A brief chronicle of the arena of Romanian Live Poker in 2018 and the prospects of 2019
Romanian Live Poker gets ready to draw the line after yet another season abundant in festivals with big tournaments, matching prizes and memorable experiences for the poker aficionados. The Romanian poker players’ community is on the rise, not only numerically, but also in terms of performances. Romanians are ever more present at the big festivals as well as online, with record scores and great weekend finales.
And the national live tournaments circuit is the place where it all begins. Here come the beginners to try their hands at cheap tournaments with guaranteed large prizes, many champions leave here to inspire their friends and fans, and this is also a place where friendships and collaborations come to life in this so tumultuous, exciting and motivating industry which is the professional poker world.
PokerFest, the Romanian operator, had this year three leading online partners to work with in cross-promotion campaigns as well as the online qualifiers: 888poker, Unibet Poker, and NetBet.
The season debuted in January with Romanian Poker Series Bucharest, continued with PokerFest Poiana Brașov (a new gaming experience by the ski slope), and then a hat trick followed, in collaboration with 888 Holdings: 888poker LIVE Bucharest, Iași and Mamaia. Then, after a vacation series at the Caelia residential complex in collaboration with NetBet followed yet another Unibet Open edition in the capital, a greatly successful festival with record prizes and having the famous American writer Molly Bloom as guest of honor.
The second to last festival of the season has just ended on 28 October and has been the now-traditional PokerFest celebration. The operator turned seven, seven years of activity, which it celebrated, as usual, by work – for the staff – and poker and entertainment – for the players and the fans. The PokerFest 7 YEARS series took place in Brașov, with guaranteed prizes of RON 700,000 Ron, but the final award funding for the 12 tournaments were greatly exceeded.
By the time our magazine was printed, the line has yet to be drawn under season 2018. The latest festival of this year will take place between 28 November and 2 December, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest under the name of IPC Poker Tour, with a series of events focused on a main tournament – Main Event – subject to a EUR 550 fee. The end-of-year’s series is estimated to be historic on account of massive attendance – if we look at the success end-of-season’s festivals of the preceding years when one record after another has been broken.
IPC Poker Tour has a major advantage that will guarantee its success: over 150 Israeli players craving poker will take the tournament tables and the tournament cash by storm. The first IPC edition took place between 29 March and 2 April 2017, also in Bucharest, and bubbled with action. The series was ultimately won by Tudor Purice, one of the most feared Romanian poker players, who won the Main Event trophy plus EUR 47,500.
What will the 2019 season bring?
The auspices are good because live poker is growing every where and the Romanian community is more and more active and numerous. More and more recreational players are swarming around the gaming tables, drawn by the mirage of hefty awards and the mystery of the game; among the most gratifying, the ever larger number of ladies and mademoiselles who found in the PokerFest atmosphere (at the “Fests” in the players’ jargon) a safe and friendly method to spend free time with their friends.
“PokerFest has grown”, Sorin Constantinescu, company CEO, told us. “Our festivals can be a model of organization to any international operator. All the possibilities have been covered and we have permanent solutions and procedures prepared for any unforeseen event or detail. The players have a fluent and carefree expertise, all the details are precisely considered and the players from over 20 countries who visited our event this year only had kind words and were in fact surprised at what was going on at PokerFest in Romania given that things are not always perfect in the world. Personally, I am particularly glad we managed to contribute to the development of the Romanian tourism intended for foreigners, a field that was rather neglected by those who should care for it”.
To conclude, those who wants to play poker “like abroad”, without improvisations, in an agreeable environment and with the prospect of winning massive prizes may have their pick at the 2019 Romanian PokerFest calendar. We will bring you details about the following months’ stages in our future issue.