From April 1-7, 2014, the PPC Poker Tour (PPC) will host the 2014 PPC Puerto Plata Poker Open, a nine-event series culminating in a $1,100 Main Event, at the Coral Reef Casino in the Dominican Republic. What’s more, former NFL star Jevon “The Freak” Kearse is confirmed to play.
Kearse was an All-American defensive end for the Florida Gators before being selected in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. He spent 11 seasons in the league between the Titans and Philadelphia Eagles, during which time he was named to three Pro Bowls. After being clocked at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recording a 38-inch vertical leap coupled with his 86-inch wingspan, Kearse earned the nickname “The Freak.”
“Like Aruba, Puerto Plata fits right in line with the ultimate ‘Poker-cation.’ Seven days of great poker, incredible beaches, food and nightlife,” said PPC Commissioner Sandy Swartzbaugh. “Over 50 bars & restaurants within a three-mile radius gives the area a feel of Key West. Everything is within walking distance and all events will start at 3 p.m. giving players time to enjoy everything the Dominican Republic has to offer."
Jesus Rafael Cabrera, Managing Director at Coral Reef Casino, added: “We reached out to the PPC Poker Tour after we saw the success of their event in Aruba. Puerto Plata is already one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Adding the PPC Poker Tour for years to come will only add to what the area has to offer. Our poker players are very excited to have a large-scale series coming to Puerto Plata."
Puerto Plata is located on the northern coast of the Caribbean island of Hispanola. Puerto Plata is blessed with beautiful stretches of pristine beaches, lush green valleys and a chain of majestic coastal mountains. The island has continued to captivate visitors from around the world with an intoxicating potion of Latin American culture, incredible natural beauty and the extraordinary kindness of its people.
Here’s a look at the 2014 PPC Puerto Plata schedule:
For more information head on over to PPCPokerTour.com.
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