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Unibet Open Returns to Malta on Sept. 11-15

Unibet Open Malta

The Unibet Open heads to Malta for the fourth time in the tour's history. The tour goes back to the island Sept. 11-15 in partnership with Casino Malta at the InterContinental Hotel in St. Julians.

PokerNews will once again be reporting the highlight of the festival, the Unibet Open Malta €1,100 Main Event on Sept. 12-15. The tournament features three opening flights on Sept. 12-13 with players starting with 30,000 in chips.

The first two flights feature long 60-minute blind levels while the final opening flight is a turbo-charged affair with blind levels of 20 minutes each. Players can reenter once but their second entry must come on Day 1c.

Surviving players from the three opening flights will compete for two more days on Sept. 14-15 until the fourth Unibet Open Malta Main Event winner is crowned.

Unibet Open Malta Main Event History

The Unibet Open had a different look during its first visit to Malta in 2011 when the Main Event took place at Portomaso Casino with a larger €1,650 buy-in. Mateusz Moolhuizen shipped the first of his two Unibet Open Main Event titles after he finished on top of a field of 293 entrants to win €117,000.

The festival took a five-year break from the island before returning to its current location of Casino Malta in 2016 with the Main Event buy-in reduced to its current price tag of €1,100. Martin Soukup was the last player standing among the 292 entrants to win the €65,000 top prize.

Two years later, in 2018, Daniel Jacobsen etched his name into Unibet Open history by navigating through a field of 273 entrants for his biggest cash to date of €60,090.

Daniel Jacobsen
Daniel Jacobsen wins the 2018 Unibet Open Malta Main Event.

Unibet Open Malta Main Event Champions

YearBuy-inEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
2011€1,650293€417,525Mateusz Moolhuizen€117,000
2016€1,100292€292,000Martin Soukup€65,000
2018€1,100273€273,000Daniel Jacobsen€60,090

2019 Unibet Open Malta Schedule

While the Main Event is the highlight of the festival, the Unibet Open Malta features plenty of other side events, satellites, and invitation-only events including the Unibet Tag Team Championship on Sept. 11 and the Unibet Battle Royale on Sept. 12.

The schedule also features the €330 Unibet SuperStack (Sept. 11-12), the €165 NLH Turbo (Sept. 12), the €90 #QUEENRULES Ladies Event (Sept. 13), the €165 NLH Hyper Turbo (Sept. 13), the €220 Pot Limit Omaha (Sept. 14), the Unibet DSO (Sept. 14-15), the €220 Turbo Bounty (Sept. 14), and the €175 NLH Progressive Superknockout (Sept. 15).

DateTime (GMT)EventBuy-inLevelsStarting Stack
DateTime (CET)Buy-inEventLevelsStarting Stack
Sept. 112 p.m.€ 330Unibet SuperStack Day 130 min.25,000
 7 p.m.InvitationalUnibet Tag Team Championship20 min.25,000
 7 p.m.€ 165Satellite Main Event20 min.10,000
Sept. 1212 p.m.€ 1,100Main Event - Day 1a60 min.30,000
 12 p.m. Unibet SuperStack Day 230 min. 
 6 p.m.€ 165Satellite Main Event20 min.10,000
 7 p.m.InvitationalUnibet Battle Royale20 min.25,000
 8 p.m.€ 165NLH Turbo15 min.15,000
Sept. 1312 p.m.€ 1,100Main Event - Day 1b60 min.30,000
 5 p.m.€ 90#QUEENRULES (Ladies Event)20 min.15,000
 8 p.m.€ 165NLH Hyper Turbo10 min.10,000
 9 p.m.€ 1,100Main Event - Day 1c20 min.30,000
Sept. 1412 p.m. Main Event - Day 260 min. 
 1 p.m.€ 220Pot Limit Omaha20 min.15,000
 3 p.m.€ 550Unibet DSO - Day 130/40 min.30,000
 7 p.m.InvitationalCommunity Freeroll10 min.10,000
 8 p.m.€ 220Turbo Bounty (€100 Bounty)15 min.15,000
Sept. 1512 p.m. Main Event - Day 3 - Final Table60/45/30 min. 
 12 p.m. Unibet DSO - Day 240 min. 
 1 p.m.€ 175NLH Progressive Superknockout (50%)15 min.15,000

Follow PokerNews throughout the week as our live reporting team will be on hand to cover the entire 2019 Unibet Open Malta Main Event from start to finish.

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