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Card Player Poker Tour Caribbean Cruise Main Event Underway

$1,100 Main Event Begins After A Day In Falmouth, Jamaica


The inaugural Card Player Poker Tour Caribbean Cruise $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event, hosted by Card Player Cruises, got underway today aboard the 7-night cruise around the Caribbean on the gigantic and luxurious MS Oasis of the Seas. After a day in the beautiful port of Falmouth, Jamaica the first cards where dealt at 7:30 PM.

A total of 42 players took their seats on day 1, but registration remains open until the resumption of play on Wednesday at 11:30 AM. Players started with 30,000 in tournament chips, and played six 40 minute levels before bagging up for the day.

Matthew BurnitzThe chip leader at the end of the day is Matthew Burnitz of Bear, Delaware with 118,700, or roughly three times the average stack. In one of his larger pots of the day Burnitz bet 11,000 on the river with a board of ADiamond Suit7Spade Suit2Club SuitAClub Suit7Heart Suit and got called by an opponents KHeart SuitKClub Suit. Burnitz rolled over the 10Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit for sevens full and raked the sizable pot.

A number of notable players survived to day 2 as well, including Card Player publisher and two-time bracelet winner Barry Shulman (48,100), reigning World Series of Poker senior’s champion Allyn Jaffrey Shulman (21,300) and poker pro Mark Gregorich (18,100). Barry Shulman was down below starting stack heading into the end of the day, before eliminating a player who moved the last of his 15,000 in preflop with Q-9. Shulman rolled over his ace-king, which held up. After that he continued to build his stack during the final level, ending the day inside the top-ten in chips.

Jon Letzkus Finishing the day second in chips was Jon Letzkus of San Diego, California with 92,400. Letzkus qualified for this event on Card Player Poker, winning a $5,000 package that included an ocean view stateroom with balcony for two on the ship, round-trip airfare and a single $1,100 buy-in to the main event. This was not his first time winning a package on the site, either.

“I went to Choctaw on your guy’s bill also, and to the main event as well,” said Letzkus after play ended.

In addition to getting off to a great start in the event, eliminating three players down the stretch on day 1, he has also been enjoying his time aboard the Oasis of the Seas.

“The ship is great. I’ve never been on a cruise this big…it’s amazing and all of the ports of call are great. Definitely check it out.”

Card Player TV made video that included a look at Falmouth, Jamaica and also more from Jon Letzkus. Check it out below.

Here is a look at end-of-day chip counts:

Rank Player Chip Count Table-Seat
1 Matthew Burnitz 118,700 12-2
2 Jon Letzkus 92,400 6-8
3 Larry Prugh 72,300 12-8
4 Fred Samelian 67,100 6-5
5 Nate Patten 66,900 7-5
6 Bob Deemer 61,600 8-3
7 Greg Booher 56,800 6-2
8 Scott Buller 49,300 12-3
9 Denny Axel 48,700 7-4
10 Barry Shulman 48,100 12-9
11 Jim Steinle 39,400 8-7
12 Robert Beck 37,100 8-8
13 Tom Martiniak 35,700 7-6
14 Marie-Josee McDuff 35,000 7-7
15 Buz Brand 34,400 8-1
16 Lyle Padget 31,400 8-9
17 Steven Fox 31,000 8-2
18 Mike Juliano 30,200 12-1
19 Joe Weiss 26,000 8-4
20 Heiko Beilhardt 25,900 12-6
21 Tim Acker 25,400 6-7
22 Anibal Duhalye 24,700 7-8
23 Rich Barton 23,400 6-3
24 Allyn Shulman 21,300 6-6
25 Chritsopher Swinburne 21,700 12-5
26 Rick Garvey 21,000 8-5
27 Darwin Scher 19,300 7-1
28 Mark Gregorich 18,100 6-1
29 Vasquez Lucas 17,900 12-4
30 Cruz Baca 15,700 7-9
31 Messier Martin 6,100 7-3
32 Thierry De Quick DNR 6-9