Everything You Need to Know About The Festival in Bratislava

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Fresh off the back of the record-breaking WPO Bratislava, more poker action takes place at the wonderful Banco Casino this month with the highly anticipated The Festival in Bratislava.

From October 10-16, the live poker series takes place and features a huge €550 buy-in €500,000 guaranteed Main Event, which is the largest guarantee in Slovakian history for that buy-in level.

In addition to the Main Event, a plethora of events are on the schedule which will satisfy Mixed Games aficionados and those who like to enjoy casino table games. Poker cash games will also be running around the clock as 19 dedicated cash game tables will be open at all times.

Player of the Festival

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One exciting new feature that will be present at The Festival in Bratislava is the Player of the Festival.

Any player who takes in part in the series will be eligible to participate in the competition and big rewards are up for grabs for finishing in the top spot. Along with the bragging rights of you being able to call yourself the player of the series, the eventual winner will bag a package worth €1,600 for the next stop of The Festival Series. Furthermore, the champion will also secure a seat for the next Charity Event, which comes with a €1,000 buy-in.

The following tournaments are excluded from the ranking:

  • Ladies Event
  • Coolbet Club Championship
  • Charity Events
  • Satellite tournaments
  • Staff tournaments

To find out how the rankings systems work, check out the series’ webpage.

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Flip Your Way into the Main Event

After entertaining the players at The Festival in Tallinn, Franke’s Flip Flops will return for the Bratislava leg.

Players who enter the Franke’s Flip Flops competition enter flip challenges and those who perform best will receive prizes which could possibly include €550 tickets for the €500,000 GTD Main Event. However, all eyes will be on the grand prize which is a €1,600 package for the next edition of the Series!

Special flip tables will be set up and each evening throughout the series, players can flip their way to win tickets. The buy-ins vary depending on what winner’s prizes are up for grabs. In addition to Main Event seats, tickets to other events on the schedule as well as upcoming tournaments will be awarded.

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More Than Just Poker

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While poker tournaments and cash games dominate The Festival in Bratislava schedule, there are plenty of opportunities to take part in other casino games.

Tournaments for games like Blackjack, Roulette, Slots all feature and there is even a sportsbook tourney planned as well!

Make sure to check out the full schedule below to find out about all the of the events.

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What is The Festival Series?

Launched in February 2021, The Festival Series is a “revolutionary” new live event series that would combine poker, casino and sports event all in one scene. The festival is the brainchild of Cash Game Festival co-founder Martin “Franke” von Zweigbergk who teamed up with the Swedish media powerhouse Acroud to revolutionize the approach to casino festivals.

The Festival plans to have several stops across various cities around the world, starting in Europe.

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Keep up to date with all the The Festival Series Live Poker Events

The Festival in Bratislava Schedule

Date Time (CEST) Buy-In Event
Everyday 21:00 & 23:00 Various Stand’n’Gos – Franke’s Flip Flops
October 10 16:00 €250 Sviten Special Day 1
October 10 18:00 €250 The HendonMob Championship Day 1
October 10 19:00 €60 Super Satellite to Main Event
October 10 20:00 €250 Cash Game Challenge €2/2 Texas
October 10 22:00 €125 Texas Knockout (bounty €50)
October 10 22:30 €250 Cash Game Challenge €2/2 PLO4
October 11 12:00 €550 MAIN EVENT DAY 1A
October 11 13:00 €250 The HendonMob Championship Day 2
October 11 14:00 & 22:00 €250 Roulette Championship Day 1A + B + C
October 11 17:00 €250 PLO Masters
October 11 19:00 €60 Satellite to Main Event
October 11 19:00 Closed Sviten Special Day 2/FT
October 11 21:00 €1,000 Acroud Charity Invitational
October 11 21:00 €150 Turbo Sat to PLO HR
October 11 22:00 €125 Win the Button, Texas
October 12 12:00 €550 MAIN EVENT DAY 1B
October 12 14:00 €125 8-Game
October 12 14:00 & 22:00 €250 Blackjack Championship Day 1A + B + C
October 12 17:00 €1,100 PLO High Roller
October 12 17:00 €60 Gambling Cabin Sportsbook Tourney
October 12 19:00 €60 Satellite to Main Event
October 12 20:00 €250 Cash Game Challenge €2/2 Texas
October 12 21:00 €150 Turbo Sat to NL HR
October 12 22:00 Closed Roulette Championship Day 2
October 12 22:00 €250 Texas Progressive Knockout
October 12 22:30 €250 Cash Game Challenge €2/2 PLO4
October 12 00:00 Closed Blackjack Championship Day 2
October 13 12:00 €550 MAIN EVENT DAY 1C
October 13 13:00 €250 Heads Up Texas, CAP 32, Day 1
October 13 13:00 €125 H.O.R.S.E.
October 13 17:00 €125 Half ‘n’ Half (Texas & PLO)
October 13 17:00 €1,100 NLH High Roller
October 13 19:00 €60 Satellite to Main Event
October 13 20:00 €250 PLO 4/5/6 Cards (7 Max)
October 13 21:00 €250 Matching Visions Slots Tournament
October 13 21:00 €250 NL Surprise
October 13 22:00 Closed Roulette Championship Final
October 13 00:00 Closed Blackjack Championship Final
October 14 12:00 €550 MAIN EVENT DAY 1D
October 14 13:00 €250 Pokerlistings Championship
October 14 13:00 €250 Open Face Chinese
October 14 14:00 Closed Heads Up Texas, CAP 32, Final 4 players
October 14 16:00 €125 The Festival Queens
October 14 19:00 €125 NL Texas
October 14 20:00 €500 Cash Game Challenge €5/5 Texas
October 14 20:00 €550 MAIN EVENT DAY 1E Turbo
October 14 21:00 €125 PLO/PLO8
October 14 23:00 €125 Texas Turbo Midnight Madness
October 14 22:30 €500 Cash Game Challenge €5/5 PLO4
October 15 12:00 €550 MAIN EVENT DAY 2
October 15 13:00 €250 Gambling Cabin Sportsbook Tourney
October 15 14:00 €250 PLO Freezeout
October 15 15:00 €250 NL Texas Freezeout
October 15 17:00 €125 NL Texas
October 15 20:00 Closed Coolbet Club Championship Norway
October 15 20:00 €1,000 Cash Game Challenge €10/10 Texas
October 15 23:00 €125 PLO Turbo Midnight Madness
October 15 22:30 €1,000 Cash Game Challenge €10/10 PLO4
October 16 13:00 €60 Texas Lowroller
October 16 13:00 €250 Texas Shortdeck/ 6+ Hold´em
October 16 14:00 Closed MAIN EVENT DAY 3
October 16 16:00 €1,100 OFC High Roller
October 16 17:00 €10 Staff Tournament
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