MPC To Run On Pokio App From May 22 to 27
Yet another major poker festival has moved online as the live poker scene remains shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Malta Poker Championships will now take place on Pokio, the proprietary app of social poker software developer Qufan Internet Technology Ltd.
The Malta Poker Festival, Qufan Internet Technology, and The Hendon Mob made a joint announcement confirming that the Malta Poker Championships will be a six-day affair, running from May 22 to27, featuring €50,000 in total guarantees!
Among the highlights of the festival is the €30,000 GTD Main Event, a Ladies “Queens of Pokio” event, as well as a Hendon Mob event which carries a guarantee of €10,000. The schedule will also include plenty of exciting side events featuring various formats and guarantees, with satellites also running throughout April.
What makes the festival more interesting is that all events will have zero rake, and organizers will not be charging any tournament fees, as a way of being one with players affected by the pandemic. Pokio and the organizers are also considering establishing a fundraising initiative for live poker dealers who are currently faced with financial uncertainties in the wake of the crisis.
Live tournament database The Hendon Mob will also be involved in the event, as it will monitor and record all results throughout the series, apart from holding its own tournament during the festival.
Malta Poker Championships
The Malta Poker Championships is the brainchild of event director Ivonne Montealegre, who is also the founder of the Malta Poker Festival.
The series is only on its second year and was originally scheduled for May at the Portomaso Casino, but unfortunately the live event had to be dropped due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. The CEO of Qufan Internet Technology Manuel Lopes recognized the devastation this has brought to players and fans and stepped in to help!
Lopes and Montealegre coordinated and teamed up for a mobile event, which will allow players to continue to play while on home quarantine. Both are equally thrilled for the festival, with Lopes saying the new event will serve as a breath of fresh air in the middle of this crisis.
Montealegre meanwhile remains hopeful that players will continue to give their support to the event, as they embark on an exciting new beginning. More details about the series, including streaming schedules, will be released soon for more real money poker events.