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Scouting Cyprus

Poker on the shores of the Mediterranean

by Todd Brunson |  Published: Jul 24, 2009


The Merit Casinos group decided to get into poker recently, and when these guys make a decision to do something, they don’t mess around. They brought in experts from the U.S. to train dozens of dealers and put beautiful cardrooms into several of their many locations. If that wasn’t enough, to kick it all off with a bang, they will be hosting a first-ever World Poker Tour (WPT) event in Cyprus. To make sure that things were up to par, as well as to spread the word among Americans, the Merit group flew a group of American poker players over to check things out. I was lucky enough to be among those invited, and was thrilled. I had never been to Greece, Turkey, or Cyprus, so I was killing three birds with one trip. I had no idea how long the trip would take. I thought the days of traveling ...

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