I was given this ticket as a gift from a loved one.I wouldn't normally go to such an event, but as this was a gift, took the punt.
This was purchased from a $99 Groupon. I get the feeling that the vast majority of people acquired tickets this way, however, there were definitely some who paid $250 from the website (my guess would be ~10%, but just a guess.
For those who like to do the math, ! counted 16 tables, (15 8-seaters and 1 10-seater used for final table) The cruise I was on had 2 empty tables (I'm guessing no shows or unsold/ unbo...oked). They empty the upper deck tables first, so when choosing your seat, I recommend sitting downstairs if you don't like getting moved around alot. Tournament format: 3000 Chips starting stack. Add-on's were $50 for 5000 chips. You could add-on as many times as you liked and as often as you liked in the first 5 levels (75 mins) - eg you could have dropped $200 before the first hand and started with an additional 20000 chips if you wanted to. They announced that all money was going into the pot. I rebought 3 times. Some refused to rebuy but judging from my table I think its safe to say that the average across the boat was about 1 rebuy per person, if not slightly more. Blinds were steep and quick, particularly starting with such a short stack. All blind levels :
Blatant deception about prizes
The company advertised their cruise on scoopon, listing that the minimum prize available is $3,500 cash for first and a holiday to thailand for second and third place. The cruise offered premium beer, gourmet canapes, and unlimited re-buys for the first 70 mins of the tournament. I bought two vouchers for the january 2013 sydney harbour cruise.
The beer was by no means premium, but it did flow freely. The staff were helpful and cheery.
The day was really good, until it came to the prize system. The two "holidays to thailand" are act...ually accomodation only, and poker afloat couldn't seem to strech the budget to cover a week! The holidays are only accomodation and only for 6 nights. A lot of us were dissappointed, as thats really costing the winner airfares. On the scoopon listing, the company's website, and on the day, we were told every cent spent on re-buys would be added to the prize pool up to $10,000. They had 110 kids playing that cruise, and just about every person shelled out for at least one $50 re-buy. Between my husband and I we put $250 into the prize pool and we were only two out of the 110 so they made THOUSANDS on re-buys ! But at final table, the td said that none of the re-buy money was being included. what a kick in the guts to the eventual winner! My partner played the second side game, and it wasn't until he and others had paid that they told the prize for a six table "sit n go" (isn't that an average sized tournament ??) was 6 nights accommodation in thailand
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