On 18-20 of March 2016, the Lithuanian Sports Poker Federation (LSPF) have started their new season with an opening tournament in Vilnius, at sports poker club ‘Du Karaliai’ (‘Two Kings’).
After the legislation changes toward gambling, including internet poker in Lithuania, for the first time in sports poker history the federation started the year without any major sponsorship – as previous sponsor UNIBET could not continue their activities in Lithuania. The responsibility to host this event was taken by the biggest sports poker club ‘Du Karaliai’, and it succeeded – the tournament was held just a week before Easter and it attracted 207 players from all over Lithuania!
After two days of fighting it out on the felt, 22 players advanced to the final day, and after four hours of intense poker play, 9 players formed the final table. During the final table two new records were set: its never happened since 2010 (the first federation tournament), that two women made it to the top 3. And the second one – the winner, Matas Levanas, a young player from Vilnius, has won his third LSPF tournament – in 2014 he became the Champion of Poker in Lithuania, the next year, he won the same event in Vilnius (he also won Player of The Year), and 2016 again – the walls of sports poker club Du Karaliai were nice to him. Matas once again proved – poker is a mind sport and a game of skill!
During the tournament, one of the country’s biggest Internet poker providers – OLYBET has announced their sponsorship intentions for next three years.