Prepare for the €1M Battle: 5 more €1,800 packages guaranteed!

October 10, 2018 by  
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The temperature is hotting up – at least in Malta, which is preparing to host the €1M Battle of Malta, 26-31 October. This will be the MPN Poker Tour’s biggest ever event, which is reflected in the value of the latest packages to be won.

So, we’re giving our players plenty of notice about the upcoming €200 buy-in MPNPT Sunday 5 Package Final, which will guarantee five €1,800 packages!

Options this October: hide away from the gloomy weather, or escape to a popular Mediterranean island known for sun, sea and loads of other things you could be enjoying, with some big money poker thrown in. All courtesy of 32Red…

It’s a no-brainer. In fact, this is the perfect time to earn a place on Team32Red. Even the Side Event which package winners also win the buy-in to promises to be a tasty competition. Meanwhile, a host of activities and parties and general non-poker fun mean that the €1M Battle of Malta will be a great holiday both on and off the tables.

As well as logging on on Sunday (kick-off is 7pm UK time, with two hours late registration) and simply buying in directly to the mega satellite, there are numerous ways to sit down at a bargain price. If you go to the Poker Lobby and take a look at our schedule, you’ll find a range of so-called Feeder satellites to this and other Package/Seat weekly finals. And to make the qualification process as player-friendly as possible, we’ve made it just 55 cents to start the quest!

Have fun at the tables, and we’ll see you in Malta…


MPN Poker Tour: Malta

February 7, 2017 by  
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Just as the return of the MPN Poker Tour to Vienna (see report) is a testament to the Austrian capital’s standing as a global poker venue, selecting Malta as the second host of 2017 is indicative of how popular the tiny Mediterranean island proved the last time the MPNPT enjoyed the hospitality of this popular tourist resort.
Taking place at Casino Malta in the picturesque St George’s Bay, 27-30 April, the festival will boast a Main Event with a guaranteed prize pool of €150,000 as well as other interesting events for players to stick their teeth into. One such is the MPNPT Casino Malta Poker Cup, for which the €150 buy-in is included in the €1,500 package that can be won at 32Red for pennies!

As always, the qualification process is very player-friendly. Of course, it’s possible to simply buy a package or the €550 Main Event buy-in directly via 32Red, but it’s a great feeling to sit down at a big money tournament knowing that you earned your place as part of a poker holiday for a mere 25 cents…

In addition to the conventional qualification process that features regular qualifiers for packages and seats, with cheap ‘feeder’ tournaments every day, players can also win the whole package by hitting a royal flush in 32Red’s exclusive €3 buy-in Flush Royale tournament, which runs every night, and has a €500 guaranteed prize pool.


The Package

The Package, valued at €1,500, consists of the following:

  • Entry into the €550 Main Event (€150,000 Guaranteed)
  • Entry into the €150 MPNPT Casino Malta Poker Cup
  • 4 nights, including breakfast, at the Be Hotel (for you and a guest)
  • €400 for travel/expenses
  • Welcome Party

 *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.

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Battle Of Malta 2013

October 5, 2013 by  
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The island may be tiny but it ended up hosting a big poker game!

The Battle of Malta tournament got off to a great start at the Portomaso Casino, with the number of entries meaning that the final prize fund more than doubled the originally advertised guarantee of €200,000.  Poker remains a massively popular draw, and Malta was a great place to host such an event.

32Red Poker‘s interest was in the form of qualifiers Cornelia Lupu (Romania), Dimitar Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Szabolcs Szigeti (Hungary), Roger Deans (UK) and Marko Vukic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)…

A bit about Malta

Thanks to its location, the tiny island of Malta has for a long time been important strategically, with the Romans, Arabs, the Knights of St John, French and the British being amongst the numerous powers who have ruled over the years. Having being admitted to the United Nations in 1964 (the same year it began independence from the UK), Malta joined the European Union in 2004 and, being a very popular tourist destination, is sure to be a fun poker venue.

Malta is plumb in the middle of the Mediterranean.

Malta is plumb in the middle of the Mediterranean.


The Venue

Having already hosted the World Poker Tour and other such high tournaments, the Portomaso Casino’s reputation precedes it as an excellent poker venue. Apart from having the biggest poker room in the country, the hotel is also well placed for players to relax both during and after their time battling away for survival.

The picturesque Portomaso Casino (tower)

The picturesque Portomaso Casino (tower)


Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 26
9am Players started to arrive at Malta Luga Airport and were transferred to their respective hotels.
2pm Main Event (€500+€50), Day 1A.
8pm Satellites to BOM 2013. Buy in €50 + €5
10pm Opening reception for package holders.
Friday, September 27
2pm Main Event (€500+€50), Day 1B.
Saturday, September 28
1pm Main Event, Day 2. Location: Portomaso Casino.
6pm Siege of Malta “Second Chance” Tournament (€100+€10), Day 1.
11pm Official BOM Party opens its doors.
Sunday, September 29
2pm Main Event, Day 3 and Final Table.


Tournament Structure

Claiming a player-friendly structure, the organisers were satisfied that the 20,000 chip strong starting stacks and 60-minute blind levels provided the participants with a nicely balanced tournament structure over the four days’ play.

Tournament Structure, Starting Stack: 20,000 Chips

Tournament Structure (20,000 Chips)


Battle Of Malta – Day 1a

Day 1a saw 417 players battling it out for fame and fortune, an impressive number given that the previous year’s tournament had a total of 349 players in total. 110 of them managed to survive the opening day, but, unfortunately, Dimitar was not one of them.

Dimitar Dimitrov, Day 1A

Dimitar Dimitrov, Day 1A

“I made it to 55k chips, but in a hand with AKo I 3bet an agresive player … I had position and the flop came QJ3, he checked and I decided to check after him.  A 7 came on the turn and he made about 2/3 pot bet. I almost folded but a voice inside my head said “call him – he’s bluffing!” I called thinking that all AK and 10 was good for me plus I also had a chance to catch him on a bluff. The river card was an Ace and he went all in for about 8k. I called and saw 77 in the hand and so I dropped to about 30k. After that I lost about 15k with a good starting hand but nothing on the flop … I pushed with 44  on my last hand.”

– Dimitar Dimitrov

Opening Party

The Opening Party was held at the luxurious Villa Rosa Palace in St. Julians, Malta, where we all got a chance to relax and meet other players. While a local DJ kept us entertained with the latest in dance music, friendly waitresses kept our glasses full with free champagne!

Battle Of Malta – Day 1b

Day 1B proved equally as popular as the opener, with the Portomaso Casino welcoming another 471 hopefuls into the arena and generating a massive prize fund of €440,000!  Three of the 471 were from the wacky television stunt group The Dudesons, although only Jukka survived.

A slice of pizza before the big battle!

A slice of pizza before the big battle!

Battle Of Malta – Day 2

The other four 32Red Poker players all made it to Day 2 – Marko with 66,500 chips, Szabolcs 39,700, Roger 29,200 and Cornelia 32,400. Cornelia exited first when her AJ ran into queens.  Szabolcs followed, queens being overtaken by AK.

Roger, meanwhile, was experiencing the dubious thrill of being the short stack as the money approached, succeeding in making it into the last 100 places after finding himself down to a mere three blinds with 106 players remaining! Surviving to finish 83rd and cash for €1,100 is quite an achievement.

Roger finishes in 83rd place winning a decent €1,100!

Roger makes it in the money…

Roger finishes in 83rd place and banks a decent €1,100!

Roger finishes in 83rd place and banks a decent €1,100!

This leaves Marko, who finally busted out after a valiant effort when his Jacks were downed by Queens, his 69th place a testament to a well played tournament that might have been more fruitful were it not for the cold deck curse.

Marko makes it in the money...

Marko makes it in the money…

Marko finishes in 69th place and cashes in for a respectable €1,350!

Marko finishes in 69th place and cashes in for a respectable €1,350!


BoM Party!

Everything kicked off at the much anticipated BoM Party on Saturday night.  Hundreds of poker players who’d taken part in the Battle of Malta were invited – it gave players a chance to let their hair down and it was great way to celebrate the massive success of the event…

Battle Of Malta – Final Day

In the end, it was Germany’s Louis Cartarius who took 1st place in the biggest Battle of Malta event yet. Cartarius outlasted just shy of 900 players (a BoM record) and banked a tidy €80,000 for his efforts.

Positive Feedback

“My experience in Malta was something unique and amazing, an adventure from the beginning till the end. The unexpected was all around during the tournament, creating emotions and feelings so new to me. I was lucky to be part from a great team that was lead by a person who loves and knows very well what he is doing, a fact that kept us together.  So, a very big ” Thank you” to Nick 😉 … Battle of Malta rate: 10+”
Cornelia Lupu

“Great experience, 8 … once again, a big thank you to 32Red Poker for everything”
– Marko Vukic

“The organisation of the trip hotel and other things was the best I ever seen and I want to thank U again Nick about that.”
– Dimitar Dimitrov

“Hi Nick. Ty for the blog and for all of our trip, it was great work like all you done for us. I wish you to be happy whole year, like me and my family were in Malta ;)”
– Szabolcs Szigeti

“I’d like to say a big thank you to you for all your efforts in making the 32Red player’s trip to BOM so enjoyable. It must have taken a lot of work from you behind the scenes over a long time and your thoughtfulness and attention to the players whilst in Malta really made all the difference and made it into the great experience that it was … PS, Great BOM blog. Your diligence with the camera paid off!”
– Roger Deans

“Yours was by far the most personable group of the whole event.  Absolutely perfect when you consider that everyone in the industry is trying to appeal to the casual and recreational player.”
– Mark Spurr (Microgaming)

“Great job, best blog coverage of a fun poker tourney I’ve seen”
– Ivonne Montealegre (BoM2013 Tournament Director)

The End

The Battle of Malta was a great experience for both those who made it to the tournament and the many 32Red players who battled it out in our exciting qualifiers. No doubt the prospect of taking part in such a prestigious big money event, in such pleasant surroundings, with the delights (for example) of a champagne party thrown into the package, will have us all chomping at the bit for the next live event we get involved with…

Battle of Malta 2013

July 3, 2013 by  
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Having served a strategic role militarily, Malta could play a key role in terms of your bankroll… The tiny Mediterranean island plays host to the aptly named Battle of Malta poker tournament, held in the excellent Portomaso Casino, St Julien’s, 26-29 September, and promises a guaranteed prize of fund of €200,000!

Rather than fork out the buy-in of €550 as well as travel, hotel and other expenses, it would be much more convenient to let 32Red Poker foot the bill for the whole caboodle, and all we need to for that to happen is qualify for one of five packages on offer in one of the five BoM Freerolls. Simples.

There’s more than just the Battle of Malta package on offer as each freeroll (as long as you get some raked hands under your belt you can enter) also has €500 in prize money so there’s a lot to play for. And to add extra incentive for the final tournament there will be €1000 on offer.

Unlike usual multi-table tournaments, those with a ‘star’ prize up for grabs should be approached a little differently if you fancy a few days in the sun in late September. Some players will adopt an understandable all-or-nothing policy, so with a modicum of patience it should be possible to identify who is taking risks and exploit them. Obviously you might not be the only one, and it’s not unusual to find multi-all-ins pre-flop, so you’ve been warned. Generally, you can’t go wrong with a sensible solid, selective but aggressive strategy during the earlier blind levels, after which the tournament will have taken shape and you’ve hopefully maintained a healthy chip stack with which to get busy as you work through the gears. If you’re still in contention for the prizes continue as per plan, and only when getting your hands on the top prize becomes a realistic possibility should you actually place it in your sights.

Good luck, and have a good time trying for Malta!