Playing Poker in Malta

Many peo­ple know that Mal­ta is one of the coun­tries that issues remote gam­ing licences. What many peo­ple do not know how­ev­er, is that Mal­ta is also very pop­u­lar with pok­er play­ers and pres­ti­gious tour­na­ments are reg­u­lar­ly host­ed on the islands.

Gam­bling is legal in Mal­ta, which means that win­nings from online gam­bling can be legal­ly kept and the play­ers do not face any charges, unlike in some oth­er Euro­pean coun­tries, such as Ger­many, where play­ing online pok­er and casi­no games are ille­gal, and play­ers risk hav­ing their win­nings con­fis­cat­ed and hav­ing to pay a fine. Most play­ers are occa­sion­al play­ers, but there are some who play pok­er pro­fes­sion­al­ly and they make their liv­ing with it. Those play­ers often move to Mal­ta or the UK, as win­nings from online pok­er are not ille­gal there and can be declared as income. The choice whether to move to Mal­ta or the UK depends on the per­son and their pref­er­ences, and the two coun­tries are very dif­fer­ent. Mal­ta offers a sun­ny cli­mate and a low­er cost of liv­ing, where­as the UK, espe­cial­ly Lon­don, has more to offer with regards to big city life.

The casi­nos in Mal­ta also reg­u­lar­ly host some inter­est­ing pok­er tour­na­ments and play­ers from all over the world come to play on the small island in the Mediter­ranean. The Euro­pean Pok­er Tour takes place from Octo­ber 21 — 31, 2015 at the Por­toma­so casi­no in St. Julians, one of Malta’s largest land based casi­nos. The Euro VIP Pok­er Cup is held from the 12 — 15 June and the Bat­tle of Mal­ta from 4 — 9 June at the same place.

Play­ers who move to Mal­ta to play pok­er online and in land based casi­nos can also eas­i­ly vis­it tour­na­ments in oth­er Euro­pean cities, as Mal­ta offers great con­nec­tions, espe­cial­ly to the largest cities in the UK and oth­er major cities in Europe.

If you are inter­est­ed in more infor­ma­tion about mov­ing to Mal­ta, and the attrac­tive income tax struc­ture it offers to peo­ple mak­ing a liv­ing off pok­er in Mal­ta, you are wel­come to con­tact the office of Dr Wern­er & Part­ner. We have helped many play­ers to set­tle on the islands and enjoy a relaxed lifestyle here.

About Philipp Sauerborn

In 2005, Philipp Sauer­born joined the firm of St. Matthew in Lon­don, one of the lead­ing Ger­man account­ing firms in Eng­land renowned for its exper­tise in cor­po­rate, com­mer­cial and tax law, as a depart­ment head. After three years, he was a part­ner and man­ag­ing direc­tor.
Towards the end of 2011, he decid­ed to move to Mal­ta, where he first worked at inter­na­tion­al law firms and con­sul­tan­cies in an employed and con­sult­ing capac­i­ty. Since the begin­ning of 2013, he has been a senior employ­ee at Dr. Wern­er & Part­ner. Mr. Sauer­born is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing his ADIT ‑Advanced Diplo­ma in Inter­na­tion­al Tax.

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