While some parts of the world are slowly returning to normal and professional sport around the world is returning to action, live poker tournaments in Europe continue to be cancelled. The latest live poker tournaments that have been cancelled are the Malta Poker Festival (MPF) and the Master Classics of Poker (MCOP).
The live poker scene in Europe is a little strange right now. The biggest poker room in Europe which is found at Kings Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic is hosting live poker events. However, most EU casinos and poker rooms are not willing to take the risk and have preferred to play it safe.
Malta Poker Festival – Will Go Online
The MPF was scheduled to take place in November 2020 but the organizers decided to pull the plug on the event well in advance. The risks of putting players in a closed environment with COVID-19 still rampant did not seem like a wise idea and hence the organizers have decided to take the MPF online.
The MPF takes place every year at the Portomaso Casino in Malta and is well received by the poker community. The MPF also provides good business to local businesses in Malta. Players who were planning on attending MPF in person will either have to take their game online or wait for the 2021 edition to take place. To find out more information about the online edition of the MPF, please visit the official website.
Poker players in Malta who are interested in live poker might have to wait till Feb 2021 for the Alpha Tournament to take place from Feb 3 to 8.
Master Classics of Poker
The Masters Classics of Poker used to come under the umbrella of World Poker Tour (WPT) events. The Masters Classics is one of the longest running European poker festivals and draws poker pros from all across Europe.
The only reason for the cancellation of the Masters Classics is due to the concerns of COVID-19. However, the organizers have no plans of taking the Masters Classics online as of now. Players who enjoy this poker tournament will have to wait till 2021 to show up in person and play live poker.
Most poker operators across Europe expect all of their live poker events for 2020 to be cancelled. The loss of live poker tournaments around the world has caused been a gain for online poker operators.