Million III
By staff
High Stakes On The High Seas: Poker Site Charters Ship for Mega Event


Not since pirates floated on the Spanish Main has so much money been up for grabs on the high seas.

Capitalizing on America’s new-found passion for poker, will set sail March 13 for a weeklong cruise on Holland America’s luxurious ms Ryndam, culminating in the March 14 -18 Million III, the world’s largest No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament. More than 500 players are expected to compete for a record-smashing $3.5 million prize pool and a spot in the World Poker Tour Championship, airing on the Travel Channel. First prize will exceed $1 million. is the world’s largest online multi-player poker room offering players a safe, secure and friendly environment to play poker.

Anyone can win their way into The Million III by going to and competing in preliminary tournaments that cost as little as $1 to enter. For information on qualifying, go to Winners who qualify in those preliminary satellite tournaments will receive a $9,000 package--the $1,800 cruise for two, plus their $7,200 “buy-in” for the event. Nearly 300 have already qualified through satellites, super satellite and semi-final tournaments, but more than 200 seats are still in contention.

“After two incredible tournaments in the last couple of years, The Million III will be an even more monumental leap forward, “said Mike Sexton, executive host and spokesman. “Tripling the prize money makes this the richest event in poker and certainly one of the most competitive. Someone’s going home with a million-dollar payday and lots of folks will win a portion of that huge pot.”

The Million III is the third installment of the fabulously successful tournament. Last year the event drew 130 players and offered $1,013,000 in prize money. One of the players who made the final table, Tim Lark qualified online at by winning a $1 satellite tournament and parlaying his winnings into a spot on the cruise. He was outlasted by Howard Lederer, of Las Vegas, a World Champion and two-time winner of 2003 World Poker Tour tournaments. The year before, Kathy Liebert of South Gate, CA, became the first woman ever to win $1 million in a single poker tournament.

This year, players will enjoy a fun cruise alternating relaxation and tension-- featuring blazing sun and big bets! The ms Ryndam, which will call in Lareto and La Paz, is among the most elegant ships on the seas.

As for those big bets, players will begin the tournament on the first day with $7,000 in chips and play till they lose or until they make the Final Table on the fifth day. That final table of six players will be filmed for airing on the hugely popular World Poker Tour television series. Players closing in on the Million III championship will be sweating out bets and bluffs that risk hundreds of thousands per hand. After a tough day at the poker table, a Mai-Tai on the Ryndam veranda may be just the thing!

Launched in August 2001, is the world’s largest online multi-player poker room offering players a safe, secure and friendly environment to play poker. With more than one million satisfied users, is the market leader in the popular and fast growing online poker games market. is fully licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Quebec, Canada. The site typically hosts more than 20,000 simultaneous players playing an assortment of live classic poker games including Texas Hold `Em, Omaha Hi/Low, and Seven Card Stud and single and multi table tournaments.

Poker has become the nation’s hottest cultural trend and phenomenon. Everyone from PhDs to construction workers, from grandmothers to Miss America contestants have caught the fever, spurred by the World Poker Tour television show and best-selling books like James McManus’ “Positively Fifth Street.” is where many new enthusiasts begin their poker lessons, playing for FREE, and then progressing to tournaments like The Million III.

For more information on cruising the Sea of Cortez with The Million III, go to

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