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Save the Dates – The Festival Comes to Malta (May 15 – 21)

Save the Dates – The Festival Comes to Malta (May 15 – 21)

While The Festival in Bratislava’s Final Table will be played today, we’re already looking into the future. After we have already announced our next stop in Nottingham, we’re happy to reveal our second stop for the next year. The Festival will come to Malta in May 2023.

The first Festival event on the Mediterranean island will take place in the Portomaso Casino in St. Julians from May 15 - 21.

The Festival and the Portomaso Casino Partner For a Fantastic Week

Portomaso Casino
Portomaso Casino Malta

The Festival in Malta will run for one week and we will bring our successful concept of combining poker, roulette, blackjack and slots tournaments to the Portomaso Casino in St. Julians.

The most important event of the week will, as usual, be the poker Main Event which will have a buy-in of €550. Besides the Main Event, we will run dozens of poker side events and with plenty of the popular Festival mixed game action sprinkled in. Side events will include the Sviten Special, 8-Game, H.O.R.S.E., Open Face Chinese and Mixed PLO tournaments.

The Festival in Malta will also have a Blackjack and Roulette Championship, a Slots Tournament and Sports Betting Competitions. You can expect another action-packed week with many different events each day. Buy-ins will range from €125 to €1,100 and you can expect satellites with much lower buy-ins and players will of course be able to win Main Event seats and packages online.

About the Portomaso Casino in the Heart of Malta

Danilo de Berardinis

The Festival in Malta will be hosted by the Portomaso Casino in the heart of St. Julians. The Portomaso Casino is located next to the Hilton Hotel and most of the tournaments will be held in the conference area of the Hilton.

The Portomaso has been host to many big European tournaments, including the Battle of Malta, the Malta Poker Festival and the European Poker Tour. During The Festival players can expect 20+ cash game tables and action 24/7. The tournament will be run by Danilo de Berardinis, one of the most prolific tournament directors in Europe.

Jonathan Micallef, Senior Shift Manager of the Portomaso Casino is looking forward to The Festival in Malta: “The Festival Series is one of the most exciting tournament series in Europe with their emphasis on mixed games and casino game tournaments. We’re happy to host The Festival Series in Malta this spring. Players can expect a first-rate experience and will for sure have a great time in Malta.”

Jesmond Galea, General Manager of the Portomaso Casino weighed in: "We are more than ecstatic to be partnering up with The Festival Series and provide our esteemed players the possibility to enjoy the thrill of playing more than one live vertical in a single event. For all interested players abroad, May is the perfect month to hop to Malta to enjoy our top venue and facilities and the off-the-felts events hosted by remarkable organizers."

The Festival Series Explores New Destinations

Martin Franke von Zweigbergk
Martin “Franke” von Zweigbergk

The Festival in Malta will be the fifth stop of the series. After stops in Bratislava (twice) and Tallinn, the series will go to Nottingham, UK in February of 2023 and now to Malta in May.

The Festival Series was the first to combine poker in all its variations with popular casino games – roulette, blackjack and slots. This combination of casino action, coupled with daily off-the-table activities and parties, proved to be a smash hit with all players that enjoy low-priced casino and poker games during three different stops so far, the most recent being the Festival in Bratislava which boasted a spectacular 1,271 entries in the €550 NLH Main Event.

The Festival in Malta will be a week-long poker and casino holiday in a fantastic location. Players can win tickets and full packages via many different online partners in the months leading up to the event.

Martin “Franke” von Zweigbergk, founder of The Festival Series is thrilled about coming to the Portomaso: “Malta is the perfect poker destination and the Portomaso Casino has a long history of successfully hosting big poker tournaments. I’m really happy that we will be able to make The Festival in Malta a reality thanks to Jonathan Micallef and the Portomaso Casino. All our players will have a fantastic poker and casino holiday in Malta next May!

More details regarding the Festival in Malta will be released here in the coming months.

The Festival Malta 2023 Schedule

Download the Malta Schedule PDF file from HERE.

Book Your Malta Stay Now

As we prepare for The Festival Series in Malta, set to take place in May, we want to make it easy for players to book their accommodation. We have made reservations at three hotels, with options for different price ranges. Additionally, for the first time, we are offering the possibility to book accommodation for groups of up to three people per room. To book your stay, please contact us directly via email. READ MORE info from HERE.

Online Satellites

Online satellites in poker are smaller, preliminary tournaments that offer the chance to win entry into larger, more expensive events. Players compete in these satellites for a chance to win a seat in the main event, instead of having to pay the full buy-in price. Satellites allow players to potentially win entry into major events for a smaller investment and can provide a pathway for aspiring poker players to gain experience and make their way into larger competitions.

Gaining entry to The Festival in Malta can be done by participating in satellite tournaments at our various online partners. There are numerous options available, simply check out the "Qualify" or "Partners" section to find the best fit for your schedule.


Q: Where I can see the Malta event schedule?

  • Sometimes in life, you see things in one place that you shouldn't see, and vice versa. For those who missed the schedule, it can be found here.

Q: I won a package! What do I need to do now?

  • If you have won and haven't seen our congratulatory message to you, be sure to check your email settings or the section where these emails typically from "Nigeria" go. We are not from "Nigeria princes", we are in the poker business and we want to run our festivals as pleasantly and well as possible. So check your inbox and you will find all the instructions there. But if you don't find the email, please write to us. The contacts can be found here.

Q: I am a cashgame player. Any good hotel deal for me?

  • We value all of our players and consider them valuable. That's why all players have the opportunity to book their Malta trip through us. Three different hotels in three different price ranges. Take a couple of friends along and book a room together. However, we have also thought of separate Cashgame friends, so the Cashgame Challenge is also waiting for us in Malta.