The 2022 edition of the Malta Poker Festival has concluded. This year it took place at the Portomaso Casino in St. Julian, in the last week of October, and was headlined by the Main Event, powered by PartyPoker, the leading platform for organizing high-level poker events and competitions.
PartyPoker has also organized satellites for the event, with a series of qualifiers revolving around 1.300 entries and generating a prize pool of 636.450 €.
Mirko Mostaccio’s passage through the MPF
Mirko Mostaccio was the winner of this year’s edition, taking home a reward of 136.670 € after reaching an agreement at the showdown with Thomas Harnes, who took second place and pocketed a prize of 97.330 €. After closing the deal, they played for the trophy and the 23.400 € remaining in the prize pool.
In that final hand, Mostaccio and Harnes faced each other before the flop. Mirko had an ace-ten combination, while Harnes had a king and a jack. An ace-high flop gave Mirko a hand worthy of the title.
Mostaccio’s passage through the Malta Poker Festival left Ivonne Montealegre, the founder of the event, with a very good taste in her mouth, who also confirmed the good feelings with the evolution and development of the festival.
In addition, the enormous projection that the festival is enjoying is allowing more and more new sponsors to become interested in approaching the MPF. CasinoCoin, FullTilt Catania, The Hendon Mob, APAT, PartyPoker LIVE and Bounty Hunder Days are already collaborating. This, together with the support and interest of the community, is allowing PartyPoker to continue consolidating itself not only as a platform to play poker, but also as an organizer of top-level events.
Emanuele Onnis was the inaugural winner of the Main Event of the Malta Poker Festival, beating the other 1.365 players and obtaining the maximum possible reward, 150.000 euros, after beating Fabian Gumz in heads-up play.
Onis joins the list of Malta Poker Festival Main Event winners. In 2019, it was Tomas Sujeta who was the champion who managed to grab the 150.000 € after taking on Dmitri Dan. And the latest iteration of the Malta Poker Festival saw Daniel Lakerveld collect 71.,000 € and become champion of the festival’s Main Event, in the first edition held after the pause caused by the spread of the coronavirus.
With this year’s autumn edition closed, the machinery to get the 2023 festival up and running is already greased. The Malta Poker Festival returns on April 24 to the Portomaso Casino, repeating the scenario, but presenting new protagonists.
Malta Poker Festival: keys to this poker festival
The Malta Poker Festival is one of the most awaited poker festivals by players from all over the world. It is one of the biggest poker tournaments where professional players can compete head-to-head with the best players in the world.
In addition to the Main Event, the Malta Poker Festival features online satellites. On this occasion, they were available until October 23, allowing to win a 2.000 € package for the Malta Poker Festival Grand Event.
The Final Stage satellites were played every Sunday at 9:15 pm. Preliminary phases were available throughout the week. Phase 1s were played in five different rounds every day, with a pre-feeder. The finals were played at 21:15 on a weekly basis, and guaranteed a 2.000 € package.
The 2.000 € Malta Poker Festival package includes 550 € buy-in fee for the festival’s Grand Event, 200 € to help defray some of the travel costs and accommodation for two people including breakfast at one of the city’s hotels, with a combined stay/breakfast value of 1.250 €.
Participating in the satellites are a good way to work on re-entry to the festival, allowing any eliminated or discarded player to continue playing to earn a ticket to the most important events of the festival.
In addition, for their effort and enthusiasm they will receive a number of other incentives, such as hotel stays and bonuses to offset part of their travel expenses. This increases the interest in participating in these satellites and gives players a second chance to qualify for a chance to win a succulent prize at the festival.