Unibet Open & Unibet Deepstack Open in Malta
The next Unibet Open is being run in conjunction with Casino Malta and takes place at the Intercontinental Hotel in the buzzing resort of St. Julian’s from May 16-20. The event will see Unibet Open joining forces with the Deepstack Open for the first time and gets under way with the two-day €300 + €30 buy-in Unibet Deepstack Open Cup which starts on Wednesday, May 16. The second and final day of the UDSO Cup will be live streamed on www.unibetopen.com.
Unibet is expecting a huge turnout for Malta after a highly successful season launch in London last month. Among the big names set to compete are numerous Unibet ambassadors including Irish Open winner Ian Simpson, Dara O’Kearney and David Lappin from Ireland, plus Espen Uhlen Jorsad, Daiva Byrne, Rauno Tahvonen and two-time Unibet Open champion Dan Murariu.
The packed schedule at Unibet Open Malta will feature a total of 10 different tournaments. In addition to the €1,100 Unibet Open Main Event and the Unibet Deepstack Open Cup, the schedule includes a €220 NL Turbo Bounty tournament, a €330 SuperStack tourney and a special €110 buy-in Ladies Event hosted by Daiva Byrne. Satellites are already under way on www.unibet.co.uk/poker awarding full prize packages worth €2,000 for the Unibet Open Malta Main Event.
A special €10,000 invitational “Battle Royale” freeroll will also take place during Unibet Open Malta featuring Unibet’s sponsored eSports players battling it out for a €5,000 first prize. Dutch player Thijs Molendijk won the Battle Royale in London with Phil “syrinxx” Schoenebaum second and Scott “Sco” McMillan third. Malta is fast becoming one of the top poker destinations in Europe with stunning beaches, beautiful architecture and a fascinating history. May is the perfect time to visit this gorgeous Mediterranean island with an average ten hours of sunshine a day and temperatures up to 76°F. The lovely harbor-side resort of St Julians is packed with great bars, restaurants and clubs and has a vibrant nightlife scene.
Unibet Open history in Malta
This year’s Unibet Open Malta will be the tour’s third visit to the island . In 2011, Mateusz Moolhuizen beat Tobias Peters heads-up to score his biggest cash to date. He won €117,000 along with the champion’s title and trophy. There were 293 entries creating a €417,525 prize pool. In 2016, Czech player Martin Soukup won the Main Event for €65,000 after beating a 292-entry field. Gerret Van Lancker was runner-up and went on to seize his first Unibet Open trophy the following February when he took down Unibet Open London 2017. WSOP November Niner Griffin Benger also made the final table and finished in eighth place.
Unibet Player of the Year
Every player who enters Unibet Open Malta will be racking up points in the new Unibet Player of the Year contest. The race was launched in London last month and is the first involving both live and online tournaments. Huge prizes are on offer including €2,000 Unibet Open packages as well as dozens of tickets for online satellites. The spectacular Battle of the Champions’ play-off will determine the overall Unibet Player of the Year and will feature the top four live players from 2018, the top four online players and the leaderboard winner from the Unibet Deepstack Open. Live players can earn leaderboard points by entering any Unibet Open Main Event this year as well as the Main Events during the Unibet Belgian Poker Championship, the Unibet UK Poker Tour and the Unibet Romanian Poker Series. There will be extra points for all players who make the money as well as additional points awarded based on performance.
Unibet Open Malta live stream
Unibet Malta will have a live stream running for all five days of the festival. Commentator and Unibet Ambassador David Vanderheyden will be following the action on the feature table as well as chatting to players, celebrity guests and staff from the Unibet poker team. The live stream will kick off with the eSports Battle Royale on May 16 and continue the next day with coverage from Day 2 of the Unibet Deepstack Open Cup.
Nataly Sopacuaperu, Unibet Open’s Head of Events and Sponsorship, said: “We’re very excited about this partnership. Malta is going to be a sensational event and it will be great for Unibet Open and Unibet Deepstack Open regulars to get the chance to meet up and compete against each other.”
Alex Henry, Head of Events of DeepStack Open: “We’re very happy to join forces with Unibet Open, it’s the opportunity to combine our forces and offer bigger events to European players.”
For more details, please visit
Deepstack Open: http://www.deepstackopen.com/
Unibet Open: www.unibetopen.com
Unibet Poker: www.unibet.com
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