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Ante Up sets cruise out of Miami

Ante Up Magazine has planned a poker cruise going out of Miami from May 20-24.

The ship is Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas and stops at CocoCay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Key West, Florida.

It's Ante Up's first sailing out of Miami, and  The Majesty of the Seas features a rock-climbing wall, basketball court, spa, casino, two pools, nine bars and a Johnny Rockets specialty restaurant.

Then there's 37 hours of poker in the Ante Up Poker Room, with an emphasis on single-table tournaments.

The schedule:

Monday, May 20

  • 4:45 p.m.: Open-bar welcome aboard cocktail party
    7:30 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/SNGs
    7:30 p.m.: Free Poker 101 course (taught by Ante Up publishers Chris Cosenza and Scott Long)
  • Tuesday, May 21
     Nassau, Bahamas, from 8 a.m. to midnight
    3:30-5:30 p.m.: Free single-table tournament strategy course (taught by on-board professional Walt Strakowski Jr. Strakowski will be available the entire cruise for individual and small-group instruction for an additional fee)
    7:30 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/SNGs.
  • Wednesday, May 22
     CocoCay, Bahamas, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/SNGs.
    10 a.m.: $100 Main Event multitable tournament. Top 10 earn Ante Up Player of the Year points
    Noon-5 p.m.: Single-Table Tournament Frenzy - $25 SNGs every hour (higher buy-ins available)
    4 p.m.: Ante Up-only Slot Tournament.
    5 p.m.: Ante Up-only Blackjack Tournament.
  • Thursday, May 23
    Key West from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    7 p.m.-midnight: Room open for cash games/SNGs.
  • Friday, May 24
    Arrive in Miami at 7 a.m.

To book call Jeanne Cosenza at 727-742-3843 or email
Players MUST book through Ante Up to play in the poker room, per Royal Caribbean policy

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