WPT® Merit Cyprus Classic Starts World Poker Tour® Season XI With A Bang
WPT returns to the Mediterranean paradise for a $1,000,000 prize guarantee from 4-9 August
London (July 19, 2012) – Jet off to the beautiful Mediterranean paradise of Cyprus and kick off World Poker Tour Season XI in style as the luxurious Merit Crystal Cove Casino and Resort hosts the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic presented by PartyPoker.com. This $4,000 + $400 Main Event runs from 4-9 August and offers a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000. Final Table live stream will start on August 9 at 1pm Cypriot time, an hour ahead CET. With inclusive food and drink provided throughout the event, players will be taken care of like never before on this amazing poker vacation.
Players who want to get an early start on their WPT experience can play in a wide variety of preliminary events, including freeroll and satellite tournaments offering guaranteed seats into the Main Event. Other popular events include the $400,000 guarantee $2,500 + $250 NLH tournament on July 28, the $200,000 guarantee Merit Special Event ($2,000 + $200), and the $75,000 guarantee NLH event with a $300 + $40 buy-in. There will also be a large selection of No-Limit, Omaha, Razz and mixed cash games with limits from $5-$10 to $100-$200.
WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage at the helm the tournament, which is set to attract some of the biggest names on the international poker circuit, including, WPT Season X World Champion and PartyPoker.com Pro Marvin Rettenmaier, the glamorous Kara Scott, Tony G, and WSOP bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche, who considers Cyprus his home town.
These players will also be joined by the beautiful European Royal Flush Girls who will be on hand to add some fun and sexiness to WPT’s much anticipated beach party where players can sip on summer cocktails as they watch the sun set on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea or jump into a game of beach volleyball or beach soccer.
Away from the poker tables, there is plenty of action to be had at the nearby 18-hole Korineum Golf Course offering 65 hectares of pure natural Olive and Carob tree scrub land and spectacular sea and mountain views from every hole. Players who are around on the 3 August may be lucky enough to catch Tournament Director Matt Savage on the greens and can challenge him to a hole or two. Players wishing to participate in Matt Savage's golf challenge should contact WPT [email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org] as space is limited. For players not interested in spending time on the links, the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel Spa offers plenty of other relaxing experiences, with a range of treatments and facilities guaranteed to suit every player’s need.
Golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters aside, Cyprus is an island of great variety with a wealth of entertainment options to enjoy. Cultural experiences include some of the island’s historic landmarks, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Asinou Church, the Kourin Archaeological Site, and the Choiroitia Neolithis Settlement – one of the oldest settlements in the Mediterranean. Cyprus is also an island famous for its nightlife, with international DJs playing at the nearby clubs in Ayai Napa, putting its summer parties on par with world renowned destinations like Ibiza and Mykonos.
Attached to the casino, the five-star Merit Crystal Cove Hotel is offering rooms from $228 and the nearby five-star Mercure hotel offers a free shuttle service to the casino with rooms from $182 a night. Players can visit www.WPTRegistrations.com to buy in direct and book their package. Shuttles will be available at Larnaca airport, which is only an hour drive away from the casino and the beach.
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