Mixed Game Festival II Day 5: Martin Smith Wins Grand Prize, Elezra Shines in Return to Poker

By Mike Patrick
June 17, 2022

The second Cardplayer Lifestyle Mixed Game Festival reached its conclusion yesterday. The festival happily continued to grow the popularity of mixed games with a huge turnout throughout the week.

Low-stakes, beginner-friendly Dealer’s Choice games ran nearly around the clock, with over 1,200 hours of play logged among the players who visited the Resorts World Las Vegas poker room over the last five days.

Along with a final day of giveaways from BBO Poker Tables, PokerGO, D&B Publishing, and RunGood Gear, the grand prize of the week, the PokerStars Live prize package of a flight, hotel, and 400 euro entry to a Road to the PSPC event in Europe was awarded. This was done via a random draw with entries weighted by hours played here this week.

No better winner could have been drawn than Martin Smith, who traveled to Las Vegas from his home in Malta and logged over 60 hours of play this week. Martin earned by far the highest number of entries based upon hours played.

Smith, who is an accomplished poker player and author of a unique mixed game book, Pot-Limit Sviten Special, which has been played and thoroughly enjoyed this week, was overjoyed with the prize.

“I love poker traveling. It’s always a good chance to play and meet new people, play new places. I really enjoy that. It’s perfect for me.”

Smith also captured the spirit of the Mixed Game Festival and why we here at Cardplayer Lifestyle love mixed games.

“The people that tend to play mixed games are always in such good spirits, it’s so sociable and fun. Win or lose, it’s always a good time.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Congratulations Martin.

Poker Hall of Famer Eli Elezra Returns

Along with the awarding of the grand prize, the other major highlight of the day was having Poker Hall of Famer Eli Elezra join the festivities at the start of the day to sign copies of his autobiography, Pulling the Trigger.

Players also got the thrill of playing with the poker legend for a couple of hours as he hopped into the first game of the day, putting a hurt on Cardplayer Lifestyle founder and translator of Pulling the Trigger, Robbie Strazynski.

Over the course of the 5-day festival, a grand total of $700 was collected from book sales, merchandise sales, and private additional donations, all of which was donated to the Poker Gives charity.

With a second successful festival now in the books, the focus shifts to determining when a third festival will take place. Could it even be later this year? Stay tuned to Cardplayer Lifestyle and our social media channels for details when they become available. Newsletter subscribers will be the first to know!

In the meantime, a sincere thank you goes out to the fantastic team at the Resorts World Las Vegas poker room, from managers Leon Wheeler and Gary Hager on down, to PokerStars for being the festival’s title sponsor, to the additional merchandise and giveaway sponsors, and to everyone who joined us in Vegas for another week of excitement and mixed game community fun.



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A veteran of both the Canadian sports media industry and poker scene, Mike has made the jump into poker media with Having worked his way from intern to television producer and from home game hero to semi-professional poker player, Mike brings knowledge and a competitive outlook from his experiences in the newsroom and at […]

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