Main Event Travel News

November 2022

Pearn foiled in back-to-back bid at Hippodrome Mega Series

Scottish player Tom Pearn was foiled in his bid to win back-to-back Mega Series titles at the Hippodrome Casino last week. The Mega Series defending champion carved his way through a record field of 203 entries but was eventually defeated heads-up by Yuval Rosenberg.

Aspers Autumn Festival breaks Main Event records

Steven Spivack (pictured) has won the Main Event at Asper’s Casino Stratford in London for a bumper prize of £35,318. Spivack did a heads-up deal with Eastbourne player Chris Dirsin, with the pair splitting the remaining prize pool and playing it out for the coveted Main Event champion’s title and trophy.

PokerStars and Paddy Power to Sponsor Irish Poker Open

PokerStars and Paddy Power today announced they are joining forces to sponsor next year’s Irish Poker Open which is being held at the Royal Dublin Society in Ballsbridge, Dublin from April 3 -10, 2023.

Countdown to the Hippodrome Mega Series starting November 16

The countdown is on for the Hippodrome Casino’s annual Mega Series festival which kicks off in just two weeks. With a £125,000 guaranteed Main Event, the festival promises to bring Autumnal cheer to the heart of London’s West End with a schedule packed with exciting poker tournaments.

October 2022

The Irish Poker Open’s illustrious past

Thousands of poker players from all over the world will be making their annual pilgrimage to Dublin next April to take part in the Irish Poker Open. The €1 million guaranteed event – which is taking place at the Royal Dublin Society from April 3 to April 10 next year ­– is considered an absolute must on the international poker calendar and always attracts a stellar crowd.

Blackpool beckons for GUKPT fans

For many GUKPT enthusiasts, the forthcoming festival in Blackpool is their favourite event of the year. Located at Grosvenor Casino Blackpool, the 10-day festival is a calendar highlight and the last chance to win big on the tour before December’s Grand Final in London.

October’s Battle of Malta notches up more than €3.5 million in prize money –  with over 12,400 festival entries!

The stats are in – and it’s clear that October’s Battle of Malta was one of the biggest yet! The festival as a whole attracted a total of 12,438 entries, creating an overall prize pool of €3,581,415.

Why fans of deep stack poker flock to the Venetian!

If you’re a deep stack poker enthusiast then there’s no better place to head for in Vegas than the Venetian. The sumptuous Italian-style casino located right on the Strip has been a mecca for deep stack players for more than 15 years and, as usual, has furnished 2022 with a virtually non-stop offering of deep stack events.

Autumn Fest Warm Up Event £500 Package Giveaway

MainEventTravel.com announce a £500 value package giveaway promotion with Aspers Casino Stratford to kick off the Autumn Festival starting next week!

Jamie Le wins GUKPT Luton for £96,630

Jamie Le won a fiercely-contested battle in Luton on Sunday night to become the latest GUKPT champion. Along with his trophy, the father-of-two from Birmingham has snagged a giant cash prize of £96,630 in the £1,100 buy-in event after beating a 353-entry field.

Aspers Casino Stratford releases bumper schedule for Autumn Festival

Aspers Casino Stratford in London kicks off Autumn Fest next week with a packed schedule including a £120,000 guaranteed Main Event as well as 15 other tournaments.

International Poker Open partners with Unibet in Dublin from October 26-31

The hugely popular International Poker Open is back again later this month with a six-day festival at Dublin’s Bonnington Hotel from October 26-31.

GUKPT Luton starts Thursday

The second GUKPT Luton of the year gets underway at the Grosvenor Casino on Thursday with a packed schedule of tournaments planned for the ten-day festival.

Welcome to the Battle of Malta

The second Battle of Malta of 2022 kicks off tomorrow (October 4) in the lively seaside resort of St Julian’s. Thousands of players are expected to take part in the tenth­-anniversary edition with record numbers predicted for the flagship €1 million guaranteed Main Event.

September 2022

888 heads back to Madrid in November

888 will be joining forces with Spain’s popular Circuito Nacional de Poker once again in November with an 11-day festival in Madrid featuring two Main Events and 14 other tournaments.

The full low down on the BOM Main Event structure

A generous starting stack, unlimited re-entries and a Big Blind Ante from Level 2 are just some of the features of next month’s €1 million guaranteed Battle of Malta Main Event.

Laura Cornelius returns as the “face” of Battle of Malta

Event host Laura Cornelius is returning to her role as the “face” of the Battle of Malta for next month’s tournament. The former PokerNews presenter will play a leading role at the festival – introducing the action in the Eden Arena each day as well interviewing players, chatting to event winners, and reporting on all the fun and excitement at Battle of Malta’s tenth anniversary celebrations.  

Countdown to EPT London!

British players are not the only poker fans who are thrilled by the return of next month’s EPT festival in London. After a break of nearly seven years, the popular event will be attracting players from all over the world to its new home at the spectacular Park Lane Hilton.

Irish Poker Open partners with MainEventTravel.com at new venue for 2023

The Irish Open is headed to pastures new for 2023 and an exclusive partnership with MainEventTravel.com will be providing players with special rates at three different hotels close to the new venue.

GUKPT Leeds kicks off next week!

One of the most exciting festivals on the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour kicks off next week with the ever-popular GUKPT Leeds. The eagerly-awaited event, which runs from September 22 to October 2, is the first GUKPT since the record-breaking Goliath took place in Coventry a few weeks ago.

Battle of Malta – the perfect poker destination for sun-loving Brits

The Battle of Malta is a perfect destination for British poker players, combining both a superb poker experience with the chance to enjoy a really great holiday resort.

Be at the heart of the action! Stay at the 5* Intercontinental Hotel for October’s Battle of Malta

MainEventTravel has some great special offers for October’s Battle of Malta giving players the chance to stay at the luxurious 5* Intercontinental Hotel right where the festival is being held.

DTD Hall of Famer Wadey Ashraf wins a $30k PSPC Platinum Pass

Dusk till Dawn star Wadey Ashraf has won a Platinum Pass worth $30k to next January’s PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship in the Bahamas. Ashraf scooped his massive prize after taking down the Road to PSPC event held at the Nottingham card room last weekend.

Excitement builds for Hippodrome’s Super Super Series

Excitement is building for the Hippodrome Casino’s “Super Super Series” which is being held at the celebrated central London venue next week.

August 2022

The Festival heads back to Bratislava in October

The third live edition of The Festival is taking place in the Slovak capital of Bratislava this October. The Festival is a hugely entertaining, week-long event which offers players the chance to compete in a €500,000 guarantee Main Event. some two dozen other poker tournaments, plus a whole lot more besides.

How to snag your Goliath merch – and other useful information!!

If you're heading to Goliath X – and especially if it’s your first time – it’s worth reading the info below to help you get a handle on Europe’s largest live poker tournament!

Massive guarantee for Battle of Malta Ladies Event

Casino Malta has put a massive guarantee on the Ladies Event when Battle of Malta celebrates its tenth anniversary in October. For the first time, there will be a €25,000 guaranteed prize pool in the Ladies Event.

New WPT event - WPT Prime - heads to Madrid

The WPT has added a whole new tour to its live tournament offer this year with the launch of WPT Prime. WPT Prime made its debut with festivals in Vietnam and Australia and its most recent event in Cambodia – a 12-day event in the spectacular Nagaworld resort casino in Phnom Penh – was a resounding success featuring more than 20 different tournaments.

Unibet Poker Belgian Championship starts next week

The Unibet Poker Belgian Championship is back next week in the lovely seaside resort of Blankenberge. The popular festival will run from August 31 to September 4 at Unibet Casino Blankenberge and features a €550 buy-in Main Event as well as multiple satellites, a two-day Mystery Bounty Event, #QueenRules Ladies Event and several No Limit Hold’em turbo tournaments.

EPT Barcelona champion wins nearly €1.5 million; EPT London up next!

Italian player Giuliano Bendinelli defeated a record-breaking field of 2,294 entries in the EPT Barcelona Main Event on Sunday to win a gigantic first prize of €1,491,133. It was an incredible comeback for the 31-year-old, who had been down to just one big blind on the final table with six players remaining.

Packed schedule at forthcoming Battle of Malta

The full schedule for the October edition of the Battle of Malta has now been released and it’s pretty spectacular.  The popular festival features a total of 37 different tournaments at the InterContinental Conference Centre in St Julian’s and runs from October 4 to October 12.

All go at Dusk Till Dawn!

Dusk Till Dawn, the celebrated poker room in Nottingham, has a host of great events coming up over the next few months including the Road to PSPC and Grand Prix UK.

Goliath puts women in the limelight for 2022

For the first time ever, the Goliath Women’s Championship will be a two-day event giving all those who make the final the chance to relax before competing again PLUS Day 2 of the event will be the TV feature table on the live stream – making sure women really take centre stage.

Maxwell takes down UKIPT Nottingham + EPT news

British cash game pro Adam Maxwell has won nearly £100,000 after taking down PokerStars’ UKIPT Nottingham Main Event in his home town. There were a total of 582 entries in the £1,100 buy-in Main Event, creating a guarantee-busting prize pool of £564,540.

July 2022

UKIPT Nottingham kicks off this Saturday

The UKIPT will be continuing its hugely successful revival this year with a massive 9-day festival starting on Saturday, July 23 at Dusk Till Dawn, the UK’s largest poker room.  

May 2022

Farrell wins UKIPT Dublin – with a hangover

Scottish pro Niall Farrell has netted his first UKIPT trophy after taking down the €1,100 Dublin Main Event on Sunday for €54,940.

Vegas – this summer’s tournament lowdown!

The World Series of Poker grabs so many of the poker headlines that you might be forgiven for thinking it’s the only thing that happens in Vegas all summer. However, several other venues also offer exciting tournament schedules including the Aria, the Venetian, the Golden Nugget, the Wynn, MGM Grand and the Orleans.

February 2022

Two great PokerStars London Series events set for mid-February and March at The Hippodrome

London’s celebrated Hippodrome Casino is gearing up for a busy few months with two great PokerStars-branded tournaments lined up in February and March. 

MainEventTravel.com partnering Casino Malta for two Battle of Malta festivals in 2022

For the first time ever, Casino Malta will be hosting two Battle of Malta festivals this year with the first event in April, followed by a second in the Autumn.

December 2018

Epic year for Main Event Travel

2018 was certainly one of the most exciting years that Main Event Travel has experienced since its launch in 2011 – with new clients, new events and fantastic new functionality on our amazing one-stop-shop website.

November 2018

Caribbean Party Poker hotel bargains up for grabs!

partypoker LIVE have made some fantastic Caribbean Poker Party hotel rooms available to all MainEventTravel customers so if you want to save some money while staying in the lap of luxury and super close to the tournament venue, now’s your chance.

Battle of Malta celebrates new champion & biggest Malta poker tournament ever

With a €1m guarantee for the flagship Main Event, Battle of Malta 2018 certainly set a high bar for success! But the giant 3,816-entry field for the Main Event and 13,000 tournament entries overall made this year’s Battle of Malta a spectacular success. If you were there, we hope you had fun! If you weren't, well you know what to do next year!!!

October 2018

MainEventTravel stalwart Mad Harper braves Battle of Malta SOBER to raise money for MacMillan

Mad Harper, MainEventTravel's content writer, is doing Dry October to raise money for MacMillan. We thought staying sober for a month wasn't tough enough - so we've brought her out to Battle of Malta where the beer is flowing and there's a party every 20 minutes ...

May 2018

Beyond the Strip – day trips from Vegas

With so much to do in Las Vegas itself, it can be hard to find time to explore beyond the city’s borders. However, even if you only have an afternoon spare, it’s well worth renting a car and heading out of town. Las Vegas is surrounded by stunning scenery and places like Lake Mead Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon are within easy driving distance.

April 2018

Need cash in Vegas this summer? Check out our Dollar Delivery service

No one wants to travel with wads of cash to Vegas and trying to transfer or exchange money once you’re there can be a real headache. MainEventTravel takes away the hassle with a bespoke, personal, on-site Dollar Delivery service.

New: Malta travel guide

Don't miss our comprehensive new travel guide to Malta. We have the full low-down on all the best places to visit, eat, drink and party – as well as when and where to play poker. With great events coming up in Malta like the Unibet Open, Unibet Deepstack Open and the Battle of Malta, now is the perfect time to start planning your trip to this beautiful Mediterranean island.

What's on in May

May has a bunch of poker events around the world including 888Live Barcelona, Unibet Open in Malta, Grosvenor Casino’s Goliath in Coventry, SuperStack and WPTs – and that’s before the World Series of Poker gets under way at the end of the month. Don't forget ! you can now book flights online at MainEventTravel.com as well as your accommodation.

Bars and Clubs in Malta

There’s certainly no shortage of places to drink and dance in Malta; from cosy family-run wine bars to giant nightclubs, Malta has it all. Highly recommended is Café del Mar where you can enjoy a fab day lazing by the pool in the sun before hotting it up in the evening with top DJs mixing it up.

Eating out in Malta

The heart of Malta's thriving nightlife scene is St Julians which lies about half hour north of the capital city of Valletta. This is where the three main casinos are all located – Casino Malta, Portomaso and Dragonara – and the area is heaving with great places to eat out.

Things to do in Malta

With its superbly sunny weather (more than 300 days a year), expansive beaches, thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of incredible history – including some of the oldest human structures in the world, there is a huge amount to see and do in Malta. It is also a place of stunning natural beauty.

Poker in Malta

Malta is a near perfect destination for a poker holiday – for starters, there’s lots of poker but there are also tons of other things to do. Whether it’s strolling around the gorgeous capital city of Valletta, clubbing all night in Paceville or chilling out at Golden Bay beach, Malta really does have something for everyone.

MainEventTravel’s Vegas Guide: The LINQ Promenade

Of all the many attractions that have opened in Vegas in recent years, the LINQ Promenade has proved one of the most successful: an appealing, tree-lined open-air pedestrian walkway featuring tons of shops, restaurants, bars and attractions.

March 2018

Sightseeing in Macau

Macau has all the glitter and glamour of Las Vegas but combines the high-rise glitz of the Cotai Strip with a rich culture and history going back hundreds of years. Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East and a Portuguese colony for over 300 years.

June 2017

What’s on in July

It’s not all about the WSOP! If you don’t fancy Vegas, there are still several great poker events going on elsewhere in July

We have a cash! MET Vegas round-up

MainEventTravel CEO Fraser MacIntyre is on a roll at the WSOP! After finishing 237th out of a staggering 7,761 entries in the Millionaire Maker for $6,043, our hero is now on Day 2 in yet another event – the £1k Pot Limit Omaha!

May 2017

Congrats Fraser! Runner-up in 888Live Barcelona High Roller

MainEventTravel CEO Fraser MacIntyre is runner-up in the 888Live Make It Big Festival €2,200 High Roller in Barcelona. We're the Official Travel Partner for the festival and, if you fancy some sun, there’s still lots of time to enter the €500k guaranteed Main Event. Day 1b today at 6pm; 1c on Saturday at 3pm.

Fraser MacIntyre in top five in 888Live Barcelona High Roller

MainEventTravel.com’s Fraser MacIntyre is fourth in chips after bagging up 426,000 at the end of Day 1 of the 888Live Make It Big Festival €2,200 High Roller. Play resumes 5pm local time. MainEventTravel is 888Live’s Official Travel Partner for the festival offering great hotel deals in Barcelona.

April 2017

Celebrate the holiday weekend with tons of live poker

With the promise of the first bank holiday of the summer, there’s plenty of poker action this weekend all over Europe – and in Canada!

Countdown to 888Live Make It Big Festival in Barcelona

It's just over two weeks until the debut 888Live Make It Big Festival in Barcelona: 12 days of non-stop poker from May 11-22 and total guaranteed prize pool of over €700,000. We're the Official Travel Partner

December 2016

Heading east for the first WPT National Cambodia event

There’s a novel new stop from the WPT next year with the inaugural WPT National Cambodia in January.

Exotic destinations for January!

January is always an exciting month for poker players with two major destinations on offer plus a host of other exciting stops. The flagship events next month are the PokerStars Championship Bahamas from January 6-14 and the Aussie Millions from Jan 11 to 30.

October 2016

Less Than A Week To Go Before Hippodrome Autumn Classic

There's less than a week to go before the £250 + £25 Autumn Classic kicks off at The Hippodrome Casino in London.

Penultimate EPT Features 84-Event Schedule in Malta

The European Poker Tour will be heading to Malta for its penultimate event this month

November 9 Special Offer

Book your November Nine accommodation through Main Event Travel and we’ll give you a whopping 9% discount on the cost of your hotel.

Cash Game Festival Heads to Tallinn

Cash Game Festival is heading back to the city where it all got started – beautiful Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

Grand Prix Poker Tour Heads Home to Nottingham

The Grand Prix Poker Tour is heading home to Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham

888Poker London Festival

888poker will be launching its first 888Live Festival in London this month with an 11-day event running October 13-23 at Aspers Casino.

August 2016

PokerStars announces global Championship and Festival events

Today, PokerStars announced that beginning in 2017, its global live events will fall under one of two tours, the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival.

February 2016

WSOP Announce 2016 Schedule

Non-stop poker action returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 31 to July 18, 2016 as the 47th running of the poker's longest-running tournament series returns for its annual summer pilgrimage.

MainEventTravel.com & FiDPA Launch FiDPA Travel

MainEventTravel and FIDPA are delighted to announce the launch of FIDPA Travel

November 2015

Dale Garrad leaves MainEventTravel.com

Dale Garrad leaves MainEventTravel.com

October 2015

Bob Dylan Sang About It, People Are Scared of It

With the announcement of the GPL, we wonder why people are not always happy with new ideas.

September 2015

MainEventTravel.com News - Steve Warburton

2nd place in EPT Barcelona while proudly wearing the MET logo

August 2015

MainEventTravel.com News

MET announce Simon Deadman as brand ambassador

June 2015

MainEventTravel Launch WPT Travel

MainEventTravel.com are proud to announce the launch of a new website and partnership with the World Poker Tour (WPT)

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