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Are Cash Gamers Really Better Than Tournament Players?

Tournaments have been called 'the poker equivalent of playing the lottery' (@Alec Torelli) and a few years ago, the world's best online MTT player, @Chris Moorman shared his opinion that 'the best cash game players are better than tournament players'.

The best cash game players are better than tournament players – they are better at playing postflop. Even in an event like the WCOOP main event they have an edge. That’s a tournament but it plays like a cash game because it’s very deep stacked. Even if you’ve had a lot of success in tournaments you’re still going to be in a coffin if Phil Galfond is put on your left!

 

Now London-based and visiting poker players have an excellent opportunity to see for themselves if these views are valid as the

Cash Game Festival kicks off today!

The first London edition will be hosted by the legendary @Aspers Casino - Westfield Stratford City and cash gamers will be spoiled for choice in terms of variety of games and stakes (see our posts about Sviten Special and Six Plus Hold'em).

For added thrill of competition, the organizers propose an original format today and tomorrow: a Cash Game Tournament. And if you’re wondering what it might be, it’s basically a normal Cash Game but it runs over a limited set of time (2 hours) and with a small sidepot put aside to the eventual tournament winner. There will also be some nice added prizes from Cash Game Festival’s partner companies NordicBet, Guts.com, 888poker and OlyBet to the tournament winners.

The game starts at 18:00 sharp on March 30 and March 31 so players are advised to register at the casino well in advance both days.

More info here.

We look forward to welcoming the cash gamers who will be joining our community from Aspers during the Festival and will be watching the action on the London Cash Game Festival page and on Twitch!

#CashGF 

The RankingHero Cash Game Festival Line-Up: May the Best Killer Move Win!

We are happy to announce the RankingHero cash game specialists who rose to the challenge and have earned the chance to test their killer moves against our two pros @Lucille Cailly and @Pedro Canali!  

Congrats and may the best killer move win!

@Mark Duguid Fight Club ("..because you do not talk about the fight club" ;)

@Kjell Lindqvist Flying Under the Radar

@Hugues Lavieu Arkanair

@George Williams The seven deuce shove

@Gladys M Oooops! French fish did it again!

You win £100 in chips each and a seat at the £1/£2 NL Hold'em TV table on April 3, 6pm, at Aspers Stratford. You will be free to reload and top-up at any time and can leave the game after two hours of play!

Pedro will be there to welcome you personally on Sunday and to present you with our magic patch and a RankingHero deck of cards!

We may have a surprise last-minute qualifier who will take the eighth seat at the table so make sure you follow this page for updates :)

 

Many thanks to everyone who entered the #CashGF Killer Move Mission and even if you can't play you can still follow the action on https://www.twitch.tv/cashgamefestival 

Tune in on March 30th at 7pm!


CashgamefestivalPoker Cash Game Festival London 25£/50£www.twitch.tv

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Congrats all !!!

The Twitch stream is saying that the game will be £1/£1 is that correct? 

Oooops! French fish did it again! #cashgf

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Are you coming by Aspers G. ? Would be great to see you tomorrow Wednesday.

#CashGF The seven deuce shove 

#CashGF ALLIN ALLINg ALLIN

 

I'M ENGINEER AND IN ITALIAN THE ENGINEER IS NAMED ING.

Can you answer these 6 questions about 6 Plus Hold'em?

It has come to us from Macau and last year was promoted by none other than Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan! In February 2016 Six Plus Hold'em became available online in poker rooms on the iPoker network and will of course be spread during the Cash Game Festival in London! 

Image: www.cashgamefestival.com

 

Test yourself with this short quiz before you sign up!

Find the rules on the Cash Game Festival blog and get some tips from the Six Plus ambassadors to Asia, Ivey and Dwan:

And if you'd rather stick with regular Hold'em, make sure you enter the #CashGF mission for the chance to win one of six reserved seats for RankingHero members at the £1/£2 NL Hold'em feature table on April 3!

Okey, time for me to share some top secrets of my game. 
So, sit back and..

I am a pretty agressive player when it comes to cash games, true.
And I always try to bet smart. (but not always do I manage)
Anyway, most of the time I look like this:

Its a difficult mix of: trying to use my brain (which is no working properly) instead of listening to my emotions (which are sometimes looking like a volcano, literally), trying to look serious, trying to not panic when the flop turns bad, thinking before betting, giving my best for being less agressive, observing other players attitude on table..ok, its never-ending list.
So lets just call it after the incredible Arctic Monkeys song: "D is for Dangerous”

#CashGF 

#CashGF "bad harry"

Well, thats interesting. Can you give some more info? 

The RankingHero Interview: Cash Game Festival Co-founder Martin 'Franke' von Zweigbergk

Co-founder of Poker Icons and of the Cash Game Festival Martin ‘Franke’ von Zweigbergk is also a tournament player whose results page on RankingHero features 50 cashes in live tournaments since 2008. Find out more about his poker beginnings and his exciting new journey with his latest pet project and passion - the Cash Game Festival (and then, of course, head for the #CashGF mission page and maybe you'll get the chance to meet him in person at Aspers Sratford ;)!



Your name is @Martin Von Zweigbergk, where does the ‘Franke’ come from?

A long story short; I was 17 years old. and went on a trip with school from Sweden to Austria for a week of skiing and fun. We were about 50 students and we went there by train. When returning back to the train after the ferry crossing between Denmark and Germany, I somehow went to another section of the train, spent the night in the 1st wagon of the train instead of the designated cabin in the 8th wagon. What I didn’t know was that they split the train set in two parts, the first 5 wagons went to Frankfurt while the last 5 wagons (including the wagon where the rest of my school friends, my luggage and the teachers were) went towards Munich. So when I woke up in Frankfurt, aged 17, no passport nor money in the middle of the winter wearing jeans and only a t-shirt I was quite stranded - especially if you take into consideration that this was back in the days before we all had mobile phones and Internet wasn’t even invented. Anyway, somehow I hustled myself through the borders and getting a DM here and there and eventually arrived at the original destination Bad Gastain in Austria about 12 hours later than all my school friends. When I walked into the hotel restaurant, the whole school was having a common welcome dinner and you can guess the smiling faces and the cheers when the “lost child” somehow showed up. :)   The head teacher gave a speech and talked about the lesson learnt, and declared that from now on my name was not Martin, but Frankfurt-Martin or in short: FRANKE.

 

Tell us about your own poker history? How and when did you first discover the game?

I discovered the game at school, playing with friends with credits on a piece of paper. Very addictive, funny and usually not for that many € cents... Fast forward a decade and a half and I walk into the casino in Helsinki by chance. Found out that there was a poker tournament, entered it with a friend and - BOOM, I won it. Obviously went back the next week, and well, you guessed it, first out and totally clueless. Started to play a bit on the internet, then got involved in arranging live poker tournaments in Sweden and Finland and somehow from there together with friends we created Poker Icons, which led to a lot of poker over the years. Now of course it is full focus onhttps://www.facebook.com/cashgamefestival

 

What other games do you like and play socially? In what ways do you think games are important and necessary in our lives?

From my early years I have played all kinds of board games, I love them all and I think that they help us in many different ways, not only from a social interaction perspective but also strategic thinking, stress management, how to handle a win or a loss, importance of structure and rules, as well as capacity to bend them and figure out new versions and variants. As an example of versions and variants - I am a sucker for Open Faced Chinese Poker but of course in our home games we have developed new versions that included Joker cards and possibilities to exchange cards. I will probably update our blog: http://cashgamefestival.com/blog with some of the variants since they are truly great fun to play.

How would you compare - and what do you personally like best about - cash games and tournaments?

I love the fact that in a Cash Game you can basically come and go as you want. You have no strict timelines or “musts” like only 30 minute dinner break or whatever it can be in a tournament. Also, I think that the Cash Game scene appeals more to leisure oriented business people that have less time to dedicate to the game of poker. Thus the chance to meet new and interesting people is for me, as a creative entrepreneur, more exciting during Cash Games. Of course, tournament games are great to, and I play my fair share of them too.

When and how was the Cash Game Festival idea born? Was it a ‘painless delivery’ ;) and how has ‘your baby’ been doing since?

The Festival was born based on feedback and ideas from several other poker events I have attended or hosted, from talking with friends, players and industry representatives. But the single most important factor must have been when Enri Orav brought it up and suggested that we make a Festival together. Thus the Cash Game Festival was born during Paf’s tournament PPC on the island of Åland, between Sweden and Finland. We have since held three trial events in Tallinn Estonia, learnt a lot but still there is a lot more to add or possibly change. Now in London, at Aspers Casino between the 30th of March and 4th of April, it is the first time we make it "for real”. In 2016 we plan to have 4 stops throughout Europe and we hope for a great reception among the poker players, the online cardrooms, the live casinos and poker media. We are in the beginning of our journey and it feels very exciting. Join us in London from the 30th of March until the 3rd of April or tune in to twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/cashgamefestival to see the action if you can’t make it to London.

What, in your opinion, is the CGF’s chief competitive edge?

Simple: 120 hours of your favourite game in a casino near you.

 

You'll be offering a broad range of poker variants, including the less known Sviten Special and Triple-board PLO. Are they easy to learn and, in your experience, which variant do CGF players find most exciting and fun?

There will be a lot of “new” and old games, of course the lion’s share of the tables will spread NL Texas Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha, but we know from experience that there will be quite a few crazy dealer choice tables at different levels. Most of the games are very easy to learn and of course they follow the logic of all poker games - at the end skill is important but luck is always ever present. I recommend to you all to try the games, maybe at smaller blind levels than you usually play just to get a hang of it. A game I am looking forward to playing is the 6-Plus Hold’em!

 

Most live tournament players are drawn by the thrill of competition and the satisfaction that comes from public recognition. Is that something you’re trying to bring to the cash game scene with your plans to crown an overall festival winner?

Yes, and more information about this during the festival. ;)

 

What have you changed about the structure and organization based on the first three Tallinn stops and player feedback?

Hopefully we have a smoother organisation, we have made some small changes in where and how we cover the event but in short the approach is the same. Of course, the addition of new and more partners as we grow with the Cash Game Festival is the main “change”. Another thing is communication, this time around we will try to use twitter: https://twitter.com/CashFestival as one of the main communication channels for the festival.

 

What will the London edition of the Cash Game Festival gain from your cooperation with Aspers Casino?

Aspers Casino is the only Super Casino in UK with an amazing card room for poker players. It is not every day you are spoiled with great management like that of John Scanlon and such a crew around him. I truly believe that they have some of the best dealers in UK. Apart from that the setting is perfect, you have bars, restaurants and 24h action. It will be a great coming and future stop for the Cash Game Festival.

 

Next you’ll be taking the Cash Game Festival to another ‘poker haven’ - Malta. Who are your partners there and what are your expectations and targets?

Malta in June 8th to 12th, perfect weather, a brand new casino, poker and fun. What can go wrong there? We are adding some more poker rooms and what we can see is that all of them are planning expanded qualification runs for players. If these will be Rake Races, VIP giveaways or Social Media oriented competitions we can’t tell for all rooms, but we can already confirm that it looks like more than 100 seats to the Festival in Malta will be up for grabs through our partner companies.

[repost from London Cash Game Festival 2016 by @Annie RKH

The RankingHero Interview: Cash Game Festival Co-founder Martin 'Franke' von Zweigbergk

Co-founder of Poker Icons and of the Cash Game Festival Martin ‘Franke’ von Zweigbergk is also a tournament player whose results page on RankingHero features 50 cashes in live tournaments since 2008. Find out more about his poker beginnings and his exciting new journey with his latest pet project and passion - the Cash Game Festival (and then, of course, head for the #CashGF mission page and maybe you'll get the chance to meet him in person at Aspers Sratford ;)!



Your name is @Martin Von Zweigbergk, where does the ‘Franke’ come from?

A long story short; I was 17 years old. and went on a trip with school from Sweden to Austria for a week of skiing and fun. We were about 50 students and we went there by train. When returning back to the train after the ferry crossing between Denmark and Germany, I somehow went to another section of the train, spent the night in the 1st wagon of the train instead of the designated cabin in the 8th wagon. What I didn’t know was that they split the train set in two parts, the first 5 wagons went to Frankfurt while the last 5 wagons (including the wagon where the rest of my school friends, my luggage and the teachers were) went towards Munich. So when I woke up in Frankfurt, aged 17, no passport nor money in the middle of the winter wearing jeans and only a t-shirt I was quite stranded - especially if you take into consideration that this was back in the days before we all had mobile phones and Internet wasn’t even invented. Anyway, somehow I hustled myself through the borders and getting a DM here and there and eventually arrived at the original destination Bad Gastain in Austria about 12 hours later than all my school friends. When I walked into the hotel restaurant, the whole school was having a common welcome dinner and you can guess the smiling faces and the cheers when the “lost child” somehow showed up. :)   The head teacher gave a speech and talked about the lesson learnt, and declared that from now on my name was not Martin, but Frankfurt-Martin or in short: FRANKE.

 

Tell us about your own poker history? How and when did you first discover the game?

I discovered the game at school, playing with friends with credits on a piece of paper. Very addictive, funny and usually not for that many € cents... Fast forward a decade and a half and I walk into the casino in Helsinki by chance. Found out that there was a poker tournament, entered it with a friend and - BOOM, I won it. Obviously went back the next week, and well, you guessed it, first out and totally clueless. Started to play a bit on the internet, then got involved in arranging live poker tournaments in Sweden and Finland and somehow from there together with friends we created Poker Icons, which led to a lot of poker over the years. Now of course it is full focus on https://www.facebook.com/cashgamefestival

 

What other games do you like and play socially? In what ways do you think games are important and necessary in our lives?

From my early years I have played all kinds of board games, I love them all and I think that they help us in many different ways, not only from a social interaction perspective but also strategic thinking, stress management, how to handle a win or a loss, importance of structure and rules, as well as capacity to bend them and figure out new versions and variants. As an example of versions and variants - I am a sucker for Open Faced Chinese Poker but of course in our home games we have developed new versions that included Joker cards and possibilities to exchange cards. I will probably update our blog: http://cashgamefestival.com/blog with some of the variants since they are truly great fun to play.

How would you compare - and what do you personally like best about - cash games and tournaments?

I love the fact that in a Cash Game you can basically come and go as you want. You have no strict timelines or “musts” like only 30 minute dinner break or whatever it can be in a tournament. Also, I think that the Cash Game scene appeals more to leisure oriented business people that have less time to dedicate to the game of poker. Thus the chance to meet new and interesting people is for me, as a creative entrepreneur, more exciting during Cash Games. Of course, tournament games are great to, and I play my fair share of them too.

When and how was the Cash Game Festival idea born? Was it a ‘painless delivery’ ;) and how has ‘your baby’ been doing since?

The Festival was born based on feedback and ideas from several other poker events I have attended or hosted, from talking with friends, players and industry representatives. But the single most important factor must have been when Enri Orav brought it up and suggested that we make a Festival together. Thus the Cash Game Festival was born during Paf’s tournament PPC on the island of Åland, between Sweden and Finland. We have since held three trial events in Tallinn Estonia, learnt a lot but still there is a lot more to add or possibly change. Now in London, at Aspers Casino between the 30th of March and 4th of April, it is the first time we make it "for real”. In 2016 we plan to have 4 stops throughout Europe and we hope for a great reception among the poker players, the online cardrooms, the live casinos and poker media. We are in the beginning of our journey and it feels very exciting. Join us in London from the 30th of March until the 3rd of April or tune in to twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/cashgamefestival to see the action if you can’t make it to London.

What, in your opinion, is the CGF’s chief competitive edge?

Simple: 120 hours of your favourite game in a casino near you.

 

You'll be offering a broad range of poker variants, including the less known Sviten Special and Triple-board PLO. Are they easy to learn and, in your experience, which variant do CGF players find most exciting and fun?

There will be a lot of “new” and old games, of course the lion’s share of the tables will spread NL Texas Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha, but we know from experience that there will be quite a few crazy dealer choice tables at different levels. Most of the games are very easy to learn and of course they follow the logic of all poker games - at the end skill is important but luck is always ever present. I recommend to you all to try the games, maybe at smaller blind levels than you usually play just to get a hang of it. A game I am looking forward to playing is the 6-Plus Hold’em!

 

Most live tournament players are drawn by the thrill of competition and the satisfaction that comes from public recognition. Is that something you’re trying to bring to the cash game scene with your plans to crown an overall festival winner?

Yes, and more information about this during the festival. ;)

 

What have you changed about the structure and organization based on the first three Tallinn stops and player feedback?

Hopefully we have a smoother organisation, we have made some small changes in where and how we cover the event but in short the approach is the same. Of course, the addition of new and more partners as we grow with the Cash Game Festival is the main “change”. Another thing is communication, this time around we will try to use twitter: https://twitter.com/CashFestival as one of the main communication channels for the festival.

 

What will the London edition of the Cash Game Festival gain from your cooperation with Aspers Casino?

Aspers Casino is the only Super Casino in UK with an amazing card room for poker players. It is not every day you are spoiled with great management like that of John Scanlon and such a crew around him. I truly believe that they have some of the best dealers in UK. Apart from that the setting is perfect, you have bars, restaurants and 24h action. It will be a great coming and future stop for the Cash Game Festival.

 

Next you’ll be taking the Cash Game Festival to another ‘poker haven’ - Malta. Who are your partners there and what are your expectations and targets?

Malta in June 8th to 12th, perfect weather, a brand new casino, poker and fun. What can go wrong there? We are adding some more poker rooms and what we can see is that all of them are planning expanded qualification runs for players. If these will be Rake Races, VIP giveaways or Social Media oriented competitions we can’t tell for all rooms, but we can already confirm that it looks like more than 100 seats to the Festival in Malta will be up for grabs through our partner companies.