Acroud cements its position as the link between land-based gaming and affiliation
The Festival Bratislava, a week-long event that took place at Banco Casino from September 20 to 26, was a huge success with guests. It included 22 tournaments, including novel events such as Roulette, Blackjack, and Sports Betting games, as well as traditional poker tournaments.
Martin von Zweigbergk, Director of Live Events at Acroud expressed “I am happy that we took the risk of launching a live event and made it happen despite a very challenging year. The interest we’ve seen and the players’ appetite have been incredible!
In addition to the Main Event and plenty of poker side events, we introduced fun casino games, mixing them all up with three sports wagering contests in collaboration with the Gambling Cabin. I think together we’ve put on something really quite special.”
The first-of-its-kind mixed games format drew participants from all across Europe, representing more than 25 different countries, as well as a huge number of online fans who watched the live broadcasts with commentary.
The €550 buy-in Poker Main Event received 621 participants on the second day, resulting in a guaranteed prize pool of 300.000 Euros, which was won by Martin Mauthner, a former EPT dealer from Austria, who took home €47,600. JJ Hazan of the United Kingdom won the Pokerlistings Deepstack, while Ylva Thorsrud of the Norwegian scene won the Acroud Charity Tournament. Tommi Heimonen, a Twitch broadcaster, won the Roulette Championship, while Andreas Höglund of the Land Islands won the Blackjack title.
The festival aims to become a destination in itself for everyone, giving an all-around experience outside of the casino, in addition to introducing innovation to gaming festivals and promoting inclusion among those more prone to play casino games. The Festival Bratislava participants appreciated and savored Slovakia’s capital by participating in a variety of extracurricular activities, including wine tasting, local cuisine dining experiences, a cabaret show, and sightseeing excursions, as part of this idea.
Robert Andersson, CEO and President at Acroud said “Combining the digital sphere with land-based gaming provides both operators and the player communities with a tangible value, which is a pivotal element to the future success of affiliation business; and I am incredibly proud of The Festival Team, who delivered such a sound premiere, amidst the uncertainty around live events.”
Acroud thanks its partners for their invaluable work and support with The Festival Series launch: Banco Casino Bratislava, Casinoroom, Coolbet, Dal Negro Casino, Guts, Metal Casino, Paf, Pokio, Slots.io, SuperNopea, Uhmapelaajat, PokerNews, Pokerisivut, and Olybet.
The Festival Series will return in 2022, and the next stops will be announced in due course.
Afternoon networking event for Women in Gaming – Amsterdam
In partnership with iGB, SiGMA will hold a 2-day afternoon networking event to celebrate Women in Gaming, an online group dedicated to connecting and supporting women across the gaming industry. This event will take place on the 29th and the 30th of September, with networking drinks and hors d’oeuvres served between 1 and 3 pm at the StrandZuid in Amsterdam. Join us!