The PokerNews Cup is not just about a tournament that was played down in Melbourne Australia over this last week, it's about an idea, an idea to allow players to play continual free rolls through fantastic sign-up deals provided by PokerWorks, in an exclusive partnership with PokerNews. The idea is to bring in as many players as possible, from around the world, and send them to live tournaments by qualifying through free rolls. The PokerNews Cup was the first stop on the map. Next stop? PokerNews South Africa.
The PokerNews Cup was a huge success, providing numerous tournaments throughout its run, with a variety of buy-ins and games, live reporting, and unlimited fun and challenges provided in $50K sit-n-go's. No one had to leap off of a tower, or fight through a den of lions, or do anything super spectacular other than win a free roll and get ready to play the game. Sure, you could just buy in to the events, but why do that when all those free rolls are being provided?
The PokerNews Cup Main Event finished today and closed a page in poker history. Eight players started the day and when two players were eliminated, The National Poker League moved in to start filming the play and events of the remaining six. The PokerNews Cup will be broadcast to over half a billion households beginning mid December. Find more info at www.nplworldpoker.com.
The Main Event started with 428 players and played down to 118 players before ending day two. Day two wound down when there were eight players left. Obviously, every one wants to win. Figure that with almost every one coming in on a free roll, they were all winners before they ever took a seat at the tables.
The final hand of play in the Main Event found Ng pushing all-in over the top of a pre-flop raise by Zayner. Ng held . Zayner called the all-in with . Ng had a gutshot draw when the flop came . The peeled off on the turn. The came on the River, leaving Ng with Jack high and second place. Congratulations Dory! What a great coup, the cash, the title, and the winner of the Inaugural PokerNews Cup main event.
The final standings went like this:
1. Dory Zayner (AU $300,000)
2. Kenny Ng ($203,700)
3. Grant Levy ($131,800)
4. John Maver ($95,800)
5. Ozzie Yildiz ($71,900)
6. Jordan Lamberg ($47,900)