European Poker Tour (EPT) is going to Malta next month, more exactly from March 17th to the 28th, where the tournament series will see its debut in the beautiful Mediterranean island. Despite it being the first visit there, the buzz is bigger than any other place the EPT is coming and with good reason, as Malta is the home to many professional poker players and most of the world's poker companies.
EPT Malta will be the biggest EPT event ever held in the history of the EPT, including a record amount of tournaments and cash games around the clock available. Hundreds of players has already qualified for the EPT through Pokerstars own satellites and they will be put up in the Hilton Hotel, which is the official neighbour of the Portomaso Casino where the EPT will be taking place.
Michael Holmberg, General Manager of PokerStars Europe, said: “It’s with great pleasure that we bring the EPT to Malta. 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.”
The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) CEO, Mr Paul Bugeja, said: “As Malta’s Tourism Authority we are happy to support PokerStars in holding the prestigious European Poker Tour in Malta. This event will definitely provide Malta an opportunity to enhance our reputation in this particular niche."
“The MTA is supporting this event in order to support the tourism industry in the lean months of the year, whilst promoting Malta with hundreds of poker players and their families who are expected to visit Malta for this tournament.” Bugeja added.
A total of 69 tournaments has been scheduled and there will be more than 30 cash game tables available to accommodate the players needs at all times. The main event will be a €5,300 buy-in event, but there will also be less expensive and more expensive tournaments available. Furthermore there will also be a special invite-only charity tournament for "Right To Play" who helps more than 185,000 children across the world, having 2,500 volunteers.
Fatima Moreira de Melo, Team PokerStars SportStar and Right To Play ambassador, said: “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.”