Results – Malta Poker Open 2010 – Powered By XLBet

11/02/2010 Posted in News by No Comments

Malta Poker Open 2010 - Powered by XLBet

Results – Malta Poker Open 2010 – Powered by XLBet

Tournament Opening – Malta Poker Open 2010 – Powered by XLBet

The Malta Poker Open 2010 – Powered by XLBet, started off with an explosive opening ceremony performed by the ‘In Guardia Parade’ on Friday 29th October 2010.  The parade was comprised of twenty re-enactors who represented the fort’s garrison (16th century performance).

In Guardia parade at the Malta Poker Open 2010 - Powered by XLBet

Dressed in their best uniforms, they performed the ‘presentation of the language standards’, fired their muskets, and finally presented the 1st Prize trophy sword and passed it onto MPO tournament director, Mark Vella from the Portomaso Casino.

Ladies tournament

Andrea 'PokerQueen of the Rock' Wirth- Malta Poker Open 2010 Powered by XLBet

The opening day of the 3 day Maltese Poker fest kicked off with the ‘PokerQueen of the Rock’ ladies event.  The event attracted 29 ladies who played in a females-only field until Andrea Wirth(Germany) emerged as the winner of the PokerQueen title after pairing a Queen on the flop against Sharona Refalo.

Sharona Refalo (Ghajn Sielem, Gozo) made Malta & Gozo proud with a second placing against some tough international competition whilst Ophelie Laffuge from France stood her ground till the third place after losing her final card battle against Sharona.

‘PokerQueen of the Rock’ Tournament winners

1st Andrea Wirth

2nd Sharona Refalo

3rd Ophelie Laffuge

4th Malene Biegler

Malene Biegler left the tournament in 4th place and May-Britt Trontveit Jensen scored a very remarkable 5th place finish just outside the money positions.  May Britt was short-stacked at one point but made a massive recovery to 35,000 chips from just over 5,000 a few hands before.  May Britt was invited to compete at the ladies tournament by MyPokerBlog, after an intense coaching course with one of Denmark’s premium Poker Coaches – Stefan Raffay.

Main Event

Trophy Sword for the Malta Poker Open 2010 winner

The €1000+€100 main event kicked off on Saturday 30th October 2010 at the Portomaso Casino, St. Julians.  104 players found their seats by 2:30 pm, where – equipped with 15k starting stacks – they started their journey to the 8 player final table.

Day 2 started at the 11th level of blinds at 900/1800 & 300 antes. The tournament was running at 2:30pm on Sunday the 31st October, with 20 players who gave their best to make it in the money, and possibly get to play on the final table of the main event.

Holding a 174K stack, Domenico Tortomasi started in the lead by Day 2 ahead of 19 players whose objective was to dethrone him and secure their position as the tournament chip leaders! Jorryt Van Hoof was in close pursuit, just 4k chips behind andMaurizio Melara was next with 156K.  Milly Uylenbroek trailed behind with little over 138k.

Results Malta Poker Open 2010 – Powered by XLBet

Winner - Milly Uylenbroek - Malta Poker Open 2010 - Powered by XLBet

The 2 day main event came to a close on the 31st October 2010 at the Portomaso Casino when Milly Uylenbroek won the tournament, after an exemplary heads up with Jorryt van Hoof!

As well as the top two players, the remaining tournament winners were entirely from European regions, the majority of which were Danish poker players brought to the live poker tournament through XLBetOnline operator for Poker, Casino, Sports and E-Sport betting. 

At the final hours of the tourney, Dutch couple Jorryt van Hoof & Milly Uylenbroek, proved to the crowd that poker is poker and nothing comes in the way of a good heads upwhen it’s called for.  Milly won the €25,000 first prize after a spectacular final table against Van Hoof and came out on top of the other 103 players who participated at the Hold’em tourney.  Jorryt & Milly played scores of hands before Milly eventually emerged as the winner of the Malta Poker Open 2010.

Mikael Larsson - 3rd prize at the Malta Poker Open main event - Powered by XLBetSwedish player Mikael Larsson (, ended up 3rd, winning €13,500 for his placing, whilstStefan Raffay from Denmark (MyPokerBlog coach) & a strong tournament favourite – managed a €9,200 win after suffering a string of bad beats which sent him out in 5th place.  Francis Kjaersgaard from XLBet (9th) andJørund Berstad (10th) also got very respectable finishes giving the Danish players almost 30% of the money prizes in the main event.

Italian poker players, Maurizio Melara (4th) andDomenico Tortomasi (8th) went home with €11,200 and €3,600 respectively, taking a fair size of the pot over to neighbouring Italy.  “Mimmo” Tortomasi was one of the 33 players who won his main event entry through a €110+10 Super satellite held at the Portomaso Casino.

A Betsson player, Tellef Igland, showed strong qualities against his opponents all the way up to the final table.  Tellef ended his tournament journey in 6th place winning €7,200 in the last few hours of the tourney

Jetbull’s Piotr Klosinski from Poland, earned his respect on the Maltese Poker field with a 7th place finish, winning €5,200 at the main event final table.  Piotr won his entry through theJetbull live poker tournament qualifiers and spent the week-end in Malta playing poker andexperiencing all that St. Julians has to offer.

Malta’s very own Jackie Cachia, successfully placed Malta on the winning sheet with her 13th placing – Within inches of the final table.  Jackie has already proved her skills at numerous tournaments like the Mediterranean Poker Cup 2010, and at a 2010 Irish Poker Open event earlier this year, each with ‘in the money’ finishes.

Malta Poker Open 2010 – Results (Winners)

Winner - Milly Uylenbroek - Malta Poker Open 2010 Main event - Powered by XLBet

Place Prize Name Surname Nationality



Milly Uylenbroek Dutch



Jorryt Van Hoof Dutch



Mikael Larsson Swedish



Maurizio Melara Italian



Stefan Raffay Danish



Tellef Igland Swedish



Piotr Klosinski Polish



Domenico Tortomasi Italian



Francis Kjaersgaard Danish



Jørund  Berstad Danish



Joni  Jouhkimainen Finnish



Vajgl Jaroslav Czech



Jackie Cachia Maltese

The Malta Poker Open – Powered by XLBet was filmed by the Malta Poker Events team and will be featured in the upcoming weeks on:

our Youtube channel, Facebook page, and other news sites.  Have a look at the action as it happened live at the final table, and get to see some interviews with several of the players who participated at the event.

Numerous players who participated at the Malta Poker Open 2010 – Powered by XLBet also donated a small portion of their winnings (totaling €360) to the Noah’s Ark – Animal sanctuary shelter. Noah’s Ark have been going through some hardships managing their shelter these past few weeks, and the generous donation will surely help them with their four legged guests.

For further donations email or contact Fabio on & 79730900

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