I just spent a full week in sweet Georgia for the Cash Game Weekend stop in Batumi from 10th to 15th July. If you go to the photo section of this website, you will find a link to the archive of more than 200 photos I shot during my stay or you can scroll down to end of this post to get to the Facebook album.
The standard program was to stroll around the city and its beaches during the day while I spent almost all my nights at the casino resulting in a pretty poor local nightlife experience all in all. While we had a lot of fun (and drinks) together last time we met in Riga, my hosts were pretty busy this time resulting in another problem I had not anticipated: there was quite some language barrier over here as very few people speak decent enough English to have a proper conversation. I am not fluent at all in Latvian but at least, I could read the signs and menus, make deductions or suppositions while I was tapping in complete darkness here.
Not that I have become super shy all of a sudden but, additionally to the harsh language Georgian is, it's completely and absolutely impossible to read Georgian for me. I cannot even identify all the letters of their alphabet and when something was translated in local stores, it was in Russian or Ukrainian which is also a writing system I don't master. The rest of the population is Turkish, Iraninan or from some STAN republic from even further East. hardly any western people seem to make it to Batumi. To top it, most signs are still handwritten here which makes writing notoriously event more difficult to read even when you know the writing system. It felt like being deaf or at least dumb which almost never happens to me with my pretty good knowledge of 8 languages by now and I think I missed out on a lot just because of that. I'll be better prepared next time...
All this would not discourage me from skipping any of the crappy western fast foods and stores that of course managed to spread over here too. Those moderne and hopelessly not Georgian places were more or less the only ones where I could actually read the name of what I was eating and drinking before tasting it. Being a vegetarian, this was a bit of a hassle and I ended up a few times with something in my hand or in my mouth that I really did not want :p Last time I was in Tblisi, there were more signs/menus/notes translated into English and I had two local buddies with me that would translate me things or at least tell me afterwards what I had eaten and how it's called so I could order it [never] again depending on whether I liked it or not :) This week, I could not even read the names of certain streets I was passing by.
I had some rather cool random encounters with locals in the streets of Batumi nevertheless, I even had a date but I mostly had a blast admiring the mixed architecture of this booming city. Georgian hospitality is not a legend!
The Poker games as such were also pretty nice with daily 5/5 and 5/10 (US Dollars) games running and occasionally higher blinds in NLH and PLO formats and the action was going on until very late/early every morning.
Talking about Tbilisi, Cash Game Weekend has just announced that their next stop will be in the capital city in late August so check your agendas and save the dates. It's coming up quickly. More info will follow soon under www.cashgameweekend.com.
In the meanwhile, enjoy the Batumi photos ;)
More personal thoughts on my Instagram feed.
Belgium, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Georgia and U.K. for some Poker and Rock'n'Roll :p
The next Cash Game Tour stop is coming up with a second stop in Georgia after Tbilisi last month. This time, we are off to Batumi on the shores of the Black Sea.
Tbilisi is pretty easy to reach from anywhere really but Batumi is bit offside the main travel routes. The best and most convenient way to get there from Europe is probably to fly to Kutaisi International Airport. From there a shuttle service will take care of you to get you to Batumi.
Wizz Air has regular direct services to this airport with flights from cities like Vienna, Barcelona, Memmingen or Dortmund for instance. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you need assistance! I think I will take the Vienna or Dortmund option to depart to Georgia. Just a reminder, since Georgia hosted the European Song Contest, European visitors don't need to apply for visas anymore for short stays. Vamos! Let's get busy booking this trip!
All info via the CGT website including casino description and hotel packages!
6/6/2019 0 Comments
I've been taking it easy lately. Picked up running and hiking again and got back to playing quite some online Poker too for a change. My mission at the Poker Room Of Spa came to an end in early May and I am now taking some time to try to shape the rest of the year.
I am super available at the moment if someone care to come up with a brilliant project to work on :)
I am thinking of leaving my base in Spa by late August but it is still not clear where to for now. Suggestions are also welcome for that! I basically don't need a lot: a bed, a bathroom, a kitchen - vamos! But I guess I need to figure out first what I will be doing before I chose where to go. Or maybe it does also work the other way around... On my list: Lisbon (yes, again) or somewhere sunny, Prague (always loved it or Eastern Europe generally speaking) or something more remote like Thailand (wish list) or Uruguay (a friend moved there and loves it).
The idea of buying a new mobile home has also crossed my mind a few times lately ...
To my old buddies of Luxembourg: I will be amongst you on a few occasions over this coming summer between my stops in Belgium, Slovakia, Georgia and England so let's meet up if you care!
A great, actually two opportunities to combine travelling and Poker in Georgia are coming up these following weeks with the Cash Game Tour stops in collaboration with PokerTrest in Georgia.
The first stop will be in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, and will be hosted by Casino Adjara. Another stop will follow for genuine summer feelings in Batumi on the coast of the Black Sea in July.
Room booking is available on the Cash Game Tour website. Direct flights to Tbilisi are available from more or less everywhere.
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Cash Game Weekend Batumi has been announced recently just after our stop in Riga a few weeks ago.
You can find all CGW Riga pictures in a summary post with almost 350 shots in this link and we are now happy to promote our next festival. This time, we are back to the shores of the Black Sea in Georgia's Batumi with a festival from 25th to 30th of July.
Cash players get their room for free as usual and the standard games will range from $5/5 to $10/20 in NLH or PLO formats. Higher blinds are always available on request.
For info and booking, you can use the www.cashgametour.com website.
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After a week in Riga in between days of Portuguese bliss, I will soon be off on a small tour again. Photos of my last Portugal stays and of the Riga Cash Game Weekend are available in the PHOTOS & COVERAGES section or in my Flickr archive.
Next stop: the #pokernamur World Cup Festival ! Back in Belgium next week for another edition of the monthly Namur Poker rendez-vous.
Information can be found under www.circuspoker.be but it looks like I will be publishing my coverage again on www.pokernamurevent.be from this festival on. More news soon ...
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After a more than pleasant stay in Latvia last week during the 6-day Cash Game Weekend in Riga (6-11 June), Cash Game Tour & Poker Trest have announced their next stop for July. Off to Georgia, to the shores of the Black Sea in Batumi!
For those who care, almost 350 photos of our city trip to Riga are online HERE.
Travelling is exciting. But travelling to new places is even more exciting. Who has ever been to Batumi? Who even knows where Batumi is?
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