The most loved Battle of Malta and its founders have come back to present Malta Poker Festival. The festival will be held for six days from 1st to 6th November. The previous year saw a good footfall of 2,074 players and Event Director Ivonne Montealegre are hopeful and believe that the history will repeat again.
The focal point of the Malta Poker Festival is the main event, €550 Malta Poker Festival Grand Event to be hosted from 1st to 6th November. This Main Event will consist of three opening flights with a gigantic prize pool worth €500,000.
The event will allow only one re-entry per flight. The Event Director gladly informed that they have met 1,000 minimum entries required to meet the guaranteed amount.
The Event has gone ahead and collaborated with not just one but multiple sites/networks where satellites are hosted. They have online partners such as RedBet, VideoSlots, and Intertops.
Montealegre pointed out the importance of side events at major poker tournaments. Some of the events apart from Main Event at Malta Poker Festival are €100 Ladies Event on November 3, €1,320 NLH Grandmaster High Roller on November 3-4, €250 Hendon Mob Championship NLH on November 4-5 and €275 Israeli Poker Championship Tour on November 5.
A strong ethical system at The Malta Poker Festival
Montealegre decided to turn the poker industry in Malta into a new leaf. She said that this year the Malta Poker Festival is created to be “independent and ethical.”
The event is absolutely independent and does not have any associate owning it. This use to be a problem as these associates would charge CPAs (Cost per Acquisition) from operators which would be ethically wrong for the sponsoring operators.
Montealegre also added that it is a blessing that the event is not attached to a sponsor and this fact “guarantees a good ethical system.”
Montealegre’s entry in the poker industry?
Ivonne Montealegre started as a certified psychologist with a Masters degree in psychology. She started working at the biggest sportsbook at that time where she hosted a number of events. This enlightened her to explore and stretch her horizon.
Montealegre eventually entered the world of poker but her luck did not do her well and the economy was struck by Black Friday. This lead Montealegre to Stockholm but this too did not work out well.
The Caribbean came after Malta, where she managed to establish a huge tournament in the Punta Cana Poker Classic.
With pride, Montealegre said that she has established such a big tournament from scratch and to see it grow every year has been an amazing experience and her happiness is beyond any measure. She added that everyone’s career dreams or endeavours initially seem impossible but you should “believe in your ideas and be very stubborn.”