Since traveling takes up so much of my time, not much is random when I fly. When I know the airport and how the wind behaves, I can usually anticipate pretty well what routes we're going to use to take off or land. Yes, I'm an aviation geek, so what?! :-)
October is going to be a busy one at casa (with no casa) The-Rounder.net!
Check out the POKER TRIPS section if you care to join somewhere. There's plenty of info online featuring new BEAT THE RAKE promos and hotel package offers.
The Spanish Poker Festival still have a bunch of events up their sleeve for this year, so get your agenda ready and get set for one or the other mtt in Spain or Rozvadov during the end of 2022 ...
Most of my personal upcoming stops are listed in the POKER TRIPS section and I'll try to throw in another dead bullet or two to support the Spanish Poker community :-p
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade they say. Life gave me Alex, so I'm not making lemonade - we're moving around and shooting pics :-D I'm spending these days with one of my closest buddies. He is based in the Lisbon area, plays cards and shoots (great) photos. I've shared some of his work already a few times here or on my social media account and we're going to shoot and publish photos together for this trip.
We're in the process of preparing quite a bit of new Poker content with PokerFirma ... but we're not intending to talk too much about the game itself :-) Because there's a life beside Poker. We swear! We've seen it!! :-p
PokerFirma have ordered a series of Portugal photos of mine and I have compiled this short article about the state of things when it comes to playing live Poker in one of my favourite places in Europe.
An English version of my text is available below and you can visit the original article in German to view all the awesome photo selection HERE.
One of the very nice things about Portugal, is that, despite its modern infrastructure and great international connections, it does not take more than a 60-minute drive to disappear into the wild.
Watching waves and sunsets while eating local pastries. Easy life!
My summer in Portugal is a lot about (struggling at) Poker so I'm not shooting much but I'm posting the occasional golden hour photo or Poker session shot.
Check out the photo section for archive albums if you like browsing.
I keep adding some of my Poker trip ideas HERE in case you're looking for travel inspiration.
On the way to the super-heated pre-African Alentejo and Algarve air in the South of Portugal, there is a very nice oasis of nature ... yes, yes... and of Poker :-)
If you are into MTTs, Troia is your only option at the moment in the Lisbon area since the Sol group running the Lisbon and Estoril casinos still have no tournament offer.
The Troia casino is located in the middle of a natural reserve in the Sado estuary near the city of Setubal. Ferries connect the port city to the casino. The alternative is a 40-min drive around the reserve in order to reach Troia over the road along the Comporta dunes. An epic drive!
More info in the FB group.
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With more than 2000 photos published and more than 200 hours spent at the Poker tables between late May and late July, it's not an exaggeration to say that my Vegas summer has been a tough grind :-)
Yesterday, I decided not to walk along the ocean on my way to Cascais. It's something I hardly do since it makes very little sense. The view is gorgeous every day and the distance is roughly the same. Yet, the lesson to learn in this post is that new ways bring new surprises :-)
Guess where I will be spending some time from next Tuesday ... ;-)
Beside the announcement of the CNP 2022 schedule, SPF, one of the other relevant Spanish Poker promoters, is also announcing its year plan.
September was a lot about Portugal for me altering between almost daily live Poker and study sessions in Estoril, walks along the coast, food and photography.
Seven months into 2021 and some Portuguese have been confined or living with Covid restrictions for almost 5 of them until now. Having my base in Cascais since last September, I am one of them. The latest lockdowns were enforced in January and it took authorities until May 1st to reopen Casino Estoril. The action was great in May but I had to leave Portugal for 2-3 weeks in early June for film shootings abroad. Unfortunately, while I was away, Covid numbers started rising rapidly again and, in a total despair move, the Portuguese decided to confine large parts of the Lisbon area again. The casino has been closed since early June again with no sign of any reopening to come.
Trusted sources and contacts of mine amongst the casino management staff are confident they will be able to open again during August but there is no sign for that coming from authorities and they have no idea about the playing conditions they will be able to offer to players.
My POKER TRIPS section got an update!
A new #spfpoker flyer was uploaded with the new date for SPF SUMMER at King's and you'll find info for the March festivals I am planning to attend in Spain.
For the rest, there should be some surfing and cash game action going on in Portugal and maybe some more cash games in Brussels later during the month.
Greetings from Portugal <3
Sure, I came to play cash games at Casino Estoril but something is distracting me ...
You'll find out what in my Flickr photo archive ;)
>> my Instagram shots
>> Random Estoril shots
>> Beaver Moon
I am staying here until late November before a quick hop to Belgium to play the PB Masters Main Event in Spa. My plans for later this year are still blurry but it looks like I will be heading East. Slovakia and Czech Rupublic for the first half of December, Luxembourg at some point soon ... Rozvadov maybe again after Christmas or maybe some more Portugal.
What about you?
Not a lot of action at the Poker lately for me. I have hardly played since the days before Christmas. Just a bit of online mtting and some live cash games and, so far, I am up this year :D
I'm back in Spa at the PROS for a bit this month and might hop around here for a while between in the BeNeLux area. Still have to make up my mind about SPF Rozvadov and the Dublin Poker Festival for later this month and February.
Every few weeks, the Casino Estoril Poker department comes up with a special Poker event besides the regular weekly tournaments but you might strike gold the December if you are considering Estoril as one of your Poker stops. The Golden Poker Series are stopping in Portugal and here are all the details!
All Casino Estoril events are listed in the online agenda and you stay up to date via the Casino Estoril Poker Facebook Page.
It's time to #punishthespanish again!! :D
I left Spa this morning after some photo reporting over the Roller Coaster Festival weekend days and I stayed one extra day to attend the Poker Room of Spa Monday Cash Game Night yesterday. I was able to book a positive session but my highlight of the weekend was my second place finish in the Chill Out event while I was still posting updates and shooting pictures of the final stages of the Main Event final table. Poker an easy game :)
The CNP Estoril is come to an end last night with the last three win in the MAIN EVENT, the LIGA DO POQUER NACIONAL and the WIN THE BUTTON. All recaps are online on the Casino Estoril Poker Facebook page where I have published daily notes and photo albums.
I only arrived on Thursday but PokerPT was on the spot for the whole week providing a proper and extensive coverage including more photos and video content.
Big up to Pedro for winning the Main Event!! He is clearly one of the ones on the good side of the Poker Force :) I met him in the 45°C heat of a caliente summer festival in Madrid during the summer of 2017. Since then, it's always a pleasure to cross his path. He bested a field of 149 entries with more than €14.5k on top!
I have uploaded a photo archive of my stay at Casino Estoril last week for those who care. It can be found on my Flickr account.
The Poker Belgique Monster 2018 is over with a Main Event that gathered 835 entries and unstoppable champion, Sébastien Hetzel, who is just having an incredible end of 2018 at Poker Belgique since a few weeks.
My photo archive (+200 photos) is available on my Flickr account and you can view Jonathan Koszulap's coverage under www.pokerbelgique.be.
After a pleasant week in the Netherlands hopping from Holland Casino to Holland Casino in Breda, Amsterdam and Zandvoort where I enjoyed an almost 10-km on the autumn beaches [photos on my Flickr] on Wednesday, I made my way to Namur in Belgium for the PokerBelgique Monster Tournament finals over the weekend.
Last minute changes for this week! Although I decided to stop working as a #pokernamur reporter after the Namur MegaStack in September, I still intended to come over for the Oktoberfest this week to play cash games and shoot some photography for the Namur Poker room but the board took the bizarre last minute decision not to let me shoot at the casino anymore at all since I am not reporting officially for them.
As a result, I decided to enjoy my time on the BeNeLux roads this weekend starting with the Friday event at the Poker Room of Spa before moving on to the Breda Small Ball Series for the weekend.
Off to Amsterdam from Sunday night or Monday morning after that before the Monster Tournament finals for PokerBelgique in Namur before a few days of family time in Luxembourg and I will be back in Belgium later in November as well for the #PROS Roller Coaster Festival after a short hop to Portugal for the CNP Estoril.
Beside the daily cash games 1/2 NLHE > 5/10 PLO and the weekly MTTs, Casino Estoril regularly teams up with external partners like the Spanish Poker Festival in September and there are two more major Poker rendez-vous to come for this winter!
The CNP Estoril 6>11 Nov & the GPS Estoril 3>9 Dec.
â#estorilpoker info can be found on their online agenda or on their Poker Facebook page.
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After a busy August, I somehow hoped I'd have an easier September. Naaa ...
The Troia Poker Festival was amazing! 0 tournaments played, daily cash game and beach sessions, top hotel and the peninsula is just amazing. I have posted a bunch of pictures on my Instagram and you will find more photos of the Arrabida coast on my Flickr.