Million V Sets Sail - Friday 10th of March 2006

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – What do youget when you mix over 500 poker players, over 100 Black Jack masters, 200poker dealers, 600 decks of cards, 180,000 chips, the luscious Caribbean sun,two exotic ports of call and over $5 million of prize money?

The Million V, the world's largest "limit" Texas Hold'emTournament, which this year also includes the $250,000 World BlackjackChampionships and a $50,000 slots tournament all staged aboard HollandAmerica's MS Westerdam, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on 12 March andreturns from the cruise in the Caribbean on 19th March.

Drawing over 500 online players and top professionals, the $10,200-buy-inevent is known as the place where online players go toe-to-toe with pros, andeveryone goes home having had a great time. The Million V willaward in the region of $1 million to the first place finisher.

Among the players who will board in Ft. Lauderdale will be defendingchampion Michael Gracz, who claimed the first prize in 2005, and capped hisrookie year by winning a World Series of Poker(R)* bracelet. He will bejoined by Aaron Kanter, who finished fourth in the World Series ofPoker(R)*.main event after entering the tournament through a PartyPoker.comsatellite. Kanter, a former bank loan officer from Elk Grove, CA. converted a$50 investment into $2 million!

For all of the competitors, cruising to a victory is half the fun.Participants, including players and their guests, will enjoy the luxuriousamenities of Holland America's MS Westerdam and the charms of the twotropical ports of call-Grand Cayman and Jamaica.

The MS Westerdam is one of the premium cruise ships in Holland America'selegant fleet. Guests experience a dazzling array of restaurants, nightclubsand entertainment options. The ship features a sun deck, a spa and salon, afully-equipped fitness center, internet connectivity and spacious staterooms.Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines have awarded it five stars.

The majority of players earned their spot in the The PartyPoker.comMillion V by going to and competing in $33 buy-in preliminarytournaments. There were also sub-qualifying tournaments with buy-ins of $5+1and $10+1. Winners who qualified in those preliminary satellite tournamentsreceived a $13,500 package-that includes the $10,200 buy-in to the finals, acruise for two and spending cash.

Players begin the tournament with $10,000.00 in chips and play until theylose or until they make the final table on the fifth day. Players closing inon the Million V Championship will be sweating out bets andbluffs that risk hundreds of thousands per hand.

Gracz, a 24-year-old finance graduate of North Carolina State, quietly,yet masterfully wore down the field in last year's event and disembarked fromthe Million IV a millionaire. Runner up was David Minto, ofAlamogordo, NM.

In March 2004, Erick Lindgren vanquished the field and won $1 million. Aconstruction worker from Olympia, WA, Chris Hinchcliffe, took third place formore than $400,000 in what he termed a "life changing" experience. Bothplayers entered the tournament by winning satellitetournaments.

Poker legend Howard Lederer, of Las Vegas, captured first prize in Million II and the year before, Kathy Liebert of Las Vegas,became the first woman ever to win $1 million in a single poker tournament bytriumphing in the inaugural event.

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