The long-anticipated Caribbean Poker Party on PartyPoker is live, with more than 10 action-packed events and $30 million in guaranteed prizes.
Satellite games are running 24/7, offering players the chance at a life-changing win at all hours of the day or night. Best of all, players can buy into satellite games for as little as $0.01 to get a chance at the $5,300 Caribbean Poker Party Main Event.
Aleksandr Slobodianik Does Exceptionally Well in Satellite Play
Aleksandr Slobodianik of Ukraine was the first satellite player to make it into the Caribbean Poker Party Online Main Event for just $0.01.
Slobodianik plays all of the partypoker small buy-in satellite games, intending to make into not only the Caribbean Poker Party Online, but also the Big Game and Irish Poker Masters as well.
“My bankroll is small, just $100,” he said. “I’ve tried several times with $0.01 since I knew I could win a ticket.”
In the end, Slobodianik was short-stacked with 22 players left at the table, and just 16 guaranteed tickets. Then he played the winning hand.
“It opened up for 2.5 big blinds but I just had 4 big blinds left. So I pushed with pocket nines. He thought for 40 seconds and then folded. In just 10 minutes I was in the money!. I’m happy I accomplished it with a very short stack.”
Between now and the Main Event, Slobodianik says that he’ll work on improving his game; “I would say my level of play is below average, but I’m getting better.”
“The best thing I could do is to hire a coach, but I can’t afford that. Also, some of my issues are certainly psychological. It’s a very expensive tournament, so it’ll be hard not to feel a lot of pressure, but I’ll do my best.”
Slobodianik is studying to become a doctor, and is in his sixth year of college. Over the last few years, he’s played poker for fun. As he prepares for the big challenge later this month, he feels that it’s “a dream come true” to qualify for a PartyPoker tournament such as this.
“I want to thank partypoker for this opportunity. Even a small win could bring me life-changing money. Good luck to everyone and remember that anything is possible.”
Yevhenii Dushko of the Ukraine Also Qualifies
Another Ukrainian player who qualified for the Caribbean Poker Party Online Main Event for $0.01 is Yevhenii Dushko.
He discovered the Caribbean Poker Party through Andrei Kozlenko, a popular Ukrainian poker streamer. It’s only Dushko’s second or third try ever, but he managed to rise up through the satellites to the $5,300 Main Event.
But the path to the Main Event wasn’t easy. At one point, Dushko lost 15 of his 25 big blinds. “That hurt, but I still managed to qualify.”
Dushko usually plays small stakes online poker tournaments, but sometimes takes a seat in satellites.
This will be Dushko’s biggest money tournament ever. “It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “It’s good to try and qualify for the big events. Wish me luck at the tables!”
More Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Satellites
If you want to gain access to the Caribbean Poker Party Main Event, there’s still time to get into a few satellite games. The tournament runs through November 25. Amazingly, it’s possible to qualify for the Main Event for just one penny. The $0.01 centrolls will award tickets to the $5.50 satellites. In turn, those feed into the $55 satellite games, which feed into the $530 Final Phase.
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