Rozvadov, Czech Republic, 2017 - photo by Katerina Lukina
About this site
I spend a lot of time traveling. View a selection of Poker pictures but also all sorts of non-Poker photo reports of projects I am involved in on the PHOTOS & COVERAGES page. Generally speaking, I like to avoid having humans in my wide shots, even when I am taking urban shots. That being said, when I shoot people, I enjoy to report about what they do and how they do it. I love following communities or documenting creative processes.
You can scroll through a listing of articles dedicated to info and thoughts I would like to share in the NEWS BLOG section. It is generally Poker-related but not in a classic way. I mix it up by adding content about other topics I am interested in like photography, mindset, art, science or history. You will find a link to the former blog section (before summer 2017). These two sections have been merged now with Poker tournament agenda updates and blogging info about other topics I care about.
Also, you can find a list of Poker events I promote as an ambassador for various international brands in the POKER TRIPS section. I mostly promote events I am planning to attend myself and I will be happy to assist you to join on one of my journeys.
The ART & PRINTS section is constantly under construction and deconstruction depending on how much time I have to dedicate to it.
In Poker, a 'ROUNDER' is what a player was called who was moving around from card game to card game like a nomad. This is basically what I have been doing over the past years as a photojournalist/Poker player but it is also what I have been doing my whole life as a former touring musician/producer/event manager. My blog was and still is a lot about Poker since the game is the primary reason why I travel but I gradually added other photo reports to my archive since I come across many different and interesting people, projects and events worth documenting while I am on my way.
Today, THE-ROUNDERdotnet is still a strong Poker photography database but I am progressively using it more and more to promote my photography generally speaking. At the moment, I post on 2 different Instagram accounts:
@the-rounderdotnet is about Poker & traveling but I tend to be more active under @damian0nigr0 to share card content and non-Poker photography (documentation of journeys, film & theatre projects, astrophotography & airplanes, artists, communities... ).
THE-ROUNDERdotnet is designed responsively and therefore should display correctly on all sorts of devices but still looks best on a good old computer screen if you ask me.
You can find me on Facebook via THIS LINK. A short biography is online just below for those who care and I have talked extensively about me as a photojournalist in 2021 in an interview by Alex 'BrutallyHonest' Rotenberg. Read it HERE.
Click the photo to read the interview by Alex Rotenberg.
who's the rounder?
I'm Damian. I was born in Luxembourg and I travel around from Poker event to Poker event in order to play card games or to report about them mainly by shooting photos. I shoot pictures everywhere I travel to and this blog simply serves the purpose of sharing information about Poker events I am attending or planing to attend.
With a scientific and cultural educational background and after a music career as a touring drummer & DJ then producer, publisher and manager from the mid 90s to the early 2000s, I ended up taking part to roughly 600 shows in 30 countries. If we would have had hashtags back then, #onstageeverywhere would have been one our favourite ones :p
I then transitioned to event management, cultural management & consulting, environmental and political activism through followed by more corporate private businesses like running a night club or owning a communication agency ... always keeping a camera somewhere close ... In 2007, I stumbled across Poker, somehow got good enough at it to make money and keep traveling almost without working. Then lady variance got introduced to me [dirty bitch!] :p I had a very wild and passionate relationship with her, especially in 2010 and 2011. I lost at Poker (playing mostly tournaments) and lost my Luxembourg home in a fire. The neighbour who was responsible for the fire that destroyed two whole stories of our building (4 apartments in the heart of Luxembourg City) had no insurance and no money. Endless fights involving lawyers and insurance companies followed leaving me basically homeless in the end because nobody would pay for the damage done. This tough situation resulted also in the loss of the last active company I was running back then in late 2010.
Having not much to lose, I decided to invest money in card coaching and took the decision to move in an RV more or less full time to travel Europe and try making a living from Poker (NLH cash games this time) which kinda worked out and, luckily, I was not running bad in every other aspect of my life. In grand star alignment fashion, this is also the time when Poker companies and casinos started to order photo reports although I had never really advertised this service. Everywhere I was travelling to and after I had busted my tournaments, I shot photos when the tournament director would allow me to do so. Those photos were just for me and I would hand them over to the promoters too. As a matter of fact, it turned out some people were ready to pay for a passionate photographer's eye in order to promote their events and in 2012 THE-ROUNDERdotnet was born. The bad run came back though as a pyro set my mobile home on fire in Brussels in September 2013. There again, no insurance would cover the damage as the old vehicle's insurance covered fires ... but not vandalism.
Over the years, photography allowed me to have a small but steady revenue besides my Poker monkey swinging and I gathered enough knowledge and experience to start working with some of the worldwide leading Poker companies and casinos as a freelance photographer, blogger, live commentator, TV table director, camera operator, consultant ... you name it ... traveling around in the wake of numerous international Poker tours. Spending time with the best in the game, I discovered PLO and gradually moved to Pot Limit Omaha cash games as the NLH tables were becoming tougher and tougher.
A bunch of people helped me through my roughest times and so I am trying to give some back by helping people where I can by giving away small portions of my modest winnings during Poker solidarity challenges considering that the world will only be as good as we are ourselves.
I am fluent in four languages (English, French, German & Luxembourgish), my Italian is more than decent and I have basic knowledge in Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese... aaand I can count from 1 to 100 in Slovak :-p
I am still homeless by choice today (last edit in 2022) with a legal base in Luxembourg where I go back every few weeks to shoot nightlife photography, to participate to some event management or to take care of random administration stuff beside visiting family and old friends. Las Vegas is part of my regular Poker and road trip destinations but I'm easy to convince to discover new spots. These days, I occasionally set up bases in places I enjoy particularly like Estoril and Cascais near Lisbon in Portugal and I am also recurrently spending some time in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.