A Look Back at the 12 PokerNews Cup Champions

A Look Back at the 12 PokerNews Cup Champions

Table Of Contents

  • Dory Zayneh: 2007 PokerNews Cup Australia Champion
  • Darren Kramer: 2008 PokerNews South Africa Open Champion
  • Erich Kollman: 2008 PokerNews Cup Austria Champion
  • Nali Kaselias: 2008 PokerNews Cup Australia Champion
  • Marc Naalden: 2009 PokerNews Cup Alpine Champion
  • Con Tsapkounis: 2009 PokerNews Cup Australia Champion
  • Hanh Tran: 2014 PokerNews Cup Vienna Champion
  • Christian Krupp: 2015 PokerNews Cup Rozvadov Champion
  • Daniel Can: 2015 PokerNews Cup Rozvadov Champion
  • Timur Caglan: 2016 PokerNews Cup Rozvadov Champion
  • Ryan Van Sanford: 2016 PokerNews Cup Borgata Champion
  • Holger Bansner: 2017 PokerNews Cup Rozvadov Champion
  • 2019 PokerNews Cup Kulata Schedule

The 2019 PokerNews Cup is heading to Finix Casino, located on the Greek border in Kulata, Bulgaria on May 9-19. This marks the 13th edition of our exciting and much-anticipated event. Twelve players from around the world can lay claim to being PokerNews Cup champions. Can you remember them all?


Dory Zayneh: 2007 PokerNews Cup Australia Champion

The PokerNews Cup began more than a decade ago with its inaugural event taking place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia in October 2007. A total of 428 entrants ponied up the A$3,000 buy-in to create a prize pool of A$1,198,400 ($1,066,410).

Australia’s Dory Zayneh defeated countrymate Kenny Ng heads up to claim the A$300,000 ($266,959) top prize. More than a decade later, this remains Zayneh’s only live tournament cash, according to The Hendon Mob.

Dory Zayneh
Dory Zayneh


Darren Kramer: 2008 PokerNews South Africa Open Champion

Building upon the success of the inaugural event, the PokerNews Cup headed to three different stops in three different continents the following year in 2008. The first event of 2008 took place at Montecasino in South Africa with 175 entrants buying in for $3,353 to create a $502,233 prize pool.

for $140,575 after beating Chris Convery (second – $95,826) in heads-up play. This was Kramer’s first six-figure cash. He has gone on to notch four more and now has nearly $1.1 million in live tournament cashes, good enough for third place on South Africa’s All-Time Money List, according to The Hendon Mob.

Darren Kramer
Darren Kramer

Erich Kollman: 2008 PokerNews Cup Austria Champion

The PokerNews Cup then headed to Europe for the first time, taking place at Concord Card Casino in Salzburg, Austria with a reduced buy-in of €220. A total of 201 players battled it out for a share of the €120,600 ($192,115) prize pool.

For the third straight PokerNews Cup, the event was won by a local player with Austria’s Erich Kollman claiming the top prize of €31,160 ($49,638).

Kollman has gone on to amass more than $1.73 million in live poker tournament winnings, putting him sixth on Austria’s All-Time Money List.

Erich Kollmann
Erich Kollmann


Nali Kaselias: 2008 PokerNews Cup Australia Champion

During the last stop of 2008, the PokerNews Cup headed back to where it all began – Melbourne. A total of 410 entrants battling it out in the A$2,200 buy-in tournament for a chance to win a share of the A$820,000 ($563,079) prize pool.

The trophy stayed on local soil once again when Australia’s in a big way by winning the event for A$250,000 ($171,670). Kaselias has yet to match this poker success as it remains his largest cash to date.

Nali Kaselias
Nali Kaselias

Marc Naalden: 2009 PokerNews Cup Alpine Champion

The following year, in 2009, the PokerNews Cup headed to two stops with the first taking place at the Alpine Palace Card Casino on the majestic ski resort in Hinterglemm, Austria. The event featured a €1,500 buy-in and the 129-entrant field created a €172,054 ($233,585) prize pool.

For the first time in PokerNews Cup history, the event was won by a foreigner when the Netherlands’ Marc Naalden triumphed for €46,474 ($63,094).

The final table was an international affair with players from eight different nationalities battling it out, showing the PokerNews Cup had truly gone global.

Marc Naalden
Marc Naalden

Con Tsapkounis: 2009 PokerNews Cup Australia Champion

The PokerNews Cup then returned to Melbourne in what would turn out to be the last PokerNews Cup until its return five years later. The A$2,200 event attracted 381 entrants to generate a A$762,000 ($661,045) prize pool.

Australia’s Con Tsapkounis won the tournament for an impressive haul of A$250,000 ($216,878), which still remains his biggest cash to date by far.

Con Tsapkounis
Con Tsapkounis

Hanh Tran: 2014 PokerNews Cup Vienna Champion

The PokerNews Cup made its triumphant return after a five-year break to the Montesino Pokertainment Centre in Vienna when 367 players competed, with 75 rebuys tallied, for a €90,675 ($115,420) prize pool in the €250 buy-in event.

Austria’s for €19,010 ($24,198) after agreeing to a three-way deal at the final table with Austria’s Fabian Gritsch (€12,610; $16,051) and the Czech Republic’s Lubos Trembecki (€10,000; $12,729).

Hanh Tran
Hanh Tran

Christian Krupp: 2015 PokerNews Cup Rozvadov Champion

The following year, the PokerNews Cup returned with a bang to Europe’s largest poker room, King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic which hosted the €250 buy-in Main Event. The €200,000 guarantee was smashed after a massive field of 1,230 entrants bought in and made 235 rebuys. That brought the prize pool grand total up to €310,499 ($355,498).

Germany’s after besting countrymate Torsten Wichtrup in heads-up play to claim the top prize of €57,473 ($65,802) for his biggest live tournament cash.

Christian Krupp
Christian Krupp

Daniel Can: 2015 PokerNews Cup Rozvadov Champion

Ever hear of a nine-way final table deal’s Casino. That’s right, the final table ended before it even began with all nine players agreeing to a deal.

Germany’s and took home the trophy and a prize of €17,105 ($17,898) with the other eight finalists securing payouts of between €9,814 and €16,822.

The €250 buy-in event was also the first in PokerNews Cup history to feature overlay when the 689 entrants and 131 rebuys failed to meet the €200,000 guarantee.

Daniel Can
Daniel Can

Timur Caglan: 2016 PokerNews Cup Rozvadov Champion

For the third stop in a row, the PokerNews Cup was held in Rozvadov for its first stop of 2016. The event was in high demand with 904 entrants and 200 rebuys generating a €235,980 prize pool.

Germany’s for €44,695 ($49,864) after beating Ronny Voth in heads-up play.

Caglan, a regular player at King’s Casino, went on to win a WSOP Circuit ring at the same venue in 2017 for €62,539 ($67,541).

Timur Caglan Wins PokerNews Cup Rozvadov
Timur Caglan

Ryan Van Sanford: 2016 PokerNews Cup Borgata Champion

Later in 2016, the PokerNews Cup switched things up and ventured to Atlantic City, New Jersey for a $2,150 buy-in event as part of the WPT Borgata Poker Open. This marked the first time the festival headed to North America with the event previously taking place only in the continents of Australia, Africa and Europe.

The event attracted 119 entrants to generate a $222,324 prize pool with 18 players cashing for at least $3,492.

It was a tough final table with both Christian Harder and Barry Hutter in contention for the trophy and the $68,676 top prize.

However, it was another notable player in finding gold in the end.

Ryan Van Sanford
Ryan Van Sanford

Holger Bansner: 2017 PokerNews Cup Rozvadov Champion

In 2017, the PokerNews Cup returned to King’s Casino for a fourth time.

It appeared for a while that Caglan would become the first two-time PokerNews Cup champion after having the chip lead when making a four-way deal with Holger Bansner, Benjamin Benoit, and Daniel Novak.

Indeed, Caglan was able to secure the top prize of €28,300 ($33,208) but ultimately finished runner-up to Bansner when the two played for the remaining €2,000 that was reserved for the winner. Instead, Bansner made history himself by winning the event for €24,098 ($28,277).

"I didn’t care much about those €2,000, but I really wanted another trophy," 2016 champion Caglan said after the defeat.

Holger Bansner Wins the 2017 PokerNews Cup Rozvadov
Holger Bansner

With no PokerNews Cup in 2018, the popular event is set to make its 2019 return in Kulata, Bulgaria in May. You can check out the complete PokerNews Cup Kulata schedule below.

2019 PokerNews Cup Kulata Schedule

Date Time # Event Guarantee Buy-in Re-Entry Starting Stack Levels Played until Reg. Closing Level
May 9 7 p.m.   NL Hold’em – Satellite to PNC High Roller 2 seats €120 unl. 15,000 20 min winner 10 levels
  9 p.m. 1 NL Hold’em – Deepstack Turbo   €220 1x 20,000 15 min winner 10 levels
                     
May 10 5 p.m.   NL Holdem – Satellite to PNC High Roller 2 seats €120 unl. 15,000 20 min winner 10 levels
  7 p.m. 2 PL Omaha   €550 unl. 30,000 20 min winner 10 levels
                     
May 11 3 p.m. 3 NL Hold’em   €330 1x 20,000 20 min winner 10 levels
  7 p.m.   NL Hold’em – Satellite to PNC High Roller 2 seats €120 unl. 15,000 20 min winner 10 levels
                     
May 12 2 p.m.   NL Hold’em – Turbo Satellite to PNC High Roller 2 seats €120 unl. 15,000 15 min winner 10 levels
  5 p.m. 4 NL Hold’em – PNC High Roller – Day 1A €100,000 €1,100 2x 100,000 45 min 10 levels 12 levels
  7 p.m. 5 NL Hold’em   €330 1x 20,000 20 min winner 10 levels
                     
May 13 2 p.m.   NL Holdem – Turbo Satellite to PNC High Roller 2 seats €120 unl. 15,000 15 min winner 10 levels
  5 p.m. 4 NL Holdem – PNC High Roller – Day 1B €100,000 €1,100 2x 100,000 45 min 10 levels 12 levels
  7 p.m.   NL Holdem – Turbo Satellite to PNC Main Event 5 seats €60 unl. 15,000 20 min winner 10 levels
                     
May 14 2 p.m.   NL Holdem – Turbo Satellite to PNC High Roller 2 seats €120 unl. 15,000 15 min winner 10 levels
  5 p.m. 4 NL Holdem – PNC High Roller – Day 1C €100,000 €1,100 2x 100,000 45 min winner 12 levels
  7 p.m.   NL Holdem – Turbo Satellite to PNC Main Event 5 seats €60 unl. 15,000 20 min winner 10 levels
  9 p.m. 6 NL Holdem – Turbo   €330 1x 20,000 15 min winner 10 levels
                     
May 15 2 p.m.   NL Hold’em – Satellite to PNC Main Event 5 seats €60 unl. 15,000 15 min winner 10 levels
  3 p.m. 4 NL Hold’em – PNC High Roller – Day 2 €100,000 €1,100 2x 100,000 45 min FT
  6 p.m. 7 NL Hold’em – PNC Main Event – Day 1A €100,000 €550 1x 50,000 30 min ITM 12 levels
  9 p.m. 8 NL Hold’em – Turbo Knockout (€150+€50)   €220 unl. 20,000 15 min winner 10 levels
                     
May 16 1 p.m.   NL Hold’em – Satellite to PNC Main Event 5 seats €60 unl. 15,000 15 min winner 10 levels
  3 p.m. 4 NL Hold’em – PNC High Roller – Final Day €100,000 €1,100 2x 100,000 45 min winner
  4 p.m. 7 NL Hold’em – PNC Main Event – Day 1B €100,000 €550 1x 50,000 30 min ITM 12 levels
  7 p.m.   NL Hold’em – MEGA Satellite to PNC Main Event 10 seats €60 unl. 15,000 15 min winner 10 levels
                     
May 17 1 p.m. 7 NL Hold’em – PNC Main Event – Day 1C €100,000 €550 1x 50,000 30 min ITM 12 levels
  4 p.m. 9 NL Hold’em – Super Turbo Knockout (€50+€150)   €220 unl. 20,000 15 min winner 10 levels
  7 p.m. 7 NL Hold’em – PNC Main Event – Turbo Day 1D €100,000 €550 1x 50,000 15 min ITM 12 levels
                     
May 18 1 p.m. 7 NL Hold’em – PNC Main Event – Day 2 €100,000 €550 40 min FT
  4 p.m. 10 NL Hold’em – Deepstack – Day 1   €220 unl. 50,000 30 min ITM 10 levels
                     
May 19 2 p.m. 7 NL Hold’em – PNC Main Event – Final Day €100,000 €550 40 min winner
  3 p.m. 10 NL Hold’em – Deepstack – Day 2   €220 unl. 50,000 30 min winner 10 levels
  4 p.m. 11 NL Hold’em – Cool Down   €120 unl. 20,000 15 min winner 10 levels

* Schedule subject to change at tournament director’s discretion.

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