9/12/2019 0 Comments
To be honest, I was intending to leave Spa after the summer. I am still into it but a couple of things have changed in my plans outside Poker and it looks like I am committed to spend at least a few more weeks (maybe months) not to far from the Luxembourg area where I am involved in the production and promotion of some films. There are good things happening and also bad things at the moment. The point is that there is a lot of shit going right now. Find out more about it under adolfelassal.net.
So yes, I might stick to my Spa base for a bit longer then planned. Time to look ahead then! The Winamax Series are almost over and WCOOP is still in full swing for the online sickos. I am firing bullets here and there but I still prefer a good old live game to clicking.
The weekend cash games are still my favourite games over there but the Poker Room of Spa has a bunch of interesting Poker festivals coming up in October and Novemeber while their September's Challenge is still ongoing until the end of the month. Poker Belgique is planning one of their Poker Belgique Masters soon (more info HERE) and Poker One, one of the most active Belgian Poker crews over the last 2 years, will have its own festival in Spa in a few weeks...
I am not intending to properly cover those events but I will show up to play if I am in the area and I will definitely have a camera with me ;)
More info in P.R.O.S. the calendar under www.pokerroomofspa.com!
That's it, folks! Summer is gone. At least in the BeNeLux area :p
I skipped the Cash Game Weekend Tbilisi in late August after the Spa's Poker Festje as I have been working on some film and photo projects throughout the summer. I am also looking forward to setting a foot in the cinema business this fall. More updates will follow up soon I guess.
More news will also follow regarding the next Cash Game Weekend set to be back in Batumi in late September.
From a Poker point of view, I am still on the low profile side of the Poker media action with a few shootings here and there but I keep playing myself quite a bit. Still cash games. Still PLO! Online, I have not been achieving much ...
Last weekend, I visited the Poker Room of Spa for a cash game session and I stopped by the tournament Poker room upstairs during the regular Friday event to shoot the trophies of the upcoming Spa's Poker Feestje in the middle of this month.
All festival details are online under www.pokerroomofspa.com.
While the Spa's Poker Feestje mostly stands for a Poker tournaments, a fully detailed cash game planning has been released. Find all there is to know about the festival cash games openings in THIS ARTICLE.
What is more, another great August cash game spot will be the Tbilisi Cash Game Weekend for a second stop in Georgia this summer. You will find more information about this event in a former blog post.
Where will I see you?
After a series of one-day events during the July Ranking that ended last night, the Poker Room Of Spa will soon be back in the Poker festival business with the SPA's POKER FEESTJE. Find out the complete schedule of the festival and the results of the July Challenge under pokerroomofspa.com in the NEWS and CALENDAR sections.
I will be on the spot at least between 14th and 18th but probably a bit more in case someone cares to join us in Belgium.
Although I am not working at the Spa Casino anymore as such, I am always welcome to shoot a set of photos over there. This past weekend, the Dutch organisation of Deaf Poker was hosting the Spa DEAF POKER FESTIVAL at the Poker Room Of Spa and I decided to show up on Sunday during the bubble of the Main Event :)
You'll find the full set of photos below and on Flickr or Facebook. Enjoy! :)
Belgium, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Georgia and U.K. for some Poker and Rock'n'Roll :p
As some may already know, I have left the Poker Room of Spa as a co-worker in early May this spring but the action goes on with regular weekend events and occasional festivals to come. There are loads of promotions coming up for July and a nice Poker festival will be held in the middle of August. Find out more in the NEWS section of the P.R.O.S. website.
I will still be there from time to time for the occasional cash game round and I guess I will make my way down from Bristol where I am shooting a music festival in early August to take part to the Spa's Poker Feestje.
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!
After 6 months of promotion for the launch of the Poker Room Of Spa, it's already time to step back and to move on to other destinations.
This does not mean that I will not be around at all anymore but I am definitely planning to spend less time in Belgium again over the coming months. That does not make the cash game tables less juicy in Spa though :D So I am for sure planning to come back from time to time like for instance for their upcoming bounty hunt for next weekend from the 16th to the 19th May.
The event is a €250 buy-in tournament played in two days with three Day 1s. The starting stack will be 50k in 30/40-minute levels. View the complete structure HERE.
A few days of rest in Spa shooting architecture photos and enjoying the first signs of summer and I am almost ready for the 2-week hop to Czech Republic. I will spend the coming 2 weeks in Rozvadov for the E.P.S. shooting Poker photography and documenting the festival through a series of daily intervention on european-pokerseries.com.
Thinking of joining? Do yourself a favour and visit the E.P.S. hotel booking section. Great packaged hotel deals are waiting for you!
Almost 2 full weeks of action, 16 events and +€840.000 in prize pool guarantees!! See you where the Poker action is ;)
4/10/2019 0 Comments
This week, the Poker Room Of Spa is offering you the chance to play the Belgian pros and you don't even have to break your bankroll to be part of it. The B.P.A. 2019 ceremony is coming up this weekend in Spa with a prestigious €1.100 event but there are ways around the cashier. As a matter of fact, from tomorrow, Thursday 11th of April, daily Phase 1 events will be available for €120.
10% of the field will advance to the Super Star Championship on Saturday but it is not a proper satellite. The twist is that you will keep your stack for the weekend tournament no matter how high or low it is. That way, you might end up being short stacked or maybe start with more players than your opponents on Saturday but always for a reduced price of €120 instead of €1.100.
Find all details on the P.R.O.S. page!
Here i am back in Belgium since Monday after a week of PLO madness at King's Resort for the Big Wrap that ended up being a great success. I spent the whole last week in Rozvadov playing the 4-card game and shooting the big boys in the â¬2.350 Main Event. More than 200 photos are online in my Rozvadov Big Wrap archive.
Next stop is the Casino de Spa again where I will attend the Belgian Poker Awards ceremony this weekend before a few quiet days followed by the big Rozvadov E.P.S.!!
One of the last European Poker Series hotel promotion has been launched yesterday and you have still time to join the ride for the 800.000+ Eur GTD festival.
It's always nice to see him around, not so nice to have him at the table though :p Davidi Kitai, THE Belgian Poker star will be taking part to the Belgian Poker Award festivities in mid-March at the Poker Room Of Spa.
Find out about the ceremony, the prestigious €1.100 put in place by the P.R.O.S. and the Phase 1 qualifiers just before the B.P.A. weekend on the pokerroomofspa.com page.
The E.P.S. Spa is over and you will find all reports on their website after 12 days of Poker at the Poker Room Of Spa. You will find a link to more than 600 festival photos in the PHOTOS & COVERAGES section of this site.
I am now off for a bit family and online Poker time in Luxembourg before leaving to Rozvadov for that awesome PLO event coming up in early April: the BIG WRAP ! The rooms are filling up buck Frank Koopmann might still be able to help. Visit the website for quick and easy room bookings!
It's March already and in the EPS calendar, March means BACK TO BUSINESS!
From 13th of March the European Poker Series will celebrate its return to the Poker Room Of Spa for almost two weeks of Poker action in the oldest functioning casino in the world!
€200.000 are guaranteed for this festival before the huge €800.000 stop in Rozvadov in April. Don't miss it!
Over the coming weeks, the European Poker Series have guaranteed a million Euro featuring a 200.000-Euro stop at the Poker Room Of Spa from the 12th of March and an 800.000-Euro edition at King's Resort Rozvadov a bit later from late April.
Packages for your accommodation are already selling well so get busy booking yours for the best possible E.P.S. experience. I will be attending both stops shooting photos and reporting about counts and updates on a daily basis.
All info can be found on european-pokerseries.com and frequent updates and news are published on their Facebook page as well.
I still did not get the chance to fly home to Portugal over this early February. After the P.R.O.S. Benelux Championship, I decided to skip Dublin for personal and business reasons but only to stick to the Luxembourg and Spa area where I have been staying since my return from my 2-week Rozvadov stay for the Dutch Classic's and the Spanish Poker Festival.
This weekend, I will be back at the Poker Room Of Spa for the APAT Benelux Championship before finally finding my way back to the Portuguese Atlantic coast for late February and early March :)
I will be back in Spa from tonight with a photo and cash game plan but I don't think I will get away these days without registering at least one tournament :)
The one-day tournament weekend starts tonight with the Thursday Night Fever (€1.500 GTD) as a warm up before the big action kicks off from tomorrow.
The D4 Events Dublin Poker Festival (DPF) has begun last weekend and will be going on until the end of this week with the EDSPC Main Event coming up but I gotta skip this one unfortunately. Some business is keeping stuck in Luxembourg for a few days, so I will probably be back in Spa for the weekend where Leandro Gaone has put together a schedule of 4 1-day tournaments from Thursday to Sunday with a total of more than €20.000 GTD!!
Not sure I am going to play the small ones but, for sure, I am going to be more than happy to sit the Friday PLO cash game tables :) Also, watch out for a new tournament on Saturday with a bigger buy-in and a deeper structure and for a €10.000 guarantee in the Sunday special event of this week.
All P.R.O.S. Poker info is available under pokerroomofspa.com. See you in Belgium again soon!
Back in Belgium last week with a stop at the Poker Room Of Spa for their first festival of the year. 200 entries came together for the Main Event and almost as many photos are available online. All P.R.O.S. Poker info is displayed under pokerroomofspa.com.
You'll find my photos there as well as in my Flickr archive or on THE-ROUNDERdotnet Facebook page.
I have been skipping the 2018 edition because somehow I got stuck in Portugal so I organised things differently this year. I'll travel to Portugal AFTER the Dublin Poker Festival :)
I will miss the first weekend featuring the smaller ACOP Event taking place while I will be attending the Benelux Festival at the Poker Room Of Spa after a long January stay in Rozvadov and before moving on to Ireland for the second part of the DPF 2019.
While working on new communication development plans and playing cash games at the Poker Room Of Spa, I am obviously also shooting some photography recurrently.
You can find them on the P.R.O.S. website, on their Facebook page and on THE-ROUNDERdotnet Facebook HQ.
My complete recent photo archive is hosted on Flickr if you like would to browse 20k photos from over the last 3 years ;)
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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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