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St. Maarten Deals A Good Hand; Hosts 2009 Poker Tournament At Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino

Event Taking Place Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2009; Visit to Register

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Oct. 8, 2009) - Visitors to St. Maarten enjoy endless day and nighttime diversions, but poker enthusiasts will be hoping for some "Lady Luck" later this month when the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino hosts the annual St. Maarten Open poker tournament Oct. 30 - Nov. 8, 2009. The resort's Casino Royale will raise its stakes to crown the "No Limit Hold'em" poker champion. Additionally, the resort is offering special room rates of $112 per room, per night to tournament players.

The St. Maarten Open poker tournament is organized by TK Poker events. Tournament play begins Oct. 30 at the Casino Royale, with the $3,000 buy-in main event heating up on Nov. 5. The St. Maarten Open champion will be named on Nov. 8, 2009.

Buy-in for the St. Maarten Open begins at $200 per person. To register for the tournament, please visit or email:

Casino Royale in St. Maarten rolls out the red carpet as the island's largest and most thrilling casino destination. Steps from Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, Casino Royale features more than 20,000 square-feet of gaming with 400 slot machines and 30 tables of gaming, including roulette (American and French), craps, blackjack, baccarat and poker (Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Caribbean Poker and Texas Hold'em).

Room rates for St. Maarten Open players at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino begin at $112 per room, per night. Rates are based on double occupancy and subject to 21% tax and surcharges. For more information on the resort, visit or call 1-800-223-0757.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is truly a unique island in several ways. It is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. St. Maarten is also the culinary capital of the Caribbean with an eclectic array of elegantly-perfected culinary fusion that keeps “food lovers” returning each year. And with more than 300 restaurants, the island has something for everyone.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions including the vastly abundant treasure of rare animal and plant species at the St. Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden. The historically-pivotal Fort Amsterdam, the St. Maarten Museum and the picturesque and symbolic Mount Concordia, where a treaty and harmonious peace was forged between the island’s two cultures more then 350 years ago, provide other unique attractions.

The Dutch capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping and a bustling city atmosphere in the heart of the Caribbean, while nightlife activities provide endless entertainment at the island’s 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs. For water enthusiasts scuba diving and snorkeling facilities are located throughout the island, which boasts a wide array of marine biodiversity and unique underwater dive sites such as the H.M.S. Proselyte, a notable British frigate which sank in St. Maarten’s waters in 1801.

Accommodations are varied with many designed to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning traveler and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten from a number of U.S. and Canadian cities as well as Europe, South America and the Caribbean.