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Big guaranteed prize at latest international poker event

Fri, May 17, 2:09pm by Staff Writer

The 13th edition of the PokerNews Cup Main Event is about to begin at Finix Casino with the first of its four opening flights.

Players will be competing for at least a share of the 100,000 euros guaranteed to be on offer, for a buy-in of 550 euros or less if they qualified online or through one of the many 60 euro live satellites running at Finix Casino.

There will be plenty of opportunities for players to build a monster stack starting of with 50,000 in chips and unlimited re-entries permitted during each of the four opening flights on May 15 to 17.

The first three flights, including today’s Day 1a, feature 30-minute blind levels while the final opening flight is a turbo affair with 15-minute blind levels.

The action for each opening flight continues until just 15 per cent of the field remains, at which time all players will already be in the money.

Players that successfully bag chips on day one will battle it out in a deep structure of 40-minute blind levels on May 18 and 19, until a winner is crowned.

The Main Event has a long and storied tradition dating back to 2007, when the festival kicked off at Melbourne’s Crown Casino in Australia.

Dory Zayneh defeated countryman Kenny Ng to win an A$300,000 top prize.

At the last PokerNews Cup at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic in 2017, Germany’s Holger Bansner shipped the Main Event after agreeing to a four-way deal to collect just over 24,000 euros.

Also taking place today is the penultimate day of the PokerNews Cup 1,100 euro High Roller.

A total of 37 players of the original 80 entrant field returned.

That figure will grow with re-entries permitted during the first two blind levels of Day 2, according to Poker News.

Ivan Ivanov kicked off the action in the chip lead after bagging 631,500 in chips.

On his heels are chip leaders from the second day Marcel Galustov with 614,500 chips.

International circuit stops in Morocco

The Es Saadi Marrakech Resort will host the World Series of Poker International Circuit for the second time in the year from June 14th to June 23rd.

Part of the luxurious Moroccan complex, the Casino de Marrakech celebrates with this event its 50th international poker series as well as the 50th anniversary of the most prestigious poker international circuit.

Once again, ten World Series of Poker International Circuit gold rings will be earned by the winners of the ring events.

The Main Event winner and the winner of the ring events leaderboard will qualify for the World Series of Poker Global Casino Championship.

Last year, Sonny Franco won the Marrakech Main Event, earning the grand prize of US$156,862 plus the gold circuit ring.

No fewer than 24 poker tournaments will be held during the upcoming International Circuit stop, starting with the grand opener on June 14.

The highlight of the festival will be the three-day WSOP Circuit Anniversary Main Event for a 1,360 euro buy-in running from June 20-23.

UFC and PokerStars team up

Late last year, there was news that PokerStars was forging a new partnership with the UFC.

On Saturday, the UFC’s “official poker partner” further announced the addition of three PokerStars Ambassadors in “The voice of the Octagon” Bruce Buffer, UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and the number 12 ranked heavyweight Johnny Walker.

The announcement came in the birthplace of the UFC, Rio de Janeiro, during a press conference following the weigh-ins ahead of the UFC237 bout between Namajunas and Andrade.

The event provided a chance for the two powerhouses to celebrate their new partnership, their first co-branded product, UFC Spin & Go’s, as well as look ahead to future products and promotions to come from this collaboration.

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