The Festival

    • The Festival 2024 Schedule
    • How to Enter The Festival
    • What to Expect at The Festival
    • History of The Festival
    • The Festival Winners
    • The Festival FAQs

    The Festival 2024 Schedule

    Three editions of The Festival have been scheduled for 2024, with the first taking place at Kings Casino, in the Czech Republic. Further events in Malta and Bratislava are scheduled for the second half of the year.

    EventFestival DatesMain Event DatesMain Event Buy-InMain Event Guarantee
    The Festival RozvadovMay 31- June 95-9 June€ 550€ 500,000
    The Festival MaltaSeptember 8-15TBC€ 550TBC
    The Festival BratislavaNovember 18-24TBC€ 550TBC

    How to Enter The Festival

    Online satellites to The Festival are currently being held on the iPoker network, including on Grosvenor Poker and Bet365 Poker. For the Festival Rozvadov, satellites are taking place on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, with multiple packages guaranteed in each satellite. There is no set qualifying schedule as satellites for each event are organized on a case by case basis, however iPoker seems to have recently become the main home of online satellites to The Festival.

    What to Expect at The Festival

    A trip to The Festival is not unlike many other live poker events. However The Festival takes things just a little bit further than most live series, with tournaments based on casino games like blackjack and roulette. There is usually a sports betting competition as well and Padel tennis is another popular off-the-felt activity. The Festival’s founder Franke is the life and soul of the Festival and he likes to take part in poker tournaments and the special non-poker events that the tour has become famous for. Not only does he like to participate in them, he has a history of winning them too!

    PokerWired is a Media Partner of the Festival

    PokerWired is a media partner of The Festival and will be following the action closely, publishing news and event reports from every stop of The Festival in 2024.

    History of The Festival

    Founded by a team fronted by Swede Martin “Franke” von Zweigberk, The Festival set about to run fun poker events with a difference, including casino game based tournaments as well as off-the felt activities such as shuffleboard, Padel tennis and even drinking games. The first outing for The Festival was in Bratislava in 2021, when 621 players turned out for the €550 main event. That was the sole event held in 2021, but in 2022 the tour added Tallinn to its roster and also returned to Bratislava for the second time. In 2023 the tour expanded even further, adding a stop in Malta and one in Nottingham, but dropping the Tallinn leg.

    The Festival Winners

    As mentioned, Franke has a knack of winning tournaments, especially the non-poker ones. At one edition of The Festival he scooped multiple titles, none of them for poker. However Franke can be a formidable opponent at the poker table as well and has many tournament cashes to his name. He’s a competitive gambling all-rounder. If he comes up to you at the bar and tells you that the jack of clubs in his hand is going to jump up and give you an earful of cider, don’t bet against it!

    EventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerFirst Prize
    The Festival Bratislava 2021621€ 356,572Martin Mauthner€ 56,870
    The Festival Tallinn 2022552€ 264,960Eirek Kristiansen€ 56,100
    The Festival Bratislava 20221,271€ 603,725Michel Molenaar€ 126,650
    The Festival Nottingham 2023609£232,292Ignacio Menendez£37,595
    The Festival Malta 2023617€ 296,160Oystein Brenden€ 60,700
    The Festival Bratislava 20231,025€ 500,000Gabriel Rymar€ 80,000

    The Festival FAQs

    What is The Festival?

    The Festival is a low-mid-stakes live poker tour which operates three-four events per year in Europe

    Is The Festival just about poker?

    No, The Festival incorporates casino games tournaments such as roulette and blackjack as well as sports betting competitions.

    How much is the buy-in of Main Event of The Festival?

    The Main Event of The Festival is usually €550

    Where can I find online satellites to The Festival?

    Satellites to The Festival can be found on many online poker sites on the iPoker network, including Grosvenor Poker and Bet365 Poker