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Malta Poker Festival Returning in October with €500,000 Guarantee

This MPF Main Event has added €200,000 to its guarantee and is looking to shatter attendance records! The Autumn MPF features an improved structure and a large variety of poker variants, including mixed games. It is definitely an event you should put on your poker calendar.

Read the whole article here: Malta Poker Festival Returning in October with €500,000 Guarantee

Horse 5 game mix – hosted by Martin Smith

Horse 5 game mix - The Malta Poker Festival Spring edition 2023

HORSE is a popular poker game that is a variant of the traditional game of poker. In HORSE, players play five different poker variants, which are:

  1. Hold’em: A popular variant of poker, where players are dealt two cards and use five community cards to make the best possible hand.
  2. Omaha Hi/Lo: Similar to Hold’em, but players are dealt four cards and must use two of them in combination with three community cards to make the best possible hand. In Omaha Hi/Lo, the pot is split between the player with the best high hand and the player with the best low hand.
  3. Razz: A lowball variant of poker where the goal is to make the lowest possible five-card hand, out of a total of 7 cards they are dealt. Straights and flushes do not count against the player in Razz.
  4. Seven-Card Stud: Players are dealt seven cards and must make the best possible five-card hand.
  5. Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo: Similar to Seven-Card Stud, but like in Omaha Hi/Lo, the pot is split between the player with the best high hand and the player with the best low hand.

In HORSE, the game rotates between these five variants, with each game being played for a set period of time before moving on to the next variant. This allows players to showcase their skills in multiple variants of poker.

HORSE is often played in high-stakes cash games and tournaments, and it requires a great deal of skill and strategy to succeed.

Martin Smith will be the host of the event. He will be playing it himself. Martin Smith is a professional poker player and coach who is known for his expertise in mixed games, including HORSE 8 (a variant of HORSE that includes 8 different games) and other mixed game formats.

Smith has authored several articles and strategy guides on mixed games, including “Pot Limit Sviten Special”, which is considered one of the most comprehensive resources on the subject. In this guide, Smith covers a wide range of topics, including the basic rules and strategies for each of the games in a mixed game format, as well as advanced tactics for playing different game combinations and adjusting your strategy based on your opponents’ tendencies. He has been interviewed for several articles on mixed games, and co-host the podcast “Poker: All the Games”.

He has also competed in numerous medium-stakes mixed game tournaments and cash games, and has achieved significant success in these formats.

Overall, Martin Smith is a respected authority on mixed games in the poker world, and his knowledge and expertise have been invaluable to many players looking to improve their skills in this challenging and complex format.

For The Malta Poker Festival HORSE hosted by Martin Smith there will be 4 bounties. Players that knock out the bounties will get an autographed book by Chris “Fox” Wallace.

Chris “Fox” Wallace’s book, “HORSE Poker: A Complete Guide to HORSE Poker and Tournaments,” is a comprehensive guide to the HORSE poker game. The book is intended for intermediate to advanced players who are already familiar with the basic rules and strategies of the individual poker variants that make up the HORSE game.

The book is divided into two sections. The first section covers the basics of the game, including an introduction to each of the five poker variants that make up HORSE, as well as general strategy tips for playing in a HORSE game.

The second section of the book is focused on tournament play. This section covers topics such as how to adjust your strategy for different stages of a tournament, how to read your opponents, and how to manage your bankroll.

Throughout the book, Wallace provides detailed hand examples and analysis, as well as tips and tricks for winning at HORSE. The book is written in an easy-to-read, conversational style and is filled with practical advice that can be applied to both cash games and tournaments.

Also, the Champion of the HORSE hosted by Martin Smith tournament will get a limited edition MPF hoodie and a trophy.

To buy-in online and reserve a seat you can do so: Malta Poker Festival Spring 2023 – Malta Poker Festival |

Women in Poker – Ivonne Montealegre

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Ivonne Montealegre is a Founder & Event Director within the poker industry and a well-known personality in the Maltese online gaming industry and beyond.  Being the founder of The Malta Poker Festival and having it organized over the past years, it must be said that mostly thanks to her passion, commitment, and endless effort to listen to players, she has, once again, built an amazing concept. She is breathing poker inside out and is a true continuous asset and a big reason why the Maltese poker industry has become to what it is today.

Read the whole article here: Women in Poker – Ivonne Montealegre


As of today, there’s only one month left until Ali G Tribute act Dani B starts dealing at the final table of what has to be the wickedest and best- value poker freeroll for iGaming professionals in 2023.

We only have 36 seats available and will pick the lucky players from those who have either:


    • Emailed


Read the whole article here: THE WICKEDEST iGAMING POKER FREEROLL OF 2023



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18 October 2022: is pleased to announce that they are official payment partner for the upcoming Malta Poker Festival (MPF), which takes place 24th – 31st October at the Portomaso Casino on the island. In addition, Luxon Pay has partnered with the MPF and World Poker Tour® (WPT®) for a special bonus for the Grand Event winner.

The Malta Poker Festival is a popular low stakes festival, featuring a range of events, with the €500,000 guaranteed €500 + €50 Grand Event, powered by PartyPoker, running 26th – 31st October with five Day 1 flights. Luxon Pay are offering a special promotion for players who buy-in to any of the Malta Poker Festival events offering bubble insurance so if a player makes a buy-in using Luxon Pay they will get their buy-in back if they are eliminated on the bubble. Satellites are excluded from the promotion.

In addition, Luxon Pay and the Malta Poker Festival have joined forces with the World Poker Tour to offer a very special package for the winner of the Grand Event, powered by PartyPoker. The winner of the MPF Grand Event will receive a WPT Prime package for the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas with the event running 8th-12th December which includes a $1,100 buy-in for the $2 million guaranteed event, $1,300 travel expenses and a hotel package worth $1,600. This WPT Prime Event runs as part of a schedule that includes the historic $10,400 buy-in WPT World Championship Main Event which has the largest guaranteed prizepool in live poker event history to the tune of $15 million.

Neil Barrett, Business Development Director of Luxon Pay said: “We are pleased to be partnering with the Malta Poker Festival for the very first time as Official Payment Partner. Ivonne Montealegre and her team, in conjunction with Portomaso Casino, put on a great event and we hope players take advantage of the bubble insurance on all events and the Luxon Pay simple and seamless buy-in experience. We are also delighted to partner with the WPT to offer the Main Event winner a very special bonus.”

Ivonne Montealegre, Event Director of the Malta Poker Festival said: “We are happy to welcome Luxon Pay to the Malta Poker Festival as official payment partner. Our well established community, a magical location and all the professionalism of a five star poker experience at Casino Portomaso conjures a very special vibe. We are also happy to offer the Grand Event winner, powered by partypoker, the amazing opportunity to play the WPT® Prime Championship event at Wynn Las Vegas. Our festival will run alongside several off the felt entertainment activities including the All-In Friday player party at Club Level 22.”

Jesmond Galea, General Manager of Portomaso Casino said: “Portomaso Casino is delighted to join forces with Luxon Pay and provide another hassle-free and secure service to the poker community and clients alike. The app is the perfect utility for anyone joining us during our events to buy-in the tournaments ahead of the rest.”

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For details on the WPT Prime and World Championship festival see: WPT Prime and World Championship Festival

For WPT Special hotel rates see: WPT Special Hotel Rates

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About Luxon Pay

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10 currencies and benefit from instant currency exchange. Luxon Pay is the premier payment solution for live poker events and players can buy into many major live poker events using the

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About the World Poker Tour®

World Poker Tour® (WPT®) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 20th season, which airs on Bally Sports in the United States. Season XX of WPT is sponsored by is a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 43 states and territories across the United States, Australia, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities.

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CasinoCoin partners up with The Malta Poker Festival


Malta Poker Festival is always striving for innovation and creativity.  We want to surprise and amaze people. Creating the festival schedule is a very imaginative process – The CasinoCoin Cup 2022 is no exception.

Mrs. Montealegre our Event Director tells us the story “my first experience with crypto currency came through the CasinoCoin team, they were so patient walking me through.  I was trading and buying coin and I just couldn’t handle the verification and waiting process.  I located one of the team member’s that lives in Malta and he invited me over to his home and we sorted my situation.  Once I had an active wallet! Wow -love at first sight.  One of my favorite hobbies is playing live and online casino and poker.  When my cards block the transactions because of bank policies, it really annoys me.  I think CC will be a trailblazer in the crypto gambling space very soon.  The CasinoCoin team has a soft spot for poker, so you can imagine the synergies we had.  It’s a beautiful partnership taking place in the Portomaso Casino during Malta Poker Festival.  The tournament takes the spotlight as the High Roller event of the festival.

Matthew Cheetham COO of the crypto currency states “CasinoCoin is very excited to be teaming up with the Malta Poker Festival. This is our chance to bring crypto gambling to the live experience. See you at the tables in the CasinoCoin Cup!

DATESunday 30th of October, 2022. 

In addition to the standard prize pool generated, there will also be a chance for players to win even more.  CasinoCoin is giving away millions of CSC (their own cryptocurrency). The 9 players who make the final table will all be given a total of 20 million CSC (equivalent Euro value of approx. €6,000 at time of writing*).

The event will be covered live entirely by Pokerdeals, so this is also your chance to steal the show and make some poker headlines.

Added bounties and lots of rewards and action is to be expected. You can purchase CasinoCoin VIP Packages using your coin.  It’s a super value package at 5* Hilton hotel.

You can learn more about the event here: 

CasinoCoin Cup 2022 High Roller – The Malta Poker Festival