EPT Prague: The local boy from Italy

Giuseppe Festa has just been eliminated; his pocket sevens beaten by pocket kings and with a few handshakes the Italian was gone.

Festa’s story happens to be one of the more interesting here given that it started one year ago and today marked something of an anniversary.

Twelve months ago Festa, one of many emerging pros coming out of Italy, made the final of a side event at the EPT Prague. Everyone in unanimous in loving the city of Prague but Festa loved it so much he decided to move here from his home town near Rome, and now makes his living playing high stakes cash games in local casinos. Having set about learning the language (“tricky for an Italian!”), Festa spent three months living in a hotel before finally moving into a new home where his wife and two year old son joined him.

“Prague is an amazing city, perfect. The Czech people do everything slowly so there’s no stress, which suit me. Prague changed my life. The European Poker Tour changed my life.”

When I spoke to Festa earlier he talked about the pressures of playing in his new home town, where everyone would be supporting him. Alas it was not to be for the local boy who earlier in the day had to lay down two big hands, both times to pocket acves. He leaves the EPT Prague in level six. No plans to leave town though...

Stephen Bartley
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