Malta Poker Events has announced that it will be running a seminar and gaming expo in April 2009 for poker players looking to make a profit from their pastime.

It is hoped that the event will also attract a number of gaming operators and service providers in a bid to give clearer direction about how to service the industry.

The seminar will feature advice on poker playing strategies for both online and live games as well as tips for responsible gaming and how to read opponents.

Mark Cassar and Etienne Licari, spokespersons for the company, commented: "Considering that locally this area has not been explored at an educational level, we have decided to offer a dedicated event aimed directly at players."

They added that the card game has experienced a boom in popularity in the Maltese Islands recently.

In related news, Harrah's' New Orleans Casino is hosting the Winter Bayou Challenge this December.

During the ladies event there will be a seminar hosted by three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Barbara Enright.