Another contribution on the go for PokerFirma.com and I have added an English text version below. Photos and info links can be found in the German article.
[ Sevilla ] My Photo Impressions
Sevilla is the spot where I got stuck when the pandemic hit Europe. It's actually one of the cities I love after visiting more than half a dozen times in total but I somehow did not make it back since then. Maybe it's time to break the spell. The first leg of CNP Season 11 will be played in beautiful Seville between 6th and 12th March.
Among the existing Iberia Poker tours, SPF is the Spanish tour traveling to most places. No wonder I ended up becoming one of their live circuit ambassadors :-) Their yearly schedule features numerous events in all of Spain, in Portugal and they are running multiple stops in Rozvadov every year. I've posted an update in German with photos for the last stops of the year on PokerFirma. An English version is available below.
BEAT THE RAKE in Seville
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Simply pre-register the Main Event by getting in touch. No hotel package offer so far. You'll get to stay where you like but if you need travel assistance, suggestions can be provided on request.
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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
In case you are considering to attend the next Circuito Nacional de Poker event in Seville (June 2022), here is the organisation's hotel suggestion for you.
The 10th Spanish National Poker Circuit enters Season 10 with a first stop to come in a few weeks time in Malaga.
The Al-Andalus Poker Circuit seems to be preparing a comeback.
Beside the announcement of the CNP 2022 schedule, SPF, one of the other relevant Spanish Poker promoters, is also announcing its year plan.
The CNP 2021 Gran Final Madrid is coming up at the end of this month and their 2022 Poker tour in Spain is already looking great.
I must admit, I am pretty speechless about what is happening again in Europe in terms of complications when it comes to travel restrictions, curfews and lockdowns. After spending the last 2 months in the U.S. , I had almost forgotten what the European Covid circus was about. One spot on the old continent seems to be ok though: the weather is nice, restrictions don't seem to be too bad and Poker promoters are still holding on their plans for now. How about spending the winter weeks in Spain?
It has been almost a year now since the Al Andalus Poker Circuit Main Event in Seville. The Al Andalus Seville festival was the first of a dozen Poker festivals scheduled throughout Andalusia during 2020. The event was scheduled from 9th to 15th March 2020 if I am not mistaken but we never made it to Day 1C since the festival was interrupted after the end of Day 1B when the first countries of Europe were starting lockdowns. I bagged a decent stack for Day 2, a Day 2 that never came so far and the organiser has been quiet ever since.
There are still no updates about when we are going to be able to carry out the rest of the event. You will find a link to the photos I shot during my brief stay in the PHOTOS & COVERAGES section and I will post news if there is a way to pull this off during 2021.
Start at the Bottom again
Exactly two weeks have passed since I made my way from Spain to confine myself at some friends' place in Luxembourg and although I could not have dreamt of better conditions to stay in lockdown, I am growing anxious about the sad record I am about to set. It must have been 10 years since I last stayed in the same spot for 15 days or more...
Psychologically speaking it's really hard to stay confined when all you usually do is moving around. It's especially hard when you don't have a place of your own to be confined in while watching everything you had been working for over the last months and years is crumbling as you helplessly watch the days go by. We are for instance starting to give up on some of our cinema release projects switching to VOD release solutions with #sawahmovie in Belgium for instance. The financial loss will be huge: 5 ... maybe even 6 figures and hundreds of hours of work by dozens of people are just going down the drain. Not much news about the Luxembourg release of 'My grandpa is an alien' until now and I am still investing last energy bursts to try to keep the #chagosfilm dream alive. More news will follow via our production company Wady Media.
Also, it does not look like we will get back to playing live Poker before autumn and international photo reporting also seems far away as travel restrictions will still last for weeks or months according to what I have learned from government and institution officials I know personally...
Tough one to keep a traveller's blog active in these times so all I thought of doing for now was to update my photo section with recent shots of Portugal and Spain. I am not shooting much in Luxembourg these days as I am mainly focused on helping those I can (I helped producing Covid19 info videos for the population and I am assisting social workers in translating and spreading useful news to people in need). I am also seeking solutions for myself as I am not eligible for any government help so there are probably tough times coming up for me financially speaking with no home, no income and no more ongoing projects to lean on. Being stuck in one of the most expensive places in the world (a room in a shared flat costs up to €1.000/month over here) will probably consume what's left of my bankroll and reserves in a matter of months if I don't act quickly.
Right now, the best I can do in order to soften the fall is getting back to grinding the online Poker tables as standard job search looks kinda hopeless. Enjoy some of my latest photos and stay as safe as you can out there.
I'll be back in Sevilla soon. Goodbye Sevilla Poker Open - Welcome Al-Andalus Poker Circuit!
You'll find links to photo albums of my stops there during last December and January below. Enjoy!
Poker Trips in March
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.
As announced earlier this year, the SEVILLA POKER OPEN has become an Andalusia Poker tour with the Al-Andalus Poker Circuit!
The first leg will be played this coming March in Sevilla. Find detailed info below. If you need assistance for accommodation and travel tips, get in touch!
Big upgrade in the Andalusia Poker scene for this year as the success of the four 2019 Sevilla Poker Open stops have turned into a new Poker circuit in Sevilla, Granada and San Roque! Bienvenido, Al-Andalus Poker Circuit!
You can stay tuned about detailed schedules and join us through the POKER TRIPS section.
The finals of SPO 2019 are coming up in a few days! I'll be off to Portugal tomorrow before making my way to awesome Seville. The SPO finals Main Event prize pool has already +€25k added money coming from the various promotion over the year (Buy-in Plus). As a very special feature you also get a discount for every stop you've played. All details HERE.
Above, you'll find the last minute hotel promo SPO has just fired out on their social media pages.
Interested in joining? Get in touch via my POKER TRIPS page!
For this coming new year, you can call me 'El Ambassador' ^^
As a matter of fact, after years of collaboration and of #nuncasuerte , I am very veeeery happy to be officially part of the Spanish Poker Festival crew as an ambassador for the brand.
We have lanched a completely new website this weekend under www.spfpoker.com with the announcement of the 11 SPF stops of 2020. There will be 9 cities on the tour map with two stops each in Madrid and in Rozvadov. Also, you will find some new spots on the map like the stop in Vigo for instance. Find out all there is to know about this upcoming #spfpoker year.
I can help you find all the info to make your way to the stops in case you are planning to drop by and you will always find the available packages in the POKER TRIPS section of this site.
See you on the Spanish roads!
Seville Poker Open Finals :: Jan 2020
The SPO is a recent project on the Spanish Poker map and it is a pretty pleasant one. Casino Admiral Sevilla is very fine and freshly renovated gambling establishment and it is located not far from the heart of wonderful Seville.
Curry Paella & Poker :p
My favourite thing about Poker by far is the cultural mix overdose I get again and again! After a micro stop in Estoril, Lisbon last weekend, I made my way to southern Spain for the Sevilla Poker Open just before the Spanish Poker Festival National Finals in Madrid starting this weekend!
SEVILLA POKER OPEN info can be found all across the social media landscape:
My photos of my Seville stay are online in the photo section of this website.
Just a few days to go until the 3rd leg of the SEVILLA POKER OPEN! Every year, the SPO animates the Admiral Casino Poker tables with a series of 4 festivals. This coming event is the last one before the finals in January.
The full schedule of the December event is available below and you can find more info about all the SPO festivals on your favourite social media network: