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Mexican Riviera Cruise Report

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  • Mexican Riviera Cruise Report

    What a great trip! This was our third Card Player Cruise and the best yet. Ken and I really enjoyed the fun-loving players, friendly dealers, witty floor managers, competitive ring games, and exciting tourneys. The exotic ports, glittering Carnival ship, action packed sports deck, 24/7 food, and casino were great too.

    The poker rooms opened after early dinner the night we sailed out of San Diego. There were ten poker tables tightly packed in each of two poker rooms, the refreshments were late to arrive, but our hosts got things organized really fast. I think Linda, Jan and Mark have been through scores of these, so they do a great job taking care of their people and guests.

    There were four tourneys, each starting at 930 am each day at sea. My husband Ken (aka Kathy’s husband) took second in the first one ($230 NLHE with 160 players) so things started out well for us. He was even pretty cheerful when he had to split his winnings with our good friend Don (having just made a deal as both were in the final 10). He grumbled way too much, however, when I asked for my 10% cut (a deal he set last year when I won).

    The second tourney was limit and none of our group cashed. That evening, I found the Omaha Eight 4-8 game; I closed the room that night and had my only winning session (bad run all week). The third day we reached Acapulco where we took a private tour arranged by our friends Don & Ann from Chicago and ran into Card Players at every stop. We enjoyed having dinner overlooking the cliff divers then headed back to the ship for more poker!

    Zihuanteneo/Ixtapa was beautiful. We found a remote site on Ixtapa Island where I snorkeled and Ken rode a jet ski then both sipped cervezas on a white sand beach. I found Manzanillo, an international port with shipping containers everywhere, depressing. Two of the dealers and their friends reported being taken up into the mountains against their wishes by taxi drivers and extorted out of $25 each for their return. We were also conned into paying double our negotiated cab fare---be warned! Our ever cheerful new friends, Pat & Don, thought the shopping village was charming and reminded them of Spain. I did find a bright orange dress to where to formal night. Neon!

    The sixth day we were at sea again, heading back to San Diego. This was the PSO live tour event with one 250 seat for the 2006 Grand Final. Zeroth (Tim), our PSO contact told us there were only 14 PSO players in this last-in competition. This was a $150 NLHE tourney with about 160 players. This one cost me $15 per minute as I went out with pocket J’s early. IBPatty took the title for the second year in a row! Gippetto (Ann) and Speigel (Ruth) also failed to cash.

    This sixth night Ken hit a Royal at video poker for $4000 in the casino and knew where to find me to pay off my 10% cut. He was now calling me an OMAHOLIC. I further spiraled out of control that night when some fellow degenerates started up a game of 4-8 HORSE (hold em, omaha eight, razz, 7 stud, stud eight or better). Things got even raunchier when we morphed into PORSE (crazy pineapple leads off). This is 3 card hold em where you drop a card after the flop and a bet. This debauchery continued on the seventh day with the same fun group of players.

    I really miss my HORSE friends and also enjoyed knowing Ruth & Hugh, Pat & Don, Rosey & Lyn, Don, Russ the gold miner, Tim, the dealers and managers, and all the other players. We look forward to next year’s December trip (Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerta Vallarta) on the more elegant Holland America’s ms Oosterdam and hope to convince some of our poker friends in Chicago to join in. Next year I want to spell things right and play PORSCHE (pineapple, omaha high, razz, stud, crazy pineapple, holdem, omaha eight); now that’s poker!

    Hopefully, PSO, will continue to grow and add to the fun by keeping this a Live Tour Event. If you love poker people, this is for you!

  • #2
    Sounds like a great time Kathy!


    • #3
      Great trip report!

      I saw that your husband hit a RF playing VP. My wife plays VP exclusively (and extensively - like 10 hours a day). Do you happen to remember the paytables? Anything close to full-pay? Any progressives?

      One of her hesitations to take a cruise is being sentenced to playing VP with "indian casino" paytables.





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