The end of the year is coming in fast and the amazing amount of poker action that is been thrown at us, players and media keeps us all running. Sometimes in circles… :-)
In the jungle of cash game events flourishing a bit everywhere in the poker scene, a group of European promoters have come together to offer a series of stops under the name of POKER ON TOUR. The idea is straight forward: offer cash game festivals in cool places. The upcoming stops are in Sofia, Bulgaria and in Troia, Portugal.
After my stop in Namur, I made a short stop in Luxembourg before moving on to Estoril and Vilamoura in Portugal for the Solverde Poker Season Etapa #3 covered by PokerPT.
Some of the photos of this trip will be published in a PokerFirma.com Facebook album and all of them will be archived in the photo section of this site.
Following this, I will be in Bratislava for 10-15 days. More POKER TRIPS here.
After my Namur visit in Belgium and a short stop in Luxembourg, I'm off to some Portugal Poker and photo grind with Alexandre Brutally Honest Rotenberg. Drones, cameras, stacks of cash for the Estoril and Vilamoura games... We are all set for a few days of cash games in Estoril followed by the Solverde Poker Series Main Event in Vilamoura!
From the very south of Portugal, I will then beam myself to Central Europe for a photo mission during the Vamos Poker Tour stop in the Slovak capital.
Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and back to Slovakia.
These will be my Poker stops during the fourth month of this year. Details are always up to date under POKER TRIPS.
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.
It took the Solverde group some time to restart relevant Poker action in their casinos after the Covid months. They are back for good now it seems.
I'm thinking of visiting the Vilamoura stop in Algarve in April 2023.
After my visit of Seville for the first CNP of the year (photos HERE), I briefly stopped in Faro in the far southern part of Portugal to catch some amazing Algarve light. Spring is coming!
For those who did not know, there's a mountain range with peaks at just below 2000m in the north of Portugal. It is called 'Serra da Estrela' (the mountains of the stars) I crossed parts of the region by car during summer 2022 on my way to a Poker festival in Vigo on the Spanish side in Galicia.
Further down in this post, there is a series of aerial shots to be found. These were taken during a recent flight from Lisbon to a home game in Luxembourg.
After spending almost three months in Las Vegas during the late spring and early summer months of 2022, I spent the rest of summer in Portugal and Spain. I did not make my way back since then and I captured amazing light again when I did so in late January. An album is available further down in this post.
Sure, there are all the great guided tours of Lisbon, the epic bar crawls the Portuguese capital has to offer, culinary explorations reminiscent of the country's rich colonial past, foodie tours by Segway, hop-on-hop-off city tours by boat or bus ... The Lisbon Bay is full of beautiful surprises, the food and life in general are good, while it all unfolds with 10 to 11 months of sunshine a year.
There is a new article of mine online on PokerFirma with loads of cool archive pics and an English text version is available below on this page.
Since it is built on a series of hills, Lisbon has numerous viewpoints to offer for great time outs. There is for instance a huge public park in the heart of Lisbon. It occupies an area of 26 hectares to the north of Avenida da Liberdade and Marquis of Pombal square. It is named after King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom, of Great Britain, Ireland, and Emperor of India from 1901 until his death in 1910. After he visited the Portuguese capital in 1903 in an effort to strengthen relations between the two countries and reaffirm the Anglo-Portuguese aalliance. Up until this specific visit, the park was called 'Parque da Liberdade' (Liberty Park). The name would have made very little sense anyway under the Salazar dictatorship between 1933 and 1974. The park's current configuration and design date back to an intervention of Portuguese Modernist architect Francisco Keil do Amaral.
Nazare, about 90 minutes driving north from Lisbon is a tiny coastal village world famous for the fact that it is home to the biggest surf waves in the world. When the right tide, swell and wind conditions meat - generally in winter with the powerful assist of the North-Atlantic storms - 30-m water monsters tower above 'Praia do Norte' (The North Beach).
Pics of my winter months in Bratislava are available in my photo archive. Late January comes with a Portuguese interlude and here are aerial photography shots of a recent flight between Vienna and Lisbon.
When I bust, I shoot photos. You already know :-) But I don't only shoot Poker players or beaches. This is an October 2018 shot of the Orion constellation that I shot in the garden of the house where I had gotten invited to a home game in Portugal.
Since traveling takes up so much of my time, not much is random when I fly. When I know the airport and how the wind behaves, I can usually anticipate pretty well what routes we're going to use to take off or land. Yes, I'm an aviation geek, so what?! :-)
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
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade they say. Life gave me Alex, so I'm not making lemonade - we're moving around and shooting pics :-D I'm spending these days with one of my closest buddies. He is based in the Lisbon area, plays cards and shoots (great) photos. I've shared some of his work already a few times here or on my social media account and we're going to shoot and publish photos together for this trip.
We're in the process of preparing quite a bit of new Poker content with PokerFirma ... but we're not intending to talk too much about the game itself :-) Because there's a life beside Poker. We swear! We've seen it!! :-p
PokerFirma have ordered a series of Portugal photos of mine and I have compiled this short article about the state of things when it comes to playing live Poker in one of my favourite places in Europe.
An English version of my text is available below and you can visit the original article in German to view all the awesome photo selection HERE.
One of the very nice things about Portugal, is that, despite its modern infrastructure and great international connections, it does not take more than a 60-minute drive to disappear into the wild.
Watching waves and sunsets while eating local pastries. Easy life!
My summer in Portugal is a lot about (struggling at) Poker so I'm not shooting much but I'm posting the occasional golden hour photo or Poker session shot.
Check out the photo section for archive albums if you like browsing.
I keep adding some of my Poker trip ideas HERE in case you're looking for travel inspiration.
On the way to the super-heated pre-African Alentejo and Algarve air in the South of Portugal, there is a very nice oasis of nature ... yes, yes... and of Poker :-)
If you are into MTTs, Troia is your only option at the moment in the Lisbon area since the Sol group running the Lisbon and Estoril casinos still have no tournament offer.
The Troia casino is located in the middle of a natural reserve in the Sado estuary near the city of Setubal. Ferries connect the port city to the casino. The alternative is a 40-min drive around the reserve in order to reach Troia over the road along the Comporta dunes. An epic drive!
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With more than 2000 photos published and more than 200 hours spent at the Poker tables between late May and late July, it's not an exaggeration to say that my Vegas summer has been a tough grind :-)
Yesterday, I decided not to walk along the ocean on my way to Cascais. It's something I hardly do since it makes very little sense. The view is gorgeous every day and the distance is roughly the same. Yet, the lesson to learn in this post is that new ways bring new surprises :-)