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PokerNews Cup Coming to Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party Aug. 29

Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party

Following a successful June event at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, the PokerNews Cup is back, this time a $550 buy-in series opener August 29 at the Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party.

The tournament, hosted at the Merit Royal Diamond hotel in Cyprus, features a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool and runs until only one player has all the chips on September 1. There will be three Day 1 starting flights, the first on August 29 at noon, the second on August 30 at noon, and the third, a turbo flight, on August 30 at 8 p.m.

Players will start with 30,000 chips and play 40-minute blind levels. Day 2 is scheduled for August 31 at noon, the same time the final day will begin.

PokerNews is excited to be a part of the upcoming Mediterranean Poker Party, which includes 16 events starting with the PokerNews Cup. The series is highlighted by the Main Event, a $5,300 buy-in Main Event, a $5 million guaranteed tournament, starting September 3.

Various hotel and tournament packages for the Mediterranean Poker Party can be purchased using Luxon Pay, a multi-currency e-wallet. There are six Luxon Pay packages available (view here), all offering discounts when buying tournament entries and hotel rooms together.

History of the PokerNews Cup

In June, Gary Gelman won the largest PokerNews Cup in history for $202,725, beating out 1,245 entrants at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. The $1 million guarantee was easily surpassed as the prize pool cracked the $1.2 million mark, largest ever in PokerNews Cup history.

Gary Gelman
Gary Gelman

The first ever PokerNews Cup was held in 2007 in Australia, an A$2,800 buy-in tournament that attracted an impressive 428 entries. Dory Zayner came out victorious, claiming $266,959 (USD) of the $1,066,410 (USD) prize pool.

The upcoming tournament will be the first ever at a Merit Resort hotel. Below is a list of the PokerNews Cup winners to date.

PokerNews Cup Historical Results

 YEAREVENTENTRIESPRIZE POOL (IN USD)WINNERPRIZE (IN USD)
 2007A$2,800 PokerNews Cup Australia428$1,066,410Dory Zayner$266,959
 2008A$2,000 PokerNews Cup Australia410$563,079Nali Kaselias$171,670
 2008$3,353 PokerNews Cup South African Poker Open175$502,233Darren Kramer$140,575
 2009A$2,000 PokerNews Cup Australia381$661,045Con Tsapkounis$140,537
 2009€1,500 PokerNews Cup Alpine (Austria)129$233,585Marc Naalden$63,094
 2015€250 PokerNews Cup King’s Casino Rozvadov689$213,004Daniel Can$17,898
 2016€270 PokerNews Cup King’s Casino Rozvadov1,082$364,833Timur Caglan$67,541
 2016$2,000 PokerNews Cup Borgata120$222,324Ryan Van Sanford$68,676
 2017€225 PokerNews Cup King’s Casino Rozvadov617$234,684Holger Bansner$28,277
 2019€550 PokerNews Cup Kulata Spring141$102,136Panagiotis Panagiotidis$20,708
2021$1,1000 PokerNews Cup Golden Nugget Las Vegas1,245$1,207,650Gary Gelman$202,725 

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