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Final Nine Set In Card Player Poker Tour Caribbean Cruise Main Event

Card Player Publisher Barry Shulman Remains In Contention For The Title and $13,200 First-Place Prize


Chip leader Matthew BurnitzThe final nine has been set in the Card Player Poker Tour $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event while at sea on day 5 of the 7-night CPPT Caribbean Cruise, hosted by Card Player Cruises. Registration closed at the start of play today with the final number of entries being 43. This built a prize pool of $41,280. Only the top five finishers will make the money, and here is a look at the payouts:

Place Payout
1st $13,200
2nd $9,900
3rd $8,260
4th $6,200
5th $3,720

The chip leader heading into the final nine is Matthew Burnitz with 266,500. The Bear, DE resident entered day 2 as the chip leader, and after a number of swings, managed to end the day in the top spot.

Nate PattenAnother player who experienced some adrenaline-inducing hands today was Nate “Big Country” Patten. Early on day 2 Patten raised from the button to 7,000 and Vince Frankavilla reraised to 28,000. Patten moved all-in for 83,000 and Vince Frankavilla snap-called with the AHeart SuitAClub Suit. Patten seemed in a daze as he rolled over the JDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit. Frankavilla had him covered, and he stood and began to walk away.

The flop came down ADiamond Suit8Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit, however, and Barry Shulman called Patten back to the table, as his flush was now in the lead against Frankavilla’s set of aces. The turn brought the KDiamond Suit and the river the 2Spade Suit, and “Big Country” raked in the huge pot. Frankavilla was later eliminated in tenth place, bringing play to a close for the night, while Patten finished fourth in chips.

Card Player Publisher and two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Barry Shulman is also still alive in the event, entering day 3 in sixth chip position.

Barry Shulman“It was a pretty up and down day. I had a couple of big hands early, and then I got beat hand after hand for a while,” said Shulman. “I’m a little bit short with around 120,000 but there are three people below 100,000 so I’ll just have to come back tomorrow night, after going to the beach in Cozumel, and give it my best shot.”

The MS Oasis of the Seas, the incredible cruise ship on which the CPPT Caribbean Cruise has been taking place, arrives at Cozumel, Mexico at 8:00 AM ship time and doesn’t leave the port until 7:00 PM. Play will resume at 7:30, and will see the remaining nine play down to a final table of six.

Here is a look at the chip counts for the final nine:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Matthew Burnitz 266,500
2 Fred Samelian 235,500
3 Bob Deemer 192,000
4 Nate “Big Country” Patten 170,500
5 Greg Booher 134,500
6 Barry Shulman 123,600
7 Tom Martiiak 84,500
8 Marie-Josee McDuff 45,000
9 Darwin Scher 38,000