One of the biggest poker festivals in Europe – EPT Malta
This week one of the biggest poker festivals ever in Europe started here in Malta. European Poker Tour finally made it to this little beautiful Island in the southern Europe for the first time.
The €1.100 IPT Main Event made 1 300 entrants but unfortunately I busted on Day 1. Instead I played the IPT €330 Malta Cup. The tournament had three starting days and a single re entry, which made the price pool pretty juicy even though the buy in was low. I made day 2 with 283/1191 players left with almost average stack but in the end I lost a flip with AQcc>55 aipf to when we were like 250 left.
There are som very nice cash games running here this week. €2/5 up to €50/€100. I regged €5/€10 but gave up when I saw the waiting list of 45 players…
Instead we went to one of the best night clubs in Malta “Club Twenty Two’ on the top floor of the Portomaso Tower. It was a great night with drinks, dancing and friends. Felt like a good way to recharge the batteries for the next and biggest tournament this festival, EPT Main Event on Sunday.
It’s not high season here in Malta a bit chilly in the wind, but thanks to the sun it’s still very nice and quite perfect imo! That’s even better for the poker tournaments as players will play more events rather chilling by the pool. Malta is a beautiful island with a lot of history. I have lived here since one and a half year now and really love it here. If you’re here for the first time and have a day off poker I would advise you to take a day looking around on this rather small but very interesting island!
Here are some places to explore:
1. Upper barakka Gardens – Valletta. A nice panoramic view of the Grand Harbour and one of Valettas most beautiful parks.
2. Mdina – beautiful medieval town situated on a hill in the centre of the island.
3. Masaxlokk – Very charmy fishing village on eastern Malta with a food and clothes market.
4. Dingli cliffs - Beautiful landscape with a breathtaking view over the sea of western Malta and very nice local food restaurant. (I would advice you to go there half a day, having lunch in ‘The cliffs’ restaurant.