The Festival in Rozvadov Starts at Kings Casino This Week

30 May 2024
Jonathan Raab 30 May 2024
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  • The Festival in Rozvadov Starts This Week
  • Features a €550 Main Event with €500,000 Guaranteed
  • The €250 Hendon Mob Championship Opens the festival
  • PokerWired Becomes Media Partner of The Festival
The Festival in Rozvadov
The Festival Series in Rozvadov Begins this Week at Kings Casino

The start of the World Series of Poker is always of great interest to the poker community and much of the industry’s media will be focusing solely on the happenings in Las Vegas. In that respect, PokerWired is no different, we are hugely interested in the WSOP and will be delivering news, results and stories throughout the series. However we are also still interested in events taking place in Europe over the summer, not least The Festival in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, which kicks-off Europe’s summer of poker, starting on Friday 31st May and running until June 9th at Kings Casino. The Festival in Rozvadov includes 65 events on its packed schedule and is about so much more than just the poker.

The Festival is an innovative poker tour, blending poker tournaments and cash games with a variety of other competitive gaming competitions and fun off-the-felt activities. Kings Casino is the largest poker venue in Europe and has hosted many major international events, including the World Series of Poker Europe, which has taken up residence at the Czech venue since 2017.

This is the first time that The Festival has held an event in Rozvadov and it is much anticipated, with hundreds of players having won their seats in satellites on multiple online poker sites, including Unibet Poker and Grosvenor Poker. The Festival Rozvadov Main Event is a €500+€50 buy-in tournament which runs from 5-9th June and has a €500,000 guaranteed prize pool. It includes six starting days. 

There are almost forty events to get through before the first starting day of Main Event begins, including a wide variety of game formats and buy-ins ranging from €115 to €1,100. At the sub-€100 buy-in level there are plenty of satellites throughout the 10-day festival, offering a cheaper way to claim your seat into many of the key events on the schedule. 

Coverage of The Festival in Rozvadov can be found on tour's official website and on their various social media channels.

The Festival in Rozvadov Highlights

While The Festival is not just a poker event, the action on the felt is still the main reason why the event exists and   the big tournaments on the schedule are the main attraction. These include:

  • €550 Main Event featuring a €500,000 guaranteed prize pool
  • €250 The Hendon Mob Championship with €200,000 guaranteed
  • €300 Mystery Bounty event with a €100,000 prize pool

Side events are also important and there is at wide range of these to choose from, with non-Hold’em and mixed games formats scheduled every day, as tournaments and cash games. Formats that feature on the schedule include:

  • No Limit Hold’em
  • H.O.R.S.E
  • Crazy Pineapple
  • Sviten Special
  • Pot Limit Omaha (various, including 4, 5 and 6 card PLO games)
  • 8-Game
  • Half ’n’ Half NLH/PLO Mixed
  • 7-Card Stud
  • Deuce to Seven Triple Draw
  • Open Face Chinese
  • PLO8

There is even a senior’s No Limit Hold'em event, open only to players who are at least 50 years old and a ladies tournament, called Festival Queens. Casino games also feature on the event schedule and includes Blackjack, Roulette, and Slots tournaments.

Live-streamed cash games and challenges take place on most days until June 7, after which the TV table coverage will focus on the main event. The live stream can be viewed on The Festival's Twitch and YouTube channels.

There is a lounge area at the back of the main tournament arena, where players can relax and where hospitality events that are open to all will be hosted throughout the festival. These include a daily flip and go poker competition at 8pm called Franke’s Flip Flops, plus pool and shuffleboard challenges. 

The Festival features Parties, karaoke, sports competitions and treasure hunts. If you’re looking for a poker festival with a difference and aren’t headed to Las Vegas yet, The Festival in Rozvadov could be the perfect way to launch into a summer of live poker.

A pdf of the Full Festival Schedule can be dowloaded here.

Key Events at The Festival Rozvadov

DatesEvent NameBuy-inGuarantee
31 May-3 JuneThe Hendon Mob Championship€220+€30€200,000 GTD
31 May-3 JuneMixed Games Main Event H.O.R.S.E.S.€500+€50€25,000 GTD
2-5 JuneNLH Mystery Bounty€270+€30€100,000 GTD
04-JunSeniors Event (50+)€225+€25€10,000 GTD
5-9 JuneThe Festival Rozvadov Main Event€500+€50€500,000 GTD
08-JunPLO Highroller€1000+€100€25,000 GTD
08-JunFestival Queens (Ladies Event)€110+€15€3,000 GTD
09-JunNLH Highroller€1000+€100€30,000 GTD

The Hendon Mob Championship Kick Starts The Festival in Rozvadov

The opening weekend of the The Festival in Rozvadov starts with a bang, as hundreds of flag hunters are expected to descend on Kings Casino for the €250 Hendon Mob Championship. The event has five opening flights and a €200k guarantee, ensuring a busy start to the festival. The first starting day of The Hendon Mob Championship is at 11am on Friday 31st May, with the final table being played on Monday 3rd June. 

The first weekend also features the Mixed Games Main Event, with a H.O.R.S.E.S format and a €550 buy-in. Live streaming on Kings Casino’s state of the art feature table begins on Saturday, with four game challenges scheduled for the opening weekend.

The €300 Mystery Bounty tournament with a €100,000 guarantee has its first starting day on Sunday and there are low-buy in No Limit Hold’em side events and satellites on the schedule as well.

PokerWired Becomes Media Partner or The Festival

PokerWired is pleased to announce it recently become a media partner of The Festival and will be following the action from Rozvadov closely, with news and progress reports published regularly on PokerWired during the event. PokerWired’s editor Jonathan Raab will also be in attendance for the entire ten days at Kings Casino, working as media coordinator and blogger for The Festival’s official website.

About The Festival Series

The Festival is a relatively new poker tour that emerged shortly after the lockdown, founded by Martin von Zweigbergk, a Swedish poker enthusiast better known as ‘Franke.’ Initially Franke was The Cash Game Festival organiser and cash games remain a significant part of The Festival’s diverse offerings.  The Festival event also features casino game tournaments and fun competitions as well as poker tournaments. The Festival reflects Franke’s passion for both partying and poker and he is dedicated to bringing his unique energy to the thriving live poker scene in Europe. 

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