Two live tournament news stories with The Hendon Mob sewn into the fabric including the first Hendon Mob Short-Deck event at the new Cash Game Festival/Malta Poker Championships, and an alliance with the Microgaming Poker Network in Prague
Forget world-famous hot dogs, in the Battle of Malta (BOM), Ivonne Montealegre created one of the world’s most significant low-stakes buy-in live tournaments. It was that good, it won a Global Poker Index (GPI) award, and world-class vloggers know how tough that is.
So the Costa Rican wasn’t doing cartwheels when PokerListings owner Net Gaming sold the BOM trademark and assets to the Casino Malta in 2017. Nope, it was time to go to church and pray, or walk in the jungle, whatever floats your mindfulness boat.
Except, Monteleagre did none of those things; she put on her thinking cap, found some new partners, and told her client the Portomaso Casino not to worry, she would build something new; something better, and a year later, Emanuele Onnis defeated 1,366-entrants to win the €150,000 first prize in the inaugural Malta Poker Championships.
It was a stunning success.
The Malta Poker Festival returns to the Portomaso Casino October 30 to November 4, but before then, Montealegre has another surprise for poker lovers who fancy a bit of Maltese culture.
Montealegre is teaming up with the Cash Game Festival to create the Malta Poker Championships May 13 – 19. Speaking in an exclusive interview with PokerNews, Montealegre said she has been trying to partner with the Cash Game Festival for a decade, so she’s body popping over this one.
The Cash Game Festival is on tap.
The standout events are the €270+30 Betsson One Bullet Freezeout, and the €130+20 No-Limit Hold’em Hendon Mob Short-Stack.
Malta Poker Championships
13 May – €35+5 No-Limit Hold’em Triple Stack Warm Up
16-19 May – €100+50 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty Knockout Championship
17-19 May – €270+30 Betsson One Bullet
18-19 May – €200+20 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
18-19 May – €100+20 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship
19 May – €130+20 No-Limit Hold’em Hendon Mob Short-Stack
19 May – €70+10 No-Limit Hold’em Last Chance Sunday
Montealegre, who promises a VIP experience for the players, will set up The Cash Games, and Championships final tables at the classy Club Level 22.
The Hendon Mob Partners With the MPN Poker Tour Prague
The Hendon Mob (THM) flag collectors have the opportunity to win a unique THM flag during the Cash Game Festival and Malta Poker Championships, but it’s not the only place you can win one in May.
Another one is on the horizon.
Eric Danis and the team have partnered with the Microgaming Poker Network Poker Tour (MPNPT) for an event planned for 2 – 5 May at the Rebuy Stars Casino Savarin in Prague.
The €550 buy-in, €200,000 Guaranteed, No-Limit Hold’em MPNPT Main Event takes place 2 – 5 May, and the €220 No-Limit Hold’em The Hendon Mob Championship begins on 4 May, ending 5 May.
There is also a €40 No-Limit Hold’em Welcome Event, €120 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack, and a €55 No-Limit Hold’em Cooldown.
Here is the link to the full schedule.