PokerStars Festival Bucharest: Making the best of Bucharest

Here at PokerStars Festival Bucharest, it ain't all fun and games...

I mean... who are we kidding, of course it is!

We're here for a jam-packed week of poker action which, as ever, will feature a whole host of tournaments, cash games and side-events throughout the week. But here in Bucharest, which is often dubbed the 'Paris of the east', there's just as much to do away from the felt as there is on it.

So, to help you make the most of your stay, we've compiled a list of must-do's for you to fill your time:

During the day

1. VISIT A GIANT BUILDING

If you're brave enough to face the heat of the Romanian summer, you may find some solace in the shadow cast by the biggest administrative building IN THE WORLD.

Just a stone's throw from the JW Marriott Hotel where the tournament takes place, the Palace of Parliament is 84 meters high and covers a surface area of 365,000 m2 and holds a volume of 2,550,000 m3. That's pretty darn big.

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Image by George Groutas

The cost of heating and electric lighting alone is expected to exceed $6 million per year - as much as it costs to power up a medium-sized city. Wowzer.

2. EAT A STUFFED CABBAGE ROLL

It may sound like something your grandma might serve you, as you wince but bravely tell her it tastes great, but no - here in Romania the stuffed cabbage roll is a national delicacy and is actually very tasty.

Called the Sarmale, the dish is essentially a cabbage roll stuffed with minced pork and beef, and can be found sold by the many street vendors and kebab shops littered throughout the city.

3. SEE A BIG ARCH

There's a reason why Bucharest is affectionately referred to as the Paris of the east - with the cobbled streets of the old city, it's Parisian architecture and art nouveau palaces. What's more - Bucharest even has it's very own Arch de Triumph.

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Image by Diego Delso

Located in the northern part of the city, the arch was erected after Romania gained its independence in 1878, and is situated close to the towns central shopping area.

At night

1. DRINK SOME ALCOHOL

What PokerStars Festival would be complete without a party? As is tradition, PokerStars will be hosting a party for all players, with free drinks and entertainment going on well into the night.

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Party time

The festivities will kick off on Saturday night at Bordello's from 9pm - just make sure to bring along a tournament reciept with you. Woop!

2. ROAM(ANIA) THE OLD CITY

The historic centre of the town, the Old City, comes to life at night.

With it's huge array of bars, clubs and cafe's the Old City is far from old when it comes to it's nightlife.

3. CHILL AT THE HOTEL

Sometimes it's just nice to wind down after a busy day on the felt. So why not just kick back at the hotel?

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Annddd relax

The JW Marriot has four restaurants that serve food and drinks until late on most nights. There's also a selection of luxury shops in the lobby, where you can spend all your poker winnings.


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Dan Jones
@PokerStars in Live