The Casino at Portomaso will be hosting the WPT Malta Event for the second year in succession, starting on the 16th September and running through until the 20th. The Main event will be a $3,300 Re-Entry affair with two flights for Day 1; it will also be capped to a maximum 300 players with a whole host of poker pros set to register.
Names that have already signed up include the one and only Phil Hellmuth, Jonathan Duhamel, Jason Mercier, Tony G, Marvin Rettenmeier and Vanessa Selbst. That sounds like an awesome final table to me, though there will be plenty of other players vying to spoil their events.
A Few Small Facts About Malta:
• Malta is actually just 50 miles south of Sicily
• Malta attained its independence from the UK in 1964
• Population is 425,515
• First and second languages: Maltese and English
• Currency: Euro
• Yearly average temperature is 72 F.
If it is the first time for you in Malta you will have absolutely no trouble getting a cab, though there are also some excellent alternatives such as the bus service which actually revitalized back in 2011, they run between every 10 and 30 minutes.
If you have a car, you will be happy to know that they drive on the same side of the road, must be a British colony kind of thing.
Last Year At The WPT Malta 2011
The last few years has seen an explosion in poker action in Malta, with it already being known as a bit of a safe house for online poker sites. However last year was the first time that the live poker scene started to get involved, with this event being held here.
There was a 240 field which created a very promising prize pool of €698,400 with the eventual winner receiving €200,000. The winner was Matt Giannetti who is actually former WSOP final tablist; he managed to claim victory n a tough final table that included Fabien Sartoris, Simon Trumper, Tristan Clemencon and Filipo Bianchi.
That win and the prize started to attract some healthy interest in this event, which is why this year’s event is set to be even more special. Here are last year’s final standings:
1st Matt Giannetti €200,000
2nd Cecilia Pescaglini €116,700
3rd Filippo Bianchini € 76,820
4th Simon Trumper €53,430
5th Tristan Clemencon €39,810
6th Fabien Sartoris €30,730
This seems to be one of the most up and coming event on the yearly poker calendar, so you really do not want to miss it. When it does come around, you can bet your bottom dollar/pound/euro that we will be here to report on it!