Dusk Till Dawn is celebrating its fifth birthday by organizing its first tournament outside the UK on the Caribbean island of St Kitts. The Caribbean Poker Party got underway on November 20 and runs for a whole week until its conclusion on November 27. Satellites have been running since the beginning of October and it was hoped this would see the attendees reach anywhere between 250-300 players – and that’s just the $3k buy-in Main Event. The reality is a number that’s half or even as little as a third of that and it’s left 2+2 posters chirping about a prize pool that still hasn’t been revealed.
In terms of who’s behind the tournament apart from DTD, looking on their site shows the online poker networks supporting it are ParadisePoker, PokerHeaven, bet-at-home, redbet, InterPoker, FortunePoker, MermaidPoker, and VirginPoker. The eagle-eyed among you will notice these are all on the International Poker Network and it doesn’t end there either. TK Poker Events are helping to put the whole thing together, which is run by Austrian tournament director Thomas Kremser. Up until Black Friday the company organized the European Poker Tour (EPT) in conjunction with PokerStars and severed ties “to explore new adventures”. Kremser has worked his magic on the World Poker Tour as well as the EPT and many others so his pedigree in this field is undoubted. His latest decision to take a poker tour to St Kitts is risky to say the leasy
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The choice of St Kitts is a weird one purely because it’s not your usual poker pro destination. Gone are the glitzy clubs and copious amounts of alcohol-fuelled parties that populate the likes of London, Vegas and Cannes. In their place are all those things you expect from a white trash honeymoon location and we can’t expect poker players will be in particular favor of a romantic bareback horse-ride along the beach even if they have rinsed the free bar.
The lingering worries surrounding this event look to have already affected the attendance numbers and if the prize pool is low then Kremser’s reputation might be on the line. His history of organizing some of the world’s largest tournaments could see him through and if anyone knows how to get this thing off the ground then Kremser could be the man. Whether this happens without the players and the prize pool though, remains to be seen.