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BOM Founder Launches Malta Poker Festival

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Feb/23/2018

Battle of Malta (BOM) brainchild and friend of the Gambling911.com website Ivonne Montealegre has announced the launch of the Malta Poker Festival, which will now go up against her former creation.  Scroll Down Below


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PokerListings, which owned the Battle of Malta name, recently sold that brand name to Malta Casino Limited for €300,000.

Montealegre, who tirelessly organized BOM over the past few years, did not come with the deal, nor did she receive any of the aforementioned €300,000.

Lee Davy of CalvinAyre.com writes:

It seems someone smelled the scent of weakness in the sale of the great Maltese poker institution.

Dogs dream of bones.

Ivonne Montealegre dreams of poker tournaments.

It was the Cost Rican who created the BOM concept and partnered with PokerListings to turn it into an award-winning show, and the most successful mid-stakes live tournament the country has ever seen.

With her baby passed carefully to the Malta Casino, Montealegre is feeling a little empty. An emptiness that is driving an adhesive sense to do it all again.

According to PokerNews, Montealegre and the Portomaso Casino have taken the BOM blueprint, improved upon it and what you’re going to see soon is the Malta Poker Festival.


Ivonne Montealegre (left) discusses her new venture, the Malta Poker Festival

With Montealegre comes the connections and presumably the database of names and contact information from her previous venture.

The buy-in for the Malta Poker Festival remains €550, the guaranteed remains €500,000, and the date range is also in the same ballpark Nov 1-6, 2018.

PokerListings may have sold BOM, but for the poker community, it will feel like nothing has changed, Davy writes.

“With an operation like the one we have at Portomaso Casino, breaking records for the past seven years, it makes sense to take the tournament to the next level,” Montealegre told PokerNews. “We have been listening to our clients and have recalibrated the entire operation to focus on good quality poker in the most spectacular destination in Malta.” 

More information is forthcoming so check back frequently here at Gambling911.com

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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