Five years after Australia's Con Tsapkounis lifted the trophy at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, the PokerNews Cup gets ready to head to Europe for a weekend full of poker and surprises.
Scheduled to run from October 9–12, 2014, the PokerNews Cup will be held at the Montesino Pokertainment Centre in Vienna, Austria, a top location that will allow everyone to enjoy the events on the schedule and at the same time discover one of Europe's most charming capital cities.
The 2014 edition of PokerNews' own live poker series aims to repeat the success of the past years, when players such as World Series of Poker bracelet winners Jeff Lisandro and Mark Vos, and poker legend Tony G joined hundreds of other players bringing fun and professionalism to the event.
Featuring a €75,000 guaranteed main event, an €8,000 guaranteed second-chance tournament, and a calendar full of extra activities, the PokerNews Cup is definitely going to be a must for many loyal PokerNews readers and a great number of recreational players looking for a fun and lucrative event to put into their calendar.
To convince you join us for this new and challenging event, we have put together a short list of the three reasons that we believe are going to make this year's PokerNews Cup an event worth being a part of.
1. Bang for Your Buck
Traditionally, the best part of the PokerNews Cup has always been that it has allowed everyone to be part of the action — no matter how big or small their bankroll.
For one, the large number of online qualifiers running on several different poker rooms offers you the chance to qualify for close to nothing, so joining the action by paying the full buy-in is really something that anyone could do.
The fact that the €75,000 guaranteed main event comes with a €250 buy-in and the €8,000 guaranteed second-chance event costs only €75 to get in, these two events represent a great opportunity for many players to finally go for a rather painless debut in the live poker scene.
The clear focus on recreational players of these low buy-in events included in the schedule also means that most of those who will participate will do so to both play poker and enjoy the social side of the game. In other words, this means that with a minimum investment, you will be able to enjoy the very best the game has to offer in both action and entertainment. Can you really pass on that?
2. Montesino Casino Brings the Fun Back to Poker
As if a top poker room full of recreational players wasn't already enough to guarantee that informal and fun atmosphere we all love to see at the poker tables, the venue chosen for the event promises to make this PokerNews Cup one to remember.
Conveniently located only a few minutes by subway from the very center of Vienna, the Montesino Pokertainment Centre is in fact the ideal place for an event like this one — as it combines a top-level poker room chosen by mainstream events like the World Poker Tour, with a popular sports bar, acclaimed restaurant, and many other opportunities to have fun.
Even if the fun schedule is currently in the making, the challenging kart race set to start on Friday, Sept. 10, the pool tournaments, or the table-tennis competitions that will soon be announced are bound to keep you so busy that you will forget about your worst bad beat.
Remember, if the reason we all love live poker is because that's where the real fun is, there is no way you should steer away from the PokerNews Cup, because this time we are adding something very special to the fun you are used to find at the tables.
3. Vienna is a True European Gem
As of right now, the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour do not have a stop in Vienna scheduled, and that means the PokerNews Cup is by far your best option to discover Austria's capital while attending a poker event.
This elegant and vibrant city located on the banks of the Danube river is considered to be one of the most romantic spots in the whole continent and offers its visitors the possibility to enjoy a very unique combination of impressive architecture and amazing culture.
Home of authentic geniuses such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Johann Strauss, today's Vienna is a mixture of the grandeur of its past and the lively cultural life that animates its streets and the hundreds of picturesque corner cafes that probably define it more than anything else.
Whether you will choose to leave the casino for an evening at the world-famous opera house, for a visit at the majestic Schönbrunn Palace, a dive back to the heart of Europe's modern history at Vienna's imperial palace, or you will simply choose to go for a stroll around the city's popular Ringstrasse, you can be sure that you will not be disappointed.
The PokerNews Cup is going to be back from October 9–12, 2014 with a €75,000 guaranteed main event with a €250 buy-in, so don't miss out!
For more information about the event, the online qualifiers, and the full program, visit the official website of the 2014 PokerNews Cup.