It's pretty difficult to find out what Martin Franke, the hyperactive Estonian entrepreneur, is brewing in his head but once it's brewed, the word goes out and spreads like a wildfire thanks to an efficient marketing machinery. I've been following Martin on social media for years and we came close to working together at some point in the past but the main thing I have learned about him so far, is that he might be the only person in Europe that travels more than I do but fact is, his 'actually getting on the booked flight' performances are worse than mine and it seems he misses more planes than I do :-p ^^
Something else that has to be credited to him, is the creation of 'The Festival', a unique gaming caravan aiming to travel around and hosting international game competitions. After a great 2021 edition in Bratislava, the gaming event is heading to Estonia's capital, Tallinn, where the next leg will take place between the 27th of June and the 3rd of July 2022.
I'll arrive in Vegas for two months on the 31st of May around noon and the feedback I get is great. The WSOP are always the most intense time of the Poker media circus featuring lots of daily news to digest on one side and a great appetite for content from the followers on the other one. With numerous members of the international Poker scene gathering, stories, rumours, results or clashes are the bread and butter of the journalists and I will partially be drawing from but I will also be feeding the Poker media monster.
I don't know David apart from a few lines exchanged online.
'This might be my last trip.' With these words, David Hendrix is making a strong statement and sets the tone. David has a rare neuromuscular disorder that affects his ability to control voluntary movements. He wasn't supposed to live past two years yet here were are: David is 31, which is probably more rare than his spinal muscular atrophy type 1 but his condition is getting worse.
It's May already! This means that by the end of this month, I'll be back in Las Vegas for two months or maybe more.
I got invited to take part in a MEET UP CASH GAME NIGHT at MGM Grand in late June. Thanks, Tyler, for the invitation.
Covid uncertainties are part of the factors that I was able to implement in my #allineverywhere decision taking over the past two years but the evolution of the war in Ukraine is a tricky one to predict and to adapt for since I got involved in a bunch of solidarity actions via this blog. Long story short, I decided to shorten my initial U.S. travel plan and I will 'only' spend two months over there. Less road trips in funky remote places but still a lot of reporting from Las Vegas and its surroundings for some PokerFirma content.
The 10th Spanish National Poker Circuit enters Season 10 with a first stop to come in a few weeks time in Malaga.
The 2022 World Series of Poker has finally been released and of course there's a post about it on PokerFirma !
Quick update on what is likely going to be the trip of the year in terms of #allineverywhere . I am working on my U.S. itinerary and I am still looking for potential travel partners in case anybody out there cares to join.
Thanks to Poker Firma who are supporting my plans of never going home, I think I will soon buy a ticket to Florida to cross the Atlantic in late April/early May since I have never been in southern eastern states. It's a bit far from my main Poker destination, Las Vegas, but, on the other hand, it will force me to go places before I reach Vegas and get stuck in the cash game and WSOP reporting grind.
It's time to start taking care of the Grand 2022 Vegas plan ! We have a time frame, although it's the only kinda frame we have for now.