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888poker Announce First Romanian National Poker Championship



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It’s been a long time coming, but Romanian poker enthusiasts are finally being given the opportunity to prove their skills as 888poker brings a four-stage live poker tournament to the country for the first time. In collaboration with PokerFest Romania, 888 is inviting the bravest, most fearless Texas Hold’em fanatics to join them in Iași, Timișoara, Cluj, and Bucharest in a quest to crown Romania’s first National Poker Champion.

Think you have what it takes to get involved? Competition is sure to be tough, and what better way to prepare yourself for the live games than to hone your online poker skills at, and perhaps even win yourself a cut-price ticket to one of the four main events? The first round in Iași is just a few weeks away!

Round One – Iași

The first stage of the tournament will take place in the North-Eastern city of Iași, a university city near the border with Moldova that is famous for the enormous St.Paraschiva Metropolitan Cathedral. This 19th-century Ordhodox Church is built in the Italian Renaissance style and should definitely have a spot on your sightseeing itinerary if you intend on visiting Iași for the Poker Championships.

Hotels in Iași are the perfect place to enjoy a certified five-star experience at amazing prices, including the Pleiada Boutique Hotel & Spa which boasts its own pool, free parking, and free Wi-Fi for less than €80 per night. The nearby Luxury Italian Style Terrace Suites offer similar amenities with the addition of a relaxing jacuzzi pool for just €115 per room per night.

Getting back to the poker, all four location cities including Iași will feature a €330 main event, plus numerous side events and non-stop cash tables for those who suffer an unfortunate early exit but still want to enjoy the rest of their trip at the poker tables. Two additional main games will include a high roller special and a mystery bounty tournament.

Win Your Way to Iași Online!

Daily satellites have already begun on May 18th, with a free sub-satellite beginning at 20:30 each day. There freeroll tournaments are a great way to bag a free ticket to the main satellite which begins at 23:30 each day at a normal cost of $33 but expect the fields to be enormous and with only three hours of play, you’ll be relying as much on luck as skill to bag yourself a satellite ticket.

For just $3.30 you can opt to play in a much smaller field but expect the blinds to level up quick as these games begin at 22:30 each day – just one hour before the main satellite. There are two main even tickets up for grabs each day, with each winner able to choose which city they would like to play in; however. no cash equivalent is available and the winning tickets are non-transferrable.

Round Two – Timișoara

The second stage of the Romanian National Poker Championships will be held over 400km away in the Western city Timișoara¸ famous for its Secessionist architecture. It’s central Piata Victoriei Square is surrounded by Baroque buildings and the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral. Sightseers won’t want to miss the Memorial Museum of the 1989 Revolution.

The best hotels in Timișoara tend to be a little pricier than those in Iași, but some may speculate that they are worth the extra expense – the five-star Hotel Tresor Le Palais has a 4.7 rating out of 1,200 reviews and features a pool, spa, free parking and Wi-Fi facilities, and a complimentary concierge service for all guests. If you intend on staying for the whole week, expect a bill north of €1,000. The nearby Del Corso is a four-star alternative with an award-winning restaurant, sauna, and gym, and could provide an attractive alternative for the value-conscious traveler.

The Gentleman’s Poker Club Timisoara will play host to this leg of the tour, with daily satellites running at every day between now and the start of proceedings on July 4th.

Round Three – Cluj Napoca

For our third week of live poker, 888 and PokerFest Romania will be journeying to the northwestern city of Clug-Napoca, the capital of the Transylvanian region and home to some of the most vibrant nightlife in the country. This could be the spot to pick for the younger crowd – assuming you aren’t attracted to the full-on experience of the capital of Bucharest! Countless landmarks survive hire from the days of both Saxon and Hungarian rule, and you’ll have no shortage of sights to see if you choose to make this your Romanian Poker Championship destination.

Competition is fierce between the hotels in this area, and you can even bag yourself a room at the five-star Grand Hotel Italia for under €100 per night. The DoubleTree by Hilton is only slightly more expensive, whilst the Hampton Hotel and Hotel Paradis make great four-star options for as low as €60.

Round Four – Bucharest

The well-known PokerRoom Bucharest marks the final stop on the tour, where the champion will finally be decided. Players will amass points for their performances in each of the prior main events, and the points leader at the end of the Bucharest leg of the Championships will be crowned the Romanian Poker National Champion as well as receiving no less than THREE 888pokerLIVE packages for the numerous international live poker stops organized by 888poker in 2023 – giving them the ultimate opportunity to show off their skills on the world stage.

As you would expect for a capital city, hotel prices are likely to be expensive here in Bucharest, but if you have as the tournament progresses you may find that the toughest competitors will attend multiplie cities to accumulate as many points as possible, and even a win at an earlier main event may not be enough to secure world champion status – as such, you’ll want to keep your eyes firmly on the leaderboards as the tournament progresses, especially if you have won one of the earlier three rounds.

Our Personal Invite to You

Come join us every month for a full week of live poker – every city will feature an attractive main event, numerous side events, and as much high-octane Hold’em as you can handle. Do YOU have what it takes to be crowned the national poker champion of Romania? Come and show us what you’ve got!


Best Games to Come In 2022



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There is a common quip in the gaming and game development world that new games’ release dates are more of suggestions than a sure thing. This is because no game ever makes its initial release date. But gamers have come to terms with delays and understand that it’s part of the game development process. However, this does not keep us from getting excited about the new titles slated to be released later this year.

This piece will look at the best games you should expect before the year ends. So if you’re ready to possibly get your hopes up for no reason, keep reading to learn more.

1. God of War

God of war is a quirky game set in a world inspired by the Norse mythology and was initially released in 2005. The game has gone through a few iterations over the years, which has only improved its gameplay. The current title does an excellent job at developing its characters and establishing their backstories, pulling you into the game and engaging you even more.

In addition, the musical score does an even better job at accentuating important moments in the game. That’s why we are so excited about the new revamp slated for later on this year. We are sure the stories and music will only get better, and we don’t even need to mention the gameplay. Sony always kills it.

2. Call of Duty

When duty calls, you have to answer. This is one that never disappoints. Its action sequences are as engaging as ever, and the graphics are every graphics designer’s envy. Betway also found that playing COD helps you burn as much calories as a long walk, with a 90 minute gaming session elevating your heart rate to 90+ beats per minute and helping you burn up to 180 calories.

So you can now enjoy your gaming sessions and don’t have to worry about missing the gym. And with a new release this year, we have more than one thing to be excited about.

3. Last of Us

Another title that is excellent to play is Last of Us. It’s set in a decaying post-apocalyptic world and stars two characters—a child accompanied by an adult. However, the story is not about the dilapidated world but about these two characters and their struggle to survive this world.

This is one we hope the development gods here us and release as expected. We cross our fingers and hope it makes its release date this year.

4. A Plague’s Tale

Set in a corps-ridden world, plague-infested rats and inquisition soldiers who have it out for the two orphaned sibling protagonists. The game’s setting does an excellent job of making the main characters empathetic as you witness their struggle from a third-person perspective.

However, the gameplay is not that engaging, and the obstacles are neither challenging nor compelling. We are glad the makers are revamping this one and getting a second chance at taking another crack later this year.

5. FIFA 23

FIFA is a classic game that never disappoints. It has been a favorite for many, and FIFA 23 is expected to be the most popular iteration of the francise yet.

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2022 World Series of Poker® Hall of Fame Finalists Announced



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Following a two-week nomination period, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has announced the highly anticipated list of ten Poker Hall of Fame nominees. Inducting one new member annually, the ten nominees will be considered by 32 living members who will allocate a ballot of ten total points to determine the 2022 Hall-of-Famer. The finalists are as follows:


  • Josh Arieh
  • Layne Flack
  • Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
  • Kathy Liebert
  • Mike Matusow
  • Lon McEachern & Norman Chad
  • Michael Mizrachi
  • Brian Rast
  • Matt Savage
  • Isai Scheinberg


There are three new finalists in the 2022 class including four-time WSOP bracelet winner, Josh Arieh, and Las Vegas residents Kathy Liebert and Brian Rast.


The induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 10 in tandem with the final table of the Main Event at Bally’s & Paris Las Vegas. All living Poker Hall of Fame members are invited to freeroll into the $1,979 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, with the buy-in priced in honor of the Hall of Fame’s founding year. This event will be open to all players. Each participating Hall of Famer will have a bounty corresponding to the year they were inducted into poker’s most exclusive club. The 2022 inductee will be announced during the event.


For more information on the Poker Hall of Fame, visit

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QTech Games bolsters its offering with CQ9 Gaming integration



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Emerging-markets leader extends its premier portfolio with more top slots from an emerging Asian force in multiplayer video content

QTech Games, the number-one games distributor across all emerging markets, has announced its latest premium partnership with Asian video content and slots supplier, CQ9 Gaming.

Under the terms of the new agreement, CQ9 Gaming’s GLI-certified portfolio – comprising top-quality slots, arcade, and table casino games – has been integrated for QTech Games clients and their players, providing another cutting edge to a powerhouse platform recognised for bringing the finest online games to market across developing territories.

Popular CQ9 titles include Good Fortune, 1945, Kronos, Zeus, Lucky Fishing, and many others which harness the appeal of multiplayer fish games, arcade games, not to mention multiplayer online board and card games. This ever-evolving production line will help QTech Games strengthen its comprehensive spread of gaming verticals, central to QTech ONE™, its definitive one-stop shop for global operators.

The deal organically broadens CQ9 Gaming’s global footprint, accessing a fresh scope of growth markets for accelerated expansion. As the fastest-growing distributor over the past few years, QTech’s platform is localised for each region with native mobile apps, robust reporting and marketing tools, and 24/7 local-language support.

Ulf Norder, CCO at QTech Games, said: “We’re excited to be teaming up with CQ9 Gaming whose stunning graphics and gameplay chart near the pinnacle of the marketplace. The QTech Games platform is equipped with the best games from the world’s leading suppliers – and CQ9 now joins this branching tree.

“CQ9 Gaming may only be a young company, but they’ve already managed to build a strong fan-base in Asia and are moving on to conquer previously untapped markets in Europe and LatAm. Their titles run off an agile HTML5 gaming engine, meaning that you can access them either via desktop or mobile devices, even if the casino doesn’t currently offer a dedicated mobile app.

“Wherever you set your scene in this ever-changing landscape, our platform champions a mobile-first mantra, packed with all the best localised games that cater to varied cultural tastes. By way of instructive example, if you don’t offer the fish game in China, there’s no chance of becoming successful. And it’s a similar story with the Andar Bahar in India. CQ9 understand the demand for regional specificity throughout Asia and beyond, making them a logical and long-term ally with which to team up.”

A CQ9 spokesperson added: “This deal significantly broadens CQ9 Gaming’s international influence, opening up ‘margin’ markets from Eastern Europe and Latin America for diversified growth.

“CQ9 is one of the leading video slot suppliers in the Asian market with more than 100 titles under our belt. We’re steadily working on extending that reach and establishing ourselves in Europe and CIS-facing territories, and QTech’s broad spread of emerging-markets access means we can achieve this with dexterity while also consolidating our existing Asia-facing audience.

“Our goal has always been to design intuitive and interactive live-dealer experiences that are customised for every generation of mobile end-user. Since QTech Games is a defining distributor across Asia and other unexploited regions, we can’t wait to see how our games connect with different and diverse player profiles.

“At a time of refined localization techniques, QTech Games is really delivering on their brand promise of customising high-class content for varied cultures. This is what keeps them at the forefront of relevance for all kinds of players in the bubbling melting-pot of emerging markets.”

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