2018 Battle of Malta Goes Stratospheric; New Highs to Come

A €2 million Main Event prize pool? 4,000+ entries? More record-setting side events with their own guarantees?

The Battle of Malta poker festival, now owned by the Eden Group and Casino Malta, reached stratospheric heights in 2018 but, according to the team already planning next year’s festivities, that was just a taste of what’s to come next.

“The Eden Arena at the InterContinental Conference Centre is a spectacular venue for a poker tournament,” said Event Coordinator Telly Bartolo, “and we’re just delighted that it was so full of players throughout the festival.

“Plans are already underway to ensure that registration at next year’s Battle of Malta will be a lot easier. We also plan to have more tables, more rooms – and more side events.”

Biggest BoM Ever … By Far

The Battle of Malta had set plenty of records over the years but nothing quite like in 2018.

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Amis 4 life.

Moving into the expanded Eden Arena space at the InterContinental Hotel and tapping into Casino Malta’s extensive casino partner network, poker players and satellite winners poured into the BoM like never before.

By the time the final numbers were tallied on Day 1D 3,816 entrants were registered in the BoM Main Event – almost twice the previous record of 2,074.

That shattered the €1m guarantee and set the prize pool at €1,850,760. It was ultimately shared by 570 players and saw 5 players take home over €100,000 after a deal was made.

For a €550 buy-in, that’s an extraordinary return on investment. France’s Julien Stropoli (who lives in Malta) was the winner and took home €168,500 but runner-up Maxime Canevet topped him with €192,000.

2018 Battle of Malta Main Event Final Table Results

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

* denotes 5-handed deal

Including the Main Event and the side events the 2018 Battle of Malta festival saw 13,000 tournament entries overall – a dazzling turnout and easily a record for biggest poker festival held on Malta.

The first-ever BoM Ladies Event, the 888 Crazy Eights and the PLO Double Chance were a few of the new favorites alongside the Siege of Malta Second Chance event and the BoM High Roller.

Needless to say, the tournament venue was packed day-after-day throughout the six-day festival and made this year’s Battle of Malta a spectacular success.

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Nobody bigger than PA.

Big Names, Big Plans for 2019 Battle of Malta

Over 55 nationalities were represented in the BoM Main Event and among them were some of the game’s biggest names and faces.

Some were here for their first time; some were repeat visitors who were drawn back to the amazing value and great spirit of Battles of Malta past. A short list of some of our most famous attendees in 2018:

Patrik Antonius
Boris Becker
Ana Marquez
Fabrice Soulier
Fernando Pons
Sofia Lövgren
Espen Uhlen Jorstad
Anthony Gardner
John Arne Riise

Past BoM champions back for more included Nicolas Proust and Nadav Lipszyc, alongside the entirety of the 2017 Battle of Malta Main Event final table.

With it’s enchanting history and spectacular setting Malta is a place that can win your heart and if you make a few thousand (or a hundred thousand) euro along the way, you tend to come back.

Who will be back for 2019? Well, that list is still tbd but the dedicated staff of Casino Malta are already deep in the planning stages of a bigger and better BoM for 2019.

Registration will be smoother, amenities and side events will be expanded and the prize pool, you can expect, will balloon again. 

Is a €2 million prize pool and 4,000 entries out of the question? Far from it. In fact, it may even be the new floor for what has become one of Europe’s must-play poker events.

“We’d like to thank absolutely everyone who contributed to making Battle of Malta 2018 such an outstanding success,” said Event Director Diane Fenech. “All the players, their friends and families, the tournament, casino and hotel staff, our many sponsors and all the media.

“The numbers were simply staggering this year.”

Catch up on last year’s excitement over on our Battle of Malta coverage page and keep your eyes peeled for live and online satellites coming soon to Casino Malta partners in the New Year

See you at Battle of Malta 2019 – you won’t want to miss it!

Bom 2018



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Picture Perfect! 2018 Battle of Malta Begins in Style

We expected big things for the start of the 2018 Battle of Malta, and we were not disappointed.

Moving to the spacious InterContinental Hotel and Casino Malta for the first-time this year, the Eden Arena was decked out in its Sunday best to greet the players on Day 1a today.

Not only was there plenty of elbow room (and registration points) for everyone to breathe easy, the room was awash in red and blue balloons.

They weren’t there just to help set the festive mood – they were actually used to highlight the table numbers!

And that was only the beginning.

Laura Cornelius, Live Stream Ease BoM Into Action

New host Laura Cornelius was on hand to kick off the shuffle up and deal and when the chips settled into play we found some familiar faces around the tables.

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Ana Marquez is here!

Sofia Lovgren, Ana Marquez, Espen Uhlen Jorstad, Poker Mama Jackie Cachia and two-time final-tablist Jonas Hähnert were all here.

So were former Premier League footballer Anthony Gardner, WSOP November Niner Fernando Pons and Austrian chess wiz Ivo Donev.

Did we mention former Battle of Malta Main Event champion Nicolas Proust?

By the end of the day 451 entries had made it into the prize pool to make it the biggest Day 1A since the BoM moved to more than two Day 1 flights in 2015. For reference, last year’s Day 1a had 320 entries.

Play ran through 16 levels and ended the night in the money with 68 players left. Those players have all been paid out €500 but they can also choose to forfeit their stack and come back again tomorrow.

Any difference in prize money will be paid out when we starting busting people on Day 2.

Koops There It Is!

The chip leader for Day 1A is Alexander Koops with 497,000. Here are the top 10 counts:

1. Alexander Koops 497,000
2. Luigi D’alterio 461,000
3. Fabrizio Privitera 454,000
4. Stanislav Zegal 434,000
5. Nir Amar 362,000
6. Per Steinar Sele 339,000
7. Stefano Terziani 330,000
8. Shlomo Yaakov Ben 313,000
9. Fredrik Karl Ellingsson 310,000
10. Pierre-Yves Joubert 306,000

Live coverage continues every day on PokerListings.com and the live stream runs everyday on the Battle of Malta Facebook page.

Check in on our Italian language updates right here. Watch our recap video for the Day and enjoy some pictures below!

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A Quick Player’s Guide to the 2018 Battle of Malta

Never been to the Battle of Malta?

Or maybe you’ve visited past editions of the Battle of Malta and want to know what’s new and how things will be organized this year?

Don’t sweat it.

We’ve got your back with a quick run-through below of all the new additions, logistical changes and things to look forward to for the 2018 Battle of Malta poker festival.

Have a question we haven’t answered? Leave us a note in the comments and we’ll find the answer for you (or direct you to someone who can answer it for you)!

Battle of Malta FAQ

Where is the Battle of Malta Being Played This Year?

If you missed our big news from earlier this year, PokerListings sold the rights to the Battle of Malta to the Eden Leisure Group, who own the 5-Star InterContinental Hotel and Casino Malta.

The 2018 Battle of Malta will take place inside the massive 3000m2 Eden Arena conference area inside the hotel.

How Many Tables Can the BoM Arena Hold?

An astounding 140!

How Far Away is Casino Malta from the Old BoM Location?

Casino Malta is less than a 5-minute walk away from the old BoM location and still in the St Julian’s area, Malta’s premier spot for restaurants and nightlife.

How Much is the Battle of Malta Main Event Guarantee?

For the first time ever the Battle of Malta Main Event (still with €550 buy-in) has a €1 million guarantee.

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How Many Events Will Be Played?

Including the Main Event the 2018 Battle of Malta will host 9 different tournaments. See the full schedule of events here.

Where Do I Register for Battle of Malta Events?

Registration for the 2018 Battle of Malta main event and all side events will be at multiple registration points in the Eden Arena.

Where Can I Collect My Pre-Registration Ticket?

If you already have a pre-registration ticket you can jump in any “fast lane” registration point at the Eden Arena.

Can I Still Buy Into the BoM Online?

Yes, you can buy in online via www.BattleofMalta.com or through MainEventTravel.com which offers special room+buy-in packages and several great discounts. You can buy just a seat in the Main Event or packages for 1 or 2 players including hotel. 

How Do I Book a Hotel Room?

You can book Club Room and Junior suites via www.BattleofMalta.com or standard rooms through MainEventTravel.com. At MainEventTravel.com you’ll find all of the full room+buy-in packages which come at discounted prices when bought together.

Can I Still Qualify Online or Live for the Battle of Malta?

Online qualifiers for the BoM Main Event are still ongoing at a few online partners including the MPN network and 888poker. Check in the tournament lobbies for the latest satellites or on our online qualifier page here.

55+5 (and cheaper) live satellites will be running at Casino Malta all next week. Check the lineup here and stay tuned to the Battle of Malta Facebook page for more updates.

Who Will Host the 2018 Battle of Malta?

This year’s host for the 2018 Battle of Malta is Laura Cornelius, a well known poker TV presenter who has worked for PokerStars.tv, the Global Poker League, Sky Poker and more.

Cornelius will be kicking off the BoM festivities every day and joining the BoM parties. Cornelius is the fourth host in the history of the Battle of Malta following Kara Scott, Maria Ho and Gaëlle Garcia Diaz.


Will Patrik Antonius Really Be There?

Really! He will be. And he’s just as handsome in person as he is on TV!

Will Boris Becker Really Be There?

He will be! Specifically you can find him at the Pink October Malta high roller charity tournament to raise funds on October 26 but you’ll likely see him in the Main Event and around the cash tables (maybe) too.

How About Ana Marquez and Sofia Lövgren?

They’ll be there too!

Is There a Battle of Malta Live Stream?

Yes! The 2018 Battle of Malta will have six full days of live stream coverage starting from Day 1a. For the first 5 days the live stream will be a single-camera feature table on a 30-minute delay with cards-up display.

The 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event final table will have 5 cameras, full commentary and rotating guests! You can watch the 2018 Battle of Malta Live Stream at:

Battle of Malta Facebook page
PokerListings Live Stream Page

The live stream will also be embedded on several external poker sites.

Text and photo live updates will be posted every day on PokerListings.com, PokerListings.it (in Italian) and BattleofMalta.com. Join the live Twitter conversation with the hashtag #battleofmalta in your own social media posts.

Can I Wear Sponsor Patches or Logos if I’m on the Live Stream Feature Table?

Yes, you can wear any logos, any size.


Where Can I Collect My Payout?

From any registration point at the Eden Arena. Please ensure you bring photo ID.

Does the Battle of Malta Have a Dress Code?

No, you may wear anything you like including trainers, jeans, shorts, sandals, vests etc

What is the Battle of Malta Main Event Structure?

See the Main Event and Side Event structures and payouts right here.

What is the Battle of Malta Re-Entry Policy?

This year’s Main Event will offer unlimited re-entries for the first time ever.

How Many Day 1 Flights Are There?

For the first-time ever the Battle of Malta main event will have 4 Day 1 flights. Days 1A, 1B and 1C will be normal flights while Day 1D will be a Turbo flight starting at 9pm on Saturday evening.

Will the Battle of Malta Main Event Have Big Blind Ante?

Yes! The 2018 Battle of Malta main event will have a Big Blind Ante for the first time. The ante comes into play in Level 2. The player in the big blind will post antes for the whole table to speed up the game and avoid any confusion over who has put in their ante or not.

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How Many Dealers will the 2018 BoM Have?

Led by Tournament Director Rodolfo Zirio there will be more than 100 dealers working at the 2018 BoM along with 10 floor staff.

Will There Be Cash Games Running During the Tournament?

Yes, a wide variety of cash games will be available 24/7 at Casino Malta where there are over 30 poker tables available. Limits start at €1/€3.

Will There Be Parties?

Of course there will be parties! The 2018 Battle of Malta will host 3 parties over the tournament weekend:

Thursday, October 25: Aperol Spritz Battle of Malta Welcome Party (Free Aperol Spritz drinks from 8pm onwards in the Casino Malta bar)
Saturday, October 27: Battle of Malta Bowling Competition at Eden SuperBowl (Bowling Competition for 4 seats in 2019 BoM Main Event)
Sunday, October 28: Battle of Malta Players Party at private Paranga Beach on St. Julian’s Bay

Will There Be Trophies?

Yes! Our signature BoM trophies will again be awarded with a new design and style for 2018.

Where Can I Charge My Phone?

Mobile phone charging hotspots will be placed around the tournament area for players to use as they like.

What About Table Service?

Every tournament table at the Battle of Malta will have its own wireless call button for players to request food, drinks & massages.

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6-Day Live Stream, Tiffany’s Bracelet Add Flash to 2018 BoM

A doubled, €1m guarantee. Patrik Antonius and Boris Becker.

A massive new space capable of hosting 1,400+ players a day. Record pre-sales that portend a gigantic crush of players descending on the 2018 Battle of Malta.

We’ve already hinted at some of the grand additions to what is already the best low buy-in poker festival in Europe.

But did you know you can bowl for your €550 seat in the 2019 Battle of Malta Main Event? Watch a live stream from the tournament floor all six days?

How about win a sterling silver bracelet from luxury jewellers Tiffany & Co. if you win the BoM Ladies Event?

While the 2018 Battle of Malta will be flush with the same great atmosphere that’s made the BoM famous, there’s a lot more in store for those heading to the island in less than two weeks.

6-Day Live Stream, Full Commentary Final Table

The Battle of Malta has been live streamed the past 2 years but restricted mainly to the final table. That’s changed for 2018.

Run by leading poker tournament broadcaster HDPokerStream, 2018 Battle of Malta live streaming will cover all six days of the Main Event.

All coverage will be cards-up with full graphics (thanks to RFID technology) with the first five days featuring a single-table and a fixed camera.


The final table, however, will go into 5th gear with full commentary, five cameras and a revolving group of guest hosts to help crown the winner.

Says HDPokerStream co-founder Heimar Lill: “We’re going to be live streaming for up to 60 hours across the six days of the tournament. It’s a very exciting project for us.”

Viewers from around the world can watch the stream on PokerListings.com, BattleofMalta.com, on the Battle of Malta facebook page and on Twitch. Sites that want to embed the stream can find the codes on the 888poker and MPN Facebook pages.

Bowling for 2019 BoM


While the Battle of Malta has had its fair share of parties for festival-goers to take part in there’s a new tradition about to be established in 2019:

Bowling for BoM Seats

Fans of the great American pastime will be happy to hear that on Saturday, October 27, there will be the first-ever Bowling for BoM event at the Eden SuperBowl.

Four-person teams (you must have a Battle of Malta or Casino Malta silicone wristband to compete) will battle it out over three heats for 4 seats to the 2019 Battle of Malta Main Event!

The Bowling competition kicks off at 8.30pm at the Eden SuperBowl (just minutes from the new BoM venue, Casino Malta) with three heats. Heat winners meet in the final at 11pm. The ultimate winning team of 4 will each win a 2019 BoM seat!

Registration for the Bowling event opens Friday, October 26 at noon; just visit the Eden SuperBowl to confirm the names of your team.

Get Spritzed, Get Beached

The new Bowling extravaganza isn’t the only social event on the 2018 Battle of Malta calendar. On Thursday, October 25 players will be welcomed to the 2018 BoM with the Aperol Spritz Battle of Malta Welcome Party.


Hosted right at the Casino Malta all Battle of Malta players are invited to enjoy free Aperol Spritz drinks from 8pm onwards at the bar.

On Sunday night the volume goes up another notch with the Battle of Malta Players Party. 

For the first-time ever the Players Party will be held at Paranga Beach, the Intercontinental Hotel’s exclusive, private stretch of shore just a few minutes’ walk away.

With music from one of Malta’s elite party DJs all night and the memorable views of St Julians Bay throughout the evening, the BoM Beach Party will make more than a few envied appearances on the Instagram feeds of players and friends.

Luxury Bracelet from Tiffany’s for BoM Ladies Winner

Founded in 2017 the Poker League of Nations (PLON) is “the world’s largest and most internationally represented women’s poker organization” and has dedicated itself to promoting women in poker. Among its missions as an international cooperative are to lobby event organizers to host more Ladies events and provide ladies-only satellites into bigger main events.


This year the PLON co-founders Maureen Bloechlinger and Lena Evans will both travel to the 2018 BoM to play both the Ladies Event and Main Event alongside:

PLON Malta Ambassador Jackie “Poker Mama” Cachia
PLON Italy Ambassador Giada Fang and
888 Ambassador and PLON Spain Ambassador Ana Marquez

As the sponsors of the €110 buy-in Ladies Event on Saturday PLON has also put up the champion’s package for the event which this year will include a stunning sterling silver bracelet from luxury American jewellers Tiffany & Co.

The PLON will also run a Ladies Last Longer for the €1m Main Event. All you have to do to participate is wear the PLON patch and be the Last Woman Standing on Day 2 (or at the final table).

The Last Woman Standing will win the last-longer cash, a Battle of Malta backpack and great Poker League of Nations swag.

45 BoM Seats Up for Grabs!

Still haven’t secured your seat for the 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event? At least 45 Battle of Malta seats are still up for grabs in 5 “Battle for Your Sword” live satellites starting next week at Casino Malta.

The first four satellites (Oct. 19, 21, 22, 23) all have 5 seats guaranteed while the final satellite on Oct. 24 offering up 20 (!) guaranteed seats! Details below:

Friday, October 19, 8pm: €55 + €5 satellite

5 €550 seats guaranteed
25k starting stack with 15-min blind levels
Unlimited re-entries
Soft cap: 100

Sunday, October 21, 8pm: €30 + €5 satellite

5 €550 seats guaranteed
15k starting stack with 15-min blind levels
Unlimited re-buys until Level 8.
Add-on also available: €30 for 30,000 stack
Soft cap: 100

Monday, October 22, 8pm: €55 + €5 satellite

5 €550 seats guaranteed 
25k starting stack with 20-min blind levels
Unlimited rebuys until Level 6
Soft cap: 100

Tuesday, October 23, 7pm: €55 + €5 satellite

5 €550 seats guaranteed
25k starting stack with 20-min blind levels
Single re-entry until Level 6
Soft cap: 150

Wednesday, October 24, 6pm: €55 + €5 satellite

20 €550 seats guaranteed
10k starting stack with 20-min blind levels
Unlimited re-entries until Level 6
Soft cap: 300

More BoM Bits & Pieces:

— Battle of Malta 2018 Tournament Directors will be Rodolfo Zirio and Luca Vivaldi, both well-known figures on the European poker circuit. Zirio will be the lead Tournament Director and Vivaldi responsible for the Battle of Malta schedule and tournament structures.

— Battle of Malta 2018 team features more than 100 dealers, 5 Senior Floor staff and 5 Junior Floor staff. Floor staff speak six languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German & Hebrew.

— Battle of Malta 2018 Senior Floor staff include Stephane Dumoulin (Gaming Events Coordinator at Grand Casino Brussels Viage), EPT vets Richard Thoman, Sebastian Portier and Nicola Pacifico and Alessandro Serpi of Casino Sanremo.

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Patrik Antonius – “Poker is my main focus”

This year, Patrik Antonius joins the field in the Battle of Malta. 10 questions for the man who celebrated a huge comeback on the poker stage this year.

His star began to rise during the main poker hype, and Antonius was there when the largest poker pots were played live and online.

1 – You’ve had more results in poker in 2018 than in previous years. Is this coincidence or are you getting back into tournaments?

PA: I don´t think it’s a coincidence. 2018 was the year I came back and played more tourneys than in years. From 2007 to 2017 I played a few events a year but my focus was on cash games. This year I felt I wanted to come back and focus more on tournaments – and the results have been pretty good, I guess 🙂

2 – Is poker your main focus these days or is it something else?

PA: Poker is my main focus, I love to play poker. I have also been working on an interesting IT-project, to improve poker industry. I care a lot about poker and I am hoping to be able to make a positive impact.

3 – The Battle of Malta is a rather low buy-in event for a player like you. What’s the main attraction for an event like this?

PA: Sure, it is lower buy in, but masses create great atmosphere and make fun events.

4 – In recent years, many poker personalities have argued that poker is declining. Meanwhile, the BOM grew every year. In your opinion, what accounts for the BOM’s big success?

PA: I have played at good, successful, events this year and to me poker is growing and doing well. Nowadays poker events are better-organized, schedules are good and there is also time for dinners and fun. The Main Event buy in at BOM is suitable for masses and Malta has a good possibility for some fun and sun.

5 – You were involved in some of the biggest pots ever to be played online or on TV. Do you think that games can still be that big and stakes that high in the future?

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PA: Yes.

The live games have remained same size and even bigger. Regarding online poker, something needs to change. I doubt online poker will get the same big games as back in the days.

6 – The largest games on TV are mostly in Europe. Has Europe taken away the poker spotlight from the US?

PA: Europe has not taken the spotlight away from US, I think the poker interest is equally high on both continents. As for big games, I played in a million euro buy in cash game in Europe just this year, at a Triton Event. Big games exist all around.

7 – Does poker need inventions like shot clocks or new variants like Open Face Chinese to stay interesting? Or is it good the way it is?

PA: We definitely need shot clocks! It would be great if everyone could play poker with a good pace.

To me there is enough game variants as it is.

8 – Can Short Deck Hold’em be the new sensation? Why or why not?

PA: Short Deck Hold’em has its place but I don’t see it ever competing with the full deck.

9 – Who is your favourite tennis player?

PA: I am a big tennis fan overall and I appreciate all high level tennis players. I heard Boris Becker is coming to Malta – great news.

10 – If it wasn’t for poker, what profession would you have?

PA: Who knows …

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Patrik Antonius, Massive Pre-Sales Foretell Record 2018 BoM

If you think you’ve seen the Battle of Malta at its peak before, wait until you see 2018.

Now just 21(!) days away, the 2018 Battle of Malta has hit the gas pedal on both preparations and pre-sales and all signs are pointing to a blow-out festival the size of which the island of Malta has never seen before.

Among the new additions champing at the bit for the shuffle up and deal:

Finnish poker legend Patrik Antonius
A new €1,000,000 main event guarantee almost guaranteed to be smashed
German tennis folk hero Boris Becker
Malta’s largest 5-star hotel and poker tournament floor

And that’s just scratching the surface of what’s in store.

BoM ME Pre-Sales Hit 1,300 & Counting

A brief history of Battle of Malta Main Event entries, for context:

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BoM 2012: 349
BoM 2013: 888
BoM 2014: 1,447
BoM 2015: 1,804
BoM 2016: 1,813
BoM 2017: 2,074

Each of those respective years set a record for biggest poker tournament held on Malta.

And with just a €550 buy-in, each shattered the €500,000 guarantee each and every time – last year topping the €1m mark for the first time.

Current BoM Main Event seats already sold for 2018:


What does that portend for this year’s Main Event field?

Let’s just say another record-setting tournament is a heavy betting favorite. And so is smashing through this year’s new €1m guarantee and heading for €1.5m.

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With big buzz comes big demand and, with the move to the new Olympic Casino & 5-star InterContinental Hotel for 2018, the BoM now has a place to put the hordes who want to take part in the best low buy-in tournament in Europe.

With room for 140 tables in the main conference room itself the sheer physical capacity for another record has been met and the signs from pre-sales and both live and online satellites suggest we’ll need every seat.

The MPN network, for example, has long since sold out its €1,500 BoM packages and will do the same for its €1,800 packages, which include a buy-in to the €150 MPNPT Battle side event. 

Online satellites on Winamax (€100 satellites every Sunday at 21:15 for €1,100 package) and 888poker are similarly in high demand while live satellites in 7 countries across Europe and at Casino Malta itself continue to fill out the field.

All told well over 1,300 seats are already spoken for in the 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event and the counter continues to tick upwards as we speak.

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Add in the usual deluge of visitors arriving from Italy on Days 1a, 1b and 1c plus the surging local poker community – plus unlimited re-entries for the first time ever this year – and you have the recipe for a truly legendary event set to take flight.

Antonius, Becker Join the BoM Party

Befitting an event that appears on the brink of legendary status, two legends in their own right will be joining the festivities at the Battle of Malta this year.

When it comes to poker superheroes, it doesn’t get much bigger than Patrik Antonius.

An iconic figure from the past decade of poker’s high-stakes scene, both live and online, the unassuming Finn can put his resume up against some of poker’s greatest names, including Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu, and more than hold his own.

Germany’s Boris Becker can claim similar cachet. The youngest ever Grand Slam winner at 17 and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Becker was an iconic figure in tennis while he was still a teenager.

As poker fans know Becker has shifted into a poker regular over the past decade or so and showed comparable aptitude at the felt where he’s racked up over $110,000 in live cashes.

Becker will bring his fame and prowess to BoM specifically for the high roller charity tournament to raise funds for Pink October Malta on October 26 but it wouldn’t surprise to see him shuffling chips in the main or side events either.

888poker ambassadors Sofia Lövgren and Ana Marquez are among the other notable pros to have already committed but with a history of well over 100 well known pros that have attended BoM expect to see dozens of familiar faces among the fields.

Phone Chargers, Table Service, Parties & More

Beyond the expected turnout and the impressive new space, BoM attendees can expect plenty of new perks to enhance their experience.


New this year are mobile phone charging hotspots throughout the tournament area, table service call buttons at each table for instant food, drinks & massages and streamlined registration services for all events.

The expanded side event schedule is also worth taking note of with significant high-value events running alongside the signature Main Event. Among the highlights:

2-day €245 Siege of Malta Second Chance
2-day €1,320 High Roller
Crazy 888 Battle €88+8 Win the Button
€300+30 NLH European Poker Series Battle
€135+15 NLH MPNPT Battle

Beautiful weather, VIP Parties, great restaurants and nightlife, Malta’s signature hospitality and historic culture and more all await for what will surely be another BoM to remember.

Want a seat? There are still plenty to be had. Buy in directly at Casino Malta, qualify online or purchase a package through Main Event Travel and the Battle of Malta right here.

Check the full calendar and schedule for the 2018 Battle of Malta here.

See you on October 25th!

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More Packages Sold for 2018 Battle of Malta Than All Years Combined!

You think past Battles of Malta have been big? Wait till you get a look at 2018.

The best-value low buy-in poker festival in Europe will be the biggest its ever been in 2018 with package pre-sales already eclipsing all previous years … combined.

You read that right:

A festival that broke its own record for biggest poker tournament on Malta 6 consecutive times has now sold more packages for 2018 than it has for all previous years combined, over 700!

You can guess what that means for this year’s Main Event prize pool (already guaranteed at €1m, twice last year’s) and expanded schedule of side events:

Some lucky BoM players are gonna get paid. Big time.

New Venue, New Host, New Energy

The 2018 Battle of Malta Festival (running Oct. 25-30) will see more poker players stream through its doors than ever before so it’s a good thing it also has a new venue – the largest 5-star Hotel in Malta.

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Big event, big space.

The spectacular 3,000 m2 Eden Arena at the InterContinental Hotel will play host to this year’s festivities thanks to the Battle of Malta’s new ownership group, Eden Leisure Group (ELG).

ELG owns Casino Malta, the 5-star InterContinental Hotel, the Holiday Inn Express and the InterContinental Arena Conference center which means 2018 BoM attendees will be able to take advantage of all it has to offer, from spas to pools to restaurants to nightlife to the biggest casino floor in Malta. 

The tournament room itself will host 140 tables, 70 more than last year! With streamlined registration and improved traffic flow along with it, more players will get a shot at those massive BoM prize pools than ever before.

The Eden Group’s widespread reach across other gaming venues in Italy, Spain and even Bulgaria has already produced dozens of satellite winners and created unprecedented buzz in Southern Europe.

With another strong turnout coming from Scandinavia and package pre-sales exploding, the 2018 BoM Festival is set up to smash Maltese poker records yet again.

Want a sneak peak of how things will look? Check out our video tour with host Laura Cornelius below:

Satellites from 1c on 888poker Until Oct. 14!

Adding even more players to the mix this year will be 888poker, joining back as one of the main sponsors as they now have what they need to cater for all their players who will be attending the Battle of Malta.

With 2018 BoM satellites already running on 888poker and continuing daily right up until Oct. 14, just 10 days before the festival begins, tables will be flush with 888 qualifiers.

Satellites start as low as 1 cent on 888poker and lead to the official weekly BoM qualifiers which award amazing packages that include:

€550 Main Event buy-in
4 nights at the 5-star InterContinental Hotel
Money for travel
Daily buffet
Tickets to BoM VIP party and
The much-loved 888poker live event kit

888poker ambassadors Sofia Lovgren and Ana Marquez are also scheduled to attend. Players can aexpect plenty of 888 swag distributed over the 5 days plus an 888-inspired lounge area near the tournament room.

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Expect some 888 pro selfie opps, too.

Crazy 888’s, EPS, MPNPT Highlight Side Events

We mentioned the new €1 million guarantee. We mentioned the huge new venue. We mentioned the major hype building around Europe.

What else is new on the 2018 Battle of Malta schedule? At least 3 new side events are on the schedule highlighted by 888poker’s ultra popular Crazy 888’s Battle.

The €88+8 Win the Button event will have 8k starting stacks, 18 minute levels, unlimited re-entries and, we expect, a gigantic first-place payout.

Also making its first appearance on the BoM calendar is the European Poker Series Battle. The popular French series launches its first BoM side event this year with a €300+30 NLH event with unlimited re-entries. Starting stacks will be 30k and levels will be 25 minutes.

Last but not least the MPN Poker Tour makes its debut at BoM with a one-day €135+15 NLH MPNPT Battle on Monday Oct. 29 at 6 pm. Starting stack is 20k and levels are 20 minutes.

Other returning side events on the schedule:

€110 BoM Ladies event
€165 PLO Double Chance
€220 IPC Battle Turbo
2-day €245 Siege of Malta Second Chance
2-day €1,320 High Roller

Daily €55+5 Super Satellites for the Main Event will run at Casino Malta leading up to the festival and on Oct. 25th and 26th. For a full rundown of start times, starting stacks, level times, entry limits and satellites during the festival check the full 2018 Battle of Malta Calendar. See the full structures for the 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event and side events here


Online Satellites Continue on MPN!


For all the Scandinavian fans of the Battle of Malta, you haven’t been overlooked with daily online satellites on all MPN network sites.

Satellites start at €0.55 and run at €2.20, €3.30, €5.50, €11, €55, €135 and €200 as well Full €1,500 packages to the 2018 BoM can be won which include:

€550 buy-in to €1m Battle of Malta Main Event
€150 entry into MPNPT Battle Side Event
5-nights at Holiday Inn Express (or similar) for you and a guest including breakfast
Welcome Party on Oct. 26 @ Casino Malta
VIP area for BOM party on Oct. 28 with limited free bar
MPNPT @ Battle of Malta last longer with 3 x €1,500 MPNPT packages to win (Platinum sponsor qualifiers only)
VIP chill out room (Platinum sponsor qualifiers only)
€200 for travel and expenses

Log in to Guts Poker, Redbet Poker, Betsson, Nordic Bet or Betsafe Poker for more details and satellite start times.

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John Cynn Wins 2018 WSOP Main Event for $8.8 Million!

When you once outlast over 6,700 players and finish 11th in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event, you might think you’ve used up all of your poker run good once and for all.

Not John Cynn. He was just taking out a small withdrawal.

The 33-year-old Indianapolis native astounded the poker world last night in Las Vegas by winning the 2018 WSOP Main Event Championship for $8.8 million – just two years after his 11th-place finish in 2016.

It was a remarkable run by Cynn over the course of 10 days and capped off by a 10-hour, 199-hand heads-up marathon against runner up Tony Miles. Miles earned $5m for his runner-up finish.

“Literally Something That You Dream Of”

“Feels very different,” Cynn told WSOP.com shortly after his win. “I mean really neither is supposed to happen.

“To make 11th is insane on its own, and to win, that’s literally something that you dream of but you just never expect to happen. Right now I do feel pretty overwhelmed.”

“I do like to think that I don’t need the money to be happy, but at the same time it’s practically going to make things a lot easier.


Tony Miles & John Cynn (Photo: Joe Giron, WSOP)

“Things I want to do in life, things for my family, and my parents. To my parents this is money that they could have never imagined. It’ll definitely be life-changing.”

Outside of Cynn’s two WSOP Main Event finishes (worth $9.45 million in total) he has about $300,000 in career live tournament earnings.

2009 Champ Cada Finishes 5th

The top 6 finishers in this year’s Main Event were all from the United States and each earned at least $1.8 million. Players from Australia, the Ukraine and France rounded out the final table of nine.

The final table in total took 442 hands. Amazingly 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada also made the final table and finished 5th for another $2.15m payday.

Cada also won his third career WSOP gold bracelet early in the series making 2018 another banner year at the WSOP for the Michigan native. Chip leader after Day 8, Michael Dyer, ended up third.

2018 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results

1. John Cynn United States $8,800,000
2. Tony Miles United States $5,000,000
3. Michael Dyer United States $3,750,000
4. Nicolas Manion United States $2,825,000
5. Joe Cada United States $2,150,000
6. Aram Zobian United States $1,800,000
7. Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,000
8. Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,000
9. Antoine Labat France $1,000,000

More Quick Facts about 2018 WSOP Main Event

— With 7,874 players it’s the second biggest Main Event in history. 2018 is ahead of 2010 (7,319 players), 2017 (7,221 players) and 2011 (6,865 players) The 2006 edition holds the record with 8,773 players.

— A total of 1,182 players were paid in this Main Event which is a new record due to the recent extension of the payout table (15%).


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— Another new record was the number of players for a Day 1 round: 4,571 for Day 1C.

— Of these 7,874 participants 301 were female players, representing 3.8% of the field. This is about average.

— American Kelly Minkin who finished 50th is, for the second time, the Last Woman Standing in the Main Event. She also did it one time before in 2015 (29th)

— Reigning WSOP Main Event title holder Scott Blumstein was eliminated on Day 1.

— Only 4 players have won 2 Main Event titles (Johnny Moss (1970 by vote , 1971, 1974), Doyle Brunson (1976, 1977), Johnny Chan (1987, 1988), and Stu Ungar (1980, 1981, 1997)) – all long before the poker boom of 2003 and its 6,500+-player fields: 

— The oldest participant this year was American John Olsen, 88 years old.

— After a change in the schedule, the Main Event is not the final WSOP tournament. The November Nine break was also eliminated

— The Amazon Room was plunged into darkness at the end of Day 5 due to a big storm that hit Las Vegas. There was an hour left and although the generator quickly took over, the organizers decided to finish earlier.

— A remarkable hand happened on the final-table bubble to eliminate Yueqi Zhu and send Nicolas Manion into the final table as the chip leader. Watch the hand below:

More 2018 WSOP Results of Note:

Hellmuth Claims 15th Career Bracelet in Event #71, $5,000 NLHE

Three years after his last coronation, the unsinkable Phil Hellmuth won his 15th World Series of Poker gold bracelet on July 11th to stretch out his overall lead in all-time WSOP bracelet race.


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Hellmuth took down the bracelet in Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) for $485,082, defeating Steven Wolansky heads-up.

Overshadowed slightly by the playdown to the final table of the Main Event (and particularly by its blokcbuster bubble hand), Hellmuth still managed to seize a portion of the spotlight and further the beliefs of those who feel he’s the greatest WSOP player of all time.

Hellmuth is now 5 bracelets ahead of his three closest pursuers, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey. Only Ivey has managed to stay in touch recently (having won his last victories in 2013 and 2014); Brunson and Chan haven’t won since 2005.

Hellmuth: “A New Lesson in Humility”

The records continue to pile up for Hellmuth, who is still the only winner of two main Main Events (Las Vegas and WSOP Europe) and also a winner in each of the last four decades. 

He also holds the WSOP record for the number of cashes (134) and final tables (59). Said Phil after his win:

“This is a new lesson of humility for me, as were the 13th and 14th … I did not have a great summer, but I stayed positive, always. Every night when I returned to my room I said to myself ‘life is beautiful, relax.’(…)

‘I was also forced to rest, I had a small atrial fibrillation. It’s not too bad, 40% of people over 60 have that, but it made me take a lot of days without poker.

“I feel a responsibility to inspire people. This bracelet I will offer to one of my best friends, Bill Lee. He is the best angel investor and the best friend of Elon Musk. I promised him that I would win him a bracelet, but it was a long time.

“ This bracelet is everything for me, because my life is poker. Then I try to spread the positive. I hope that I will be remembered for two reasons, the first to have 24 bracelets, and the second to have a lot of positive influence on people’s lives.”

Phil Hellmuth’s 15 WSOP Bracelets


No-Limit Hold’em $10,000 Main Event – 178 players – Beat Johnny Chan $755,000


$5,000 Limit Hold’em – 84 players, beat Steve Kopp (USA) – $168,000


$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – 284 players – beat Chris Tsiprailidis (USA) – $426,000
$2,500 No-Limit Hold’em – 173 players – beat Noli Francisco (TCH) – $432,500
$5,000 Limit Hold’em – 69 players – beat Don Williams (USA) – $345,000


$3,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em – 170 players – Tom McEvoy (USA) – $510,000


$2,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 441 players – beat TJ Cloutier (USA) – $855,540


$2,500 Limit Hold’em – 194 players – beat Young Phan (USA) – $451,050
$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 398 players – beat Daniel Negreanu (CAN) – $410,860


$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 754 d. + 1691 r. – beat Juha Helppi (FIN) – $631,863


$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – 2628 players – beat Andy Philachack (USA) – $637,254


$2,500 Razz – 309 players – beat Don Zewin (USA) – $182,793
€10,000 NLHE WSOPE Main Event – 420 players – beat Sergii Baraniv (UKR) – €1,022,376


$10,000 Razz – 103 players – beat Mike Gorodinsky (USA) – $271,105


$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 452 players – beat Steven Wolansky (USA) – $485,082

Event 74 – $10,000 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship

355 entrants (54 paid) – Prize Pool $3,337,000


Winner: Shaun Deeb (32 years old, US) – $814,179 beat Paul Volpe (United States) – $503,196

Notable players:

3. Romain Lewis (France) – $325,842
9. Mike Watson (Canada) – $54,831
11. Sam Greenwood (Canada) – $41,721
17. Anthony Zinno (USA) ) – $32,700
20. Dominik Nitsche (Germany) – $26,424
32- Loni Harwood (USA) – $18,982
34- Michael Gathy (Belgium) – $18,982
38- Michael Mizrachi (USA) – $16,911
39. Martin Jacobson (Sweden) – $16,911
41. Rainer Kempe (Germany) – $16,911
42. Ryan Riess (USA) – $16,911

In short:

4th WSOP bracelet for Shaun Deeb and his 2nd this summer.
Deeb is the first double bracelet winner of 2018. If there had not been a double winner this year it would have been a first since 1999.

Event 63 – $3,200 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

480 players (63 paid) – Prize Pool $1,459,200

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Winner: Chance Kornuth (32 years old, US) – $341,599 beats David Goodman (United States) – $212,022

Notable players:

4. Noah Bronstein (USA) – $99,809
7. Justin Liberto (USA) – $37,356
16. John Hennigan (USA) – $11,090
18. Jason Koon (USA) – $11,090
19. Mohsin Charania (USA) ) – $9,339
21. Giuseppe Pantaleo (Germany) – $9,339
24. Chris Moorman (England) – $9,339
25. Ryan D’Angelo (USA) – $9,339
27. Jim Collopy (USA) – $9,339
29. Jeff Gross (USA) – $8,026
30. Eric Baldwin (USA) – $ 8,026

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Chance Kornuth after his first in 2010 in a $5000 PLO tournament.
Becomes second player to win a WSOP bracelet live and another online after Nipun Java who had made this double last year.
The tournament attracted 356 players who took 124 rebuys. It was the last of four online tournaments in the program this year.
The final table was reached in 9 hours of play

Event 62 – $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em


8,598 players (1218 Paid) – Prize Pool $ 6,871,521

Winner: Galen Hall (32 years old, US) – $888,888 beat Eduards Kudrjavcevs (Latvia) – $ 476,888

First bracelet for Galen Hall, high-profile poker player well known on the circuit (and notable winner of the PCA in 2011).
Plays high stakes only part-time, now a hedge fund manager.
Second WSOP final table in 17 cash. He finished 9th in a NLHE tournament in 2012.
His WSOP earnings now exceed $1 million
8598 entries against 8120 last year for this tournament with unlimited re-entries, so this is a new record.

Event 60 – $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship


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237 entrants (36 paid) – Prize Pool $ 2,227,800

Winner: Phil Galfond (33 years old, US) – $567,788 beat Michael McKenna (USA) – $350,922

Notable players:

7. David ‘ODB’ Baker (USA) – $65,579
12. Brandon Shack-Harris (USA) – $31,334
13. Chris Ferguson (USA) – $25,695
19. Cliff Josephy (USA) – $18,631
22. Eli Elezra (USA) – $18,631
32. Ryan Laplante (USA) – $16,494
35. Nick Schulman (USA) – $15,000

In short

3rd WSOP bracelet for Phil Galfond after 2008 (in PLO rebuy) and 2015 (in 2-7).
Surprise victory for Galfond who had hardly played poker since last summer, and had little real experience in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
It was his 7th final table in 20 paid places. His World Series winnings now amount to some $2.8 million

Event 58 – $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed


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621 entrants (94 paid) – Prize Pool $2,887,650

Winner: Jean-Robert Bellande (47 years old, US) – $616,302 beat Dean Lyall (Scotland) – $380,895

Notable players:

9. Sergio Aido (Spain) – $45,764
19. Greg Merson (USA) – $21,018
20. Martin Finger (Germany) – $21,018
25. Sylvain Loosli (France) – $16,958
28. Andre Akkari (Brazil) – $ 16,958
33- Adrien Allain (France) – $ 14,004

In short:

First long-awaited bracelet for the famous pro Jean-Robert Bellande, for his 24th WSOP cash.
It was his third final table. He finished 2nd in the previous two including the prestigious Players Championship in 2015
One of those defeats came after a heads-up 19-to-1 advantage!
His WSOP earnings now exceed $2.2 million

Event 57 – $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship


696 entrants (105 paid) – Prize Pool $626,400

Winner: Jessica Dawley (35 years old us) – $130,230 beat Jill Pike (United States) – $80,444

Notable players:

28. Kristy Arnett (USA) – $2,991
31. Gaëlle Baumann (France) – $2,991
34. Natasha Barbour-Mercier (USA) – $2,991
41. Lacey Jones (USA) – $2,551
47. Cyndy Violette (USA) – $2,219
70- Melanie Weisner (USA) – $1,782

In short:

Jessica Dawley served in the Armed Forces (National Air Guard) before becoming a poker pro.
“The last 10 years have been a lot of grind, and I’m very happy with this result, but I do not have the words and I have not realized it yet.”

Event 56 – $10,000 Razz Championship


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119 entrants (18 paid) – Prize Pool $ 1,118,600

Winner: Calvin Anderson (30 years old us) – $309,220 beat Frank Kassela (United States) – $191,111

Notable Players:

3- Julien Martini (France) – $134,587
4- Mike Leah (Canada) – $96,744
5. Jerry Wong (USA) – $71,014
7. John Hennigan (USA) ) – $40,817
8. Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland) – $31,992
9. Allen Kessler (USA) – $25,654
10. Ismael Bojang (Germany) – $25,654
11. Paul Volpe (USA) – $21,059
12. Eric Rodawig (USA) – $21,059
13. Ted Forrest (USA) – $17,706
14. Per Hildebrand (Sweden) – $17,706
15. Cary Katz (USA) – $15,256
16- James Obst (Australia) – $ 15,256
17- Scott Seiver (USA) – $ 15,256

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Calvin Anderson after a first in 2004 in Stud Hi-Lo.
His WSOP win now exceeds $1.3m in 37 cashes including 9 final tables. He best score was 2nd place in the 2016 Little One for One Drop.
Defeated in heads-up, 50-year-old Frank Kassela was hoping to win his fourth bracelet after two in 2010 and one last year

Event 52 – $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship


114 entrants (18 paid) – Prize Pool $1,071,600

Winner: Scott Seiver (33 years old, US) – $296,222 beat Matt Szymaszek (United States) – $183,081

Notable players:

3. Anthony Zinno (USA) – $129,186
5. Matt Glantz (USA) – $68,352
10. Benny Glaser (England) – $20,253
11. Nick Schulman (USA) – $20,253
12- Maria Ho (USA) ) – $20,253
14. Brock Parker (USA) – $17,000
16- John Hennigan (USA) – $14,615

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Scott Seiver, after a first won in 2008.
His live tournament winnings are now flirting with $23.5 million (including $ 4.6 million for the WSOP)

Event 42 – $25,000 Omaha Pot-Limit 8-Handed High Roller


230 entrants (35 paid) – Prize Pool $ 5,462,500

Winner: Shaun Deeb (32 years old, US) – $1,402,683 beat Ben Yu (United States) – $866,924

Notable players:

3. Scotty Nguyen (USA) – $592,875
5. Jason Koon (USA) – $295,606
7. David Benyamine (France) – $161,020
12. Jason Mercier (USA) – $77,107
14. Martin Kozlov (Australia) ) – $63,350
15. Robert Mizrachi (USA) – $53,391
25. Mike Leah (Canada) – $41,049
29. Tom Marchese (USA) – $41,049
32. Paul Volpe (USA) – $41,049

In short:

3rd WSOP bracelet for Shaun Deeb after wins in 2015 and 2016
With this $1.4 million (his personal best), his World Series cashes now exceed $3.3 million over 56 cashes including 10 final tables.
Fun fact: the two men had already faced heads-up of a WSOP tournament in 2017 (Limit 2-7 TD at $ 10,000). But this time it was Yu who had imposed.
3rd-place Scotty Nguyen was not far from winning his 6th bracelet. It’s the third biggest win of his career

Event 33 – $50,000 Poker Players Championship


87 entrants (14 paid) – Prize Pool $ 4,176,000

Winner: Michael Mizrachi (37 years old, US) – $1,239,126 beat John Hennigan (United States) – $765,837

Notable players:

3. Dan Smith (USA) – $521,782
4. Mike Leah (Canada) – $364,197
5. Benny Glaser (England) – $260,578
6. Aaron Katz (USA) – $191,234
7. Greg Mueller (Canada) ) – $144,049
8. Brian Rast (USA) – $144,049
9. Phil Ivey (USA) – $111,447
10. Shaun Deeb (USA) – $111,447
12. Jean-Robert Bellande (USA) – $88,627

In short:

“The Grinder” wins his 4th WSOP bracelet including 3 in this prestigious $50,000 Players Championship (after 2010 and 2012)!
With 4 bracelets won at the Series, he matches his brother Robert.
It was his 15th final table and 62nd cash. His WSOP earnings now exceed $9 million and in his career he is approaching $17 million.
Only he and Brian Rast have won this tournament more than once

Event 31 – $1,500 Seven Card Stud


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310 players (47 paid) – Prize Pool $ 418,500

Winner: Steve Albini (55 years old, US) – $105,629 beat Jeff Lisandro (Australia) – $65,282

Notable players:

3. Katherine Fleck (USA) – $43,765
4. Chris Ferguson (USA) – $29,999
11. Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (France) – $5,110
17. Julien Martini (France) – $2,982
28. Mark Radoja (Canada) – $2,635
37. Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland) – $2,398
38. David Levi (USA) – $2,398

In short:

First WSOP bracelet for Steve Albini, famous and legendary rock producer
He owns a recording studio in Chicago and is a member of Shellac
His best result was a 12th place out of 4,407 in the 2013 Seniors Event for $40,694.
To win he had to get rid of four previous winners in the final including Chris Ferguson and Jeff Lisandro
Albini credits several players and friends with whom he plays with in Chicago and who helped him understand poker including Brandon Shack-Harris and Eric Rodawig.

Event 23 – $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship


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95 entrants (15 paid) – Prizepool $ 893,000

Winner: Brian Rast (36 years old, US) – $259,670 beat Mike Wattel (United States) – $160,489

Notable players:

3. Dario Sammartino (Italy) – $114,023
6. Doyle Brunson (USA) – $43,963
7. John Hennigan (USA) – $32,796
8. Farzad Bonyadi (USA) – $24,775
10. Todd Brunson (USA) ) – $18,955
11. Galen Hall (USA) – $18,955
13. Robert Mizrachi (USA) – $14,691
14. Paul Volpe (USA) – $14,691

In short:

4th WSOP bracelet for Brian Rast. He had two in 2011 and one in 2016. 2 of these victories were in the prestigious $50k Players Championship
His live tournament winnings now exceed $21 million (including nearly $6m at the WSOP).
Historic moment: it was the very last WSOP tournament in which the legend Doyle Brunson participated!
Doyle completed his last World Series tournament in 6th place, eliminated by James Alexander

Event 16 – $10,000 No-Limit Heads-Up Championship


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114 entrants (8 paid) – Prize Pool $ 1,071,600

Winner: Justin Bonomo (32 years old, US) – $185,965 beats Jason McConnon (England) – $114,933

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Justin Bonomo after a first in 2014. All in he has 18 final tables and 48 cashes.
Bonomo won 7 matches. He defeated David Peters (his toughest opponent), David Laka, Jake Schindler, Niall Farrell, Mark McGovern, Martijn Gerrits and Jason McConnon.
Bonomo won the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl for $5 million a week before
With the win Bonomo now exceeds $4 million in World Series winnings.

Event 9 – $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship


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169 entrants (26 paid) – Prize Pool $1,588,000

Winner: Paul Volpe (36 years old, US) – $417,921 beat Eli Elezra (United States) – $258,297

Notable players:

5. Viacheslav Zhukov (Russia) – $94,370
7. Robert Mizrachi (USA) – $52,866
9. Per Hildebrand (Sweden) – $31,977
11. Mike Matusow (USA) – $25,619
17. Felipe Ramos (Brazil) – $17,488
18. Chris Bjorin (Sweden) – $17,488
24. Anthony Zinno (USA) – $14,912
26. Dan Shak (USA) – $14,912

In short:

3rd WSOP bracelet for Paul Volpe after wins in 2014 and 2016. It was his 9th final table in 43 cashes.
Other bracelets holders in the final: Elezra (3), Zhukov (2), R.Mizrachi (4)

Event 5 – $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

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105 entrants (16 paid) – Prize Pool $ 10,185,000

Winner: Nick Petrangelo (31 years old, US) – $2,910,227 beat Elio Fox (United States) – $1,798,658

Notable players:

5. Bryn Kenney (USA) – $646,927
6. Stephen Chidwick (England) – $484,551
7. Jason Koon (USA) – $372,894
8. Adrian Mateos (Spain) – $295,066
9. Fedor Holz (Germany) ) – $240,265
11. Christoph Vogelsang (Germany) – $201,494
12. Thomas Muehloecker (Germany) – $201,494
14. Jason Mercier (USA) – $174,190
15. Paul Volpe (USA) – $155,378

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Nick Petrangelo
This is his second win in 4 final tables (for 21 cashes)
Petrangelo was chip leader at the end of Days 2 and 3
6 German players among the 16 paid players

Event 3 – $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

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363 entrants (50 paid) – Prize Pool $ 980 $ 100

Winner: Joe Cada (30 years old,us ) – $226,218 beat Samuel Phillips (USA) – $139,804

Notable players:

3. Joe McKeehen (USA) – $101,766

In short:

3rd WSOP bracelet for the 2009 WSOP World Champion (winner of the Main Event). Cada won another bracelet in 2014.
This new victory puts him over $10 million in World Series cashes
This is his third win in 7 final tables (and 30 cashes).
In the final table he will have found another previous world champion (in 2015), Joe McKeehen

Event 2 – $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty

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243 entrants (37 paid) – Prize Pool $ 2,284,200

Winner: Elio Fox (32 years old, US) – $393,693 beat Adam Adler (United States) – $243,323

Notable players:

3. Paul Volpe (USA) – $169,195
9. Joe Cada (USA) – $27,582
10. Bryn Kenney (USA) – $21,734
16. John Racener (USA) – $14,300
17. Talal Shakerchi (England) ) – $14,300
19. Kenny Hallaert (Belgium) – $11,950
23. Antoine Saout (France) – $11,950
26. Nam Le (USA) – $11,950

In short:

2nd WSOP bracelet for Elio Fox, who was the big winner of the Main Event of the WSOP Europe in 2011 in Cannes
Second victory in two final tables (in 12 total cashes)
Fox started the heads-up with a disadvantage of 9 to 1
It was the first super turbo bounty tournament in WSOP history

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Live, Online Satellites Hitting Full Speed for 2018 Battle of Malta

The Battle of Malta 2018 is still a few months away but seats are already being filled at a blistering pace.

Not only are package sales booming, live satellite winners have begun to secure their heavily discounted seats in the low buy-in event of the year.

At least 6 happy satellite winners secured their spot in the €1m Battle of Malta Main Event at the recent European Poker Series (EPS) stop at Casino Cirsa Valencia in Spain and will head to Malta in October to reap their rewards.

Win a Seat Live Across Europe!

With the successful sale of the Battle of Malta brand to the Eden Leisure Group last year, hopeful BoM attendees can now win their seat across several casinos in the Baltics, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and beyond.

Most live Battle of Malta satellites that offer a seat into the event commonly follow the same structure:

One-evening tournament
€55 buy-in
1 in 10 chance to win a Main Event seat

Casinos that give away complete packages including hotel and travel costs change the conditions correspondingly.

Live Qualifiers in Madrid, Bulgaria

Players from the Iberian Peninsula were comparatively scarce at the BOM last year but that’s going to change.


On top of the Valencia qualifiers the EPS is giving away at least 4 more BOM tickets at their next big event at the Casino Madrid in July (18-29).

One ticket will be given to the overall chipleader after each Day 1 and another 3 tickets will go to the otherwise unhappiest players of a tournament – the bubble boy and the two players busting before him.

Another event to watch if you want to qualify live for the BOM is the MPNPT at the Sunny Beach Casino on the banks of the Black Sea in Bulgaria.

It takes place July 5-8 and features a €550 main event just like the BOM.

Both the EPS and the MPNPT will have their own side events at the BOM 2018 so make sure to check the 2018 Battle of Malta schedule for details.

Online Satellites Begin July 3 on MPN!


Online satellites will again be available for the Battle with full €1,500 packages available to be won starting July 3. Each package includes:

€550 entry into €1m Battle of Malta Main Event
€150 entry into MPNPT Battle Side Event on Monday 29th October.
5-nights accommodation at 4-star Holiday Inn Express (or similar) for you and a guest including breakfast (Check-in Oct. 26, check-out Oct. 31)
Players Welcome Party on Friday 26th October @ Casino Malta
VIP area in Battle of Malta party on Sunday 28th October with a limited free bar
Access to all other Battle of Malta player parties
Free dinner for all players in the Main Event
MPNPT @ Battle of Malta last longer with 3 x €1,500 MPNPT packages on offer to the three players who last longest in Battle of Malta main event (Platinum sponsor qualifiers only)
VIP chill out room next to the main tournament hall open 27th Oct – 31st October (Platinum sponsor qualifiers only)
€200 towards your travel and expenses

Daily online satellites will run on all MPN network sites (including Guts Poker, Redbet Poker, Betsson, Nordic Bet, Betsafe Poker and more) and start at as little as €0.55! Buy in levels run at €2.20, €3.30, €5.50, €11, €55, €135 and €200.

Be sure to check the full satellite schedule at any participating MPN site.

Unlimited Re-Entries, More Play

For the first time in its history the Battle of Malta Main Event will guarantee €1,000,000 paid out to the players lucky enough to make the money.

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The top few players will all walk away with six-figure payouts – a phenomenal return for a €550 buy-in. 

To further your chances of getting to that end game, for the first time the BOM main event will also allow unlimited re-entries during Day 1 play.

Players will also now be allowed to forfeit their chips at the end of Day 1 try again with a fresh, full stack the next day as long as late registration is open.

The original 25/50 blind level has also been cut from the new tournament structure. The first level is now 100/100. This will give everybody a bit more play as there are only very few players that bust in these early levels.

Removing the very low levels at the beginning of the tournament also gives the players a little more room and play towards the end of Day 1.

This day will end, by the way, when the field is down to 15% — meaning we’ll end the day close to the bubble.

Check out the full structure of the main and side events here.

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Big Blind Ante

Also for the first time the BOM will be played with a big blind ante instead of the running ante that used to be the norm in tournaments.

The big blind ante has become rather popular in live tournaments lately and the Battle of Malta has always been a progressive tournament.

Live Coverage, Live Stream Return!

As previous Battle of Malta attendees are used to the PokerListings team will be on location to bring you all the action from the tables and everything you need to know beyond the felt to make sure your trip is a memorable one.

A full live stream will also be in place again starting on Day 1 and we’ll release more details about the stream as we get closer! Good luck in your qualifying and we’ll see you October 25-30 at Casino Malta!

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