Biggest poker event in European history?

The Cash

The National Poker League (NPL) isn't shy about its expectations for the first stop on their 2007 Global Circuit Tour, the Paris Open. For one: A €3.5 million prize pool. For two: To be seen in over 500 million households around the world. For three: Just, you know, to become the largest poker event in European history.

So no one can accuse the NPL of aiming low.

The 2007 Paris Open kicks off May 13 at the Cercle Gaillon, and, if the NPL gets its wish, is set to become the premier poker tour stop in all of Europe.

On the agenda: Multiple €4,000+€200 buy-in events from May 13-22, culminating in a power-packed final table comprised of the previous event winners.

Total estimated prize winnings: €3.5 million, with an extra €100,000 popped in by the NPL, just for good measure.

The results will not be lost in the shuffle either, with six one-hour episodes set to air on CBS TV Station Groups, WGN Superstation, France's TF1, Jet Sports, Eurosport and TV Monte Carlo, among others.

VIP charity parties, a players-only lounge and first-class dinners at the Queenie Club are just of few of the perks the NPL is offering players, and land-based satellite qualifiers are being held on a weekly basis with NPL's casino partners.

Among them are the Cercle Gaillon and Aviation Club in France, the Loose Cannon in London, Casino de Marrakech in Morocco and the Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles.

For more details or to pre-register, visit www.nplworldpoker.com or www.cerclegaillon.net.

The rest of the stops on the Global Circuit Tour are the U.K. Open in August, the Asia Open in October and the Vegas Open in November.

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