Preliminary Schedules Released

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PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom (December 13, 2012) – Gaming and mind sports event management and consultancy, Living it Loving it Ltd., and Mind Sports (International) Ltd, are gearing up for yet another series of highly successful festivals with the announcement of both the Austrian Poker Festival and Vienna Mind Sports Festival.

Taking place from February 12 – 25, 2013 at both the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel and Vienna Montessino, the next highly anticipated festival series follows the success of its record-breaking Prague counterpart, bringing together the world’s best mind sports players from the world of Chess, Backgammon, Poker, Bridge, Scrabble, Magic the Gathering, Risk, Chinese Open-Face Poker and eSports.

Spanning a two week period, the festival is set to attract players from all across the world. This will also be the first time that Chess and Chinese Open-Face Poker have been included into Mind Sports International’s collaborative festival format.

“This is the first time that we are hosting a festival across two venues,” comments Dave Brannan, CEO, Mind Sports (International) Ltd.

“Our poker and mind sports events have developed such a robust following that more space is required. We have also decided to meet the increasing demand for the introduction of a Chinese Open-Face Poker tournament as well as a dedicated junior mind sports tournament –integrating a robust chess programme this year in order to give the community even more variety and choice.”

Partnering with the Vienna Montessino, the Austrian Poker Festival has a core schedule that will whet the appetite of the mass poker playing community, with events including the flagship WPT Vienna main event and the increasingly popular GSOP Live series, not to mention a huge variety of side events from the likes of PlanetWin365.

As with all Living it Loving it Ltd., and Mind Sports International festival packages, value for the players is always at the heart of the offering. For both the Vienna Mind Sports Festival and Austrian Poker Festival, players will benefit from a luxury stay at the historic Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel for just €129 per room, per night, which includes free Wi-Fi and breakfast.

With the poker and mind sports integration proving to work well following the record-setting attendance and numbers reported in Prague, Vienna is poised to be yet another big hit!

To view the full Austrian Poker Festival and Vienna Mind Sports Festival details and preliminary schedules visit: and…

Austrian Poker Festival Moves to Casino Baden


PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom(February 5, 2013) – Austrian Poker Festival organisers and partners including the WPT and GSOP Live, are pleased to announce that an executive decision has been made to relocate the WPT Main Event, GSOP Live Main Event and some of the festival’s side events to the upscale Casino Baden, Austria.

The decision to move to the new casino venue has been made in order to ensure that players and selected tournament events within the festival receive the best experience possible.

Casino Baden has been selected due to its commanding reputation and its close proximity to Vienna, with the casino located just 30 minutes’ drive from the official Austrian Poker Festival hotel, the Imperial Riding School Renaissance.

Complimentary transportation has been arranged courtesy of the event organisers, WPT and GSOP Live, giving players regular access to free transport to and from the casino for the duration of the festival.

A full, updated schedule, including all details on transportation, extra events and player services will be issued and published online in due course.

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