After over three months of being on lockdown, countries all over the world are now taking steps to relax coronavirus restrictions in a bid to restart their respective economies.

In Europe, business establishments, including casinos, have resumed operations, an indication that the live poker scene in the region could soon come back, though not as vibrant and boisterous as it was before COVID-19, with new normal guidelines being implemented. Nonetheless, this comes as good news to poker players and enthusiasts yearning for live action as they can now return to the tables to compete for huge prizes.

For European players, there’s no better place for top-notch poker action than King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The venue has now begun accepting customers from other countries like Italy, Germany, Poland, Australia, the Netherlands, Hungary and France since stringent restrictions were put in place in March.

Great Summer Awaits King’s Casino Players

King’s Casino, home to the largest poker room in Europe, recently released a jam-packed summer calendar, made up of exciting poker festivals beginning this month, running through to August.

The action begins this weekend with a €100,000 guaranteed PLO High Roller, the largest PLO event to be hosted by King’s since the COVID-19 lockdown. The event, which has a buy-in of €2,500, will take place on June 20-21 and will allow unlimited re-entries.

It will be attended by European poker greats, including 2019 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Besim Hot, ex-professional footballer Sergej Barbarez, King’s regular Harry Casagrande, and Slovakia’s poker hero Marek Blasko. King’s owner Leon Tsoukernik might also join the field!

The PLO Highroller which will be livestreamed for spectators at home, serves as a warm-up event to an even bigger tournament scheduled for July, the Balkan Poker Circuit!

Balkan Poker Circuit (July 1-6)

The Balkan Poker Circuit takes place on July 1-6, guaranteeing €200,000 in cash prizes, spread across three events – an opening event on July 1, a closing event on July 5, and a €150 buy-in Main Event on July 6 (with multiple starting flights running every day from July 2-5).

The festival will also award two free seats to the WSOPE, the European leg of the prestigious WSOP which is targeted for fall.

Bounty Hunter Days Warm Up & Benelux Classics

The action does not stop at the Balkan Poker Circuit. A new tournament called Bounty Hunter Days Warm Up will be there to keep the momentum. It will take place on July 9-12, awarding €100,000 in guaranteed cash prizes! The main attraction of the festival is the €115 buy-in Main Event which kicks off on July 9. The schedule also includes a €10K GTD King’s Saturday Night Bounty, as well as a €5K GTD King’s Big Wednesday.

Just when you think things couldn’t get any better, a fresh edition of the Benelux Classics will get underway just three days after the Bounty Hunter Warm-up. The six-day festival kicks off on July 15, running through to July 20, culminating in a €200K GTD Main Event. Two WSOPE tickets are also up for grabs in this festival.

German Poker Tour & Deutsche Poker Tour

The action then continues with the German Poker Tour, which is scheduled to take place on July 23-27. The tournament series will again award two WSOPE tickets, and features a €220 buy-in Main Event.

But wait, there’s more! King’s Casino will also play host to the Deutsche Poker Tour happening on July 30-August 2. The tournament is also offering a cool €200K guarantee, and is expected to attract a huge field of players coming from neighboring countries. The four-day festival includes a €150 buy-in Main Event, a €5K GTD Omaha, and an €8K Closer event.

If you look forward to joining in on the action at King’s, be reminded that you are not required to wear a protective face mask; the chips and cards will be regularly disinfected. The resort is also accepting hotel accommodations, and its restaurant and buffet are now fully functional.