Online crusher Joao Simao is the latest stellar name to confirm they’re jetting off to Punta Cana in November to play in the Caribbean Poker Party so we thought we’d tell you a little bit about one of Brazil’s top poker players.

Simao is a huge winner in online poker tournaments; he is one of the most-feared and respected online poker pros of his generation. With more than $4.5 million in winnings, including almost $350,000 from tournaments held at partypoker where Simao playes as “joaosimaobh,” Simao has been ranked as highly as number one in the world by PocketFives, and is currently ranked sixth in the worldwide standings.

The Brazilian is no slouch when it comes to live poker tournaments where he has already amassed winnings just shy of $530,000. Simao’s largest cash weighs in at R$191,600 ($85,364), which was his reward for being runner-up in a R$10,000 High Roller event at the Brazilian Series Of Poker in Sao Paulo during June 2014.

Simao will join the likes of Igor Kurganov, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Daniel “jungleman” Cates, Marcel Luske, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and scores of partypoker qualifiers at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, all vying for a share of the $2 million guaranteed prize pool on offer in the partypoker Million tournament.

You too could be heading for some poker and fun in the sun by winning your way to the Caribbean Poker Party.

Satellites for Live Event Tickets run throughout the day costing as little as $0.01 meaning even those on the tightest of poker budgets can get in on the action. Once you get to the $109 tickets you can use them to play in a Caribbean Poker Party Phase One tournament where you play for 14 levels, and if you have chips in front of you at the end of the 14th level, you progress to the weekly final where 10 packages worth $8,000 each are guaranteed; you can also buy into this weekly final for $1,050 every Monday from 22:00 CET.

Then there’s the CPP Giveaway promotion where you earn leader board points based on your finishing position in Power Series tournaments costing $109, $530, or $2,600 to enter. Finish in the top 10 of this free leader board and you’ll be awarded a $6,000 package to the Caribbean Poker Party.

If you want a different route to the Caribbean Poker Party, why not try your luck in the special partypoker Million Sit & Go Hero tournaments. These cost $25 to enter and the prize pool is either a $55, $109, or $1,050 tournament ticket with the jackpot being an $8,000 Caribbean Poker Party package.

Here’s to seeing you in Punta Cana in November.

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