PartyPoker MILLIONS Malta 2023 Wraps Up With Another Great Poker Story
Last Updated: October 5, 2023
The PartyPoker MILLIONS festival in Malta is officially in the books. After ten days in the Mediterranean sun, players and the organizer alike have plenty of reason to be happy, as it was a successful and fun event all around.
Of course, few players have traveled home with bigger smiles than the rest, having managed to take big money in the two main tournaments, the MILLIONS Main Event and the Grand Prix.
Despite some slight concerns about the overlay in the Grand Prix event, PartyPoker pulled a rabbit out of the hat, with the last of starting flights attracting nearly 300 entries and the €550 tournament exceeding its ambitious €1,000,000 guarantee.
The MILLIONS Title Goes to the UK
The €3000 MILLIONS Main Event didn’t have any official guarantee attached to it, but it ended up attracting quite a crowd for a tournament with this type of buy-in.
The event ended up with 154 entries for the final prize pool of over €400,000. Of those, 154 would make the money, taking home at least €7,210 for their efforts. The winner would take home €93,000, a decent payout for a few days’ work.
It was UK’s Mario Trattou who ended up standing tall when it was all said and done, taking home not just a big cash prize but a nice trophy for his cabinet and what we’re certain are some nice memories of the experience.
PartyPoker’s own Matt Staples did well for himself as well, finishing in fourth place and banking €31,900, which is his largest live tournament cash to date.
4th for €31,900! A great result in the live poker streets. pic.twitter.com/MPoQLRogzz
— Matthew Staples (@MattStaplesPKR) October 1, 2023
Grand Prix Justifies Its Name
PartyPoker had big ambitions for the GrandPrix event, offering players a chance to play a day one flight both online and at one of several land-based locations across Europe well ahead of the official kickoff.
While things did look a bit shaky at one moment, these efforts turned out very successful. By the time all Day 1 flights across the board were in the books, the Grand Prix ended up attracting 2,237 entries, shattering its massive €1,000,000 prize pool.
Given the fact this was a €550 tournament featuring an early-bird discount for the first couple of Day 1 flights, this is a great success and something the operator can be proud of.
Perhaps fittingly, the winner’s honor in this one went to Argentinian Jacques Ammiel Blit. He won his PartyPoker Live Passport a while ago, but the global COVID situation put a wedge in his plans, so he wasn’t able to use the Passport until now.
Images courtesy of Jean Marc Zerafa
The wait was at least worth it, as the Argentinian was the last man standing in the massive field, pocketing €145,000 for his stealer run. Jacques entered Day 2 as one of the big stacks, and he managed to put those poker chips to the best of uses.
And with that, the PartyPoker MILLIONS festival in Malta is officially in the books. Having met and exceeded expectations in every way possible, it was an event that players will likely remember for months and years to come.
At the same time, Malta has once again justified its position as one of Europe’s poker hubs, so it won’t be long before we see another big tournament hosted here. After all, with a great poker room, amazing weather, and beautiful landscape, what more could one possibly ask for?