One week after the conclusion of Czech Republic's first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) event, it's again time for a new poker festival at King's Casino in Rozvadov, as the second PokerNews Cup of 2015 gets ready to kick off.
After attracting over 1,550 entries to the Main Event alone back in February, the PokerNews' own live tournament series is back at the largest casino room in Europe for a low buy-in festival that is set to attract players from all over the continent.
Running Nov. 18-23, the festival features an event-heavy schedule that includes 11 different tournaments with buy-ins ranging from €30-€250. The highlight of the series is the €250 Main Event running from Nov. 19-23, where participants will fight for a share of the €200,000 guaranteed prize pool and the title that now sits on the hands of Germany's Kristian Krupp. Krupp who won the past edition for €57,473.
Other marquee events in the schedule include the PokerNews Cup Opening Event, complete with a €20,000 guarantee and accessible for as little as €100 on Nov. 18, the PokerNews €100 Pot-Limit Omaha on Nov. 20 with a €10,000 guarantee, and the closing PokerNews Cooldown running on Nov. 23 with a €5,000 guarantee and an €85 buy-in.
"We are proud to bring the PokerNews Cup back to a prestigious location like King's Casino," the CEO at the iBus Media and PokerNews Jon Squires said. "We are ready to continue our support our players, by giving them the opportunity to get into some great poker action and enjoy a premium live event for the same low buy-in."
According to Squires, the small entry fee is a crucial aspect in the success of the PokerNews Cup, especially as it comes with a six-figure guaranteed prize pool.
"The fact that many players do not want to spend thousands of Euros to play at live events does not mean that they are ready to sit at any low buy-in tournament," Squires continued. "People want competition, professionalism, and value — and this is what everyone who works at the PokerNews Cup is committed to."
Squires' enthusiasm is shared also by the owner of King's Casino, Leon Tsoukernik.
"I am extremely happy to continue working with PokerNews and it's an honor for King's to host the PokerNews Cup for the second time in 2015," said Tsoukernik. "King's and PokerNews are an ideal match because we both strive to make the poker industry grow through excellence. We have proven this in the past, and we have the knowledge and the experience to do even better in the future."
From Wednesday, Nov. 18, the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on the spot to report from the field and let you know everything about the action at King's with live updates, features, and interviews. As usual, the festival will be also a chance for the PokerNews community to get together and share their love for the game.
"Last time I busted on the first day, so I think this time it will be easy for me to do better than that," Czech Republic's Tomas Kadlec explained. "I go to play at King's very often as it's not far from Prague and the action there is just crazy. Should I bust again like last time, I will hit the cash games — maybe I will have more luck there!"
Similarly, Italy's Claudio Varalli will be again in the field to try to best his past results.
"I discovered the PokerNews Cup in 2014 at the Montesino Casino in Wien, and I can't wait to be in Rozvadov for the next one," Varalli told PokerNews. "We are not talking about an EPT nor a WPT, I think people should know that. The PokerNews Cup is about playing poker as much as it is about getting together and having a good time. In other words: it's not about playing against sharks and risking a bankroll in one event. It's about enjoying a poker event.
"I really liked the atmosphere I found at Montesino and I loved the fact that I could play with people from all over the Continent for just €250. That's why I am going back again."
Here is a look at the entire PokerNews Cup schedule:
|Nov. 18||20:00||PokerNews Cup Opening NLH||€20,000||€120|
|Nov. 19||15:00||Mega Satellite to the Main Event||8 seats||€30|
|19:00||Main Event Day 1a||€200,000||€250|
|Nov. 20||13:00||Mega Satellite to the Main Event||8 seats||€35|
|16:00||PokerNews Pot-Limit Omaha 1x Rebuy||€10,000||€100|
|17:00||Main Event Day 1b||€200,000||€250|
|19:00||King's Hold'em Adventure NLH||€10,000||€50|
|Nov. 21||11:00||Turbo Satellite to the Main Event||5 seats||€40|
|14:00||Main Event Day 1c||€200,000||€250|
|17:00||King's Hold'em Championship||€12,000||€60|
|21:00||Main Event Day 1d (turbo)||€200,000||€250|
|23:00||PokerNews King's Deepstack Late Night Turbo||--||€100|
|Nov. 22||14:00||Main Event Day 2||€200,000||--|
|17:00||PokerNews Hunt Bounty||--||€100 + €100 (bounty)|
|Nov. 23||TBD||Main Event Final Day||€200,000||--|
|19:00||PokerNews Cooldown NLH||€5,000||€85|