Texas Hold'em floats to tiny Pacific island

The organizer of the 2007 Asia Pacific Poker Championship (APPC) says now is a great time to "rediscover" the Northern Mariana Islands. For most, it'll be just a "discovery," with the tiny island of Tinian set to host the biggest tournament ever in the Western Pacific and send a lot of poker players scrambling for their atlases.

In a press conference Tuesday, David Tydingco, Asia Pacific Poker Championship organizer, announced the details of the 2007 APPC and claimed the May 25-27 tournament to be an important step for the development of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a small set of islands north of Guam.

Set to host is the Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, with a three-day schedule culminating in a Texas Hold'em event boasting a prize pool of at least $100,000 and a buy-in to the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Entry fee for the tournament is $1,500, which includes accommodation for three nights at the Tinian Dynasty, ground transportation, a welcome reception, the buy-in for the tournament, and $5,000 in tournament play chips.

The APPC champion will also receive an official APPC bracelet and airfare and entry to the WSOP in Las Vegas.

For more details, visit www.asiapacificpokerchampionship.net.

Editor's Note: CNMI is located in the South Pacific Ocean about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. An island territory, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is joined in a political union with the United States and retains an independent government and constitution. The territory consists of 14 different islands, of which Saipan, Rota, and Tinian are the largest. As of July, 2005, its population was counted at 80,362.

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