Meet Our Team
Tina Napolitano - CEO (Managing Partner)
Tina Napolitano was originally born in London, England and moved with her husband Mark (married for 30 years) and 2 children to America 20 years ago. With a combined entrepreneurial business sense, Tina and her business partner Mark have co-founded many successful companies. From import and export of giftware from China to Europe, to being on the front line of the development and launch of online poker.
Co-founders of PokerPages.com (1st online poker portal with the vision of a player and casino database), PokerSchoolOnline.com (The first online poker educational platform, which is still being run by PokerStars today). They also developed a multi player poker software. With knowledge of business and the poker world it was a perfect fit for them to join with Linda Johnson and Jan Fisher to become the managing partners of Card Player Cruises.
Mark Napolitano - CFO (Managing Partner)
Mark has been in business with his wife Tina for 30 years. With Mark generally focusing on finances and Tina taking more of a managing position they have been fortunate enough to enjoy many successes. For the past 20 years they have been in the poker business. Poker has been Marks passion for over 40 years. He loves travel and hopes to see most of the world before his traveling days are over.
Card Player Cruises is the perfect business!! "I am lucky enough to cruise around the world with my lifetime partner (Tina) and many friends, play poker with an incredible family of cruisers and feed my desire to be successful just one more time in business"
Rita LaFleur - Director of Operations
Rita LaFleur is originally from Seattle, WA. She spent 20 years working in the Washington poker industry before moving to Las Vegas in 2004. Upon moving to Las Vegas, she worked at the Wynn Poker Room as a floor supervisor for one year before being offered a role as Director of Operations at Card Player Cruises, a position she held for ten years. Rita is still employed with Card Player Cruises and holds a great appreciation for the people she works with, the opportunities she has had to cruise around the world, as well as making many new friends. When she is not working Rita loves to spend time with her son, daughter-in-law and three amazing grandchildren. If traveling to visit family isn't possible she spends her time with her brothers (who also live in Las Vegas) and at home caring for her four not-so-amazing dogs.
Joe Napolitano - Business Development Manager
Joe is originally from England but moved to the United States with his family at the age of 10. His hobbies include hiking with his girlfriend and puppies, playing poker, and playing golf. This past year he has become a fan of the NHL and most notably, the Golden Knights.
He played many sports growing up and found a love for boxing, golf, and poker through his teenage years. His work history has been strongly rooted in customer service and he has been involved in several new business ventures including The Melt in California and Rio Nightclub in Austin, Texas.
He lived in several different states before settling in Las Vegas, including Florida and California. Prior to being offered a position with Card Player Cruises, Joe was a traveling poker dealer. He loves to travel and can sometimes be found on the cruises. When he gets a break from the office :-)
"The people that become friends, the friends that become family; That is what makes this more than a job to me"
"From speaking to guests about their cabin arrangements and hearing the excitement in their voices to reading all of the incredible things people have to say in the surveys about their experience onboard - my work revolves around facilitating an amazing time for people that love poker and travel and I couldn't be happier with where I have landed in life"
Tyler Willse - Tournament Director
Tyler is a poker dealer, supervisor, and tournament director who has nearly 10 years of experience in the poker industry and has worked in at least 5 different countries and on cruise ships sailing to 5 different continents.
In 2010 he joined the CardPlayer Cruises team as a dealer and has been a part of the family ever since. Between the customers and co-workers whom he now considers friends, the exciting cities around the world, the poker action, and the buffet, how could he not love coming on the cruises? In addition to his passion for dealing, Tyler has an affinity for exploration. He enjoys immersing himself in new cultures and has been blessed with countless unforgettable experiences over the course of his travels to more than 70 countries. When he is not exploring the world he can usually be found somewhere in the Pacific Northwest where he works at a local poker room. On his rare days off he enjoys various activities such as hiking, scuba diving, playing card games or random sports with friends, and volunteering at his church.
Beverly Thomas - Shift Manager
Beverly is originally from California. In 1987 she relocated to Lake Tahoe (Stateline) Nevada to take a temporary job in the Casino industry. 31 years later she is still at it! Poker became her passion. Opportunities opened that dreams are made of. Her first Card Player Cruises voyage was in 1992. By 2004 they rarely sailed without her. Holding positions of Dealer, Cashier, Office Manager and whatever else that comes up, it has become her family. The Owners, Hosts, Staff and most of all, the friends that cruise with Card Player Cruises have made it possible to travel the world doing what she loves. On land, Beverly, and her husband Daryl, are located just north of Seattle, WA. Beverly works at the Tulalip Casino.