Bratislava Poker Festival is a Huge Hit


Inaugural Event Beats All Expectations

The first ever Bratislava Poker Festival, sponsored by Party Poker, at the Card Casino was a triumphant success! All players expressed delight at the quality of the casino, the range of high value tournaments, and the warm atmosphere amongst the players and the staff.

Alex Dimogiorgis
Alex Dimogiorgis

Every tournament guarantee was smashed with €1,300,000 won by players. The main event, the Bratislava Grand Prix, had 1,113 entries and a prize pool of over €540,000. It was eventually won by Alex Dimogiorgis of Greece (€102,000) beating Bruce Dillan Lee (Germany, €93,000) after a heads up deal. The best Irish performer was Galway based Brazilian Andrey Cruz who finished 18th for €2,250. Full results are available on the Bratislava Poker Festival website.

Other Irish Notable Results

Roy Walker
Roy Walker

Powered by the same team behind the hugely successful Irish Poker Tour, there was no shortage of Irish players in attendance. Roy Walker produced a remarkable double when winning both the Friday Night Freezeout and the Omaha 7 Max on the closing Sunday for a total of €6,920. Fintan Gavin managed fifth place for over €10k in the Euro Omaha Championship which was won by Bulgaria’s Boris Angelov for €40,000. 

Irish Poker Tour regulars, Manus O’Donnell, Ray Wheatley, Brian McCarthy, Mike ‘Corky’ Corcoran, and Johny McCullagh were all amongst the cashers without ever hitting it really big this time.

Irish Poker Tour

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Screengrab from Card Casino livestream

The Irish Poker Tour pride themselves on timely, well-organized, relaxed, and player-friendly tournaments. Highlights of upcoming events include the Lúnasa Lunacy Festival in Dublin this August 25th to 27th and what is expected to be a record breaking Killarney Festival this September 27th to October 1st. Online satellites for these and other Irish Poker Tour events are running daily with tour sponsors Paddy Power Poker.

Party Poker

Party Poker are continuing their sponsorship relationship with the Irish Poker Tour team for the Inaugural Irish Poker Festival. The Irish Poker Festival will be staged in Dublin, one of the world’s most iconic poker cities, and at one the most luxurious hotels in Dublin, The Intercontinental. The festival features a €1,000,000 guarantee with a main event guarantee of €700,000 for a buy-in of €3,000. Satellites are running now on Party Poker.

*Press release by Bratislava Poker Festival

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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