“I don’t pass up an occasion in the summer” – the Romanian summer season is full of poker festivals at the seaside

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Summer vacation is drawing closer, everybody is thinking about leaving offices and workplaces as far behind as possible, however, poker players don’t have even the slightest thought of leaving behind their passion for too long.


Even for the most disciplined of professionals, poker is a hybrid between work and fun, so much so that summer is usually destined for poker. Let’s not forget that the World Series Poker event, the largest festival in the world, debuted in May and will end towards the end of July and there isn’t a player around that is upset that the tournament series is eating up too much of their vacation time.

In Romania, the situation is similar. The Romanian operator PokerFest has scheduled a compact pack of festivals adapted to the season: three tournament series carried out on the Black Sea’s shoreline, scattered along the three summer months – June, July and august.

PokerFest taking a seaside retreat is already a tradition. Each year, the live poker community meets up in great numbers at the seaside, not only tempted by the organized games, but also for practical reasons: you can combine a perfect family vacation and vacation among friends with everyone’s great passion, the game with two cards in the hand and five on the table.


This year, PokerFest has raised the ante: there won’t be one or two festivals, but three. Let’s go over them separately:

June is reserved for the Israeli Poker Championship (IPS) Mamaia tournament series. As the name already explains it, a great number of Israeli game partners is expected at the Bavaria Blu Hotel between June 17th and June 23rd, alongside Romanian players, for a series of tournaments and cash games that peaks with the EUR 550 Main Event and a guaranteed prizes fund of EUR 150,000.

This festival is already a tradition, it has always been a success, and the location is the one chosen by PokerFest after many tries. Bavaria Blu is an ideal complex, with a large gaming hall, terraces and a private pool, and all the facilities of a hotel that is sufficiently cheap, but with services that are well above average.

And for the Romanian players, the festival has already begun… on the Internet. The Online NetBet Poker room offers daily qualification satellites for the Main Event, offering nearly 30 tickets worth EUR 550 each, with a “steps” qualification system, starting from zero, up to the EUR 70 Sunday satellite.

July – that is between the 17th and the 21st – is the month in which poker will be played beyond borders, but still a few feet away from home: in Bulgaria. The Sunny Beach resort (very close to the Romanian shoreline) is less crowded during that period, and the StarBet casino on the resort shall host a series of tournaments with EUR 100,000 guaranteed in the main tournament of the series called PokerFest Sunny Beach Bulgaria.

If you’ll follow the www.pokerfest.ro webpage, you’ll see that, undoubtedly, another online qualifications campaign for this festival shall debut after IPC Mamaia, most likely on NetBet Poker as well.

August is a more relaxed month, and the PokerFest organizer adapted to it by organizing a tournament with a limit of approximatively 120 players, at the Caelia luxury complex in Mamaia. Between August 5th and August 8th, poker will be played outside, on the complex terrace, in the company of several “loaded” participants, accompanied by select music, in a series of short tournaments adapted to the moment and pockets.

The details of this last summer event are still scarce, however, we all know from last year that the players will benefit from special treatment during this tournament series, as the first edition remains a pleasant memory for every participant.

These are the last three festivals from the total of nine events that make up the 2019 PokerFest Romania spring-summer season. In the following editions, we will give you more details regarding the summer tournaments and the 2019 fall-winter program which will soon be made available to the public by the operator.

Until then, all eyes are on IPC Mamaia and the online satellites on NetBet Poker.

Author: Editor

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