Mixed Game Festival VI Day 4 Recap: A Wonderful Women’s Wednesday

By Christina Bradfield
November 30, 2023

Cardplayer Lifestyle’s Mixed Game Festival VI at Resorts World Las Vegas had another fun day of $4/8 mixed cash games on Wednesday, also known as “Women’s Wednesday” due a special appearance by Amanda Botfeld. Amanda joined the festival to sign copies of her book “A Girl’s Guide to Poker”. Lupe Soto, a Women’s Poker Hall of Famer who created LIPS (Ladies International Poker Series) along with multiple other women’s initiatives, also made an appearance. Holly Jones, Terry Hatcher, Linda Johnson, Poker Hall of Famer and WSOP bracelet winner and Jan Fisher, Women in Poker Hall of Famer were in attendance as well, mixing it up in the cash game streets.

Amanda Botfeld Signs Books

Amanda Botfeld has had a banner year, including winning a seat into the WSOP Main Event, culminating in a long run that had her beating over 9,000 other players to finish in 340th place. Her father David joined her in the Main Event as well, giving onlookers a team to rail past the bubble. Amanda has been a professional writer for years, with publications in the LA Times and Wall Street Journal. She also works with WPT Global, managing multiple social media projects.

She was joined at the festival by her husband who has been a professional cash game player for over 10 years. Proceeds for her book at the festival (at a special discounted rate of $10) will be donated to the local poker charity Poker Gives. Poker Gives is a non-profit organization that distributes funds to assist military families, homeless veterans, and youth programs in Las Vegas.

Our New Mixed Game Festival Mascot?

The Mixed Game Festival has also gained a mascot of sorts, with a purple octopus showing up at multiple festivals in the past. The octopus has, for some, become a whimsical symbol of the event. In addition to the women above, a number of well-known faces from the media side of the poker industry could be seen competing in the cash games including Poker.Org’s TJ Reid, Cardplayer Lifestyle founder Robbie Strazynski, PokerGO’s Tim Duckworth, PokerNews’ Jon Sofen, and Poker Royalty’s Jesse Fullen. Player of the Day – Josef Strazynski

We’d be remiss if one player in particular didn’t get recognized at some point during Mixed Game Festival VI. Traveling over 7,500 miles to get here from Israel, the recently retired Dr. Strazynski decided to join his son Robbie on this trip to see and experience his first Mixed Game Festival.

With decades of home game poker experience under his belt, the elder Strazynski notably had the experience of a lifetime last year when he won a $10K package to play in the 2022 WPT World Championship. He’s now got his sights set on trying to claim the $5,000 WPT Voyage prize package that’ll be awarded to the winner of this festival’s grand finale HORSE tournament tomorrow.

Josef Strazynski

Cash games continues across multiple $4/8 and $8/16 dealer’s choice cash game tables until the wee hours of the morning once again, with players trying to get in additional reps to help them prep for battle in Day 5’s marquee tournament.

Join Us for the Grand Finale at Resorts World

Resorts World Las Vegas, as always, provides a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere for the festival and is run by Leon Wheeler, Director of Poker Operations, alongside his wonderful, professional, and friendly staff.

As mentioned, the festival will culminate tomorrow, Thursday, November 30th at noon and will include cash games running simultaneously with a $260 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Multiple splash pots and giveaways are bound to happen, so be sure to stop by.

Matt Savage and Tony Dunst from the World Poker Tour will be on hand in person at the tournament to announce the traditional Shuffle Up and Deal as well as to award the winner a $5,000 WPT Voyage prize package. It’s going to be an exciting conclusion to a festival whose raison d’etre is to promote and encourage the grown of mixed games as part of the overall poker landscape.

MGF VI schedule

Our Daily coverage of Mixed Game Festival VI is brought to you, with much appreciation, courtesy of WPT Voyage.



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Christina Bradfield

Christina Bradfield is an author currently living in Las Vegas. Her love for poker began at a young age when her mother introduced her to Texas Hold’em in a home game where she learned not to put her cash winnings in her pockets.

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