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.
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.
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.
After the grand kick-off of SPF 2020 in Rozvadov in early February, we are heading back to Spain for the first Spanish leg of the tour this year. See you in beautiful Granada this March just after the Al-Andalus Poker Circuit stop in Seville.
Need help for accommodation and travel options? I might be able to assist you!
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.
9 stops have been announced last December when #spfpoker 2020 was launched. In the meanwhile, we have increased this number to 11 and it might not be over yet ... While we are preparing for the first stop of the year at King's Resort Rozvadov, watch out for new announcements in the POKER TRIPS section and find out about the upcoming stops below.
Get in touch if you need info or assistance to join us somewhere!
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!
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.
The #SPFpoker Main Event is on at Casino Gran Via and you can follow the full coverage on Poker Red!
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:
11/28/2019 0 Comments
New image, new brand colors, new website, new buy-in for the Main Events [€250], new stops, better social media stuff, live coverages ... The SPANISH POKER FESTIVAL is still going strong. Every national stops features a guarantee of €25.000 except for the Madrid finals that are coming up in mid-December with a €50.000 guarantee!!
The festival promo usually comes with hotel packages and free airport shuttles for the Rozvadov legs in Czech Republic.
Find out more on their fully detailed website!
I spent most of my November in Portugal playing cash games at Casino Estoril and enjoying what this awesome country has to offer. Still no tournaments for now but at least 2-3 Poker tables are running every day with blinds starting at NLH 1/3 and some PLO. The Omaha game is the local highrollers' playground but it's PLO4 only so not insane swingy ... I'll be back soon. For sure! But let's have a look at what's coming up for the coming weeks. In the meanwhile, you can have a look at my photo archive on Flickr.
The Gran Casino Castellon will be the host of a massive SPF event very soon! Check out this insane schedule they just published on their Instagram profile!
11/20/2018 0 Comments
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 :)
I will be back in Spain next week to #punishthespanish because they still deserve it :D
After a stop at CNP Estoril recently, I am now attending the Poker Room Of Spa Roller Coaster Festival in Belgium before leaving to Madrid next Wednesday for the finals of the CNP GRAN FINAL.
The festival is already in full swing since the 16th of this month and you can follow the action on their Facebook page or on the Laroush Events page.
Less than a month to go before the return of the Spanish Poker Festival to Rozvadov with a Winter Edition from 28th January to 4th February but there is also a lot of action already announced in Spain by various Poker promoters.
CNP & LPS have announced most of their 2018 stops already with tournaments all over Iberia and GPS will also be back with Silver Poker Series in January and February before a Golden Poker Series stop at Casino Gran Madrid in March.
The promoters of the SPF at King's will also be active on home soil with a bunch of events scheduled for the beginning of the New Year like the Spanish Winter Series in Castellon until 7th January, the Levante Poker Challenge also taking place at Casino Gran Madrid in mid-January before the SPF at King's. Soon after, another event will take place at Casino de Mallorca and another Levante Poker Challenge stop is planned from 23rd to 25th February at the Gran Casino Extremadura.
Let's get our credit cards ready to book flights and accommodation :p
To kick-off the new year in an 'all over the place' manner, I found myself hesitating between these two destinations. Minsk, Belarus, for a Cash Game Weekend with furious Eastern chip throwers featuring a Belarus Poker Tour (BPT) stop or Madrid, Spain, for the Levante Poker Challenge including juicy OLE! cash games and not risking to freeze to death if I decide to go for a coffee around the corner.
Sunset between Lisbon and Madrid, June 2017
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Yesterday, I drove to chill in Luxembourg trying to take advantage of the coming summer days with old buddies and my brother ...
Yes, I know - stupid idea :) Long story short: I slept at a friend's place, my buddy's wife ended up turning on the heating this morning and it has been raining for most of the day on top of that.
That is why, I will be heading South again soon :) This weekend (9th > 11th June), I will probably be shooting some of my last Poker Belgique photos in Namur before the Monster Tournament in October, so join us for the ongoing Big Slick event that started on monday already with the first Day 1. The results of the first Day 1s are already available on pokerbelgique.be and I will be on the spot this weekend for a proper photo coverage of the finals until sunday night.
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Everybody who follows me online must know by now how crazy in love I am with Portugal, so it was no big surprise to anyone when I suggested my Lisbon friends to join them (again) from 12th to 20th of June.
A little bit of chilling by the ocean, a couple of beers with the buddies, some cash games at the Estoril casino, cafezinhos with supercuties by the pool ... the plan seemed perfect :)
... until one of them showed up to ruin my relaxed vacation plans :) Holidays have been cancelled, it seems!
So now, we're thinking of leaving to Spain for the Golden Poker Series Madrid before moving on to the PokerStars Festival in Marbella from the 19th to 25th. See you on the road!
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Before the summer of 2017, the page was animated by 2 blogs: the Poker tournament blog and the general blog. Today, only the former tournament blog remains active featuring all sorts of updates in one place only. Easier for you, easier for us ... :)
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