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May 11th, 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 28th, 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 27th, 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 31st, 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 19th, 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 17th, 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 […]

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Bella Khadije Gol
PokerNews on board as an official media partner!
March 16th, 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 […]

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Bella Khadije Gol
Rod Stirzaker – “What is this anyway?”
March 11th, 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 […]

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Bella Khadije Gol
Martin Trang: “Roulette is a combination of skills”
March 9th, 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