PokerNews and Pacific Poker Launch $10,990 in PokerNews Cup Australia Freerolls

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PokerNews and Pacific Poker ( have come together to host $10,990 in freerolls to the coveted 2008 PokerNews Cup Australia (

Pacific Poker ( will run two $5,495 freerolls to the 2008 PokerNews Cup (PNC) Australia ( exclusively for PokerNews players. Qualification is extremely easy and is already underway.

Unlike other freerolls that only award the first place finisher, these offer incredible value to players as prizes are awarded to the top five finishers. The payout structure is as follows:

1st - $5,000 PNC Australia Package
2nd - Entry to 888's Poker Open V Qualifier (worth $330)
3rd-5th - Entry to the next $20,000 Guaranteed Tournament (worth $55)

Interested participants should download Pacific Poker through the special links on PokerNews, open a new account, make a minimum deposit and accumulate 85 Player Points. Each freeroll is assigned with a specific qualification window to earn these points:

$5,495 PNC Australia Freeroll - Pacific Poker
Saturday August 16 at 19:30 GMT - Earn 85 Player Points from August 1-13

$5,495 PNC Australia Freeroll - Pacific Poker
Saturday August 30 at 19:30 GMT - Earn 85 Player Points from August 14-27

Qualified players can commence registration 24 hours after the qualification windows close. Players will also receive a notification email from 888 as a reminder to register for the freeroll. This promotion applies to existing Pacific Poker account holders, but only if you originally signed up via PokerNews and have taken the time to complete all other entry requirements.

The anticipated 2008 PNC Australia will be hosted by Crown Casino in Melbourne and is expected to attract players from all across the world. The tournament will run from October 12-20 and will feature a $250k guaranteed Main Event.

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PokerNews Ltd incorporates which is considered to be the independent online poker authority, having been picked by Forbes as "Best of Web" for the Poker category. PokerNews features daily news, reviews of the major poker rooms, special bonuses and freerolls, and is available in over 30 different languages. PokerNews has recently branched out into tournament reporting and was named as the exclusive live update and chip count provider for the 2007 & 2008 World Series of Poker, as well as being the official media partner of the Aussie Millions.

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