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Sviten Record, First Winner & ME Hype – The Festival Bratislava Day 1

Sviten Record, First Winner & ME Hype – The Festival Bratislava Day 1

The very first day of The Festival in Bratislava is in the books and although the Main Event was not even played yet, the Banco Casino was buzzing with action and three tournaments, plus satellites, flips and the first leg of the cash game challenge were all held yesterday.

Sviten Record

As last year, the Sviten Special was the first tournament on the menu this year and this event had a total of 59 entries – almost double the number of last year’s tourney.

After the first day, seven players remain with Sweden’s Peter Johansson in the lead. Among the contenders is also Jan Risberg, who won the last Festival’s Flip Challenge and a full package to this event.

That’s the line-up for the Sviten Special Final Table:

1Peter Johansson550,000
2Barrie Dear348,000
3Jan Risberg306,000
4Edward Furniss202,000
5Totti Lind151,000
6Joshua James Stewart112,000
7Matteo Crapanzano82,000

 And that’s what they are playing for:


Hendon Mob Warm-Up Almost in the Money

The other big tournament that started yesterday was the Hendon Mob Warm-Up – a preliminary event to the Hendon Mob Championship that will be held in the Banco Casino in November.

The top Top-5 players and the bubble player will all receive a €200 ticket to the Hendon Mob Grand Final in one month on top of the regular prize pool.

With 18 / 131 players remaining and 16 places being paid, the event is very close to the money ranks.

That’s the line-up for today:

1Michel Johannes Maria Molenaar352,000
2Peter Zolnai326,000
3Alexander Oswald321,000
4Kristoffer Boerrud317,000
5Brian Riemenscheider311,000
6Simon Wilson239,000
7Sandor Leitenroth188,000
8Jeroen Aarts185,000
9Jakob Pilgaard179,000
10Julian Herold164,000
11Teemu Hietala147,000
12Niklas Klein141,000
13Riben Rasmussen122,000
14Mark Berman87,000
15Greg Partridge76,000
16Espen Gundersen68,000
17Ruben Baardsen30,000
18Anastasios Pagonakis20,000

Payouts will be


Jakub Matusiak Becomes First Winner at The Festival Series

jakub matusiak

The first event to finish at this Festival Series was the Texas Knockout. Jakub Matusiak won the tournament against Laurent Degros to become the first official Winner at The Festival in Bratislava 2022.

#PlayerPrize Money
1Jakub Matusiak€1,155
2Laurent Dregos€690
3Roland Boothby€425
4Sidikhin Vladyslav€300
5Nils Leif Doverklint€220
6Vlada Petrovich€190
7Hyannis Georgios€155

(Prize money excluding bounties)

Here's a short recap of yesterday's action in a video:

Moving on to the Main Event and the Roulette Championship

Arguably today's highlight is Day 1a of the €550 Main Event – with €500,000 guaranteed, we’re expecting serious numbers of entries, with a total of five starting flights running between today and Friday. We’ll be documenting it all right here on the blog, from the first shuffle up and deal until the last chips are bagged and tagged, along with a smorgasbord of side events to suit all tastes and pockets.

Besides the Main Event, the 2nd highlight of the day will be the Roulette Championship which will be played the entire day starting at 2 pm.

From tomorrow evening we will also have the legendary The Festival Twitch stream up and running for your home-viewing pleasure. The full schedule for the week may be found here, and the timetable for today is pasted below for your convenience.

Tue Oct-1112:008MAIN EVENT DAY 1A – 12 Levels
€500,000 gtd.
500+502x per flight30k / 40
Tue Oct-1113:002The HendonMob Championship Day 2225+25Closed30k / 30
Tue Oct-1114:00

10Roulette Championship Day 1A + B + C225+2530 spins10k / 25 spins
Tue Oct-1117:0011PLO Masters225+256 lvls20k / 20
Tue Oct-1119:007Satellite to Main Event
5x €550 Main Event tickets gtd.
50+108 lvls10k / 20
Tue Oct-1119:001Sviten Special Day 2/FTClosedClosed
Tue Oct-1121:0012Acroud Charity Invitational1000
Tue Oct-1121:0014Turbo Sat to PLO HR (2 Tickets gtd)
2x €1,100 PLO High Roller tickets gtd.
135+158 lvls10k / 15
Tue Oct-1122:0013Win the Button, Texas110+156 lvls15k / 15