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19th February 2017

frank watkins

The inaugural Heavy Hitter Poker Tournament will take place at 6.00pm on February 25th at Lago Mar Country Club, 500 NW 127th Ave, Plantation and it's all for a good Metal cause.

The tournament is in honour of former Obituary and Gorgoroth bass player Frank Watkins who died from lymphoma in 2015 at the age of 47, leaving behind two sons and a wife.

The tournament is being organised by Frank's brother-in-law, Tim Nigro, who said that cancer treatments helped extend the life of Frank.

Money raised will go to the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which funds research at the UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Entry is $150 (with $100 rebuys) via at the door and there is a 120 seat limit.

A minimum of $3,000 in prizes will be awarded. Sponsorships are $6,000 (or $500 for one table), $2,000 to $4,000 for opening hour food and beverage. Raffle prizes and swag bag items also are being sought.

Regarding the tournament title: A 'Heavy Hitter' in DCC lingo is a person who has raised $2,500 or more.

Frank was long-time bass player for the Obituary and from late 2007 until his death, he had been the bass player of the Norwegian black Metal band Gorgoroth.

He began playing music at the age of 12 and started his professional career in 1986, before joining Obituary in 1989. He played on every Obituary release except for their debut album 'Slowly We Rot', and cited his musical influences as "anything dark, aggressive and pissed off".

Frank was known for bringing his punk/hardcore background to the realm of death/black Metal and prided himself not only on the technical side of his music, but also on the business aspect, managing, mentoring, and guiding other bands and musicians. He formed his management company, Back From The Dead Productions, in 2007 to help bands create a positive career in the music business.

In late 2007, frank became the bassist of Norwegian black Metal band Gorgoroth, and in 2009 he participated in the recording of the Gorgoroth album 'Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt'. He debuted live with the band at the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen on August 29th 2009. This was the first concert Gorgoroth had performed since September 2007.

In an interview with Metal Maniacs published online in August 2009, Watkins explained that for his work with Gorgoroth he had taken the stage name 'Bøddel', which means 'Executioner' in Norwegian.

Gorgoroth are cited as a Satanic band and have drawn controversy due to some of their concerts, which have featured impaled sheep heads and mock crucifixions. The band is named after the dead plateau of darkness in the land of Mordor from JRR Tolkien's fantasy novel 'The Lord Of The Rings'.

It's quite fitting that a poker tournament is being organised in Frank's honour as Metal casinos and gaming facilities are becoming ever-momre popular with Guns N' Roses, Megadeth, Motörhead and many more all launching branded casino games in the last few months and Royal Vegas Online Casino launching their 'Heavy Metal' casino game, along with several other gaming facilities which will appeal to Metallers and Hard Rockers including 'Thunderstruck', 'Hot As hades', 'Girls With Guns' and 'Hellboy'.

You can play online slot games at Royal Vegas and collect a generous opening bonus when you sign up too.

You can contact Tim Nigro regarding the Heavy Hitter Poker Tournament in honour of Frank Watkins at 954-600-5764 or




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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