King's Casino host first post lockdown live event

Roger Hairabedian
Roger Hairabedian
Roger Hairabedian

The world is a very different place but it’s starting to return to some normality, and poker is no different. Last week we saw the first major live tournament since lockdown lifted. 

King’s Casino Rozvadov was home to the The Big Week, a series of MTTs that concluded in a €2,500 PLO High Roller Main Event. 

That tournament attracted 60 entries and was won by French poker legend Roger Hairabedian for €40,401

Of course a PLO high stakes event was always going to get a small field, which was perhaps the point to keep things socially distanced. However, a number of the No Limit events had generous guarantees and big fields. 

The €170 Monsterstack, for example, easily beat the €40,000 guarantee and attracted 359 entries. The €70 Bounty event also beat the €15,000 guarantee with a field of 251 and 74 re-entries.

Masks were not required of the players, but staff and dealers did wear them. The tables were not short handed like some poker venues are requiring. Cash games were also running 24/7 during this event as like any other time at King’s Casino. While this is quite relaxed compared to a lot of poker venues around the world, the Czech Republic has not been hit hard by Covid-19 compared to other European countries, with just 336 deaths at the time of writing. 

It looks like live poker is back in Rozvadov and they are already gearing up for their next event, the Balkan Poker Circuit starting on July 1. 

Would you feel safe playing live poker again? Let us know in the comments:

Barry Carter

Barry Carter

Barry Carter is the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2 and Poker Satellite Strategy

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