From September 1-11, the World Poker Tour will head to the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino for the partypoker WPT Merit Classic North Cyprus, a festival that will culminate with a $1 million guarantee, $4,400 buy-in Main Event.
Furthermore, PokerNews is proud to announce that from Sept. 5-10 our PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to bring our readers all the action from the Main Event.
"PokerNews is extremely excited to covering World Poker Tour Cyprus, and looks forward to once again working in partnership with the WPT, partypoker, and Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino," said PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters. "North Cyprus is one of the most spectacular places in the world to host a poker tournament — the Merit Crystal Cove resort is beautiful. Combine the location and venue with a premier WPT event that boasts a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and you’ve got a recipe for success. This is definitely an event all poker players do not want to miss."
In August of last year, the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic attracted 262 players and featured a $1 million prize pool. Russian businessman Alexey Rybin emerged victorious in that tournament and took home a first-place prize of $258,000, which included a $25,000 seat into the WPT Championship. Others who cashed in last year’s event included Manig Loeser (23rd - $9,115), Erwann Pecheux (21st - $10,150), and Sergey Rybachenko (5th - $56,600), just to name a few.
For those interested in the festival, partypoker is giving players the chance to qualify for the WPT Merit Classic North Cyprus on Sunday, August 17 through a $500 buy-in satellite at 15:20 ET. A WPT North Cyprus package worth $6,500 will be up for grabs, which includes the $4,400 buy-in to the Main Event, $1,300 hotel and hospitality at the five-star Merit Park Hotel, and $800 travel and spending money. Players can also get into that tournament for free via daily WPT North Cyprus Freerolls or by jumping into a $50 satellite qualifier. For more information visit partypoker.com.
For more information, including the entire partypoker WPT Merit Classic North Cyprus schedule, head over to WorldPokerTour.com's event page.