPoker will certainly be under pressue to provide significant added value to its operators. Backing ambitious live events such as the CPT will certainly please iPoker operators, but only time will tell if the endeavour succeeds.