Poker players who had taken part in the Barcelona leg of the European Poker Tour (EPT), which recently came to an end, are now focusing on the Party Poker World Poker Tour (WPT) Merit Classic North Cyprus, which began on September 1, Monday. The event will be played till September 11, Thursday and is expected to draw a huge crowd of participants.

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The highlight of the event is its Main Event, which has a buy-in of $4,400 and a guaranteed prize of $1,000,000, along with events such as the Merit Poker Cup, which has a buy-in of $1,100 and a guaranteed prize of $125,000, and the high roller tournament, which has a buy-in of $10,500.

Several noted poker pros are taking part in this tournament, and one of them is Sam Trickett, sponsored pro at Everest Poker. Poker players such as James Dempsey, winner of a WSOP bracelet; Toby Lewis, champion of the Vilamoura leg of the European Poker Tour (EPT) 2010; and Steve Watts, winner of the WPT National Marbella, are also taking part in the Main Event.

Watts said: “I can’t wait to go back to Cyprus. My mum lives next door to the hotel, and all my great memories as a young man on lads holidays there were amazing.” According to Watts, poker players should not miss the WPT Cyprus because it combines an excellent organization, great location, and entertaining poker tournaments. He further said: “The weather is always great. Plus all the WPT staff are always so accommodating, and make it a really fun tour stop. I can’t wait to get there and, please, let me final Table another WPT.”

The Royal Flush Girls will also maintain the tradition of visiting Cyprus to take part in all the WPT parties, events, and activities. Telling PokerNews that she could not wait, Violet Dillon said that she is excited to return to one of her most favorite casinos. Ercan, another member of the Royal Flush Girls, said that she is excited as she is going to Cyprus for the first time. Stating that she can speak Turkish as she was born in Turkey, she said that she is looking forward to interacting with the local poker players.

A team from PokerStars will be in Cyprus from September 5 – 10 to provide live coverage of the Main Event and all activities associated with it. Those interested simply have to stay tuned.