Thursday 26th April, 2018


By Mad Harper

There has never been a better time to visit Malta. Not only is this gorgeous Mediterranean island full of beautiful beaches, world-famous historic sites and a thriving poker scene, but this year Malta is celebrating its role as European Capital Of Culture 2018.

That means that in addition to Malta’s myriad year-round attractions, a ton of cultural events are also on the calendar. Valletta 2018 is bringing together more than 1,000 local and international artists and performers for a year-long programme of over 140 projects and 400 events.

If culture’s not your thing, panic not though – because Malta is also a perfect destination for a chilled-out poker holiday. Malta’s balmy climate means mild winters and an average of 12 hours of sunshine in the summer. Malta also enjoys the highest sea temperature in Europe, so it’s ideal if you enjoy swimming, water sports or just splashing around in the crystal-clear waters of the Med.

Malta also hosts numerous world-class poker tournaments. The European Poker Tour was the first major event to take place in Malta but others are now flooding in; MPN has already visited this year and still to come are the Unibet Open from May 16-20, the Unibet Deepstack Open from September 5-9 and the Battle of Malta in October.

WCOOP champion Steven van Zadelhoff has lived in Malta for eight years and has found it the perfect place to play online. He said: “Malta is just great! What I love best about living here is that I have very little distraction so it's super efficient to grind a lot of poker. I live one minute from my supermarket and three minutes from my gym. And my sunny terrace is awesome!”

RakeTech CEO Michael Holmberg, originally from Sweden, is another long-term Malta resident who is bringing up his family here. He said: “There are so many things to love about Malta - 300 days of sunshine a year, the Mediterranean lifestyle, and it’s the only Mediterranean country where English is the main language. It also has a really friendly atmosphere and it’s very safe so it’s great for families.”

For poker players who want to combine playing poker with a sun-drenched beach holiday, there’s really nowhere better than Malta – so don’t delay! Book your trip soon at MainEventTravel.com

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