Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
The Cash Game Festival Bratislava at Banco Casino is off to a hot start. Day 1 was full of action and a buzz was felt throughout the poker room.
During much of the night, there were seven tables in action with games running in no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha.
The festival began with welcome drinks at 5:30 p.m. CEST. Many players that were at previous festivals were able to reconnect with their poker friends while many others at their first Cash Game Festival were introduced into the ever-expanding Cash Game Festival family.
As will be the case throughout the festival, today featured two televised feature tables on the Cash Game Festival Twitch channel and embedded in our coverage. Cash Game Festival Head of Media Henry Kilbane and Petyo Andonov were commentating the action with guest hosts throughout the evening including Unibet Poker Ambassador Rauno "Estonian Jesus" Tahvonen.
Peter La Terra, who has been to almost every Cash Game Festival, was the biggest winner at the early €2/€2 pot-limit Omaha table after booking a profit of €1,506 or 753 big blinds. La Terra is now in good shape to win his first Cash Game Festival trophy awarded to the player that wins the most big blinds throughout the 10 feature tables during the festival.
Also booking a big profit at that table was 32Red Poker qualifier Anton Dzhelali. He won a four-figure profit of €1,030 and was excited about his hot start to the festival.
Youness Barakat, who set a festival record at the last Cash Game Festival at Platinum Casino in Sunny Beach by notching the biggest profit at three of the first four feature tables was at it again in Bratislava. He was the biggest winner at the late €1/€3 no-limit hold'em feature table after booking a profit of €233 or 77.7 big blinds.
Today also featured two online freerolls hosted by Cash Game Festival partner 32Red Poker. They will continue to run freerolls throughout the festival with the password released on the streams as will the Cash Game Festival's other partner Unibet Poker.
Tomorrow the action is expected to be even bigger both on an away from the tables. The day starts relatively early for those with the hospitality package with a laser tag competition followed by lunch.
Stay tuned at PokerNews as we reported the action with four more exciting days still yet to come.
Photos compliments of Natalie Pastakeda/Cash Game Festival.
The late €1/€3 no-limit hold'em feature table was full of solid play with many experienced players including Unibet Poker Ambassador Espen Uhlen Jorstad and the eventual feature table winner Youness Barakat.
If you missed the action in live time, you can still check it all out in the video replay below.Watch €1/3 NL HOLDEM Cash Game Festival Bratislava from CashGameFestival on www.twitch.tv
Youness Barakat was the biggest winner three of the first four feature tables during the last Cash Game Festival in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria.
He is off to a hot start again as he was the biggest winner on the late €1/€3 no-limit hold'em feature table after booking a profit of €233.
This isn't the last we will see Barakat this festival. He will play in more feature tables including some of the higher stakes games later on in the festival.
Unibet Poker Ambassador Rauno "Estonian Jesus" Tahvonen just arrived to Bratislava today and will save his poker action for later in the festival.
He has been chatting around with many of the players and has just joined the commentary booth to tell some stories and go through some hands with Henry Kilbane and Petyo Andonov.
A handful of 32Red Poker players including Edgars Armans and Mick Smith have gathered around the feature table to have a chat with 32Red Poker Manager Nick Diaz. The topic was football but now they are chatting about how much fun tomorrow's activity away from the felt.
Tomorrow at 12:30, players will meet up and be escorted for a laser tag competition. Of course, everyone in attendance will also be on hand for lunch.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will attend the event to get reactions from the players in real time.
Ihor Pavliuk just left the feature table. Taking his place fresh of the plane is Unibet Poker's Simon Steedman.
Steedman will be doing a lot more than just playing as he will also be looking after the more than a dozen Unibet Poker players in attendance at the Cash Game Festival in an official capacity.
Tomas Pospisil was felted early from the feature table and taking his place was Unibet Poker Ambassador Espen Uhlen Jørstad.
Jørstad saw the stack of Barakat and decided to buy in deep for €2,000.
Here is a look at photos from the welcome drinks compliments of Cash Game Festival/Natalie Pastakeda.