NPL debut expected to be biggest European event yet

The Paris Open at the Cercle Gaillon Casino in France will kick off the 2007 Global Circuit Tour for the National Poker League (NPL). The event is expected to break records for poker events in Europe.

According to a press release from the NPL, the Paris event is expected to reach Europe's highest attendance and prize pool for a poker tournament. NPL has extensively grown its member base and media exposure since it was created two years ago.

The Global Circuit Tour will include four televised World Cups. The first is the Paris Open, followed by the U.K. Open in August, the Asia Open in October, and the Vegas Open in November.

"NPL is not an American or European Tour; it's a true worldwide poker circuit open to everyone," said Edna Dalton, NPL vice president of poker operations.

The tour will be produced entirely in high definition and each stop on the tour will result in six one hour episodes.

The episodes will be aired on INHD Network and in standard definition in U.S. markets. NPL has the potential to reach more than 100 million households.

"NPL wants to redefine the tour. As a strong advocate of poker, we feel it's no longer a game but an established sport," Dalton said.

Poker players interested in participating in the Paris Open can sign up at or at the Cercle Gaillon.

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