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Africa The Latest Nation To Receive WSOP Tour Stop

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The World Series of Poker is preparing for another successful run in Las Vegas this summer. While the US events are big, the WSOP is always trying to expand their brand, and on Monday they did that in a big way.

The WSOP announced on Monday that they will be bringing a tour stop to Africa for the first time ever. The stop will be in South Africa, and two tournaments will be offered, with the intent on finding another market for the game of poker.

The Emerald Resort and Casino in South Africa will be the host to a $5,000 buy-in, No-Limit Hold'em tournament with a maximum of 500 players. The casino will also host a second tournament, a $1,100 buy-in, Pot-Limit Omaha event.

"Poker has, over the past half-decade, accelerated in popularity," said Martin Reese, CEO of Emerald Resort and Casino. "Our Emerald Poker Series, and its growing fields, is testament to the unlimited success of the sport. It was only natural to follow up on its popularity with the greatest tournament on the planet."

The WSOP has spent the past several years expanding their global reach. Tournaments are help all across the world, with professional players traveling to play in some of the prestigious events.

The announcement comes at a time when the WSOP is again readying to take over Las Vegas. Dozens of events will be played in Sin City, with thousands of players, both amateur and pro, vying for the millions of dollars and WSOP bracelets that will be awarded to winners.

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