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The Festival Bratislava March 2022 with €500.000 guaranteed
November 13, 2021 | 2 minutes to read News The Festival Bratislava March 2022 with €500.000 guaranteed

We will return to the Banco Casino in the heart of the capital of Slovakia and run the next edition of The Festival Series with even more events and a higher guarantee for the Main Event. The Festival Series will run from March 21st until March 27th and will have a guarantee of 500.000 Euros […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
The Festival Afterparty: Satellite and Freeroll on Coolbet & Guts
October 5, 2021 | 1 minutes to read News The Festival Afterparty: Satellite and Freeroll on Coolbet & Guts

After a fantastic week of casino games, poker, sports betting and enjoying the city of Bratislava, we’re currently in the early planning phases for our next stop. To shorten the waiting period, we want to offer two awesome online tournaments in cooperation with Coolbet and Guts, two of our partners. The Festival Afterparty on Coolbet […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Fantastic First Festival in Bratislava
September 28, 2021 | 5 minutes to read News Fantastic First Festival in Bratislava

The inaugural Festival Series event in Bratislava was an awesome achievement with one week packed with poker tournaments, blackjack and roulette tournaments, competitive sports betting and buzzing action in the Banco Casino 24/7. Here’s a short recap of our first Festival Event in case you missed anything: €300k Main Event with 621 runners Let’s take […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Franke Wins All Three Sportsbook Events at The Festival in Bratislava
September 26, 2021 | 3 minutes to read News Franke Wins All Three Sportsbook Events at The Festival in Bratislava

Our coverage of the Main Event last night was particularly difficult towards the end as an ever-so-slightly inebriated Franke von Zweigbergk kept pestering us with some nonsense about the Sportsbook events. Once Martin Mauthner had taken it down though, we chased Franke down and discovered that he’d somehow won not just the freeroll, but all […]

Dana
Dana
The Festival App Giveaway
September 13, 2021 | 1 minutes to read News The Festival App Giveaway

Starting September 13th, we’re running The Festival Series merch giveaway for all users that download our app and fill out their profile inside the app. We are giving away five merch bundles for The Festival Series, each consisting in one cap and one deck of cards. To enter you must download the app and create […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Card manufacturer Dal Negro partners with The Festival
August 12, 2021 | 5 minutes to read News Card manufacturer Dal Negro partners with The Festival

Charming as Andrea Compiano, Account Manager Casino & Customised Playing Cards for Dal Negro, is on a Zoom chat, my eyes keep straying to the mind-boggling selection of board games and other Dal Negro products neatly arranged on shelves behind him. He’s talking to me from his office, and judging by Compiano’s cheerful demeanour, as […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Schedule for the Festival in Bratislava set
August 2, 2021 | 1 minutes to read News Schedule for the Festival in Bratislava set

Our inaugural stop for The Festival Series, the Festival in Bratislava is less than 50 days away and this means it’s high time to take a closer look at the schedule for the entire week. We expect an action-packed week in the Banco Casino in Bratislava with a total number of 21 different events, including […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Meet the press: Finnish Poker Portal Pokerisivut
August 2, 2021 | 1 minutes to read News Meet the press: Finnish Poker Portal Pokerisivut

Multiple poker news outlets will be accompanying The Festival Series throughout the multiple stops in Europe. One of those outlets the Finnish poker news & community portal Pokerisivut. Pokerisivut is one of the largest poker communities in northern Europe with thousands of members. The portal has been online for over a decade and is the […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Meet the press: PokerNews.com
July 15, 2021 | 1 minutes to read News Meet the press: PokerNews.com

For live poker events there is simple unwritten rule: No international poker tournament can be complete without PokerNews reporting on it. The online poker news outlet is on the scene for almost 20 years now and of course PokerNews will pay our Festival Series in Bratislava a visit. Be it World Series of Poker, European […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Guts Poker partners with The Festival Series
July 5, 2021 | 3 minutes to read News Guts Poker partners with The Festival Series

Welcome to the newest addition to The Festival family – Guts Poker! Jostein Grødum, head of poker at Guts, filled me in on what players can expect from the partnership. Strong partnership with other live events “Guts is a gaming brand offering more than poker – we have casino and sports book as well – […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Pokio Poker App Partners with The Festival Series
May 19, 2021 | 4 minutes to read News Pokio Poker App Partners with The Festival Series

A real money social poker experience? Why does that sound familiar? The first regulated real money poker app Today I am talking to Manuel Lopes, CEO of Pokio, a European-based real money poker app about their brand new partnership with The Festival Series. In Lopes’ own words: “There are a lot of fantastic apps in […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Things to do in Bratislava
May 11, 2021 | 3 minutes to read News Things to do in Bratislava

Good old Covid may have pushed back The Festival in Tallinn to 2022, but 2021 is far from a write-off – the inaugural Festival in Bratislava is very much on this September 20-26, and there are few better cities to provide a backdrop to the return of live events in Europe. Our venue for the […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
“I’m really bad at that sort of thing – I have no idea what to say!”
April 28, 2021 | 3 minutes to read News “I’m really bad at that sort of thing – I have no idea what to say!”

Today’s interview subject: Sami Pulliainen, poker player and representative for Finnish gambling community Uhmapelaajat. Despite the modesty, Sami actually has quite a lot to say about himself and the organisation he’s representing. What is Uhmapelaajat? “It’s sort of like a gambling society,” he goes on. “We give tips, we bet together and stuff, we give […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
First Event of The Festival now set for September in Bratislava
April 27, 2021 | 1 minutes to read News First Event of The Festival now set for September in Bratislava

Malta – April 27, 2021: The Festival Series is now set to begin in Bratislava, Slovakia from September 20-26, 2021, instead of Tallinn in June. The same level of excitement and fun is guaranteed, just with a slight delay (and more build-up). The decision comes following careful monitoring of the COVID situation across Europe, which […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Coolbet partners with The Festival
March 31, 2021 | 5 minutes to read News Coolbet partners with The Festival

The Festival Series has now got more partners than a Taylor Swift album! Terrible jokes aside, we are delighted to welcome Coolbet Poker, our newest addition to the Festival family. Head of poker Thomas Pasgaard Hviid has given us the lowdown on what to expect from the partnership with The Festival Series. Coolbet: a fairly […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Antoine Degiorgio: Bringing Maltese Players
March 19, 2021 | 7 minutes to read News Antoine Degiorgio: Bringing Maltese Players

Antoine Degiorgio, one of the founding members of the Malta Poker Fish Facebook group and enthusiastic cheerleader for poker in Malta, has actually forgotten he agreed to be interviewed today – but he doesn’t seem particularly flustered. “I’m in no rush,” he says easily, “So don’t worry.” This seems to sum him up quite well […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
The Hendon Mob partners with The Festival Series: “They’re not messing about – they’re ready to do great things”
March 17, 2021 | 6 minutes to read News The Hendon Mob partners with The Festival Series: “They’re not messing about – they’re ready to do great things”

With less than three months to go before we kick off The Festival in Tallinn, we are delighted to announce our newest partnership with one of the best-loved brands in poker – The Hendon Mob. I spoke to THM’s head of partnerships, Roland Boothby about their plans for joining forces with The Festival Series. “I’ve […]

Bella Khadije Gol
Bella Khadije Gol
PokerNews on board as an official media partner!
March 16, 2021 | 5 minutes to read News PokerNews on board as an official media partner!

The Festival Series is delighted to welcome PokerNews on board as an official media partner! I spoke to one-man live reporting powerhouse Jason “JaxonPoker” Glatzer about the PokerNews partnership, and his plans for coverage of The Festival in Tallinn. “PokerNews has been involved in the past in Franke’s ventures including the Cash Game Festival where […]

Bella Khadije Gol
Bella Khadije Gol
Rod Stirzaker – “What is this anyway?”
March 11, 2021 | 7 minutes to read News Rod Stirzaker – “What is this anyway?”

Keen to get back on the road “What is this anyway?” asks Rod Stirzaker: poker player, industry professional, veteran tournament reporter and long-time associate of yours truly. His extreme suspicion is not merely because I’ve called him up out of the blue after many months of government-mandated lack of live events – we reporters are […]

Bella Khadije Gol
Bella Khadije Gol
Martin Trang: “Roulette is a combination of skills”
March 9, 2021 | 7 minutes to read News Martin Trang: “Roulette is a combination of skills”

It is the very crack of lunchtime in London, but it’s already 9pm for Martin Trang, who is speaking to me from his home in the Philippines. He is telling me about how he ended up halfway across the world from his birthplace in Norway. From Sweden to Finland to the Philippines “I grew up […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
“I Believe!” Casino Game Twitch Streamer Teukka Announces Partnership With CasinoRoom & The Festival Series
March 6, 2021 | 3 minutes to read News “I Believe!” Casino Game Twitch Streamer Teukka Announces Partnership With CasinoRoom & The Festival Series

“I do streaming on Twitch, I stream online, casino games overall – and I am starting to work together with The Festival and we will have this partnership with CasinoRoom. With their help, we are able to give away big packages to my audience.” So Teukka, one of the most prominent online casino game streamers […]

Bella Khadije Gol
Bella Khadije Gol
Meet Martin ’Franke’ von Zweigbergk – the driving force behind The Festival Series
March 5, 2021 | 4 minutes to read News Meet Martin ’Franke’ von Zweigbergk – the driving force behind The Festival Series

Entrepreneur, poker player, beer connoisseur. Alleged farmer, loudest man in any given card room, and all-round force of nature. Whatever you choose to call him, there is only one Martin “Franke” von Zweigbergk – creator and driving force behind The Festival Series. For Franke, it’s all about the live experience – the party is as […]

Bella Khadije Gol
Bella Khadije Gol
More Partners join The Festival Series
March 4, 2021 | 5 minutes to read News More Partners join The Festival Series

Only a week since the official The Festival Series announcement and there has already been an overwhelming response from the community on social channels. Many have already declared this “great news” and are now ensuring they can make it to the event, and still more claiming they “need to start practising” – no doubt a bit rusty after a […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
CasinoRoom’s Announces Dates for The Festival In Tallinn Qualifiers
March 3, 2021 | 3 minutes to read News CasinoRoom’s Announces Dates for The Festival In Tallinn Qualifiers

Mery Blomqvist, recently appointed CMO of Ellmount Group, introduces herself over the phone from her home in Stockholm. “Main reasons I joined Ellmount Group as CMO in Jan this year was due to several facts. CasinoRoom.com was a true pioneer when they launched early in 1999 as one of the first online casinos; plus the […]

Bella Khadije Gol
Bella Khadije Gol
Jeff Sarwer Weighs In On Corona, The Queen’s Gambit Effect & Life After Lockdown
March 1, 2021 | 4 minutes to read News Jeff Sarwer Weighs In On Corona, The Queen’s Gambit Effect & Life After Lockdown

Jeff Sarwer sounds as though his last year was quite pleasant overall, if a little quiet. “Oh, you know, just keeping things simple, a little bit of online chess and poker, nothing much,” is his response to my now-standard ‘how’s lockdown treating you?’ opener. “Not much live or anything.” I remind him that no-one’s played […]

Arved Klöhn
Arved Klöhn
Meet The Partners: Olybet’s Head Of Poker, Herli Olop
February 28, 2021 | 4 minutes to read News Meet The Partners: Olybet’s Head Of Poker, Herli Olop

We are delighted this week to welcome Olybet to The Festival family as an online partner. We spoke to Olybet’s head of poker Herli Olop about working with us to deliver live events after what’s been an exceptionally grim year for the bricks-and-mortar industry. “As you know, the Olympic Entertainment Group is both land-based and […]

Bella Khadije Gol
Bella Khadije Gol
Jesper Hougaard Looks Forward To Live Poker Returning
February 27, 2021 | 1 minutes to read News Jesper Hougaard Looks Forward To Live Poker Returning

We caught up with the two-time bracelet winner, Jesper “Kipster” Hougaard, who is currently escaping European lockdown in Dubai. He is excited to hear about The Festival. “I have been told that the organizers will be setting up some big PLO cash games in Tallinn, so in that case I am very likely to come […]

Bella Khadije Gol
Bella Khadije Gol
Juha Helppi: “I’m looking forward to playing live poker.”
February 25, 2021 | 2 minutes to read News Juha Helppi: “I’m looking forward to playing live poker.”

Juha Helppi, on the phone at home in Finland, is summing up his plague year in characteristically understated style. After two decades of A-list prominence on the international tournament circuit, it took a global pandemic to push Helppi back to playing online, and his results have been impressive. He racked up 13 cashes in last […]

Bella Khadije Gol
Bella Khadije Gol
Paf Poker becomes partner of The Festival
February 23, 2021 | 2 minutes to read News Paf Poker becomes partner of The Festival

The Ålandic gaming company has a long history of involvement in Europe’s liveliest and most player-focused poker and gaming tournaments, and is excited about partnering with The Festival to bring their players the best live event experience – especially after a long period of enforced online-only activity has left everyone chomping at the bit to […]

Bella Khadije Gol
Bella Khadije Gol
Launch of The Festival Series
February 18, 2021 | 3 minutes to read News Launch of The Festival Series

Malta / Tallinn – February 19, 2021: Today, Acroud is announcing their launch of an innovative kind of live gambling event – The Festival Series. A weeklong player meetup and celebration which combines the best live poker, casino and sports events all in one scene. The Festival will make several stops across various cities around […]

Debbie Zammit
Debbie Zammit