Category Malta Poker Festival 2023

Final Three Hands of Day 1e

The floor announced the final three hands for Day 1e. Players will bag and tag chips after three hands are dealt on each table.

We will update you with the final chip counts of Day 1e within the hour and the final counts for Day 1f shortly after the action completes there later in the evening.

Bird’s eye view of the Grand Event, Ladies First!, and the BHD Mystery Bounty is confirmed as The Official Travel Partner of the Malta Poker Festival for Autumn 2023 is delighted to announce its partnership with the highly anticipated Malta Poker Festival for Autumn 2023. As the designated travel partner for the second time this year, will provide travel solutions to participants of the esteemed Malta Poker Festival, including exclusive VIP Packages.

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Announcing Ylva Thorsrud as Host for the Spectacular Ladies First Poker Tournament!

Ladies First Malta Poker Festival Hosted by Ylva Thorsrud - Website Banner

We are delighted to announce that the esteemed Norwegian poker player, Ylva Thorsrud, has been selected as the host for our upcoming Ladies First Poker Tournament. The event is set to take place at the luxurious Portomaso Casino on Saturday, 28th of October at 4:00 PM.

Building on the immense success of our Spring edition, which boasted the largest ladies-only field on the island for 2023, we aim to break this record in the autumn event. We believe that Ylva’s presence and influence will significantly contribute to this goal.

Thorsrud, is currently an ambassador for Coolbet. Coolbet will have available online satellites for the Ladies First! event. As the host, she will bring a unique blend of experience and enthusiasm, further enhancing the tournament’s appeal to female poker enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.

Ylva hosts a live stream every Tuesday and Friday + extra days on 

She is currently streaming qualifiers for MPF via Coolbet passport and will stream also Ladies First! qualifiers.

Powered by The Women’s Poker Association WPA International, Ladies First is committed to promoting gender equality in the world of poker, creating an empowering and welcoming platform for women to compete and showcase their skills. The tournament continues to foster a strong sense of camaraderie and sisterhood, providing participants with an unforgettable experience both on and off the felt. Women’s Poker Association International (WPA Intl) will give each final table player a purple bracelet.

The buy-in for the tournament is set at 150 EUR. We encourage all aspiring and experienced female poker players to participate in this high-spirited and empowering competition. This event represents a chance to play among the best, in an atmosphere that is both supportive and exciting. Ivonne Montealegre, Event Director adds: “it is very exciting to have online satellites for this event available at Coolbet leading the event this Autumn. Together with Ylva Thorsrud, CoolBet and the fantastic team at Portomaso Casino, we’re looking forward to making this Ladies First Poker Tournament the biggest and best yet. Ladies, get ready to shuffle up and deal!

Structure of the event is available here: 

About Ladies First Poker Tournament: Ladies First Poker Tournament is a leading women-only poker event designed to encourage more women to participate in the game. The tournament promotes an inclusive, supportive environment while providing top-notch poker action. Its originality lies on the access to many live satellites throughout the year leading towards the event.

Lewis Coffin Wins 2023 MPF Spring Edition Grand Event (€100,600)

Lewis Coffin Wins 2023 MPF Spring Edition Grand Event

After more than nine hours of play on the final day, Scotland’s Lewis Coffin defeated Lithuania’s Martynas Brazdzionis heads-up to win the 2023 Malta Poker Festival €550 Grand Event powered by Unibet DeepStack Open at the luxurious Portomaso Casino for €100,600.

Coffin began in the bottom third of the pack out of the 18 hopefuls to advance to the final day. He was even short at one point early on at the final table and could have easily been out the door but his queen-nine got there with his short stack against the ace-five to double through La Sengphet.

This was easily the largest cash for Coffin who came into the Malta Poker Festival with a shade over $33,000 in cashes as tracked by The Hendon Mob, of which more than $21,000 came in a tournament in London earlier this month.

The Grand Event (and the entire festival) lived up to its name as it was truly grand. The €300,000 guarantee slapped on this event was absolutely shattered by nearly double with 1,226 entries coming out in full force to create a huge €588,480 prize pool.

MPF Spring Edition Grand Event Final Table Payouts

1Lewis CoffinUnited Kingdom€100,600
2Martynas BrazdzionisLithuania€75,690
3Oliver SaidMalta€55,420
4Angelo PataneItaly€37,400
5Kjetil HanstvedtNorway€20,150
6La SengphetUnited States€14,850
7Tomasz CabaPoland€11,400
8Fabio AprileItaly€9,050
9Joszef HegyiHungary€7,550
2023 MPF Spring Edition Grand Event Final Table

Final Day Action

Martynas Brazdzionis

The action was down to just 18 hopefuls on the final day in the hunt for the title, each locking up at least €3,350. Brazdzionis held a commanding chip lead to start the day and never looked back until there were just three players left.

His lead was maintained while Paolo Aleo, Arnaud Cressent, Michael Gavurnik, Chris Da Silva, Maik Buss, Salvatore Ritrovato, and Lasse Jacobsen all hit the rail.

Brazdzionis then ousted both Vlad Ardeneanu and Raoul van Wersch to extend his lead to one-third of the chips in play with the final table set to begin.

It continued to be all Brazdzionis early at the final table as well. His Lithuanian rail instantly grew and his lead grew as well as he sent both Fabio Aprile (eighth – €9,050) and Unibet Poker qualifier Joszef Hegyi (ninth – €7,550) to the rail in succession. Check out the interview below with Hegyi, who has qualified four times for UDSO packages at Unibet Poker by Unibet DeepStack Open founder Alex Henry.

Brazdzionis’ elimination streak came to an end with Oliver Said sending Tomasz Caba (seventh – €11,400) to the rail when his queen ten proved to be good again ace-deuce.

As we already mentioned, Coffin could have then easily been out against Sengphet, which took place the last hand before the dinner break. Sengphet was a little late coming back as the short-stack and nearly laddered up in the process but Said earned a chop with ace-seven against Coffin’s ace-ten suited to stay alive. Shortly after, Coffin continued to move up the ranks by eliminating the short-stack Sengphet in sixth place for €14,850 when his queen-trey held against five-four.

La Sengphet

Kjetil Hanstvedt then took a small chink out of the armor of Brazdzionis to double his stack with fours against big slick. His survival actually created a viral hand shortly after.

Said got it in with jacks against Hanstvedt’s pocket rockets and asked for a jack. Instead of one jack, two jacks came on the flop but he wasn’t out of the woods yet as Hanstvedt improved to a full house when an ace came on the turn. The fourth ace didn’t show its face on the river and Handstvedt soon was eliminated by Said in fifth place for €20,150 when his nines were no good against ten-trey with the jack-seven-six flop. Said hit two runners for a straight and was close to the chip lead.

Meanwhile, Brazdzionis continued to accumulate chips and had two-thirds of the chips in play after he eliminated the short-stacked Angelo Patane (fourth – €37,400) when his queen-jack held against queen-eight.

The players then discussed a deal but nobody appeared to be happy with the numbers. So the action went on and no deal was discussed the rest of the way.

The tides turned, mostly in favor of Coffin, shortly after that. Coffin first won a flip for his tournament life when his fives were good against Said’s ace-jack. He then took the chip lead and never looked back. Coffin jammed the river with the nut flush with ace-jack suited and doubled through Brazdzionis after his opponent called with a lower flush with six-trey suited.

Brazdzionis was the short stack with under 15 big blinds when Said decided to make a move. He jammed with king-queen on a ten-nine-deuce flop. Coffin woke up with cowboys and Said won the third-place trophy along with a tasty €55,420 top prize.

Oliver Said wins the third-place 2023 MPF Spring Edition Grand Event trophy

The final duo went on a short break with Coffin holding a massive 8:1 chip advantage over Brazdzionis. The heads-up battle was over before it began lasting just one hand. Coffin jammed the button with king-six and eliminated Brazdzionis in second place for €75,690 after his hand held against jack-ten.

A massive congrats to Lewis Coffin on his amazing MPF Grand Event victory for €100,600!

It’s been an absolute pleasure reporting the MPF Grand Event all week and we look forward to seeing you again! À bientôt!

Malta Poker Festival Begins Today!

2023 Malta Poker Festival Satellite

The 2023 Malta Poker Festival (MPF) Spring Edition kicks off today! The festival boasts tons of unique events at the luxurious Portomaso Casino from April 24 until May 1, 2023.

The highlight of the MPF is easily the €300,000 guaranteed MPF €550 Grand Event powered by the Unibet DeepStack Open from April 26 to May 1. The tournament boasts five opening flights before surviving players compete for two more days until the latest winner is crowned. The €300,000 guarantee was smashed last spring which witnessed 1,014 entries create a whopping €486,720 prize pool. Netherlands’ Marthijn Lakerveld defeated Simon Gyorgy en route to claiming the €71,000 top prize.

Marthijn Lakerveld
Marthijn Lakerveld

Meanwhile, Italy’s Mirko Mostaccio will head into the MPF Grand Event as the defending champion after winning the 2022 MPF Autumn Edition Grand Event for a six-figure haul of €136,670.

Would you also like an opportunity to win a huge prize at the MPF? You have your chance tonight for just €70 via a satellite at 7 p.m!

There will also be plenty of no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, and even €1/€1 super dealer’s choice games running throughout the night at Portomaso Casino.

Mirko Mostaccio
Mirko Mostaccio

Unique Side Events

While the MPF Grand Event is the main course, there are plenty of unique side dishes (meaning side events) for players to enjoy with amazing structures. Check out the full schedule below:

MPF Spring Schedule 2023 FINAL

Something for Everyone at the Malta Poker Festival

The Malta Poker Festival is set to make its triumphant return to Portomaso Casino in a little more than a month with 33 action-packed events.

If you are looking for the perfect poker holiday, look no further as not only does Malta provide perfect weather in the Spring but there is plenty of poker and parties to make the Malta Poker Festival one you will always remember. Players will be coming from far and near including many confirming their trips already from across the pond from the United States.

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