More than 150 players have already qualified for Unibet Open Malta which gets underway in just a few weeks at the InterContinental Hotel in St. Julian’s.
This year’s #ShuffleUpAndSea Unibet Open Malta, held in conjunction with Casino Malta, is the tour’s fourth visit to the beautiful Mediterranean island and takes place from September 11-15. With the countdown now on for the festival, players still have a chance to win their way into the flagship €1,000 + €100 Main Event.
There are five prize packages guaranteed in the €250 buy-in qualifier taking place on UnibetPoker this Sunday at 7pm (BST). The €2,000 prize packages include Main Event buy-in and four nights’ accommodation at the five-star Intercontinental Hotel for qualifier and guest. There is also a €50 buy-in seat-only qualifier next Wednesday. The last Sunday satellite is on Sunday, September 1 with the last direct buy-in on Wednesday, September 4.
With its wonderful sunny weather, gorgeous beaches and thriving nightlife, Malta is a perfect destination for poker players.
In addition to the flagship Main Event, this year’s Unibet Open Malta schedule includes a two-day €500 + €50 Unibet Deepstack Open, the popular €80 + €10 #QueenRules Ladies Event, €165 Turbo and Hyperturbo tournaments, a €220 single re-entry Pot Limit Omaha event and €175 NLH Progressive Superknockout. Among those competing in Malta will be a number of popular Twitch streamers and influencers including Suntouch, kiocsgo, CasinoDaddy, VeniCraft, ONSCREEN, ToD, syrinxx1337, Melania and OliPocket.
Unibet Ambassador David Lappin said: “Malta is the stop that consistently gets the best feedback from players and it’s easy to see why! Sun, Sea and Poker, what could possibly beat that? It’s a home stop for me as I live just ten minutes from the venue. I’m a regular in the casino which is the best on the island and when Unibet Poker comes to town, they step up their game even more to make sure the players enjoy a top-notch experience. I look forward to welcoming tons of players to this fabulous destination.”
Fellow Unibet Ambassador Ian Simpson added: “I’m really happy to be coming back to Malta again for the Unibet open. The four Unibet opens each year are highlights on my poker calendar and Malta is one of my favourite stops. Lots of sunshine, plenty of poker action and very good ice cream to console myself with whenever I bust!”
Off the felt
Off the felt, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to have fun at Unibet Open Malta. The Intercontinental Hotel is located in the heart of buzzing St Julian’s, one of the island’s top tourist resorts. Unibet will be hosting a Welcome Drinks party at the start of the festival followed by the Unibet Players Party on the Saturday night.
The Intercontinental Hotel is Malta’s largest 5-star hotel and located in the same property as the tournament, so players will be just minutes away from all the action at the Unibet Open as well as Casino Malta. The Intercontinental offers exceptional luxury including three swimming pools, fantastic spa, fitness centre and private beach. All Unibet qualifiers will also get a free dinner each night of the event, along with Unibet merchandise and full access to the Welcome Drinks and Players Party.
Live Stream in Malta
A live stream will take place in Malta covering the Tag Team Championship, the Unibet Battle Royale and Main Event. Host David Vanderheyden, a Unibet Open Ambassador, will host the stream, joined once again by co-commentator Henry Kilbane. The live stream can be found on Twitch and facebook.
Nataly Sopacuaperu, Unibet Open’s Head of Events and Sponsorship, said: “With only a few weeks to go before the event starts, we’re really looking forward to our return trip to Malta. September is a fantastic time of year to visit Malta and there’s always an amazing atmosphere. We know all our players – including those who have their packages or seats on Unibet – are going to have a great time.”
Unibet Open Malta history
2011: Mateusz Moolhuizen, Netherlands, €117,000; 293 entries, total prize pool €417,525
2016: Martin Soukup, Czech Republic, €65,000; 292 entries, total prize pool €292,000
2018: Daniel Jacobsen, Denmark, €60,090; 273 entries, total prize pool €273,000
Unibet Open 2019 season so far
Unibet Open Sinaia, February 2019: Czech player Martin Soukup became a two-time Unibet Open champion when he won the tour’s debut event in the Romanian ski resort of Sinaia for €71,000 in February.
Unibet Open London, May 2019: Unibet Open smashed its London track record in May with the biggest field, biggest first prize and biggest prize pool. British player Daniel James beat fellow countryman Ben Winsor heads-up to take the £80,200 first prize. There were 456 entries for the Main Event, creating a total prize pool of £410,400.
The final stop of 2019 will be Unibet Open Paris from November 28 to December 1.