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The first full day at sea on Dec. 11 will see both of the day 1 starting flights play out. The survivors of those two flights will combine into one field on day 2, taking place on Dec. 14, and play will continue until the final table is set in the main event. On Dec. 16 the tournament will play down to a champion.

The first full day at sea on Dec. 11 will see both of the day 1 starting flights play out. The survivors of those two flights will combine into one field on day 2, taking place on Dec. 14, and play will continue until the final table is set in the main event. On Dec. 16 the tournament will play down to a champion.

Norwegian Cruise Line is hosting their 3rd annual Norwegian Poker Challenge onboard the Norwegian Epic ship from December 10-17, 2016. The $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event has drawn a record turnout of 337 total entries, easily surpassing the $250,000 guarantee to build a $337,000 prize pool, one of the largest at-sea poker tournaments in history.

“It continues to get bigger and bigger each year”, said Senior Vice President of Casino Operations Jim Abbas. “We are hoping to continue to grow this event every year. This event is unique, there are not a lot of poker tournaments at sea and especially not on this scale. We’ve done this event three years in a row now and have no intention of ever stopping.”

The 3rd annual Norwegian Poker Challenge is being held in a 20-table poker room set up in the spacious Bliss Lounge aboard the Norwegian Epic, a 1,081 ft. long ship with 4,100 passenger berths. The event is being held while the massive ship is at sea, in between stops at three excellent ports of call: Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Great Stirrup Cay, a private island in the Bahamas.


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