The Cash Game Festival Bratislava at Banco Casino kicked off the first of its five days in style yesterday with the cash room full of cash and the tournament area attracting a big crowd as well.
The day for some never ended with a Super Dealer’s Choice game still running from last night deep into the afternoon with no signs of it breaking up.
Franke Wins First TV Table
Cash Game Festival Co-Founder Martin “Franke” von Zweigbergk (pictured below) was the biggest winner at the first televised feature table with stakes at €2/€2 PLO. It was the first time we have adopted a dealer’s choice format at the feature table where the player on the button could choose whether it was four-card or five-card PLO.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Franke. He was down a couple of buy-ins when he was questioned during a flash interview during the stream. He thought he would be down more but won a big hand thinking he was drawing close to dead. It was the first time at the table the straddle was pushed around to €32.
Franke had one of the shorter stacks at the moment and felt he was committed post-flop despite missing the board. He shared with the table he would need to go to the ATM after the hand. One of his two opponents flopped the top set of jacks but Franke hit a gut-shot straight draw on the turn. He faded tons of outs and won the hand despite the second opponent improved to a set of aces.
Things went smooth for Franke the rest of the way and he booked a total profit of €184.
James Crawley Wins Second TV Table
After the first TV table was finished, the Cash Game Festival invited everyone to welcome drinks before the second table began.
It was an action-packed €2/€5 NLHE feature table featuring players from around Europe with players competing from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Italy, and of course, the home country of Slovakia.
James Crawley (pictured below) won €661, which was good enough to be the king of the table after the final hand was completed. Most of the table continued to play with the same line-up after the lights and cameras were shut down for the night.
For the first time, the Cash Game Festival will be awarding three trophies. One will go to the player that wins the most big blinds in any NLHE feature table, one will go to the player that wins the most big blinds at any PLO feature table, and the final trophy will go to the player that wins the most big blinds/antes at any of the mixed game feature tables. Each trophy winner will also walk away with a €1,000 package to our next stop at the Poker Room Bucharest on Oct. 16-20.
The first of six opening flights kicked off at 5 p.m. CEST yesterday in the FiftyGrand tournament. As you may have guessed, the tournament features a €50,000 guarantee for just a €110 buy-in.
A total of 72 entrants got in on the action with 14 players bagging and tagging chips. Hungary’s Peter Tahin emerged as the chip leader of Day 1a after accumulating more than nine-times the opening stack for a stack of 273,000 in chips. Others in the top five on the Day 1a leaderboard included Hungary’s Jan Dolinaj (250,000) and a trio of Slovakians in Zecjko Stevic (242,000), Erik Seffer (201,000), and Ladislav Cerveny (151,000).
The FiftyGrand continues today with its Day 1b flight starting at 5 p.m. CEST. There will be plenty of time for players to get in on the Day 1b action with 10 levels of late registration.
What’s on Tap on Day 2?
Today’s action in the poker room is expected to be even bigger than yesterday with many new players coming in for the weekend. The TV table begins at 7 p.m. CEST with a €2/€2 four-card/five-card PLO game followed by a €5/€10 NLHE tv table at 9:30 p.m. CEST. CGF Commentator George Sandford will once again be entertaining our fans at the Cash Game Festival Twitch channel and other outlets.
Meanwhile, players with the VIP hospitality package will be enjoying a unique beer bike tour starting a 4:45 p.m. CEST.
In addition, today will feature a live draw in our CGF Pokio Facebook page for a package winner for our next stop at the Poker Room Bucharest on Oct. 16-20. It couldn’t be any easier to get tickets for our drawings as just by playing 100 cash games hands in our CGF Club at Pokio will earn you one.
If you don’t know about our club, rest assured you can enjoy many of the exciting games present at our festivals including NLHE, PLO, OFC, and Sviten Special! Download the Poker app on Android devices through this link or at the App Store at this link. Then simply register to our club billing filling in the 100197 ID in the Recommended Club field upon registration or search for our club from the Club Tab in the lobby to get in on the action.
Players at the festival will also be able to earn some free loot at Pokio as the highest hand every hour during prime time will be given a free €25 for the amazing games in our club. In addition, we will be giving away free money and hosting freerolls at Pokio for those tuning into our televised feature table streams.
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