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Malta Poker Open 2010 - Powered by XLBet

Results - Malta Poker Open 2010 - Powered by XLBet

 
Tournament Opening - Malta Poker Open 2010 - Powered by XLBet
The Malta Poker Open 2010 – Powered by XLBet, started off with an explosive opening ceremony performed by the ‘In Guardia Parade’ on Friday 29th October 2010.  The parade was comprised of twenty re-enactors who represented the fort’s garrison (16th century performance).  
 
In Guardia parade at the Malta Poker Open 2010 - Powered by XLBet
 
Dressed in their best uniforms, they performed the ‘presentation of the language standards’, fired their muskets, and finally presented the 1st Prize trophy sword and passed it onto MPO tournament director, Mark Vella from the Portomaso Casino.
 
Ladies tournament
Andrea 'PokerQueen of the Rock' Wirth- Malta Poker Open 2010 Powered by XLBet
The opening day of the 3 day Maltese Poker fest kicked off with the ‘PokerQueen of the Rock’ ladies event.  The event attracted 29 ladies who played in a females-only field until Andrea Wirth (Germany) emerged as the winner of the PokerQueen title after pairing a Queen on the flop against Sharona Refalo.
 
Sharona Refalo (Ghajn Sielem, Gozo) made Malta & Gozo proud with a second placing against some tough international competition whilst Ophelie Laffuge from France stood her ground till the third place after losing her final card battle against Sharona.
 
‘PokerQueen of the Rock’ Tournament winners
1st Andrea Wirth
2nd Sharona Refalo
3rd Ophelie Laffuge
4th Malene Biegler
 
Malene Biegler left the tournament in 4th place and May-Britt Trontveit Jensen scored a very remarkable 5th place finish just outside the money positions.  May Britt was short-stacked at one point but made a massive recovery to 35,000 chips from just over 5,000 a few hands before.  May Britt was invited to compete at the ladies tournament by MyPokerBlog, after an intense coaching course with one of Denmark’s premium Poker Coaches – Stefan Raffay.
 
Main Event
Trophy Sword for the Malta Poker Open 2010 winner
The €1000+€100 main event kicked off on Saturday 30th October 2010 at the Portomaso Casino, St. Julians.  104 players found their seats by 2:30 pm, where - equipped with 15k starting stacks - they started their journey to the 8 player final table.
 
Day 2 started at the 11th level of blinds at 900/1800 & 300 antes. The tournament was running at 2:30pm on Sunday the 31st October, with 20 players who gave their best to make it in the money, and possibly get to play on the final table of the main event.
 
Holding a 174K stack, Domenico Tortomasi started in the lead by Day 2 ahead of 19 players whose objective was to dethrone him and secure their position as the tournament chip leaders! Jorryt Van Hoof was in close pursuit, just 4k chips behind and Maurizio Melara was next with 156K.  Milly Uylenbroek trailed behind with little over 138k.
 
 
Results Malta Poker Open 2010 - Powered by XLBet
Winner - Milly Uylenbroek - Malta Poker Open 2010 - Powered by XLBet
The 2 day main event came to a close on the 31st October 2010 at the Portomaso Casino when Milly Uylenbroek won the tournament, after an exemplary heads up with Jorryt van Hoof!
As well as the top two players, the remaining tournament winners were entirely from European regions, the majority of which were Danish poker players brought to the live poker tournament through XLBet - Online operator for Poker, Casino, Sports and E-Sport betting. 
At the final hours of the tourney, Dutch couple Jorryt van Hoof & Milly Uylenbroek, proved to the crowd that poker is poker and nothing comes in the way of a good heads up when it’s called for.  Milly won the €25,000 first prize after a spectacular final table against Van Hoof and came out on top of the other 103 players who participated at the Hold’em tourney.  Jorryt & Milly played scores of hands before Milly eventually emerged as the winner of the Malta Poker Open 2010.
 
Mikael Larsson - 3rd prize at the Malta Poker Open main event - Powered by XLBetSwedish player Mikael Larsson (PowerPoker.com), ended up 3rd, winning €13,500 for his placing, whilst Stefan Raffay from Denmark (MyPokerBlog coach) & a strong tournament favourite - managed a €9,200 win after suffering a string of bad beats which sent him out in 5th place.  Francis Kjaersgaard from XLBet (9th) and Jørund Berstad (10th) also got very respectable finishes giving the Danish players almost 30% of the money prizes in the main event.
 
Italian poker players, Maurizio Melara (4th) and Domenico Tortomasi (8th) went home with €11,200 and €3,600 respectively, taking a fair size of the pot over to neighbouring Italy.  “Mimmo” Tortomasi was one of the 33 players who won his main event entry through a €110+10 Super satellite held at the Portomaso Casino.
 
A Betsson player, Tellef Igland, showed strong qualities against his opponents all the way up to the final table.  Tellef ended his tournament journey in 6th place winning €7,200 in the last few hours of the tourney
 
Jetbull’s Piotr Klosinski from Poland, earned his respect on the Maltese Poker field with a 7th place finish, winning €5,200 at the main event final table.  Piotr won his entry through the Jetbull live poker tournament qualifiers and spent the week-end in Malta playing poker and experiencing all that St. Julians has to offer.
 
Malta’s very own Jackie Cachia, successfully placed Malta on the winning sheet with her 13th placing - Within inches of the final table.  Jackie has already proved her skills at numerous tournaments like the Mediterranean Poker Cup 2010, and at a 2010 Irish Poker Open event earlier this year, each with ‘in the money’ finishes.
  
Malta Poker Open 2010 – Results (Winners)
Winner - Milly Uylenbroek - Malta Poker Open 2010 Main event - Powered by XLBet

Place
Prize
Name
Surname
Nationality
1
€25,000
Milly
Uylenbroek
Dutch
2
€16,800
Jorryt
Van Hoof
Dutch
3
€13,500
Mikael
Larsson
Swedish
 
4
€11,200
Maurizio
Melara
Italian
5
€9,200
Stefan
Raffay
Danish
6
€7,200
Tellef
Igland
Swedish
7
€5,200
Piotr
Klosinski
Polish
8
€3,600
Domenico
Tortomasi
Italian
 
9
€2,500
Francis
Kjaersgaard
Danish
10
€2,000
Jørund
 Berstad
Danish
11
€1,560
Joni
 Jouhkimainen
Finnish
12
€1,560
Vajgl
Jaroslav
Czech
13
€1,560
Jackie
Cachia
Maltese

 
 
 
The Malta Poker Open – Powered by XLBet was filmed by the Malta Poker Events team and will be featured in the upcoming weeks on:
MaltaPokerEvents.com, our Youtube channel, Facebook page, and other news sites.  Have a look at the action as it happened live at the final table, and get to see some interviews with several of the players who participated at the event.
 
Numerous players who participated at the Malta Poker Open 2010 – Powered by XLBet also donated a small portion of their winnings (totaling €360) to the Noah's Ark – Animal sanctuary shelter. Noah's Ark have been going through some hardships managing their shelter these past few weeks, and the generous donation will surely help them with their four legged guests.
 
For further donations email or contact Fabio on info@noahsarkmalta.org & 79730900
 
The Malta Poker Open 2010 – Powered by XLBet was supported by:
 
  
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 Malta Poker Events Jetbull.com
 IlogoGaming    Melita MyPokerBlog

           


Malta Poker Open 2010 

Malta Poker Open 2010 - Powered by XLBet.com
The Malta Poker Open 2010 follows up on last year’s success as one of Malta’s finest poker tournaments. This year, the buy-in is being increased to €1,100 and players are flying in from top European countries to compete in Malta’s hottest Poker tournament.

Malta Poker Open - The Event
The event is set to take place at the Portomaso Casino, St. Julians from the 29th - 31st October 2010 and players are expected to be in the 150 – 160 mark resulting in a prize-pool of over of €150,000. The event will receive considerable press coverage through international reporters who will be flown in particularly for this event, as well as through the videos and photography which will give exposure to the event throughout the international poker community!

Play at the Malta Poker Open for an exclusive VIP experience! We created a very affordable package for European Poker Players who would like to experience Live Tournament Poker in one of the hottest upcoming Mediterranean Poker Destinations.

The Malta Poker Open will also feature an all-female tournament which is being held on Friday the 29th October 2010.
 
 
Malta Poker Open 2010 - Main Event details
Buy-in: €1000 + €100 [Direct buy-in and Live and online satellites are available]
Day 1: 30th October 2010
Day 2: 31st October 2010
Venue: Portomaso Casino, St. Julians, Malta
Tournaments style: No Limit Hold'em Freeze-out
Blind levels: 50 minutes
Starting stack: 15,000 chips
Expected Participants: 150 players
Expected Prize-Pool: €150,000
 
Malta Poker Open - It's Hot baby! Extra features: Fully fledged Filming Crew, Professional Photographers, International Poker Reporters, Pro Players, Cash Games & Side events, daily buffet, player interviews, goodie bags for players & a whole lot of action!
 
Malta Poker Open 2010 - Event Schedule
 
29/10/2010 - 6:30 pm - Opening Ceremony
                      7:30 pm Female Tourney [€100 + €10]
                      8:30 pm Sit 'n' Go Super Satellite [€110 + €10]
                      Cash games [€1/€2, €2/€4, €5/€10]
 
30/10/2010 - Day 1 - 2:30 Pm - Malta Poker Open Main event [€1,100] 
                     Buffet at the Casino 
                     Cash games [€1/€2, €2/€4, €5/€10]
                     Social activities
 
31/10/2010 - Day 2 - 2:30 Pm - Malta Poker Open Main event [€1,100] 
                     Buffet at the Casino
                     Cash games [€1/€2, €2/€4, €5/€10]
                     Closing Party
                     Social Activities
                     
 
Malta Poker Open - How to Qualify
 
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Malta Poker Open - Qualifying options
- Direct Buy-in  
- All inclusive Poker holiday packages
- Live satellites [See below]
 
Online Satellite Qualiyfing partners
 
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Malta Poker Open 2010

Official qualifying partners for the Malta Poker Open 2010
 
Live Satellite Schedule [Portomaso Casino]
 
 
 
Satellite Schedule [Portomaso Casino] - October 2010  
20:00 - Tues 19th October                    €10+1             Stage 1 Satellite
20:00 - Tues 26th October                    €10+1             Stage 1 Satellite
20:00 - Thursday 28th October            €110+10           SUPER SATELLITE
20:00 - Friday 29th October                 €110+10           SnG SUPER SATELLITE
 
Our selected blind schedule for the main event is customised for a tournament with 150 players, scheduled to last 20 hours and featuring 50-minute rounds. Every player will be given 15,000 chips as their starting stack and the small and big blinds will start at the 50/100 level. Antes will be included and are set to start at the 5th level.
 
Level
Small Blind
Big Blind
Ante
Round Start Time
1
50
100
-
+0:00
2
100
200
-
+0:50
3
150
300
-
+1:40
4
200
400
-
+2:30
5
200
400
50
+3:20
6
250
500
50
+4:10
7
350
700
100
+5:00
8
450
900
100
+5:50
9
550
1100
100
+6:40
10
600
1200
150
+7:30
11
800
1600
200
+8:20
12
1000
2000
300
+9:10
13
1500
3000
400
+10:00
14
2000
4000
500
+10:50
15
3000
6000
800
+11:40
16
4000
8000
1000
+12:30
17
5000
10000
1000
+13:20
18
7000
14000
2000
+14:10
19
10000
20000
3000
+15:00
20
15000
30000
4000
+15:50
21
20000
40000
5000
+16:40
22
30000
60000
8000
+17:30
23
40000
80000
10000
+18:20
24
50000
100000
10000
+19:10
25
60000
120000
15000
+20:00
26
80000
160000
20000
+20:50
27
100000
200000
30000
+21:40
28
150000
300000
40000
+22:30
 
 

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Malta Poker Open 2010 – Powered by XLBet (‘MPO’)
In the event of any disputes, the Tournament Director's decision is final.
Players are advised to familiarise themselves with any local rules and regulations before entering the tournaments held there.
POKER COMPETITION RULES:
1.         Seating assignment will be determined by random draw and will not be transferable.
2.         A draw for the button will be held at each table at the beginning of the tournament and also at the final table.
3.         Players will be allocated the exact same number of chips as all other players and this amount bears no relation to the buy-in of the event.
4.         All chips must be visibly displayed at all times. A player's highest denomination chips cannot be 'hidden' and must be visible at all times. Players may not have tournament chips in their pockets at any time. A player who has chips in his pocket will forfeit the chips and will receive a penalty. The forfeited chips will be taken out of play from the tournament.
5.         There will be no foreign chips allowed on the table except for a maximum of one card cap.
6.         When it is time to colour-up chips, they will be raced off with a maximum of one chip going to any player. The chip race will always start in the No 1 seat. A player cannot be raced out of a tournament. In the event that a player has only one chip left, the regular race procedure will take place. If that player loses the race, he will be given one chip of the smallest denomination still in play.
7.         Betting will be in clockwise order and must be in turn.
8.         Verbal declarations in turn are binding. Action out of turn may be binding:
o        If a player bets, raises or calls out of turn the bet stands.
o        If the player who should have acted first chooses to bet more than the out-of-turn bet, the player who acted out of turn can either make up the difference to call, or take back his bet and fold, or re-raise.
9.         If a player puts in a raise of 50% or more of the previous bet, he will be required to make a full raise. The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed.
10.       An oversized chip placed in the pot before the flop with no verbal declaration will be considered a call; after the flop an oversized chip put into the pot will constitute the size of the bet.
11.       When raising, a player must put the amount of the raise out in one motion or state the raise amount. By stating the word 'raise' a player protects his right to raise, but the raise must be made in one additional motion unless the player states the amount of the raise.
12.       Over-blinds (straddles) are not permitted in tournament play.
13.       Under-raises are only permitted if a player is going "all-in". Less than a full raise does not re-open the betting to a player who has already acted.
14.       Players must be in their seat when the dealer finishes the deal. If the player is not in their seat then the dealer will muck their hand immediately.
15.       All cards will be turned face up once a player is all-in and all action is complete.
16.       Tournament play will use a 'dead button'.
17.       When time has elapsed in a round and a new round is announced, the new limits apply to the next hand. A hand has begun with the first riffle.
18.       Players may not ask for deck changes.
19.       The one player to a hand rule will be enforced.
20.       No rabbit hunting is allowed.
21.       A player who intentionally dodges his blinds when moving from a broken table may forfeit the blinds and incur a penalty. The money will be put into the next pot and considered dead money.
22.       A player wanting to use a cellular phone must step away from the table.
23.       Verbal declarations regarding your own hand are not binding and commenting on the possible contents of an opponent's hand is allowed for the purposes of the televised tournament. However this only applies to players involved in the hand and not to players who have already passed their hand.
24.       Players who are not in the hand may not discuss the hand in play until all action is completed. Discussing cards discarded is not allowed.
25.       No player will be allowed to expose his or her cards during a hand.
26.       It is a player's responsibility to protect their own hands at all times. If a dealer kills an unprotected hand, the player will have no redress and will not be entitled to his money back. An exception would be if a player raised and his raise had not been called yet, he would be entitled to receive his raise back.
27.       Dealers cannot kill a winning hand that was turned face up and was obviously the winning hand.
28.       Floor people are to consider the best interest of the game and fairness as top priority in the decision making process. Unusual circumstances can, on occasion, dictate that the technical interpretation of the rules be ignored in the interest of fairness. The floor manager's decision is final.
29.       If two or more players are eliminated at the same table, the player with the higher chip count will receive the higher finishing place. During regular play, if two or more players are eliminated at separate tables, they will be assigned a finishing place based on the order of his/her elimination. In the event it is impossible to determine the order of elimination, they will equally split the prizes involved. During "Hand for Hand" play, if two or more players are eliminated at separate tables, they will equally split the prizes involved.
30.       Management reserves the right to cancel or alter any event at its sole discretion in the best interest of the tournament or its players.
31.       Tournament tables will be balanced all the time. Players will be moved from the big blind to the worst position.
32.       A player can be issued the following penalties: (a) verbal warning, (b) missed hand penalty, (c) have a hand declared dead, (d) disqualification, or (e) elimination.
A missed hand penalty will be assessed as follows: At the beginning of the next hand, the offender will be required to miss one hand for every player (including the offender) who is at the table. A floor supervisor can assess a one-, two-, three-, or four-round penalty (For example: 7 players x3-rounds = 21 missed hands). While on a penalty, the offender must remain away from the table. Repeated infractions are subject to escalating penalties. Note: If a player is moved while on a penalty, he/she will sit-out the remainder of the penalty at the new table. This action may require a player to miss and pay more than one set of blinds. Players who are disqualified will not be entitled to a refund, their chips will be removed from play and their standing in the tournament will be established based on the time the chips are removed from play. A severe infraction of the rules may also result in a player being eliminated from the tournament meaning additionally the player will not be entitled to any prize money.
33.       Calling for the clock procedures: Once a reasonable amount of time has passed and a clock is called for, a player will be given one minute to make a decision. If action has not been taken by the time the minute is over, there will be a 10-second countdown. If a player has not acted on his hand by the time the countdown is over, the hand will be dead.
34.       The use of bad language is strictly forbidden and will lead to penalties being imposed on the offending player/s.
35.       In the event of any disputes arising during any tournament, the Tournament Director's decision is final.
36.       A player who leaves a tournament at any stage and for whatever reason is deemed to have forfeited any right to the cost of entry. The chip stack of such player will continue to be blinded off, however, should the player finish in the money once all chips have been blinded off, the player shall remain eligible for the prize which corresponds to the order of his/her finish.
 
 

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