You Just Can’t Beat a Good Poker Cruise to Alaska

by Lou on August 14, 2011

If I’ve been out of the loop yesterday, it’s because we’ve been on a cruise to Alaska put on by Poker Player Cruises.  It was our fifth trip to Alaska—some were poker cruises, others were not.  Even for veteran Alaska tourists, our northern-most state is always exquisitely beautiful and sailing up the Inside Passage affords a rare opportunity to see eagles, bears, waterfalls, and whales from the ship.

In addition to visiting Juneau, Skagway, the Sawyer Glacier at Tracy Arm Fjord, and Victoria, B.C., we had poker games on the ship every minute we were at sea, except for the wee hours of the morning.  The net effect of late night games and early shore departures was tiring, regardless of how relaxing cruises usually are.  The games were good, and they were enjoyable.   I also got to deliver two seminars, “My Favorite Poker Tips” and “Mastering Omaha/8 Poker”—the latter taken from the title of the latest book from Mark Tenner and me.

As has been the case with every poker cruise I’ve been on, the games were fun, the players always compatible, and boorish personalities often encountered in local poker rooms are very few and extremely far between.

So I stayed up late playing poker every night, was up early on port days, and came home ready to sleep for a day.  I played two tournaments on the cruise, finishing sixth in one and chopping for the win in the other, but to get there, I had to knock out my wife at the final table.  Like they say, there are few friends at the poker table, and given the chance, she would have eagerly done the same thing to me!

We love Victoria, B.C., (that’s the legendary and very quirky Empress Hotel pictured) and were glad the ship stopped there.  We like it so much that we’ve vacationed there a couple of times for a week at a clip, and are planning to go again soon.

The folks from Poker Player Cruises did a terrific job, and the “welcome aboard goodies” exceeded expectations.  They included a very well made, high quality black hoodie, a T-shirt, ball cap, and a nice carrying bag to accommodate all the souvenirs we purchased in Alaska and Canada.

I’m primed to do it again.  In fact, I’m ready to go.

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