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North Cyprus is going to be the site of the first Event of Season XII of the World Poker Tour, and to celebrate the WPT are rolling the welcome wagon out with $3,000,000 worth of guarantees over the 35 events scheduled. The Festival is due to run between the 12th and the 25 of August

The Main Event of the WPT-Merit Cyprus Classic Festival will have a $1,000,000 guarantee all of it’s own, and with a $4000+$400 buy in and re-entries allowed, it should get somewhere near that size of prizepool.

Also planned is the WPT “Beach Party” and President of Merit Casino, Michael Peltecki is planning to surpass players expectations “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 including; hot buffet in the poker room, cigarettes and cigars, beer, wines, spirits and soft drinks. 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.”

The final table is going to be streamed live, with Poker Legend, Jesse May behind the commentators microphone calling the action. Also planned for the day before the final table is another Big Game. With high stakes players including Sam Trickett, Freddy Deeb, and Tony G are expected, it’s going to be a high octane, highly entertaining session.

These cash games are always good fun, even if the poker isn’t always of the highest calibre, and I have head of a drinking game based upon the number of times Tony G does something outrageous that I really want to try out.

To get you in the mood, the WPT have produced a video, and we’ve brought it out just for you.