Last chance to qualify for Paf Poker Challenge 2013 – this year the entire tournament will be streamed from Åland

This year Paf Poker Challenge (PPC) takes place on 25 - 28 April and will be held for the 9thtime on Åland, home of the gaming company Paf.

Qualifiers for the PPC are in full swing on with much interest in winning a tournament package. 
- We are proud that we have succeeded in making Paf Poker Challenge into something unique in the poker world. The atmosphere and camaraderie during the tournament are totally fantastic, says Project Manager Anna Merkel.

Among previous years’ participants in the PPC there is a strong feeling that there is something special with the trip to Åland and spending the weekend there together. A strong sense of community pervades the whole event. This year’s tournament will be no different:
- We have set a ceiling of 200 participants to make sure we keep the familial atmosphere.

The prize pot in the main tournament will be at least 100,000 euros, and just like last year there will be many other tournaments taking place alongside the main tournament – including one for women only.

New this year is that the PPC has two separate start dates. For players who qualify online the tournament begins on Thursday and for players who buy in directly it begins on Friday.

Another new feature of this year’s PPC is that the tournament will be filmed, so those who can’t come to the tournament will be able to follow their friends from home. It will even be possible to see which cards players have in their hands.
- We hope that this will make the tournament even more exciting for everyone following the PPC via, says Merkel.

Last year’s winner Magnus Nygren will be back this year to try and defend his title. The starting field will also include other previous winners of the PPC.

The last chance to qualify for the PPC online is on 7 April.

You can find more information about the PPC at or contact

Anna Merkel, Project Manger for Paf Poker Challenge
+46 (0)72 182 5987

Anders Sims, Head of Press and PR, Paf
+358 (0)457 342 8228

Paf was founded in 1966 with the clear purpose of creating profit to support good causes. This purpose is still our principle reason for being. Today is an international full-service online gaming site with over 150 games.  We also maintain a large physical gaming operation on land and sea with about 1 300 gaming machines, 40 gaming tables on ships and Paf Casino on Åland. We offer safe and socially responsible money games to give our customers pleasure and entertainment. 

In 2011 the Paf Group had a turnover of €96.3 million producing a profit of €21.5 million and the contribution to good causes was €10.5 million. The group has over 300 employees with offices in Mariehamn, Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn and Madrid.


About Us

Paf (Ålands Penningautomatförening) was founded on Åland in 1966 for raising funds to support public good and is owned and licensed by the regional government of the Åland Islands. Today, Paf is an international gaming operator with over 400 online games including slots, casino, poker, betting, bingo and lotteries. Paf also has physical gaming operations on land and sea, with about 1,500 slot machines and 55 gaming tables aboard ships in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, in Paf Casino on Åland and Casino Sunborn in Gibraltar. Paf is dedicated to developing socially and environmentally sustainable money gaming entertainment for its customers. In 2016, the Paf Group had a total revenue of €113 million and a profit of €15.2 million. The contribution to public good in 2016 was €20 million. The group has over 400 employees, with offices in Mariehamn, Stockholm, Tallinn and Madrid. For more information, please go to




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