The partypoker World Poker Tour National Cyprus, a part of the WPT National Series, kicked off earlier this week at Noah’s Ark Deluxe Hotel & Casino. The series, which offers a slew of preliminary events with €1 million in guarantees, will culminate from Jan. 23-26 with a €2,000 buy-in €300,000 guarantee Main Event, a tournament the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will capture in full in our live blog.
“Live Events International and Noah’s Ark Deluxe Hotel & Spa are ecstatic to have partnered up with the World Poker Tour to bring the highest level of poker to Cyprus,” said Mike Peltekci, CEO of LIVE Events Inc. “Noah’s Ark is simply the best venue to host poker tournaments on the island. With the partnership of WPT we hope to combine our efforts to bring about the best poker and fun Cyprus has ever experienced. Thank you to Adam Pliska, Hermance Blum, and the WPT Team for making this possible.”
Indeed, this marks the first time the WPT National has visited the Noah’s Ark Deluxe Hotel & Casino, which is a large holiday complex located in the Bafra Tourism Area near Famagusta Bay. In addition to great poker action, the large casino and spa complex, which covers 160,000 square meters including 1,600 square meters of beach, offers plenty of activities. For instance, those staying in the 280-room holiday village have access to their own outdoor pool and snack bar.
“We are pleased to establish our relationship with WPT Company thanks to our engagement with quality enhanced by the partnership with Live Events International,” said Tunc Ertan, CEO of Noah’s Ark Deluxe Hotel & Spa. “Noah’s Ark Deluxe Hotel & Spa wants to be the best venue in Cyprus for poker players, starting from the January event. Everybody is welcome to taste our quality standards.”
The WPT was in Cyprus back in September for the 2014 partypoker World Poker Tour Merit North Cyprus Classic Main Event, a tournament that attracted 404 entries and created a prize pool of $1,486,720. Russia's Alexander Lakhov won that tournament for $325,400, which was especially impressive as two months earlier he won the partypoker WPT National Merit Cyprus Main Event – which attracted 248 entries and created a $631,120 prize pool – for $124,161. Needless to say, Lakhov is a favorite when it comes to Cyrpus events.
Here’s a look at the remaining partypoker WPT National Cyprus schedule:
|Wed, Jan 21||1:00 PM||3||WPT LEI Main Event Day 2||€770||€100,000||25K||40||2 levels Re-Entry|
|Wed, Jan 21||4:00 PM||6||Let's Fly Event - Flight #1||€150||€60,000||10K||15||10 levels Re-Entry; No Breaks|
|Wed, Jan 21||6:00 PM||-||Super Satellite for partypoker WPT National Cyprus Main Event||€440||8 Seats for WPTN ME||10K||20||-|
|Wed, Jan 21||9:00 PM||7||That's Poker CUP||€330||€15,000||20K||20||NLH|
|Wed, Jan 21||9:30 PM||8||LEI Race to a Million High Roller||€3,700+300||€130,000||50K||45||€50,000 First Prize; 6 levels; 8 Max|
|Thu, Jan 22||1:00 PM||3||WPT LEI Main Event Final||-||€100,000||-||60||-|
|Thu, Jan 22||1:00 PM||9||WPT Win The Button||€550||€30,000||30K||30||NLH|
|Thu, Jan 22||4:00 PM||6||Let's Fly Event - Flight #2||€150||€60,000||10K||15||10 levels Re-Entry; No Breaks|
|Thu, Jan 22||6:00 PM||-||Super Satellite for partypoker WPT National Cyprus Main Event||€440||8 Seats for WPTN ME||10K||20||-|
|Thu, Jan 22||9:00 PM||10||Hyper Turbo DeepStack||€550||€20,000||30K||15||NLH|
|Thu, Jan 22||9:30 PM||8||LEI Race to a Million High Roller Final||€3,700+300||€130,000||50K||45||€50,000 First Prize; 8 Max|
|Fri, Jan 23||12:00 PM||-||Satellite to WPT National Cyprus Main Event||€100+20||2 Seats for WPTN ME||3K+3K+6K||7||Rebuy / Addon; Extra 1K Chips Early Reg. (before event starts )|
|Fri, Jan 23||1:00 PM||11||partypoker WPT National Cyprus Main Event Day 1A||€1,800+200||€300,000||30K||45||1 Re-Entry/Day|
|Fri, Jan 23||4:00 PM||6||Let's Fly Event - Flight #3||€150||€60,000||10K||15||10 levels Re-Entry; No Breaks|
|Fri, Jan 23||9:00 PM||12||WPT Monster Stack Turbo||€660||€30,000||50K||15||NLH|
|Sat, Jan 24||12:00 PM||-||Satellite to WPT National Cyprus Main Event||€100+20||2 Seats for WPTN ME||3K+3K+6K||7||Rebuy / Addon; Extra 1K Chips Early Reg. ( before event starts )|
|Sat, Jan 24||1:00 PM||11||partypoker WPT National Cyprus Main Event Day 1B||€1,800+200||€300,000||30K||45||1 Re-Entry/Day|
|Sat, Jan 24||2:00 PM||13||WPT One Day Side Event||€550||€20,000||15K||25||NLH; 8 Max|
|Sat, Jan 24||4:00 PM||6||Let's Fly Event - Flight #4||€150||€60,000||10K||15||10 levels Re-Entry; No Breaks|
|Sat, Jan 24||9:00 PM||14||WPT 50/50 Super K.O.||€700+700 +100||€75,000||20K||25||NLH; €700 Bounty 6 Max|
|Sun, Jan 25||1:00 PM||11||partypoker WPT National Cyprus Main Event Day 2||€1,800+200||€300,000||30K||60||Late Registration close at the end of the first two levels.|
|Sun, Jan 25||4:00 PM||6||Let's Fly Event - Flight #5||€150||€60,000||10K||15||10 levels Re-Entry; No Breaks|
|Sun, Jan 25||8:00 PM||15||WPT Escalator||€880||€40,000||15K||10/30||NLH - Clock escalating 2 min/ level|
|Mon, Jan, 26||1:00 PM||11||partypoker WPT National Cyprus Main Event Final Day||closed||€300,000||-||60||-|
|Mon, Jan 26||1:00 PM||17||Let's Fly Event - Combined Flights||€66||€60,000||50K||30||All flights combined|
|Mon, Jan 26||6:00 PM||16||WPT Last Chance Turbo||€550||€25,000||30K||15||NLH|
For more information, head on over to worldpokertour.com.
*Lead photo courtesy of WPT.