Carnival to Offer Big Prizes in Casino Tourneys

March 9, 2007
The next high roller on the high seas could be ... wait for it ... you!

Carnival Cruise Lines and the Ocean Players Club, a casino rewards program for cruise passengers, have joined forces to host 20 slot and blackjack tournaments throughout 2007 (next tournament: March 22, slots, Imagination). Total prize money will be more than $100,000.

The tournaments will be held on 19 different three- to eight-day Carnival cruises operating through October 2007. In November, the schedule will culminate in a special "Grand Final Event" aboard the Carnival Freedom, currently the line's newest ship.

Each of the 19 preliminary tournaments offer $5,000 in cash prizes, with a first prize of $2,500 and a complimentary cruise for two on Carnival Freedom's November 12 voyage to participate in the Grand Final Event. There, gamblers will vie for $20,000 in cash prizes for the slot tournament and $10,000 in cash prizes for the blackjack tournament. Entry fees are $50 for the 19 prelim rounds and $100 for the final event.

Participants can check dates and pre-register for the tournament on the Ocean Players Club Web site.

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor