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Season XII of the World Poker Tour Kicks Off in Cyprus on August 12

  • Donnie PetersDonnie Peters

Season XII of the World Poker Tour kicks off August 12, 2013 at the luxurious five star Merit Crystal Cove Casino and Resort, North Cyprus. For two weeks, the resort will play host 35 exciting events that boast $3,000,000 in combined guarantees.

The $4,400 Main Event begins Friday, August 16. The event has a $1,000,000 guarantee on the prize pool and will be covered by PokerNews, the global leaders in tournament reporting. The Main Event will feature starting stacks of 30,000 tournament chips, 60-minute blind levels and a re-entry option.

"The casino resort is a unique location offering the full holiday package with intense poker action, round-the-clock cash games and 24/7 all-inclusive treatment includinga hot buffet in the poker room, cigarettes and cigars, beer, wines, spirits and soft drinks." commented Michael Peltekci, President of Merit Casino. "We will be throwing the eagerly awaited WPT players beach party. Last year’s party was the finest in poker history. We know we have high expectations to live up to, and we will not disappoint.”

Among the 35 events on the schedule are a few highlights. The $2,200 WPT Big Stack Challenge starts on Sunday, August 18 and has a $100,000 guarantee, and the $10,000 WPT High Roller with a $400,000 guarantee takes place starting on Monday, August 19. You can view the entire bwin WPT Merit Cyprus Classic schedule by clicking here.

Furthermore, the Big Game will be making its debut in Cyprus. This event features a 12-hour, high-stakes, televised cash game and will attract some marquee poker names. Of those expected to be in attendance are Sam Trickett, Freddy Deeb and Tony G. This event begins on Thursday, August 15.

For more information on the festival, please head to the tournament's website.

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