Former NFL star Jevon “The Freak” Kearse has been confirmed to play the 2014 PPC Puerto Plata Poker Open, a nine-event series with a $1,100 Main Event as the grand finale. The PPC Puerto Plata Poker Open — hosted by the PPC Poker Tour (PPC) — will be held at the Coral Reef Casino in the Dominican Republic from April 1st-7th, 2014.
Kearse was selected in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans after previously playing for the Florida Gators as an All-American defensive end. He spent 11 seasons in the league between the Titans and Philadelphia Eagles, during which time he was named to three Pro Bowls. Kearse picked up the nickname "The Freak" after being clocked at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recording a 38-inch vertical leap and his 86-inch wingspan.
“Like Aruba, Puerto Plata fits right in line with the ultimate ‘Poker-cation.’ Seven days of great poker, incredible beaches, food and nightlife,” said PPC Commissioner Sandy Swartzbaugh. “Over 50 bars & restaurants within a three-mile radius gives the area a feel of Key West. Everything is within walking distance and all events will start at 3 p.m. giving players time to enjoy everything the Dominican Republic has to offer."
“We reached out to the PPC Poker Tour after we saw the success of their event in Aruba. Puerto Plata is already one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Adding the PPC Poker Tour for years to come will only add to what the area has to offer. Our poker players are very excited to have a large-scale series coming to Puerto Plata," added, Jesus Rafael Cabrera, Managing Director at Coral Reef Casino.
Located on the northern coast of the Caribbean island of Hispanola. Puerto Plata is a fantastic addition to everyone's travel plans. Its beautiful stretches of pristine beaches, lush green valleys, and a chain of majestic coastal mountains makes it a must-visit poker destination. The island is filled with Latin American culture, incredible natural beauty, and the generosity and kindness of the island people.
The 2014 PPC Puerto Plata schedule:
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