Would You Play Poker in a Volcano?

by | Published: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

You might enjoy playing poker online from the comfort of your own home, or occasionally heading out to a land-based casino. But both of those options may soon seem too conservative when you read where PokerStars held their latest event. If someone offered you the chance to play poker inside a volcano … would you take it?

Photo: PokerStars.com

Because that’s exactly what PokerStars offered to a group of mostly amateur poker players in Slovenia. That’s right; the online poker room organized a poker event inside a volcano! PokerStars Team Pro Luka “LukaSteel” Kovač even went along for the experience, joining the mostly amateur player group at the Adventure Park Volcania in Goričko, Slovenia for an exciting and fun poker event they won’t soon forget.

This isn’t the first time the online poker mega-giant, PokerStars, has allowed poker players to play the game they love in exotic and unusual locations. As part of their “Extreme Challenge” adventures, they’ve held events in igloos, a coal mine, and a ski jump hill over the past four years. But a volcano definitely tops the list.

As it turns out, a bad poker hand can happen anywhere – even inside a volcano. Kovač exited the event when his pocket queens were cracked by ten-two off-suit by the lead singer of one of Slovenia’s most popular bands, Tabu.

Kovač wrote about what it’s like to play poker in a once-active volcano in his PokerStars blog Poker in a Volcano. According to the star, all players had to “put our helmets on and went into a special “elevator”, which brought us “20,000 feet underground” where we walked into a “lava tunnel”” of the volcano, which hasn’t been active for more than 3 million years.

Summing up the event, Kovač said: “All in all, it was a fun and relaxing event, everybody had a great time and it’s nice to play a tournament from time to time, where you have nothing to lose. It was also really exciting to meet so many celebrities.”

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