Poker News Roundup: Nashville Stars, Malta Festival, Open Bonus

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There has been a lot of event news coming to light in the poker world over the last week. Let’s recap the key headlines in case you’re looking to participate or watch the action:

Stars Come Out For Music City Shootout Event in Nashville

It’s usually the big bucks that draws out the stars but in Nashville, the Music City Shootout has attracted a number of famous players for a cause. The philanthropic efforts will go toward the Mother to Mother organization, which is a non-profit that assists with safety, wellness and health items for children in need.

The main headliners who will be playing at the Music City Shootout are power couple Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay, 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Greg Raymer and online poker star Tara Cain.

The tournament will have a $300 buy-in and the winner will get $10,000 for a 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event buy-in. It will start on Friday, October 19 and last through the weekend. There is the option to simply attend the event but skip the tournament, and that will cost $125.

Malta Poker Festival Ready To Roll On November 1

Malta is known as a hub for gambling – especially sportsbooks – but it hasn’t been a notable destination for poker. That’s about to change as the small island is set to host its biggest poker event ever. On November 1, the Portomaso Casino will be the site of the Malta Poker Festival, which will be the biggest poker event in the country’s history.

The creators of the Malta Poker Festival originally developed the Battle of Malta tournament, its predecessor. This is a new creation that tries to build on what the Battle of Malta started. Last year’s Battle drew just over 2,000 entries and awarded a prize of over $232,000 to champion Nadav Lipszyc.

This year’s festival will run six days and will have three flights. Each room will be able to accommodate 700 players. In total, we’re looking at about 500,000 euros in prizing at the Grand Event.

U.S. Poker Open To Provide $100K Bonus

On the heels of its initial success, it has been announced that the U.S. Poker Open is back for a second edition. The second U.S. Poker Open will be held at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas next February 13-23 and it will not be short on incentives for players.

This is a 10-event series that includes the $100,000 main event on Feb. 22. That’s just one of the many events in this week-and-a-half extravaganza, which will include a $100,000 bonus for the player who accumulates the most championship points. Poker Central contributed that award to add to the event’s many features.

Events can be watched online with TV coverage on tape delay. Live coverage will be streamed exclusively on the OTT streaming service PokerGO. Episodes from the U.S. Poker Open’s mid-February run will air at a later time on NBC Sports Network.

Stephen Chidwick is the defending champion, having won the points title at last year’s inaugural event.