Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Day 1 of the 2018 Cash Game Festival London at Aspers Casino was a huge success with plenty of action at the tables and in the lounge.
There were around a dozen tables running for hours on end in no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha with a Sviten Special set to open after 1 a.m.
The festival began in the late afternoon with a welcome drinks ceremony as preparation for both tons of action at the felts and for the big World Cup match between the home country of England and Croatia. However, many of the players couldn't wait for the official festival to begin with seven full tables already running before the ceremony.
Shortly after the welcome drinks ceremony began, the first televised feature table commenced with players battling it out in £2/£2 no-limit hold'em co-hosted by PokerNews Editor Jason Glatzer alongside British young guns Henry Kilbane, and George Sandford.
Zlatan Cizmic was one of the players on the waiting list for the early feature table. However, this didn't deter him as he eventually made it onto the table and booked a profit of £470 or 235 big blinds.
There was a bit of a break between the early and late feature tables so players could enjoy the World Cup. Although there were tons of side tables running, there were more than 500 players in the lounge outside of the poker room enjoying drinks and watching football.
After the match was over, the feature table began with stakes at £2/£2 pot-limit Omaha. The game played much bigger than the stakes with tons of action-players featured at the table.
Cash Game Festival Co-Founder Martin "Franke" von Zweigbergk, who won a Cash Game Festival trophy in Bratislava in April for winning the most big blinds at any of the 10 feature tables, put his name on the top of the leaderboard early on in this festival by booking a tidy profit of £1,500 or 750 big blinds.
Von Zweigbergk may need to improve on this total if he wants to become a two-time trophy winner as many other big action games are planned throughout the festival.
Players with the hospitality package will be enjoying a sporting activity tomorrow, although they may choose to keep playing at the tables as well.
Many other players will likely be enjoying the delights of British capital considering the perfect weather or instead hopping into the action early in the day. As will be the case every day during the festival, live streaming is scheduled at lower stakes at 6:00 p.m. BST and higher stakes at 9:00 p.m. BST. You can watch all the action on the Cash Game Festival Twitch channel or here at PokerNews.
Stay tuned at PokerNews for the next four days as we report some of the hottest action at the Cash Game Festival London.
Cash Game Festival Co-Founder won the most on the action-packed £2/£2 PLO table walking away with a cool £1,500 in profit. This represents 750 big blinds, which was the most of the day out of either feature table.
Meanwhile, even at 1 a.m. there are about a dozen tables running despite many players going home after the World Cup.
Stay tuned for the recap of Day 1 of the Cash Game Festival London.
Rauno Tahvonen, aka Estonian Jesus to his fans, is in the house. The Unibet Ambassador showed up hours ago and immediately wanted to hop in the action.
He sat down at a low-stakes £1/£1 no-limit hold'em table to warm-up but shared with PokerNews he plans to play higher stakes including at the televised feature table as the week progresses.
It was close but unfortunately, it didn't come home from the home country after Croatia scored a late goal in extra time.
Many players went home for the night but many others are now back at the table. Stay tuned as the late feature table is being prepared with stakes at £2/£2 pot-limit Omaha.
The £2/£2 PLO feature table has just begun. 32Red Poker qualifier Edgars Armans, has been to every Cash Game Festival so far this year thanks to winning multiple packages at 32Red.
Armans is always entertaining on and away from the felt and never afraid to put his chips at the risk.
PokerNews Editor Jason Glatzer, Henry Kilbane, and George Sandford will be rotating in and out to host the commentary.
You check out each hand on a 20-minute delay on the televised feature table on the Cash Game Festival Twitch channel and within our PokerNews coverage by clicking on the Live Stream tab.
Considering England is battling it out in the semi-finals of the World Cup, it is impressive that there are 10 tables in action.
In addition, there are at least 500 spectators watching football just outside the poker room hoping for England to pull it out.
While there is plenty of action at the felts, the atmosphere is electric off the felts with England and Croatia playing in the semi finals of the World Cup.
England snagged an early lead and the crowd loved it.
Here is a look at the poker room and right outside where the game is going on at Aspers Casino during the match.