The Start: Bratislava Poker Festival


The Card Casino Bratislava, against the clear blue sky, looks kind of like a kind of mansion on the hill for poker players. It feels like you’re approaching something massive, where something massive is about to happen.

One day away from the Bratislava Poker Festival, excitement is spreading across three floors of the casino. Staff are busily preparing the card rooms, the restaurant and the gaming tables; ready to welcome players from all around the world.

As tournament director Donal MacAonghusa (and blogger’s father) said earlier today: “This is going to be massive! It’s been the talk of every poker table in Ireland, from the Macau Casino down south, all the way up to The Antrim Sports Club. We’re really excited to bring some Irish Poker magic to Slovakia.”

Go to for the full schedule but highlights include Day 1A of the Mystery Bounty for €400 and the Festival Opener tomorrow for a €150 buy-in. The Grand Prix Main event kicks off on Wednesday and the European Omaha Championship plays on Thursday.

And for those following along at home, Party Poker and the Card Casino are proud to present a live stream, beginning Wednesday at 2. Join us at 8 pm CET on Twitch:

And just for our Twitch fans, we’re running free rolls at 7 pm CET on Thursday the 20th, Friday the 21st, Saturday the 22nd, and Sunday the 23rd. Two €550 Malta online Day 1 tickets are up for grabs so it’s not to be missed!! The login and password will be revealed each day on the stream.

Follow along on this blog for regular updates, make sure you’re subscribed to Party Poker social media feeds and if you see us around, come some hi at the Casino. If anyone looks Irish and like they’re having a good time, they’ll be happy to chat!

Shuffle up and deal!

Ferdia MacAonghusa

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