Cyprus, the Mediterranean island mythology claims is the birthplace of Zefiros, god of wind, will be the latest stop on the World Poker Tour. In an announcement this week, the poker tournament company revealed that it is partnering with Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino on the island to launch WPT Cyprus, which will commence with the Merit Cyprus Classic main event September 6 – 10, 2009.
Players can qualify now for the US$10 000 + US$300 Texas Hold 'em championship through the Merit Texas Hold'em Poker Club or via online satellites offered by event sponsor, Full Tilt Poker . The tournament is expected to be filmed for television distribution in select European markets.
Professional players already confirmed to play in the Merit Cyprus Classic include Antonio "the Magician" Esfandiari, Dan Harrington, Kelly Kim, Howard "the Professor" Lederer, and Huck Seed among others.
"We've proven that we are an organization with international-standard infrastructure in Cyprus," said Grand Casino Club General Manager Aydogan Turay. "Due to the moderate Mediterranean climate and the professional casino staff, we have seen an increase in players coming to Cyprus, despite it being relatively new. We look forward to bringing the WPT to Merit Cove Casino and growing our reputation as a top international casino destination."

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