The 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event attracted a record breaking 3,816 entries from 55 countries to create a €1.8 million prize pool! The tournament, which had more than double the entries of any previous live tournament held in Malta, took 6 days to complete after Julien Stropoli was the last man standing on October 30th.
Scheduled on November 1 to 6, the Malta Poker Festival will be held at the Portomaso Casino, Saint Julian's, the heart of Malta's vibrant nightlife.
Set over 6 days in the first week of November, this massive poker festival brings together a lot of different nationalities enjoying several poker tournaments. The amazing and vibrant local poker community awaits to show all players a great time!
Remember the Finnish teen who stole from a Maltese online casino? Well, on September 3 Monday, he has been convicted on charges of aggravated fraud as a minor in Häme District Court for having stolen hundreds of thousands of Euros after discovering an unknown glitch on the casino site between April and May 2017.
An online casino based in Malta was robbed a whopping amount of €250,000 by a tech-savvy Finnish teenager. His parents are also in hot water for sharing in on his ill-gotten wealth.
On Tuesday, YLE, a media outlet in Finland, reported the teen's case as that of aggravated fraud currently going on its way through the Häme District Court. The teen is a resident of the town of Forssa who apparently discovered a glitch in the software of an unnamed Malta-based online casino.
The MPN Poker Tour will visit Malta from April 27 - 30. The €150,00 Guaranteed Main Event will have 2 starting days and only costs €550 to enter. MPN Poker Tour Packages worth €1,500 (details below) are up for grabs in cheap satellites at the following poker sites: PKR, 24hBet, Betsson, NordicBet.
• Entry into the €550 Main Event (€150,000 Guaranteed) • Entry into the €150 MPNPT Casino Malta Poker Cup • Accommodation for four nights at the InterContinental including breakfast for you and a guest • A Players Welcome Party where you can meet the other players and the MPN staff • €200 towards your travel and expenses
*You may transfer your side event ticket to a guest if you wish. If you do not transfer your side event ticket but are unable to play because you're still playing the main event, we'll refund the buy in/s to your MPN account. Otherwise, the side event entry is not refundable or exchangeable.
Ever wondered what it's like being a full-time poker player with millions of dollars in the bank account? Well, if you ever happen to run into Isaac Haxton, you better not ask him.
Earlier today Haxton, a member of Team PokerStars Online, uploaded a blog on the subject in question to pokerstarsblog. It's some great reading (and an interesting video from last fall where Haxton talks about his move to the island of Malta, Black Friday etc), so we wanted to share it with everone here on bankrollmob. Enjoy!
Yesterday the third and final part (running) of the Phil Hellmuth Vs Tony G Triathlon took place outside the Hilton Hotel in St.Julian's, Malta. Tony G started the 6-lap running competition with a 1 minute and 6 seconds advantage thanks to a better winning time in the basketball event. However, many considered Hellmuth to be the better runner of the two, so it was set to be a thrilling ending of the triathlon. Check out the video below to see if Hellmuth managed to catch up with Tony G.
A lot of well-known players hit the rail during Day 2 of the World Poker Tour Malta main event. Just to mention a few of them: Jason Mercier, Erik Cajelais, Jonathan Duhamel and 12-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, who was visibly upset when his A[c]K[c] didn't make it in a three-way all in.
Just a few hours after Matthew Salsberg, producer of the popular TV series Weeds, took down the WPT Grand Prix de Paris, the main event at WPT Malta kicked off at Portomaso Casino in St.Julians. Day 1a only attacked a field of 64 players willing to pay the €3,300 buy-in. The reason for this might be because of several expensive WCOOP on PokerStrars and/or that WPT Grand Prix de Paris was to close.
Yesterday it was announced that Unibet, a Swedish betting company, has bought the well-known MTG-owned gaming site Bet24 and its activities for approximately €13,5 million. The 45 employees working at Bet24 today will now be relocated to Unibet's office on Malta. Unibet will run both trademarks separately in the beginning, but in 3-6 months time they hope to have all Bet24's customers integrated to its own platform.
More and more American poker pros decide to leave US for countries where online poker is accepted. For example, Phil "OMGClayAikebn" Galfond is now located in Vancouver, Canada. Also Vanessa Selbst and Oliveier Busquet have emigrated to other countries, and Brian Hasting and Daniel "Junglman12" Cates, two of the biggest names in the high stakes scene online, are also about to move. One of the latest pros to announce a move is Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo. His new destination will be Malta in Europe and he hopes to be there for the WPT tournament on September 20th.
Marcus Petersson is the new swedish champion of poker. Petersson made it to the final table with a small stack, but somehow he managed to double up a couple of times and after 6 hours of play he was playing heads-up against Johan Beg. It only took one hand before both players were all in - Petersson with AA and Berg with AJ. Marcus Petersson's pocket aces, believe it or not, stood up all the way to the river and he's now the new swedish champion of poker. For the win he received the first place prize of €44,240.
Last weekend a casino in Basel, Schweiz was robbed. Around 10 armed men broke in through the entrance door, dragged guns and fired a warning shot before demanding everyone to lay down on the floor while they went through their handbags and pockets taking everything of value. The robbers failed with getting in to the bank valve, though, they still managed to get away with quite a lot of money. So far the police hasn't arrested anyone and there are very few details left out for media to take part of.
This is the 4th casino related robbery in Europe in a very short time. In the beginning of February a casino in Malta was robbed. On the 6th March the Grand Hyatt hotel, where EPT Berlin took place, was robbed. The very next day a money transport truck was robbed outside Casino Cosmopol in Stockholm.
Casino di Venezia in Malta was yesterday robbed by 5 armed men who demanded cash from the casino workers. The 5 robbers got away with around €100,000 (probably much more) and then escaped on a speedboat. After that the police heard about the robbery, they rushed to casino with cars, boats and helicopters looking for the robbers speedboat. However, the only thing they have found so far is a car in the sea, which they believe was used by the 5 robbers.
The Swedish Championship of poker is supposed to be played at Casino di Venezia in April this year. Let's hope that this wont effect the tournament and that they will find the 5 robbers as soon as possible.