BALKANPOKERNEWS CHALLENGE May 11-17 2009, Sponsored by Betfair Poker

BALKANPOKERNEWS CHALLENGE May 11-17 2009, Sponsored by Betfair Poker 0001

PokerNews and Betfair Poker are pleased to present the second annual edition of the biggest poker festival in Bulgaria – BALKANPOKERNEWS CHALLENGE 2009! This fantastic series will see some great action at the tables and even more fun as players are invited to get into the Bulgarian spirit with some authentic celebrations.

Things will kick off at the 5* Grand Hotel & Casino International, where BG.PokerNews.com and Betfair Poker are pleased to invite all of the Main Event players to a special traditional Bulgarian party with national folklore performances and roasted lamb for dinner. It will be a spectacular night and we all are looking forward to enjoying it.

Players don't want to miss this fun party (May 13) right before the Main Event!

There's more to it and we'll make sure you enjoy your stay at our Golden Sands resort. Festivities will start even earlier with the hunt for seats in the May 12 Super Satellite, which is going to transform into a real sea battle. It's very simple – you bust – you fight again. But this time in a real sea battle – or let's just call it Pirate Party. This will be the time to chase them all and seek revenge. Just get yourself a robe (well, raincoat will do the job as well), and fight them back for all this chips you lost. No arms of course, just lots of paint and fun.

Back to the festival, everyone's invited to the Main Event on May 14, for the first starting day of the event. As always, it's better to choose your starting day in advance and rest assured you are going to get a seat no matter what. With 15 poker tables available in the casino it will be a real international event.

Whatever it is, there will be no room for everyone at the top, but fear no drama as a friend is coming here to help. That's right – Betfair Poker is taking care of you again with a relaxing SPA party in the nearby Melia Grand Hermitage. Grand Hotel & Casino

International and Betfair Poker are pleased to set a special party for the sad ones that bust close to the bubble. Everyone busted from the money bubble is going to get a special massage around the pool, in a relaxing chillout atmosphere.

PokerNews is going to be there of course with all the things you should expect to see and get. With Live reporting, interviews, live streaming supported by Sportal TV and all the fun and buzz around the game. This is truly the most recognizable PokerNews event in the region and BG.PokerNews is the proud official media partner and co-organizer of the biggest poker festival in the BALKANS.

Make sure and get yourself a seat soon! We are going to make you part of a great poker event with lots of fun and parties. Be sure that we'll always find a way to pleasantly surprise you at the shores of the Black Sea.

Once again, Grand Hotel & Casino International and BG.PokerNews are looking forward to see you all at BALKANPOKERNEWS CHALLENGE 2009, supported by Betfair Poker.

Here is the festival schedule for your consideration:

Date Event Buy-in / type Starts

11 May Event #1 €50 + 5 /€50 re-buy 12:00

12 May Event #1 €50 + 5 /€50 re-buy Final Table 12:00

12 May Event #2 €50 + 10 /€50 re-buy & 2 add-ons Super satellite 14:00

13 May Event #3 €150 + 15 /€150 1 x re-buy PLO 12:00

14 May Event #4 €750 + 50 Main Event Day 1a 12:00

15 May Event #4 €750 + 50 Main Event Day 1b 12:00

16 May Event #4 €750 + 50 Main Event Day 2 12:00

16 May Event #5 €250 + 20 NLHE Closing Event 18:00

17 May Event #4 €750 + 50 Main Event Final Table 12:00

17 May Event #5 €250 + 20 NLHE Closing Event Final Table 18:00

Guaranteed Prize Pool Event 1 - EUR 10,000

Guaranteed Prize Pool ME - EUR 100,000

Max. players – 300

Players accommodation at the 5* Grand Hotel & Casino International is just €52 a night, and with all the bars, restaurants and resort attractions around you will really love your stay. Transfer from the airport is just €10 a person (please contact us in advance to arrange transfer) and should you need assistance just email us at marketingmanager@hotelcasinointernational.com, Bulgaria@pokernews.com, or call +359 52 357191 or cell +359 888 919329 for more help.

Be there, play poker, have fun and enjoy the festivities of BALKANPOKERNEWS CHALLENGE 2009, supported by Betfair Poker.

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