Qi Banja Luka prize money slashed to $35,000 as teams withdraw from tournament

Qi League, the organiser of Qi Banja Luka, has announced that it was forced to reduce the prize money to $35,000 after several teams suddenly opted to skip the event.

The news means that a total of $115,000 will be cut from the prize pool of the tournament, which will have four teams rather than eight and will be trimmed down from three days to just two (December 14-15).

The decision was made after "a couple of the top 30 teams" that had already committed to attending the tournament "chose to accept invitations from another event scheduled around the same time", Qi League said in a statement.

Qi Banja Luka will have just four teams and a $35,000 prize pool

Qi League, which hosted last year in Belgrade the $75,000 Qi Invitational, did not wish to name the teams who had experienced a change of heart or the event that they had decided to attend instead. But looking at the calendar, cs_summit 5 and DreamHack Open Sevilla are the events that will take place around the same time as Qi Banja Luka and still had slots to fill until recently.

"We reached out to the teams for an explanation but received little information other than that they were backing out," Qi League explained. "This affects the entire event and is very unfair to the partners with whom we work and signed contracts when we had these teams that, to the best of our knowledge, were confirmed for the event.

"This basically meant that we were breaching some of our settled agreements and hence why we are unable to commit to the prize pool we originally set out to offer. We do not want to be a company that promises big prize pools and never pays them out.

"We don’t want the event to not take place at all, so we have come to a more acceptable solution for us, one that we can deliver."

ARCY, the winner of the European qualifier, will be joined by the invited trio of pro100 (who replace AUGUST as the Asian qualifier champion was ruled out due to visa issues), ex-BLUEJAYS and Sharks in Banja Luka to compete in a double-elimination, best-of-three bracket. The winner will earn $30,000, while the runner-up will walk away with a $5,000 cheque.

The final team list for the Bosnian event is the following:

Very sad!!!
2019-12-01 17:56
unluko
2019-12-01 18:05
#51
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Brazil lil_monkey 
unlucky manito
2019-12-01 18:30
expected from a 4th world country why even organize a tournament
2019-12-01 18:41
#78
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World Dingospo 
Yeah everyone except you shouldn't try to better their lives, expand the views or even live.
2019-12-01 19:09
#37
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Europe SOEZ4NIK0 
LMAO gaming paradise all over again
2019-12-01 18:09
Not really? Atleast they are honest and cut the prizepool to pay what they can pay.
2019-12-01 20:17
#119
stinx | 
Czech Republic stinx 
they should invite me and my faceit team, would like to play EZ
2019-12-01 21:02
#163
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Serbia EKI.CS 
its not their fault, its teams that fucked this one up
2019-12-02 12:11
Can we hit 50 likes???
2019-12-01 18:19
#2
United Kingdom Res0 
very interesting
2019-12-01 17:55
Ez for mr ARCY
2019-12-01 17:55
Nice
2019-12-01 17:56
Vamos sharks
2019-12-01 17:56
#6
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United States PsychoLogical 
oof
2019-12-01 17:56
#7
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United States chromedome_cs 
Expected
2019-12-01 17:56
#8
kioShiMa | 
France neibaf 
where niko?
2019-12-01 17:57
#9
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Poland friendlySeb 
Wth
2019-12-01 17:57
#10
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World Notb8ing 
seems about right, good choice, they were pretty unluko with timing of their event, so many other events around same time was probably a big reason why they couldn't get good field to event...
2019-12-01 18:00
#120
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Germany grabke 
Unlucky ??? They knew how many other events are going to take place there. Just Stupid ....
2019-12-01 21:04
#129
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World Notb8ing 
how are they supposed to know about events which dates haven't been even announced when this event is already planned exactly, seems pretty tough to me honestly.
2019-12-01 21:27
+1
2019-12-02 07:17
#164
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France uNLmofo 
+1, not fair from the team who withdraw
2019-12-02 12:41
#11
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Turkey headshotk1ng 
i earn 35k$ per month xaxaxaxax
2019-12-01 17:57
I only earn 32k a month :(
2019-12-01 18:04
i earn 200e a month :( help me
2019-12-01 18:16
#132
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Turkey Tormund1 
Just be a DJ
2019-12-01 21:33
#45
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Germany K3v1 
DJ???
2019-12-01 18:21
#69
juice | 
Iceland wrId 
no cockeater
2019-12-01 18:52
#106
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Russia runnawway 
Lmao
2019-12-01 20:08
so dj?
2019-12-01 23:41
yes men
2019-12-01 19:47
#48
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Poland F5_detector 
Kebabs soo expensive
2019-12-01 18:27
#49
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Turkey headshotk1ng 
im organ mafia.
2019-12-01 18:28
Wtf, less money for sharks now((((
2019-12-01 17:57
#107
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Russia runnawway 
0$?
2019-12-01 20:09
Only 30k((((
2019-12-01 20:12
#14
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Netherlands verygoedNico 
A hard decission for the organisers, but the right one. Rather have a low price pool that actually gets paid out than a high price pool that never sees the light of day.
2019-12-01 17:58
but it's not fair for attending teams, which won qualifications
2019-12-01 20:47
Lol most stupid thing i've heard
2019-12-03 00:36
are u ok? u dont sound good...
2019-12-03 10:43
#141
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Indonesia rareguy 
+1 appreciate it
2019-12-02 02:19
#15
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Australia Champione 
gonna be a bunch of throws this tourny
2019-12-01 17:58
QI BANJA LUKA sounds like chinese spanish slavic
2019-12-01 17:58
#18
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Finland Cucumberous 
Honestly feelsbadman
2019-12-01 17:58
At least they announced it early enough! Hope this won't turn out to be Gaming Paradise 2.0
2019-12-01 17:59
U newfags dont even remember what it was
2019-12-03 00:37
Herzegovina is Croatian =U=
2019-12-01 18:00
#21
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Argentina ArgCs 
Vamoos Sharks!!!
2019-12-01 18:00
#22
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Europe unlukomaluko 
Lmao
2019-12-01 18:01
No august no party
2019-12-01 18:01
#114
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France LeDiplomate 
+1
2019-12-01 20:48
Ahahhaha
2019-12-01 18:01
#25
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India Noobdian 
Sad
2019-12-01 18:02
#26
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United States rightarcleft 
Free money for sharks
2019-12-01 18:02
NO :((( august
2019-12-01 18:02
#28
s1mple | 
Poland Roxin 
Lmao
2019-12-01 18:03
#31
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Poland Kobel_ 
Wow. I get slashing the prize money in that situation but doing it by over $100k feels like a slap to all the teams that took part in the qualifiers.
2019-12-01 18:06
#38
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Poland KubelakK 
+1
2019-12-01 18:15
Obviously the price money consisted of sponsorship which they lost due to teams that was included in the contract backed out. It's not like they can promise money they don't have.
2019-12-01 21:18
withdrawing from tournament is a slap for organizers, it's not fault of organizers
2019-12-02 07:16
:( sad
2019-12-01 18:06
xaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-12-01 18:06
Lol what a garbage tournament anyways
2019-12-01 18:08
Should stand behind what they have promised even they got fucked. They just moved it forward
2019-12-01 18:08
Lol did u even read the article or did u instead wanna finish ur burger ? The org signed contracts with particular sponsors and promised that some teams will attend the tourny (known teams means more vierweship and more exposure to the sponsors) so these teams decided to skip meaning the sponsors wont give away money when the tournament probably wont surpass 10k viewers . Imo they did the right choice announcing the news rather then being a gaming paradise v2 Atleast they are clear and honest
2019-12-01 19:12
+1 check his flag
2019-12-02 06:32
#36
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Slovakia bad_at_life 
its good, i wouldnt pay 100k+ prizepool to some tier 10 teams
2019-12-01 18:09
Sorry what
2019-12-01 18:15
#40
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Serbia SplitteR96 
I mean this is the right decision if good teams have withdrawn, they shouldn't make 100k easy to win, istaed save it for next QI Invitational tournament
2019-12-01 18:16
#115
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France LeDiplomate 
If you had red the article you would know that they were forced to reduce the prize pool.
2019-12-01 20:49
#133
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Serbia SplitteR96 
so smart :O ty for info
2019-12-01 21:37
#42
god | 
Turkey style_ 
lol what a joke
2019-12-01 18:17
#44
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Finland Faust_fSt 
Making sure that any legit teams will keep not attending these events in the future.
2019-12-01 18:20
#46
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Europe xrnavkha 
wdym? this is the only move to make... if you tell sponsors that are paying ur prize money u have top teams, and then the top teams randomly back out... for the remaining teams u can either scam them of 100k or do this,
2019-12-01 18:23
+1
2019-12-01 18:58
#92
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Finland Faust_fSt 
You, as a tournament organizer, promise a prize pool. Teams make their own schedules based on that. What if some team had skipped another 100k event to attend this one? Also, going through qualifiers towards that "150k event" you're gonna feel robbed already.
2019-12-01 19:29
#105
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Europe xrnavkha 
teams skipped their event to attend other ones. you, as a tournament organizer make promises to sponsors. when teams back out unexpectedly, and you cant fill your end of the deal with sponsors they wont pay u ur prize money so looking at it from the participating teams view, you can either have 35k cause the other teams are dickheads or play for 150k and actually only get 35k
2019-12-01 20:05
#135
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Finland Faust_fSt 
I see where you're coming from, but it really is just tough titties for the organizer, and bad business. When a business doesn't make the profit it expected to make, it can't just say "sry no money even tho we promised" and pass the blame.
2019-12-01 22:00
#143
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Indonesia rareguy 
They tried to keep this events around. If they paid out that huge prize pool for just 4 tier 2 teams with little to no viewers, well they do fulfill their promise but they will hardly make events anymore due to that huge debt.
2019-12-02 02:26
+1
2019-12-02 07:09
imagine if all teams but one withdrew. Would you just give them 150k? Or if two teams decided to attend, would they play for 150?
2019-12-01 18:31
#93
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Finland Faust_fSt 
It's a joke, how can anyone defend it? It's not about some guy throwing a tournament for laughs, it SHOULD be a professional event.
2019-12-01 19:34
How can anyone defend that 4 of the teams withdrew?
2019-12-01 19:37
#111
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Finland Faust_fSt 
Idk, irrelevant question.
2019-12-01 20:39
It's a professional events with professional teams. If the teams don't hold their part of the agreement, why would the organizer?
2019-12-01 20:46
+1
2019-12-02 07:08
#47
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Bosnia and Herzegovina ajdinjr11 
Right decision to slash it, but fucking sad, i was really looking forward to this, after so many years and ADEPTO BH Open back in 2010, that a very,very nice tournament was about to be held in my country. depression mens
2019-12-01 18:24
it's sad
2019-12-02 07:04
#50
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United States me_0_major 
lmao joke tournament
2019-12-01 18:28
#52
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Bosnia and Herzegovina V3DO 
Expected
2019-12-01 18:30
#54
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
wtf is Sharks doing there? they deserve better
2019-12-01 18:31
Don’t even go sharks lol
2019-12-01 18:33
#56
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Europe Vallon3 
Understandable decision, they just had a bad event timing. Kind of sucks that the teams that went through all those qualifiers will now compete for much less money, but oh well.
2019-12-01 18:33
+1 And they were honest about it and are still going ahead with the event with lesser teams. Some of the people commenting are such idiots for calling the organizers garbage and what not. They probably didn't even read the article.
2019-12-01 21:09
#57
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Poland Julka 
Lmao
2019-12-01 18:33
#58
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Indonesia urutosiar 
Oooo thats sad
2019-12-01 18:34
hahaha what a joke
2019-12-01 18:35
#145
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Australia Raychippy 
Maybe if you tried reading, you would realise you’re the joke here
2019-12-02 02:28
Gaming paradise?
2019-12-01 18:37
This has 0 correlation with what happened @ gaming paradise.
2019-12-01 21:22
#142
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Australia Raychippy 
This is no comparison to gaming paradise.
2019-12-02 02:25
#61
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Poland Freeburger97 
KEKW
2019-12-01 18:41
sad
2019-12-01 18:41
The tournemount has match fix rumours surrounding it. Guessing the teams didn’t want to get caught up in it and possibly be connected to it
2019-12-01 18:41
#65
North America Slye 
holy shit at these kids flaming the org while ignoring scumbag teams that can't even keep their words
2019-12-01 18:42
#116
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France LeDiplomate 
+1
2019-12-01 20:50
+1 and flaming country too :(
2019-12-02 07:01
its a joke
2019-12-01 18:43
#67
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Hungary subzera 
Massive oof
2019-12-01 18:50
#68
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Romania SkipLD 
Lol
2019-12-01 18:51
XDD
2019-12-01 18:54
China dog tournament LUL
2019-12-01 19:00
Holy shit when will teams be held accountable. The tournament organisation is screwed because of their commitments to sponsors but the commitments of teams to the organisation mean jack shit apparently
2019-12-01 19:00
+1
2019-12-02 07:00
#74
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Brazil hugoooo 
Still a very good money for the winner. Btw these guys are dumb, why not invite lots of t3 teams from close countries? I bet some of them would love to play this lan.
2019-12-01 19:03
Because far less people like watching t3 csgo so they won't earn as much money
2019-12-01 19:11
#88
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Brazil hugoooo 
??? A tournament with eight t3 teams is way more enjoyable to watch than a short four t3 team tournament. No one was expecting elite teams in such lan anyway. But for sure lots of decent t3 teams would accept the invite.
2019-12-01 19:25
Ah I know what you mean now, I thought you were asking why they dont play the tournament with 8 t3 teams for 150k
2019-12-01 23:26
#75
NEO | 
Poland kola5410 
XDDDDDD, next gaming paradise?
2019-12-01 19:03
35k HAHAHAHAA
2019-12-01 19:07
#79
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Europe Nomarosa 
Scuffed event lol
2019-12-01 19:11
they choosed dreamhack instead, unluko maluko
2019-12-01 19:11
#83
s1mple | 
Russia h3x0r 
Is it Gaming paradise? LUL
2019-12-01 19:16
seems like they got the short end of the stick, I give them credit for being honest rather than going full IGC
2019-12-01 19:17
oof
2019-12-01 19:21
#86
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Sweden GeT_CoRrEcT 
Not their fault
2019-12-01 19:21
#87
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India Jazz_B 
Sad for the organizers... Not their fault. :(
2019-12-01 19:25
+1 exactly
2019-12-02 06:50
They should've disclosed those teams that skipped without any explanation.
2019-12-01 19:28
#90
Golden | 
Serbia d1ckson 
I bet cr4zy and gw backed out. Bitches, I wanted to see them :(
2019-12-01 19:28
it's sad :(
2019-12-02 06:49
#91
ZOREE | 
Finland spurku 
flopped tournament. thats sad :(
2019-12-01 19:29
they invait a team that 133 but dident invait demase that top 80
2019-12-01 19:39
Sharks vs Arcy grand finals
2019-12-01 19:47
Omegalul, winner of closed quali is higher ranked than any invited team xD
2019-12-01 19:51
#99
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Bosnia and Herzegovina _jugson_45 
Why didnt they tell us the teams that decided to skip the event
2019-12-01 19:51
#102
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United States gtmaniacmda 
dunno, maybe they don’t want to seem rude? one was AUGUST who won the asian qualifier, other 3 that backed out were invites (I guess)
2019-12-01 19:56
#100
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United States gtmaniacmda 
rip little guy screwed over by big dogs
2019-12-01 19:51
#101
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China Manchu 
Unlucky
2019-12-01 19:55
#103
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Canada rayrayrayray 
Still good money for t3 teams
2019-12-01 20:00
#104
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Brazil lusketa 
they choose a really bad date to this event, enter in conflict whit cs summit, blast global final, global challenge, dream hack sevilla...
2019-12-01 20:00
Well its wayy shittier that these teams accept invites then back out without any fine or anything.
2019-12-01 21:24
+1
2019-12-02 06:48
well, at least I'll be able to see Sharks close to home :)
2019-12-01 20:22
Thats actually sad. (dont prokda me, I BEG YOU!)
2019-12-01 21:01
nt pro..... ah whatever
2019-12-01 21:05
Nt prodak
2019-12-01 21:28
Gaming paradise flashbacks😂😂😂😂♿️
2019-12-01 21:19
#136
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Finland Miroyev 
not really at all lol
2019-12-01 22:04
#144
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Australia Raychippy 
Why is everyone saying gaming paradise??? There is seriously in no comparison to a shithole of what gaming paradise was
2019-12-02 02:26
#125
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Australia |bruh| 
pro100 (who replace AUGUST as the Asian qualifier champion was ruled out due to visa issues shit event
2019-12-01 21:20
#147
Xyp9x | 
Denmark cOcun9 
So because their visa dident get issued the event is at fault? Are you 12 or just a victim of the HLTV brain syndrom
2019-12-02 02:32
#148
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Australia |bruh| 
team im interested in not at event so im not watching sorry bruh
2019-12-02 02:32
#166
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Alekk5 
Tbh idk why they couldn't get a visa. Bosnian visa is usually super easy to get even for some shit countries
2019-12-02 19:24
#167
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Australia |bruh| 
erk has had issues before getting into malmo before so im not suprised the team had issues. watch this august team will qualifiy for events just to have constant visa issues.
2019-12-02 19:53
#127
Twistzz | 
Greece 1926 
I'd sue the teams...you can't sign contracts and then say no.
2019-12-01 21:23
+1
2019-12-02 06:46
4 trash teams lmao
2019-12-01 21:27
these balkan events are always a fucking scam lmfao
2019-12-01 21:44
#137
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Finland Miroyev 
Wouldn't think it's so hard to get 4 top 30 teams to an event
2019-12-01 22:05
#140
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Serbia KS4 
xaaxaxaaaxax classic...
2019-12-02 01:32
#146
Xyp9x | 
Denmark cOcun9 
Surely some more t2-t3 teams can play? Wth
2019-12-02 02:30
how can teams do this? no penalty for withdrawing from tournament only few weeks before attending? I accept visa issues, but this is betrayal imo
2019-12-02 06:45
#162
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Finland 0lter 
free money for sharks sad
2019-12-02 10:56
That sucks
2019-12-02 17:42
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