EPT Malta festival set to break records
We're all out of superlatives (this may show from time to time). So can we just say that EPT Malta is going to be, well, big? Although thinking about it that doesn't really sum up what's going to take place on the next leg of the European Poker Tour, which is now just a few weeks away.
Let's put it like this...
You're not going to be wasting any time looking for a game once you arrive at the Portomaso Casino. EPT Malta will host a record breaking number of tournaments, as well as 24-hour cash games right from the start, with the festival running from March 17 to 28. That's 12 days of solid poker. Or, if you don't want to spend all your time playing then there's always the...
Malta is the type of place that, when you pull back the curtains in the morning, it's going to make you think twice about that next re-buy.
Sure, we know you're there for the poker, but it's nice to know that when the day is done and you've bagged up your chips, you've got a great location to relax and unwind. Malta is perfect for that, even before you play, with history, vibrant towns and a glorious coastline to explore at the time of year that will make a bad beat seem like good news.
It's all part of the EPT plan, with the tour partnering up with VisitMalta, the island's official tourism board, which aims to show players and their guests everything the island has to offer, whether it's the historic city of Valetta, the second island of Gozo, or Comino, a kind of island paradise between the two. What's more Hilton Malta is on board as the official hotel sponsor of EPT Malta. So whatever you get up to, whether it's winning the Main Event or diving in the Blue Lagoon, it will be done in comfort.
"It's with great pleasure that we bring the EPT to Malta," said Michael Holmberg, General Manager of PokerStars Europe. "We've been working behind the scenes for many months to make this event happen, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome poker players from all over the world to the home of PokerStars Europe.
"Our biggest tournament schedule ever, combined with one of the most favourable climates on the planet, will make EPT Malta a truly memorable event."
Back to that tournament schedule for a second, there will be 69 tournaments over the course of 12 days
The highlight is the €5,300 EPT Malta Main Event, which will be webcast live from May 24-28 on PokerStars.tv.
Other tournament highlights include the €1,100 IPT Malta Main Event and the EPT High Roller double: a €25,500 buy-in on March 18, and a €10,300 buy-in on March 27, each with an optional single re-entry.
March 19 will be Suesswaren Grasel Day at EPT Malta, with the Tour's official chocolate sponsor handing out chocolate Easter eggs to participants in every tournament scheduled that day.
With 24-hour cash game action, organised and run by EPT staff and dealers, players will receive the same high quality service they've come to expect at an EPT festival around the clock.
What's more there will be an invitation only charity poker tournament on Saturday March 21, with proceeds going towards Right to Play, PokerStars' official charity partner, which seeks to transform children's lives, as Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo explained.
"For me, one of the most fun ways to raise money and awareness for charity is by playing poker. Right to Play is a fantastic charity that I'm honoured to be associated with, and I can't wait to represent them at EPT Malta."
So there you have it. Plenty of reasons to find your way to Malta when the EPT festival kicks off on March 17. And if you can't make it you can follow all the action as it happens right here on the PokerStars Blog. The entire festival will be, well, fill in your own superlative here...
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.