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Battle of Malta
Current season, competition or edition:
Battle of Malta 2019
SportPoker
Founded2012
Owner(s)casinomalta.com
MottoLet the battle begin!
CountryMalta
Venue(s)Casino Malta, St Julian's, Malta
Most recent
champion(s)
Julien Stropoli, France (2018 Main Event)
Official websiteTemplate:URLihttps://www.battleofmalta.com

The Battle of Malta is an annual no-limithold'empokertournament in Malta.[1]

The award-winning Battle of Malta smashed records last year with 3,816 entries and €1,850,760 prize pool making it by far the biggest poker event ever held in Malta. This year’s Battle of Malta festival takes place October 15-22 in the spectacular Eden Arena at the InterContinental Conference Centre in St Julian’s. Serghei Lisii wins Battle of Malta 2019 for €247,167; Zadelhoff runner-up Moldovan player Serghei Lisii has won the Battle of Malta Main Event for €247,167 after cutting a. Poker Tournament Summary The heads-up battle in the 888.com €1M Battle Of Malta 2019 Package - Qualifier featured whateverr taking on elsabagaboan. In the end, whateverr emerged victorious and cashed for €1.650,00. Poker Player Hits whateverr's place was 8 in previous poker tournament and whateverr won €96,46. Sep 19, 2019  The Battle of Malta, hosted by the Casino Malta by Olympic Casino, returns to the InterContinental Arena Conference Centre for a week of exciting poker action on. The Battle of Malta 2015 Qualifier takes place every Thursday night until 22 October giving players enough time to qualify for the event online. The prize package is valued at $2,000 and includes: Main Event buy-in, hotel accommodation and cash for travel. Download 888Poker 888 Poker App. Battle of Malta.

The event was founded by PokerListings.com in 2012 and is now run by Casino Malta by Olympic Casino, part of the Eden Leisure Group. Designed for low- to mid-stakes poker players, the event has gone from strength to strength since its launch and is now one of the most popular stand-alone events in Europe. Battle of Malta won the 2014 European Poker Awards “Event of the Year” title in the category for buy-ins up to €2,000.

In 2018, the Main Event was given a €1 million guarantee for the first time but massively exceeded the expected turnout. The event was staged in the spectacular Eden Arena at the InterContinental Conference Centre in St Julian’s and smashed records with 3,816 entries for the Main Event and a €1,850,760 prize pool that was nearly double the €1 million guarantee. Battle of Malta 2018 was by far the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta. Nearly €2.56 million was awarded in prize money across 15 different tournaments during the festival with a total of 13,000+ entries.

Battle of Malta 2019 takes place October 15–22 and is again being held at the Eden Arena at the InterContinental Conference Centre in St Julian's.

  • 1History
    • 1.6Battle of Malta 2017
    • 1.7Battle of Malta 2018

History[edit]

Battle of Malta 2012[edit]

In the inaugural 2012 tournament, there were a total of 349 entries paying the entry fee of €550 to the main event, creating a total prize pool of €169,265.

A retired doctor, Nicodemo Piccolo took home the first-ever Battle of Malta title, trophy and €35,000 first prize.[2]

Battle of Malta 2013[edit]

The 2013 Battle of Malta main event took place from September 26 to 29 featuring the return of Kara Scott as host and appearances by pro playersDaniel Cates and Andreas Hoivold. Battle of Malta 2013, turned out to be the largest Poker tournament ever to take place in Malta. With a record 888 entrants at €550 each, the prize pool was €430,680. The first place prize of €68,000 was won by Louis Cartarius, a Frankfurt based online player.[3]

Battle of Malta 2014[edit]

The 2014 Battle of Malta took place from November 6–9 and broke its own record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta with 1,447 entries. The €550 buy-in main event easily smashed the €500,000 guarantee with a total prize pool crof €701,795. A record €140,000 was set aside for the winner and €90,000 for second place. Bulgarian Antoan Katsarov was the eventual winner with Malta local Alan Brincat finishing in second place.

In an unusual turn of events Katsarov actually won the tournament without busting Brincat. When play reached nine players and action was expected to run into the Casino’s hard cutoff time of 5 a.m., players were given the option of stopping and returning the following day or continuing play. Players unanimously agreed to play on and play did reach the hard stop with just Katsarov and Brincat left.

As per the rules set down by the Tournament Director and agreed to by the players, Katsarov was declared the winner and the final prize money was allocated according to chip counts.Katsarov collected €122,750 and the Battle of Malta trophy and Brincat collected €107,250.

Katsarov also had the rare opportunity of choosing the winning hand of the tournament. He picked the Jack-Ten of hearts to display for the winner photos.

The event's success saw it awarded “Event of the Year' in the €2,000+ buy-in category in the European Poker Awards in 2015.

2014: Over 30 Professional Players in Attendance

The 2014 BOM attracted more professional poker players than ever before. American Maria Ho took over hosting duties from ESPN host Kara Scott.

Johnny Lodden, Thor Hansen, Fabrice Soulier, Gaëlle Garcia Diaz, Leo Margets, Luca Moschitta, Sofia Lovgren, Dominik Panka, Luca Pagano, Rupert Elder, Dominik Nitsche, Marcin Horecki, Hugo Lemaire, Andreas Hoivold and Konstantin Puchkov were all in attendance.

Norwegian actor Fridtjov Såheim, from the Netflix Tv series Lilyhammer also played. Eight different countries were represented at the 10-man final table. Sweden, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Poland and Italy all had players while Alan Brincat represented his home country of Malta.

2014 Spirit of Poker Awards

The 2014 PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards were also handed out at the Battle of Malta. Accepting awards in person were Rising Star Dominik Panka and Living Legend Thor Hansen.Accepting his award via submitted video was 2014 Most Inspiring Player Shannon Shorr.

Battle of Malta 2015[edit]

The 2015 Battle of Malta again broke its own record for biggest poker tournament ever held on Malta. The €550 Main Event attracted 1,804 entries and generated a prize pool of over €875,000. The three top finishers all earned over €100,000 after a three-way deal. France’s Nicolas Proust was the champion after he defeated Norwegian Henrik Jacobsen heads-up. Third-place finisher Hendrik Koops, of the Netherlands, actually took the biggest prize of €125,000 because of the deal. Because of the size of the field the final table was played on the Monday. Celebrities and poker pros in attendance included American Idol star William Hung, Olympic Field Hockey Gold Medallist Fatima Moreira de Melo, former tennis professional Raemon Sluiter, Italian reality TV performer Sabina Hiatullah, Norwegian TV star Tone Damli, Finnish singer/model Kim Herold and Costa Rican poker legend Humberto Brenes.

Poker pros Anatoly Filatov, Charlie Carrel and Brenes received the 2015 PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards.

Amazing Race 15 contestant Maria Ho returned for her second year as host.

Battle of Malta 2016[edit]

The 2016 Battle of Malta once again broke its own record for biggest poker tournament ever held on Malta for the fifth consecutive year. The main event saw 1,813 entries this time around and a record prize pool of €879,305.

The winner, Robert Berglund from Falun, Sweden, took home the biggest Battle of Malta payout to date €160,000. A deal was briefly discussed when play was six-handed but eventual runner-up, John Finnighan Linkins from Ireland, wasn’t happy with the terms and said no. He ended up taking home the second-place prize of €110,000. Incredibly Berglund’s best friend from Falun, Rasmus Eriksson, also made the final table and finished third for €67,000.

Six nationalities were represented at the final table with 3 players from Sweden, one from Norway, two from Italy, one from Spain, one from Ireland and one player, Lawrence Brandt, all the way from the USA.

For the first-time ever the final table (and feature table from the day before) was live streamed for viewers on PokerListings.com and Twitch. The live stream was sponsored by Betsafe, NordicBet and Betsson. Global Poker League host Roland Boothby, Rikard Åberg, NordicBet poker manager Jostein Grødum and PokerListings’ Matt Showell, Dirk Oetzmann and Maria Ho commentated

All of the 2016 Battle of Malta festival side events shattered records as well with €1,295,853.15 in total prize pools paid out across all events.

The fourth annual PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards were also handed out. Brazil’s Felipe ‘Mojave’ Ramos was named Most Inspiring Player. Norway’s Silje Nilsen was named Rising Star and Russia’s Konstantin Puchkov won the Living Legend award.

Amazing Race 15 contestant Maria Ho returned for her third year as host.

Celebrity and pro guests included 2016 WSOP November Niner Fernando Pons, Fabrice Soulier, Leo Margets, Claire Renaut, Sofia Lovgren, Andreas Hoivold, Konstantin Puchkov, Finnish DJ Amanda Harkimo and Norwegian rapper and TV star Petter Katastrofe.

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The 2014 Battle of Malta won the European Poker Award for Best Poker Event Under €2,000 Buy-In. The 2015 Battle of Malta was also nominated for the award.

Battle of Malta 2017[edit]

The 2017 Battle of Malta once again broke its own record for largest poker tournament ever held on the island of Malta. French TV presenter and model Gaelle Garcia Diaz took over the hosting duties from Maria Ho.

The €550 buy-in Main Event drew 2,074 entries – the first time the field crossed the 2,000-entry mark – and created a prize pool of €1,005,890. Casino close to wichita ks.

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Israeli farmer Nadav Lipszyc won the Main Event over a final table with four Israelis, three Norwegians and two Swedes and collected €200,000 for first place – more than the entire prize pool of the first Battle of Malta back in 2012. It was Lipsyzc’s first live tournament other than the satellite he played in Israel to win his seat in the BoM main event.

“I think that Daniel Negreanu entered my body and played for me,' said Lipszyc after his win. “I can’t believe this was my own performance. All I did was play my instincts. I don’t read books on poker. I don’t study. When I play online, I play for one or two Euro. I came here with basically no money in my pocket. I barely had money for breakfast. You might not believe it but this is the first live event I’ve ever played except for the satellite. I’ve never known what I was really good at. I think I know it now.”

Fellow Israeli Yaron Borenstein finished second for €132,000. Norway’s Asbjorn Elvevold finished third for €98,000

Sweden’s Jonas Hähnert, who finished in 8th place, also made the final table of the Battle of Malta Main Event in 2016 when he finished 9th. He’s the only player ever to make two BoM main event final tables.

PlacesPlayerPayout
1Nadav Patrick Lipszyc€200,000
2Yaron Borenstein€132,000
3Asbjorn Elvevold€98,000
4Joakim Mats Thomas Wickstrom€74,000
5Avihai Benshoham€52,000
6Per-Eirik Koi€34,000
7Dor Adda€24,000
8Jonas Hähnert€16,300
9Fredrik Akerholt€12,240

Live Stream[edit]

The Battle of Malta main event final table was once again live streamed on PokerListings.com and on Twitch and hole cards shown for the first time.

The entire final table lasted 5 hours and the stream was hosted once again by Roland Boothby with a revolving group of guest commentators including Garcia Diaz and Andreas Hoivold.

Side Event Results[edit]

All side events at the 2017 Battle of Malta poker festival also hit record levels with just under €400,000 paid out in side event prize pools. A look at the side event numbers below:

€220 + €25 Siege of Malta Second Chance—560 entries - Prize Pool €119,504

€1,200 + €120 Grandmaster High Roller—135 Entries - Prize Pool €157,140

€90 + €10 BOM Ladies - 75 entries - Prize Pool €6,548

€100 + €10 Win the Cross—177 entries - Prize Pool €17,169

€200 + €25 PLO Knight Crusaders—133 entries - Prize Pool €25,802

€200 + €20 Turbo IPC After Battle—225 entries - Prize Pool €43,650

€300 + €30 Deepstack Turbo—259 entries - Prize Pool €75,369

€150 + €15 Play2Care Charity Crazy Pineapple - 160 entries - Prize Pool €23,280

PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards 2017[edit]

The 2017 Spirit of Poker Award winners were also presented at the 2017 Battle of Malta. Over 3 months of fan voting online the following players were named the winners:

Most Inspiring Player - Liv Boeree

Rising Star - Espen Uhlen Jørstad

Living Legend - Per Hildebrand

Battle of Malta 2018[edit]

In 2018, Battle of Malta changed hands and was hosted by Casino Malta, part of the Eden Leisure Group. The event took place October 25–30 in a brand new venue – the spacious Eden Arena at the InterContinental Arena Conference Centre and was hosted by presenter Laura Cornelius. The €550 buy-in Main Event was given a €1,000,000 guarantee for the first time. With 3,816 entries for the Main Event – nearly double the expected number – and 13,000 tournament entries overall, the tournament venue was packed throughout the six-day festival making the 2018 Battle of Malta a spectacular success.

Malta-based French player Julien Stropoli took down the Main Event for €168,500 after cutting a five-way deal. He bested a tough final table featuring previous MPN Poker Tour finalist Mantas Urbonas, two-time Unibet Open champion Mateusz Moolhuizen and Grosvenor Ambassador Andy Hills, as well as fellow French pro Maxime Canevet (who was runner-up). The total prize pool was €1,850,760, shared by 570 players and nearly double the €1,000,000 guarantee.

Main Event final table results:

PlaceNamePrizeDeal
1Julien Stropoli€300,000€168,500
2Maxime Canevet€170,000€192,000
3Erik Ostergaard€115,000€139,500
4Mantas Urbonas€80,000€121,500
5Abdallah Fakhreddine€65,000€108,500
6Andy Hills€53,000
7Gustav Vadenbring€41,000
8Mateusz Moolhuizen€30,000
9Jerry Mangum€23,000

Side Events[edit]

There were a total of 15 side events at the 2018 Battle of Malta, including super satellites.

The €1,320 High Roller was won by Italy’s Simone Speranza for €60,000 in a high-speed final that included Estonian poker legend Henri Kasper. There were 240 entries generating a total prize pool of €279,360. The Poker League of Nations Ladies Event was won by Latvia’s Madara Sviksa for €2,533. Her prize also included a stunning iconic sterling silver bracelet from luxury jewellers Tiffany & Co. British player Paul Jux-Holderness won himself a seat for the 2019 Battle of Malta by beating tennis legend Boris Becker heads-up in the Pink October Malta charity event. The tournament raised a total of €20,000 including player donations, ticket sales and a hefty contribution from Casino Malta by Olympic Casino. The €88 Crazy 888s Battle was won by Daniel Sagians for €4,934 after he beat a 302-strong field. Norwegian player Erik Dallan beat Irish stalwart Annette O'Carroll to take down the €150 MPNPT Battle for €17,331. The €300 + €30 EPS Battle was won by Estonia's Mario Linno for €24,069 while Lukasz Fraczek from Poland took down the €200 + €20 IPC Battle, hosted by the Israeli Poker Championship.

Live stream[edit]

A cards-up live stream ran throughout the Main Event hosted by commentator Roy Brindley.

Battle of Malta 2019[edit]

The Battle of Malta 2019 is taking place October 25–30 and will again be held in the spacious Eden Arena at the InterContinental Conference Centre, adjacent to Casino Malta. Now heading into its eighth consecutive year, the event has built a solid reputation as the #1 destination No Limit tournament for low to mid-stakes poker players.

Main Event results 2012-2018[edit]

YearWinnerWinning
hand
First place prize €EntrantsRunner-upLosing
hand
2012Nicodemo PiccoloAQ35,000349Giulio AstaritaA9
2013Louis CartariusAQ68,000888Konrad AbelaAJ
2014Antoan KatsarovA8122,7501,447Alan BrincatA5
2015Nicolas ProustAK110,0001,804Henrik JacobsenA2
2016Robert BerglundJ10160,0001,813John Finnighan LinkinsA5
2017Nadav Lipszyc44200,0002,074Yaron BorensteinA4
2018Julien Stropoli53168,5003,816Maxime CanevetKK

References[edit]

  1. ^'Battle of Malta'.
  2. ^'PokerListings Battle of Malta Poker Tournament, No Limit Hold'em: Hendon Mob Poker Database'. Pokerdb.thehendonmob.com. 2012-11-25. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  3. ^'2013 PokerListings Battle of Malta'.

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Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was moved to Battle of Malta (poker). --BDD (talk) 16:47, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Battle of Malta Poker Tournament → Battle of Malta (Poker) – The actual name of the tournament doesn't include the term 'Poker Tournament'. I am renaming it to follow Wikipedia convention Oldag07 (talk) 05:18, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

Copied from my talk page. . . Oldag07 (talk) 18:53, 23 July 2013 (UTC)Sure thing, go for it . There is a disambiguation page out there on the battle of malta, you'll have to edit the links there too. Let me know if you need any help doing that MaltaMonti (talk) 06:39, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

  • Neutral, but if moved it should be to Battle of Malta (poker). -- Necrothesp (talk) 17:03, 25 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose – As Necrothesp notes, over-capitalization should be avoided. The natural disambiguation would put it at Battle of Malta poker tournament, respecting nom's observation that poker tournament is not a part of the name. Dicklyon (talk) 03:24, 30 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Comment, there seems to be consensus in moving the page, the question is what name it should be. The capitalization should go. Oldag07 (talk) 16:44, 30 July 2013 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.
Say what you'd prefer, and why. Dicklyon (talk) 04:50, 31 July 2013 (UTC)
I certainly respect your opinion. I think what we have a valid title according to WP:NATURAL. I just feel that the name of the tournament is the Battle of Malta, without the name 'power tournament' at the end of it. As such Battle of Malta (poker) would be the best solution Oldag07 (talk) 05:26, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

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Moved[edit]

Subsequent to the rather odd close above, I moved it to Battle of Malta poker tournament. Any objections? Dicklyon (talk) 17:26, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

I am not a fan of the current title. It is far better the old one. I admit, the discussion was prematurely closed. Oldag07 (talk) 04:28, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

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