It's here! The final episode of the Living the Dream: Punta Cana Poker Classic 2016 has launched and may be viewed at the sponsor site, America's Cardroom. In this fifth installment, players will have the opportunity to hear about what it was like for the players to participate in their first live tournament overseas.
Series host, and ‘The Gamblogger,' Larry Colcy, commented 'There's lot of money to be won at a tournament like this, and that attracts lots of professional players. I've seen the homeless millionaire, Faraz Jaka, Twitch poker wiz Doug Polk, and Josh Beckley, the second place finisher in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event here. But there's also a lot of players here that have never been out of America, never mind compete in a big tournament like this! They've won their way here in online tournaments and are having the time of their lives!'
Newcomer, Scott McKenzie, from California, added, 'It's been great, you can't beat it! For just $50 I won a $4900 package playing The Beast one Sunday at Americas Cardroom. I cashed out my buy-in and hit forty-first place, so it's just been a great overall experience. This is my first big tournament so I was really nervous. Everyone told me I was playing way too tight -- but I think that's a great thing to hear from the best in the world!'
McKenzie continued, 'Anyone can do it! If I'm here, I'm living proof. It's a great time - you've got to come!'
Husband and wife pair, John and Raquel from Pittsburgh, also shared their thoughts on competing for the first time.
'I played a tournament on ACR, The Beast. Every Sunday, for $50, you've got a chance to win it. I figured, let's give it a shot,' said John.
He added, 'This is a once in a lifetime experience. I've always wanted to go somewhere to play a big tournament like this. I wasn't thinking here though! I was thinking maybe Denver or somewhere like that. This is just out of the world for me!
His wife also commented, 'I actually got into the Caribbean ocean! All the way up to my chin - that's a first for me!"
Players had a chance at a prize pool of more than $700,000 and the overall winner was Eduards Kudrjavcevs, from Latvia. He walked away with a win of $143,675.
View the final episode here.