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Salzburg Poker Cup 2008

The Hills are Alive with the Sounds of Poker

Titan Poker sent eight players to participate in the Austrian Open, held in Salzburg, Austria from April 23rd to 27th, 2008. Players won packages which included their tournament buy-in of 650 Euros and money for their flights and hotels.

Salzburg has a romantic history, being not only the birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but also the original home of the Von Trapp family, made famous by the 1965 Best Picture "The Sound of Music," with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

When the rain finally stopped, players were able to enjoy the winding streets of the Old City, surrounded by picturesque snow-capped mountains, green rolling hills, breathtaking domed cathedrals and the fantastic fortress lurking high above the city, looking over its city and inhabitants.

Day 1A, which started with 66 players, went well for Michael Schwaiger of Austria, pictured below.

Michael Schwaiger

Only 21 from Liezen, Austria, Michael Schwaiger survived Day 1, finishing the day with 19,000 chips. An office worker, he has been playing poker for one and a half years, both online and live. He discovered Titan Poker through its "refer-a-friend" program, which he still puts to great use. "All my friends who play poker on the internet play at Titan Poker," he said proudly. His favorite thing about Titan Poker is its wide selection of tournaments.

Back row: Jeroen Marx, The Netherlands; Maik Buerkner, Germany; Melanie Preston, Vip Manager for Titan Poker; Jussi Vuoristo, Finland; Frederic Arhanchet, France. Front Row: Giuseppe Chieregatti, Italy; Chris Royston, UK; Nelson Rodrigues, Portugal.

Seven players (pictured above) started on Day 1B, along with another 133 players.

Chris and Lindsay Royston from the UK, at the PokerNews Welcome Party.

This was quite the treat for Chris Royston, a rookie at poker with only six months experience! An estimator and surveyor in the building industry in the UK, he says when he first won the seat his wife didn't believe him. "This was my first time in a casino this week!" he said. Chris got to Titan Poker through a PokerNews banner, and his favorite thing about Titan Poker is its excellent online support.

Chris and Lindsay Royston from the UK, at the PokerNews Welcome Party.

This was quite the treat for Chris Royston, a rookie at poker with only six months experience! An estimator and surveyor in the building industry in the UK, he says when he first won the seat his wife didn't believe him. "This was my first time in a casino this week!" he said. Chris got to Titan Poker through a PokerNews banner, and his favorite thing about Titan Poker is its excellent online support.

Maik Buerkner (pictured above), from Stuttgart, Germany, also enjoyed his first live tournament here in Salzburg. Playing until 22:00 on Day 2, he was anything but disappointed. "I had QK suited so went all in," he said. "But the other guy had 10 K and ended up with 2 pair - (10s and 2s) after the river."

Giuseppe Chierugetta from Milan, Italy.

Giuseppe also played an impressive game in Salzburg. In the first few hours he went from his starting 10,000 chips to 25,000, but he then lost a big hand bringing him back down to 13,000. Despite this, he played until past midday on Day 2. Giuseppe is no stranger to poker, having started Texas Holdem when it was brand new. "I played WAY before that game existed," he added, "you know, OLD poker!"

Jussi Vuoristo from Finland plans his next move

This was Jussi's second time representing Titan Poker at a Live tournament. He played in the PokerNews Cup in Melbourne, Australia as well, in October of 2007. This time went better for him, as he played until late in the day on Day 2. We're looking forward to seeing him again and are sure his great playing will pay off for him soon - hang in there Jussi!

Three Titan Poker players are ready for Day 2 to get started!

Frederic Arhanchet from France, thinks whether to call.

Frederic was the Titan Poker star for this tournament, playing until halfway through Day 3 and finishing in 19th place, winning 930 Euros. "I had a lot of luck today," he said a few minutes after busting. "I was all in with a pair of 3s early on against JQ. On the flop there was a J, a Q...and...a 3! I did it again a little later with a pair of 6s…the river gave me a 6." Frederic's luck stopped when he was dealt a Q9. Believe it or not, both a Q and a 9 appeared on the flop and the turn, giving him 2 pair, but the river card (10) gave his opponent a straight, forcing Frederic to call it a day - and a successful one at that.

In real life, Frederic works for Airbus in the South of France, so this was a nice escape from a very responsible job. Frederic thanked Titan Poker for this great opportunity, and ran off happily to play in cash game.

An Interesting Side Note…

Moritz Hopfner, (pictured above) from Germany, was Titan Poker's biggest winner (approximately $40K) in the WSOP 2007 in Las Vegas. At the time, Moritz was living in Germany and put his exams on hold to partake in what turned out to be a great experience for him in the US. I was therefore surprised to see him here in Salzburg working as a dealer! He was thrilled to see Titan Poker there and explained that his win made him reevaluate his life, and that for now, he had to put everything on hold to explore his future in poker. "I started here three weeks ago when the card room opened," he said. "I'm staying with a friend for now and doing everything I can to improve my game." We wish you the best of luck Moritz!

And that's a wrap up from Salzburg.

So Long....Farewell...Auf Wiedersehen...Adieu!

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