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The Malta Poker Festival Returns to Portomaso Casino on Oct. 29 to Nov. 4

Malta Poker Festival

The Malta Poker Festival returns to the Portomaso Casino for tons of tournaments, cash games, and parties on Oct. 29 to Nov. 4.

Expect something special during the festival with the Malta Poker Festival Founder and Director Ivonne Montealegre bringing a special type of hospitality to the players both on and away from the tables.

Expect an organized and comfortable poker festival with a week featuring a great variety of poker tournaments and cash games to choose from."

€500,000 Guaranteed Grand Event

The highlight of the festival is easily the MPF Grand Event on Oct. 30 to Nov. 4 featuring a €550 buy-in and a €500,000 guarantee. Unlike many other tournaments, this event only allows one reentry per opening flight, a theme that is common for many of the events on the schedule.

Players start with 25,000 in chips during each of the four opening flights on Oct. 30 - Nov. 1. Blinds increase every 45 minutes during the first three flights with the final flight playing a bit faster with a turbo structure.

Surviving players will play for three more days on Nov. 2-4 until the second-ever MPF Grand Event champion is crowned.

Last year's Grand Event crushed the guarantee with 1,366 entrants generating a €662,510 prize pool. Italy's Emanuele Onnis will forever be known as the first-ever champion of the Grand Event after taking it down for a cool €150,000.

Emanuele Onnis - the 2018 MPF Grand Event Champion
Emanuele Onnis wins the 2018 MPF Grand Event.

Players can get into the Grand Event for a fraction of the cost via live satellites. There will also be no shortage of ways to qualify online with the festival's online partners launching satellites shortly.

Other Schedule Highlights

The schedule boasts many other fantastic events in addition to the Grand Event. One fun one will be the €100 Halloween Special MPF NL Holdem where you should expect to see many of the players in costumes. In addition to the prize pool, MPF will be awarding special prizes for the best three costumes.

"We consider our customers to be partners in our mission to make the best poker event in Europe."

Other significant events include the €150 Irish Super Hold'em (Nov. 1), the €250 Hendon Mob Championship (Nov. 2-3), the €100 Ladies First! (Nov. 2), the €1,100 MPF High Roller (Nov. 2-3), the €170 MPF Bounty Knockout (Nov. 2), the €340 IPC Deepstack Turbo (Nov. 3), the €120 APAT Maltese Championship (Nov. 3-4), the €220 PLO Knight Crusaders (Nov. 3), the €150 MPF Survive and Win €1,000 (Nov. 3), the €200 MPF Win The Cross (Nov. 4), and the €70 MPF Last Chance (Nov. 4).

Of course, plenty of cash games will be running throughout the festival and be prepared to have a good time during the Opening MPF Drinks at Portomaso Sports Lounge on Oct. 31, the Opening Players Party at Tiffany's Champagne Bar on Nov. 1, and the MPF Player's Party at Club Level 22 on Nov. 2.

Montealegre rolls out the red carpet to all her players, and it's the festival's mission to be the best poker event in Europe.

"The MPF sets to be very special," Montealegre said. "We consider our customers to be partners in our mission to make the best poker event in Europe. It especially gives me a warm feeling when I hear stories of players, friends, and their families, all planning their yearly trip to Malta this November. We are eagerly waiting for all of you! Expect an organized and comfortable poker festival with a week featuring a great variety of poker tournaments and cash games to choose from, all with significant prize pools."

2019 Malta Poker Festival Schedule

DateTime (CET)Buy-inEventGuaranteeReentries
Oct. 297 p.m.€ 60Opening satellite for MPF Grand Event5 TicketsOnce
Oct. 3012 p.m. Cash Games Open  
 2 p.m.€ 550MPF GRAND Event Day 1A€ 500,000Once
 3 p.m. and Onwards€ 6Gozo Flash Satellite Unlimited
 7 p.m.€ 60Satellite to MPF Grand Event10 TicketsOnce
Oct. 3112 p.m. Cash Games Open  
 2 p.m.€ 550MPF GRAND Event Day 1B€ 500,000Once
 3 p.m. and Onwards€ 6Gozo Flash Satellite Unlimited
 7 p.m.€ 60Satellite to MPF Grand Event15 TicketsOnce
 8 p.m. Opening MPF Drinks at Portomaso Sports Lounge  
 9 p.m.€ 100Halloween Special MPF NL HoldemSpecial Prizes for 3 Best CostumesOnce
Nov. 112 p.m. Cash Games Open  
 2 p.m.€ 550MPF GRAND Event Day 1C€ 500,000Once
 3:30 p.m. and Onwards€ 6Gozo Flash Satellite Unlimited
 8 p.m.€ 550MPF GRAND Event Day 1D TURBO€ 500,000Once
 10 p.m.€ 150Irish Super Holdem Once
 11 p.m. Opening Players Party at Tiffany's Champagne Bar  
Nov. 212 p.m. Cash Games Open  
 1 p.m. MPF GRAND Event Day 2€ 500,000 
 2 p.m.€ 150MPF HIGH ROLLER Satellite Once
 3 p.m.€ 250HENDON MOB CHAMPIONSHIP Day 1 Once
 4 p.m.€ 100Ladies First! Once
 8 p.m.€ 1,100MPF HIGH ROLLER Once
 9 p.m.€ 170MPF BOUNTY KNOCKOUT Once
 11 p.m. MPF Player's Party at Club Level 22  
Nov. 31 p.m.€ 340IPC DEEPSTACK TURBO Once
 2 p.m. MPF GRAND EVENT DAY 3€ 500,000 
 2:30 p.m.€ 120APAT Maltese Championship Day 1  
 3 p.m. HENDON MOB CHAMPIONSHIP Day 2  
 3 p.m.€ 220PLO Knight Crusaders Once
 3:30 p.m. MPF HIGH ROLLER DAY2  
 8 p.m.€ 150MPF Survive and Win €1,000  
Nov. 412:30 p.m. APAT Maltese Championship Day2 and FINAL TABLE  
 2 p.m.€ 200MPF Win The Cross Unlimited
 3 p.m. MPF Grand Event Final Table  
 7 p.m.€ 70MPF Last Chance Unlimited
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