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Master Classics and Malta Poker Festival Cancelled for 2020

Live Poker Events Around the World Continue To Be Cancelled


The Covid-19 pandemic has hit more big events with the announcement that two of the most popular live poker events have had to be cancelled this year. The pandemic continues to affect live events around the world and these are the latest in a long line of cancellations.

The Master Classics of Poker and Malta Poker Festival will both not take place at their regular venues this year. One of the events has decided to cancel while the other has decided to take their play online and still have a tournament.

Master Classics of Poker Cancelled

The Master Classics of Poker was a former World Poker Tour event where many of the big players headed to play. The festival organisers have said that unless the festival can go ahead in full as it normally does, there will not be one this year.

This of course has led to many disappointing reactions on social media, both from players who were hoping to take part and fans who are missing out on watching the action. It is one of the longest running poker festivals in Europe and the hope is that it can resume next year with full capacity.

With the MCOP cancelled for the year, and other events going the same way, it will push more players into playing and watching online.

Bookmakers have struggled due to sport being cancelled and many have turned their focus to casino gaming and poker as an alternative for their players. There are many betting offers UK players can use when signing up with a bookmaker, and these are also available for the poker rooms and casino tables they have.

Malta Poker Festival Also Cancelled

The Malta Poker Festival is another event that was scheduled to take place this year but will no longer be doing so. This event was planned for November, and while there will be an event taking place online to replace the festival, it is of course a huge blow to not see this in its usual light.

Local trade will suffer because of this, but for one year only hopefully, one of the biggest poker events in Malta will have to go online. The decision is purely based around health reasons and nothing else.

Plans are in place already to bring players back into the casino for the 2021 event and the same can be said about another event in Malta, the Alpha Tournament. This is scheduled to take place between February 3rd and 8th next year.

Things will be very different for those taking part in the events online, but for now this is something that the poker industry needs to do in order to support to battle against Covid-19. The Portomaso Casino is a great venue to welcome players and it will be sad to see the venue empty this time around.

Let’s hope players can get back in 2021 and make that festival bigger and better than anything we have ever seen before.