From 3,816 to 1! Julien Stropoli Wins 2018 Battle of Malta ME!
We have a winner!The 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event completed its quest to narrow 3,816 entries to just 1 and that sole survivor is France's Julien Stropoli! A former Magic: The Gathering player and ascending poker pro Stropoli started the final table second-to-last in chips but showed no panic in working his way up the pay ladder. After pocketing €118,500 in a 5-way deal Stropoli calmly continued his climb up the leaderboard until he found himself with the chip lead 3-handed. After bouncing Erik Ostergaard in third Stropoli had an overwhelming chip lead going into heads-up and fought off a small charge from runner-up Maxime Canevet to finish things off. When all was done Stropoli earns €168,500 with the extra $50k to the winner plus the dazzling Battle of Malta Main Event trophy. Canevet, meanwhile, walks away with the biggest share of the prize pool at €192,000. All together the final nine split up almost €900,000! The final payout table: 1. Julien Stropoli €168,500 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 "It feels totally amazing to win this," Stropoli said just after his win, "because I was one of the shortest stacks at the start of the final table. At that point I was just hoping to make a few pay jumps – I didn’t expect to win. "The turning point was my pocket sevens against Mateusz Moolhuizen’s AQ when I hit a 7 on the flop. That took me to third in chips and I knew then I had a shot. By the time we got to three-handed, I really wanted that trophy!" Check our Battle of Malta Live Coverage page for a full rundown of the final-table action. Look for a replay of the final table live stream up on Twitch. And watch our daily recap video below: What a Ride! What a rush the Battle of Malta has been! Moving over to the Casino Malta and InterContinental Hotel for the first time the BoM greatly expanded its reach and offerings and the results were overwhelming. An amazing 55 nationalities were represented here in the full Main Event field and 8 different nationalities on the final table. The mass of attendees cause its small difficulties but, as Casino Malta Marketing Director Telly Bartolo said, it's a good sign that so many people already wanted to be here. Full results and payouts from the Main Event and all side events will be posted on the main Battle of Malta page as soon as they are available. We hope you had a grand time, and see you at an even bigger and better Battle of Malta 2019! --- Battle of Malta Glory at Hand! 9 Finalists Eye €300k Tomorrow And just like that the 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event is down to 9 players! Paring 3,816 down to the final table has been no small feat over the past 5 days with long days of intense action, huge hands and painful busts sending the bulk of the field to the rail. The final battler to be sent to the rail today on Day 3? Brit Andrew John Hedley, who just missed claiming the final spot at the final table at the hands of Frenchman Maxime Cavenet - a not-unfamiliar destiny for many players today. Cavenet put on a show all day today to rack up the biggest stack heading into the play down tomorrow. He bagged up a dazzling 25,925,000 that makes him the decided chip leader to start the day. In second is Grosvenor Poker Ambassador Andy Hills, with 17,250,000 and in third is Lithuanian Mantas Urbonas, winner of the UCOP Main Event earlier this year, with 15,900,000. Dutchman Mateusz Moolhuizen and Dane Jens Ostergaard are also in the final nine. Here are the full counts: Canevet Maxime 25,925,000 Hills Andrew 17,250,000 Urbonas Mantas 15,900,000 Abdalah Fakhreddine 9,700,000 Moolhuizen Mateusz 8,625,000 Ostergaard Erik 5,400,000 Vadenbring Gustav 5,075,000 Stropoli Julien 4,600,000 Mangum Jerry 2,950,000 As you can tell diversity reigns at BoM as we have representatives from France, Lithuania, Finland (by way of Holland), Malta (by way of Sweden), the UK, Denmark, Lebanon and even the US. Check our full Battle of Malta Live Coverage page for a rundown of all the action of the day. Watch the daily recap video below: Full Live Stream Final Table! To catch all of tomorrow's action in thrilling, cards-up glory, tune in to the Battle of Malta Facebook page at 2pm local time. We'll have 5 cameras covering the action, revolving commentators and cards-up display on a 30-minute delay. A total of almost €900,000 will be paid out to players tomorrow and a full 1/3 of that will go to the winner (barring a deal). It'll be a show not to miss! --- Let's Get Paid! Battle of Malta ME Down to 60, €300k Up Top! Another exhilarating day of poker has wrapped at the 2018 Battle of Malta and just 60 proud poker players remain. Awaiting them tomorrow? The final 9 seats at the BoM final table where one player will walk away with €300,000. You read that right. The winner of a €550 buy-in tourney will pocket €300,000. Ain't that grand? The 2018 Battle of Malta winner will receive the biggest payout ever in a tournament of this buy-in level in Europe. Urbonas Leads, Lövgren & Pavlova In the Hunt With a huge surge at the end of the day Mantas Urbonas, who started the day with just 117,000 in chips, has soared into the chip lead and will take nearly 7,090,000 in chips into Day 3 tomorrow. Other notables still in the field include the final 2 ladies in the field, Sofia Lövgren (1.27m) and Ina Pavlova (1.29m). 888poker pro Lövgren has been a BoM regular for years but this is by far her deepest run. Pavlova made a deep run two years ago and finished 73rd. Another BoM returnee, Flavio Cammasuli (2.36m), will join them on Day 3. He finished 6th in the 2016 Battle of Malta Main Event and now has a top 10 chip stack heading into tomorrow. Hills is smiling. Brit Andy Hills (5.26m) is another notable stack heading into Day 3 with an eclectic and diverse bunch surrounding him. Here are the Top 10 in chips: 1. Urbonas Mantas 7,090,0002. Hills Andrew Christopher (UK) 5,260,0003. Guimond Florin Nico (France) 5,195,0004. Yosifov Borislav (Bulgaria) 3,980,0005. Hoyesveen Daniel Andre (Norway) 3,760,0006. Di Mauro Giuseppe (Italy) 3,165,0007. Biton Nave (Israel)2,945,0008. Wozniak Mr Michal (Poland) 2,400,0009. Cammisuli Flaviano (Italy) 2,360,00010. Maimon Amir 2,255,000 Full counts can be found below. Action resumes tomorrow at 1 pm local time and will continue until the final 9 is set. Check the live updates for the action or watch the live stream (on 30-minute delay) on the Battle of Malta Facebook page. Watch the full recap video for the day below: Full Chip Counts after Day 2 Urbonas Mantas - 7,090,000 Hills Andrew Christopher 5,260,000 Guimond Florin Nico 5,195,000 Yosifov Borislav 3,980,000 Hoyesveen Daniel Andre 3,760,000 Di Mauro Giuseppe 3,165,000 Biton Nave 2,945,000 Wozniak Mr Michal 2,400,000 Cammisuli Flaviano 2,360,000 Maimon Amir - 2,255,000 Sallaberry Pierre 2,220,000 Mirabile Antonio 2,200,000 Neukirch Jonas 2,195,000 Carmi Eran Dov 2,165,000 Mangum Jerome Steven - 1,950,000 Hedley Andrew John 1,845,000 Di Romualdo Tziano 1,800,000 D'alterio Luigi 1,745,000 Iacopetta Enrico 1,640,000 Denino Gill 1,635,000 Sagians Daniel 1,600,000 Corral Juan Pablo Navarro 1,565,000 Stropoli Julien 1,555,000 Benshoham Avihai Hai 1,460,000 Sereicikas Justas 1,330,000 Vasileva Pavlova Tsvetelina - 1,295,000 Lovgren Sofia Linnea Matilda 1,275,000 Benta Sebastian - 1,195,000 Pinho Henrique Oliveira De Sousa 1,145,000 Abdalah 2 Fakhreddine 1,140,000 Formica Salvatore 1,130,000 Sanchez Alejandro 1,130,000 Canevet Maxime Thien-Duc - 1,040,000 Musumarra Andrea - 1,010,000 Moolhuizen Mateusz 990,000 Hazan Mordechai Marko 985,000 Vadenbring Nils Gustav 975,000 Glushcenko Nikolaso 960,000 Mjagkov Andrei 950,000 Jakubcik1 Ondrej 945,000 Ascone Agostino 885,000 Ostergaard Jens Erik Thorsten 835,000 Bonifico Liberato 815,000 Martinez Pedro Jose Arribas 790,000 Gruszczynski Sebastian Adam 785,000 Lindholm Samuel - 750,000 Kyriazi Grigoris 720,000 Fernandez Crespillo Juan Maniel - 710,000 Bergamo Alessio 705,000 Katz Darron Charle 665,000 Nezirevic Mirza - 645,000 Bonnardot Benjamin Raymond 640,000 Gravagna 1 Fausto 640,000 Inerud Jan Christopher 585,000 Della Ventura Sergio Domenico 505,000 Pagliaro Gianluca - 485,000 Kettunen Miikka Juhani 480,000 Banks Gary Hillson 395,000 Teva Elad 390,000 Spitale Guiseppe 330,000 --- BoM Gets Blitzed! 3,816 Entries, €1.85m Prize Pool Smash Records We had a feeling the 2018 Battle of Malta was going to be big. But this big? 3,816 Entries and €1.85m prize pool big? That was a little unexpected. But it happened, and as Days 1c and 1d showed us again today there's an almost bottomless lust for mid-stakes poker on this island in November. And who knows just how big the Battle of Malta might eventually become. Mayhem From the Get Go With 1,000 players registered before the doors even opened things got hectic out in the registration lines but eventually players got seated and in the action. Sofia's still in the hunt. By the time late registration closed in Level 10 we'd seen 1,548 entries for Day 1c - yet another one-day BoM record. To put things into context, Day 1C was by itself bigger than the first four BoMs. Add in the 412 entries in the turbo Day 1D flight and the 1,960 entries total for today was just under last year's total of 2,074. Add all the Day 1s together and we find ourselves with 3,816 entries and a prize pool of €1,850,760 - virtually unprecedented numbers for a €550 buy-in. By our estimation it's the third-biggest poker tournament ever in Europe, but that's unofficial. Regardless; a lot of people came through the doors of the Eden Arena today including plenty of notable names such as Patrik Antonius, Ana Marquez, Fabrice Soulier, Linni Meister, Sofia Lövgren, Salvatore Bonavena, Sebastian Pauli and more. By the time the bubbles burst to end the day just 232 from Day 1c and 62 from Day 1D remained. Flavio Cammisuli emerged as the chip leader heading into Day 2 with 808,000 but plenty of players are stacked close behind. Full chip counts can be found below. 572 players will return tomorrow at 1 pm to resume the battle and position themselves for a run at the big money. Just how big? €300,000 will go the winner! Join us then for more amazing action. --- BoM Goes Wild! Prize Pool Soars with Gargantuan Day 1B Every year since its inception the Battle of Malta has set a new record for biggest poker tournament held on Malta. This year it’s already leaving those past records in the dust – and it’s only in the second day. Kicking off yesterday for the first time in the spectacular Eden Arena in the Hotel InterContinental, the 2018 Battle of Malta drew 451 players on Day 1A – a record for the first day of play. Today the number of entrants surpassed 1,400 – 1,404 to be exact - a record for biggest ever single day at the BoM. That means a couple of things: With 1,855 entries this is already the second biggest Battle of Malta ever The Main Event has almost already topped its €1m guarantee And we’ve still got two more starting flights to come. With Day 1c tomorrow set to be the biggest day of them all, it’s a given the 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event will smash all records. This year’s winner should walk away with nearly €250,000 which, for a €550 buy-in is, well, astounding. Jalulins Leads Cavalcade of Nations The Battle of Malta has become a truly international affair and a “must-play” for poker players the world over. As we saw in the gargantuan field today players from dozens of nations have converged on Malta this week. Players from as far away as the United States, Canada, China and Australia were in the field alongside dozens of nationalities from across Europe. Emerging from that giant field with the Day 1B chip lead is Nikolajs Jalulins of the Netherlands with 683,000 chips. Here’s the rest of the top 10: 1. Nikolajs Jalulins 683,000 2. Anders Jonsson 629,000 3. Anders Hagen 574,000 4. Avihai Benshoham 564,000 5. Joseph Portelli 514,000 6. Hendrik Koops 513,000 7. Andrew Hills 510,000 8. Johan Goslings 490,000 9. Giuseppe Spitale 459,000 10. Jerome Mangum 454,000 Full chip counts are available on our BoM Live Coverage page. Check the recap video from today below: A look at some of the nationalities represented today alone: Israel Italy Sweden Norway Malta United Kingdom Spain France Estonia Poland Finland Germany Lithuania Cyprus Portugal Switzerland Denmark Greece Netherlands Spain Austria France Russia China Boris Becker Among A-Listers for Pink October Charity Event With a field that big and a reputation so strong (Battle of Malta won Best Low Buy-in Tournament at the 2015 European Poker Awards), it’s no surprise major talent both within and outside of poker have been drawn to the island. While past years have seen dozens of top flight poker pros hit the tables 2018 has taken things to the next level with Finnish high-stakes poker legend Patrik Antonius here to play alongside German tennis icon Boris Becker. The tennis Hall of Famer, who became the youngest ever Wimbledon champion at 17, played the Pink October Charity tournament tonight and nearly won it, finishing runner-up to Paul Jux-Holderness. Holderness won the first seat for the 2019 BoM Main Event while €20,000 was raised for charity. Antonius jumped into the SnG alongside Becker when the first player busted but will again hit the tables in the BoM main event tomorrow. Things Get Even Wilder Tomorrow ! As mentioned tomorrow's Day 1C will be as crazy as we've ever seen here at BoM with up to 1,500 players expected. A turbo Day 1D is also on tap to pump the prize pool up even more. Is a 3,500-entry field out of the question? We wouldn't count it out. Also still to come in the 6-day festival are 7 more side tournaments (including a Ladies Event), 2 player parties, ongoing cash game tables running alongside all the action in the Casino Malta and more impromptu social gatherings and bad beat stories than you can keep count of. To follow along with the daily live stream, hand updates from the tables and more, check out BattleofMalta.com until Tuesday, Oct 30 when the 2018 Battle of Malta champion will be crowned! --- 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. Ana Marquez is here! Sofia Lovgren, Ana Marquez, Espen Uhlen Jorstad, 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: 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! Visit www.pokerlistings.com
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. 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: www.BattleofMalta.com Battle of Malta Facebook page Twitch.tv 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. Prepare for serious dough 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.Visit www.pokerlistings.com
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.Visit www.pokerlistings.com
Antonius Eyes "Great Atmosphere" at 2018 Battle of Malta
The Battle of Malta has hosted dozens of top-level poker pros over its six editions so far but none with quite the high-stakes poker cachet of Patrik Antonius.The much-idolized Finn's star began to rise during the poker boom of the early 2000s and Antonius has been at the table, live or online, when most of the largest poker pots in history have been played. In a surprising plot twist the future Poker Hall of Famer will join the field for the 2018 Battle of Malta - an event with a buy-in smaller than a big blind in the games Antonius usually plays. We caught up with the man who celebrated a huge comeback on the poker stage this year for a quick 10 questions. PokerListings: You’ve had more results in poker in 2018 than in previous years. Is this coincidence or are you getting back into tournaments? Patrik Antonius: 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 :) Antonius has seen it all before - except the Battle of Malta. PL: 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. PL: 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. PL: 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. PL: 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? 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. PL: 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. Malta does have good possibilities for fun and sun. Very good. PL: 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 are enough game variants as it is. PL: 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. PL: Who is your favorite 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. PL: If it wasn’t for poker, what profession would you have? PA: Who knows …Visit www.pokerlistings.com
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: 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: 1,300+ 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. 200+ Qualifiers from MPN Network Alone 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. 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. Check the full calendar and schedule for the 2018 Battle of Malta here. See you on October 25th!Visit www.pokerlistings.com
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 it has 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. 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. 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). Big event, big space. 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 peek 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 Lövgren and Ana Marquez are also scheduled to attend. Players can expect plenty of 888 swag distributed over the 5 days plus an 888-inspired lounge area near the tournament room. 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.Visit www.pokerlistings.com
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 $8,800,0002. Tony Miles United States $5,000,0003. Michael Dyer United States $3,750,0004. Nicolas Manion United States $2,825,0005. Joe Cada United States $2,150,0006. Aram Zobian United States $1,800,0007. Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,0008. Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,0009. 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%). Kelly Minkin 2018 WSOP (Photo: Joe Giron, WSOP) -- 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: 2018 WSOP By the Numbers ~~~ STATISTICS ~~~ Finished tournaments: 78/78Entrants: 123,865Cashes: 17,916Distributed Money: $268,762,293Millionaires: 10Most entries: 13,070 (Event 7 - $565 Colossus)Least entries: 27 (Event 78 - $1m Big One for One Drop)Biggest prize pool: $74,015,600 ($10,000 Main Event)Smallest prize pool: $351,000 (Event 14 - $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball) 2018 Rankings by Country (Bracelets Won) 1. United States: 532. Germany, China: 34. France, England, Israel, Canada, Russia: 29. Brazil, Colombia, Bulgaria, Australia, Austria, Spain, Portugal, India, Philippines, Netherlands: 1 (Note: The team tournament saw a pair of winners). New Winners: 57Second Victory: 8Third Victory: 7Fourth Victory: 5Fifth Victory: 1Beyond 5th Victory: 1 Double Winners in 2018: Shaun Deeb (Event 42, Event 74) Joe Cada (Event 3, Event 75) Justin Bonomo (Event 16, Event 78) 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. (Photo: WSOP) 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 (1989) No-Limit Hold'em $10,000 Main Event - 178 players – Beat Johnny Chan $755,000 (1992) $5,000 Limit Hold'em - 84 players, beat Steve Kopp (USA) - $168,000 (1993) $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 (1997) $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em - 170 players - Tom McEvoy (USA) - $510,000 (2001) $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em - 441 players - beat TJ Cloutier (USA) - $855,540 (2003) $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 (2006) $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em - 754 d. + 1691 r. - beat Juha Helppi (FIN) - $631,863 (2007) $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - 2628 players - beat Andy Philachack (USA) - $637,254 (2012) $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 (2015) $10,000 Razz - 103 players - beat Mike Gorodinsky (USA) - $271,105 (2018) $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em - 452 players - beat Steven Wolansky (USA) - $485,082 Event 78 - $ 1,000,000 The Big One for One Drop (NLHE) 27 entrants (5 paid) - Prize Pool $24,840,000 Winner: Justin Bonomo (32 years old, US) - $10,000,000 beats Fedor Holz (Germany) $6,000,000 Rest of money finishers: 3. Dan Smith (USA) - $4,000,000 4. Rick Salomon (USA) - $2,840,000 5. Byron Kaverman (USA) - $2,000,000 In short: 3rd WSOP bracelet for Bonomo (in 15 final tables) and his 2nd this Series (he won Event #16, $10,000 Heads-Up) Incredible 2018 for Bonomo who before this victory had already earned nearly $15m with 9 victories in tournaments with buy-ins of at least $10,000 With this big win Bonomo also takes over the #1 spot on the All Time Money List ahead of Daniel Negreanu Bonomo succeeds Antonio Esfandiari (Big One 2012 ), Dan Colman (Big One 2014 ) and Elton Tsang (WSOPE Big One 2016) as winners of Big One This is the lowest turnout in four editions of the Big One with the number of players declining each time (48, 42, 28 and 27) This is the 3rd cash in this tournament for famed Paris Hilton/Pamela Anderson Ex Rick Salomon (4th in 2014 and 3rd in 2016) Event 77 - $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller (BB Antes) 128 entrants (20 paid) - Prize Pool $6,144,000 Winner: Ben Yu (32 years old, US) - $1,650,773 beat Sean Winter (United States) - $1,020,253 Notable players: 3. Nick Petrangelo (USA) - $720 103 4. Isaac Haxton (USA) - $518,882 5. Igor Kurganov (Russia) - $381,874 6. Manig Loeser (Germany) - $287,174 7. John Racener (USA) - $220,777 9. Elio Fox (USA) - $139,699 10. Benjamin Pollak (France) - $139,699 11. Jason Koon (USA) - $115,102 12. Ryan Riess (USA) - $115,103 13. Mustapha Kanit (Italy) - $97,160 17. Stefan Schillhabel (Germany) - $74,623 In short: 3rd WSOP bracelet for Ben Yu, a professional based in Las Vegas. He had won his two previous bracelets in 2015 ($10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship) and in 2017 ($10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Championship). It was his 11th final table (including 4 this summer, all Top 4!) in 70 WSOP cashes (15 this summer). His WSOP earnings now exceed $4m Event 76 - $3,000 HORSE 354 entrants (54 paid) - Prize Pool $955,800 Winner: Brian Hastings (30 years old, US ) - $ 233,202 beat Andrew Brown (United States) - $144,128 Notable players: 4. Jeff Madsen (USA) - $67,121 5. Lee Markholt (USA) - $47,275 7. Dutch Boyd (USA) - $25,040 8. Bruno Fitoussi (France) - $18,849 11. John Hennigan (USA) ) - $11,456 In short: 4th WSOP bracelet for Brian Hastings. He also won in 2012 ($10k HU) and two in 2015 ($10k 7-Stud and $1,500 10-Game Mix) 11 final tables in 34 WSOP cashes for him. His WSOP earnings now exceed $2 million. His heads-up opponent Andrew Brown could not take advantage of his 5-on-1 advantage at the start of the final duel Other previous WSOP winners at the final table: Jeff Madsen (4) and Dutch Boyd (3) Event 75 - $1,500 The No-Limit Hold'em Closer (30-Min Levels) 3,120 entrants (457 paid) - Prize Pool $4,212,000 Winner: Joe Cada (30 years old, US) - $ 612,886 beat Paawan Bansal (India) - $378,675 In short: 4th WSOP bracelet for Joe Cada and his 2nd this summer! Huge end of World Series for the former World Champion 2009, again finalist of the Main Event (5th) and who had already won a new bracelet this year in Event 3. It was his 9th final table in 35 WSOP cashes Cada still holds the title of the youngest winner in the history of the Main Event at 21 years. His WSOP winnings exceed $13 million Cada clinched the tournament in style against his opponent in the biggest pot of the night: the Michigan player paid a Bansai 4-bet with T ♥ T ♦ against 9 ♦ 8 ♦ for the Indian. Magic flop: 9 ♠ 5 ♥ 2 ♦ ... T ♠ T ♣ for runner-runner quads! 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 Poker Online No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 480 players (63 paid) - Prize Pool $1,459,200 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 (Photo: WSOP) 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 (Photo: WSOP) 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) - $2,99131. Gaëlle Baumann (France) - $2,99134. Natasha Barbour-Mercier (USA) - $2,99141. Lacey Jones (USA) - $2,55147. Cyndy Violette (USA) - $2,21970- 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 (Photo: WSOP) 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 (Photo: WSOP) 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 (Photo: WSOP) 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 (Photo: WSOP) 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 (Photo: WSOP) 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 (Photo: WSOP) 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 (Photo: WSOP) 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 (Photo: WSOP) 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 Visit www.pokerlistings.com
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. 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. 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!Visit www.pokerlistings.com
Schedule, Structures Released for $1m 2018 Battle of Malta!
Each year of its existence the Battle of Malta has shattered its record for both entries and prize pool set the year before.Expect the same (and more) for 2018. We're still six months out from the shuffle up and deal for the 2018 Battle of Malta but it's already shaping up to smash its all-time records for entries and buy-ins yet again - the 7th consecutive time that would happen. Pre-sales of all-inclusive packages have boomed and the 2018 BoM is on track to hit enormous heights. And it now has the space to do it in. New Guarantee, New Space, New Dates! If you're not up to speed on the latest developments for the 2018 Battle of Malta, here's a quick run-through: €1m Guarantee! The 2018 BoM Main Event has doubled its guarantee to a full €1 million! Last year's main event prize pool topped out at over €1m and players can likely expect the same to hold true. Unlimited rebuys are also now on the table to further boost the prize pool. Massive New Space! With the sale of the BoM brand to Eden Leisure Group (ELG) the location will shift to the massive new Casino Malta and Hotel InterContinental (Malta’s largest 5-star hotel). The 3000m2 conference center can hold over 140 tables and 1,000 players every day! With smoother registration and more room to breathe expect the experience of Europe's best low buy-in destination poker festival to get even better. New Dates! The 2018 Battle of Malta Festival will now take place Oct. 25-30 - a week before its usual dates. A €55+5 Super Satellite runs the night before (Oct. 24) at 6 pm for anyone looking for a last-minute entry. Nine Events, Massive Potential! With the boosted guarantee and massive new space the potential for the 2018 BoM Festival to hit unthinkable highs is, well, high. Package pre-sales are already at a record high and no slow down appears in sight with a broader new casino network to draw on and live satellites running across the continent already. While the €1 million guarantee Main Event is the centerpiece 2018 BoM attendees will have at least 9 events to partake in. The full 2018 Battle of Malta schedule has now been released here but here's a quick overview of the events and dates: So much space! Thursday, October 25th Battle of Malta Main Event Day 1a - Buy-in €550 Friday, October 26th Battle of Malta Main Event Day 1b - Buy-in €550 NLH Bounty - Buy-in €100+100+20 Saturday, October 27th Battle of Malta Main Event Day 1c - Buy-in €550 BoM Ladies Event - Buy-in €100+10 PLO Double Chance - Buy-in €150+15 Sunday, October 28th BOM Main Event Day 2 NLH Siege Of Malta Day 1 - Buy-in €220+25 NLH BoM High Roller Day 1 - Buy-in €1200+120 NLH Deep Stack Day 1 - Buy-in €300+30 Monday, October 29th BoM Main Event Day 3 NLH Siege of Malta Day 2 NLH BoM High Roller DAY 2 NLH Deep Stack Day 2 NLH Battle Turbo Buy-in €200+20 TBD Side Event Buy-in €130+20 Tuesday, October 30th BoM High Roller Final Table Siege of Malta Final Table BoM Main Event Final Table For a full rundown of the start times, starting stacks, level times, entry limits and satellites during the festival check the full 2018 Battle of Malta Calendar. 2018 Battle of Malta Tournament Structures See the full structures for the 2018 Battle of Malta Main Event and side events here. A quick overview: Battle of Malta Main Event Starting Stack: 25k Day 1 Level Time: 40 mins Day 2 (& Onward) Level Times: 60 mins Re-Entry: Unlimited Additional Terms & Conditions: Tournament played with big blind ante. BB will be posted prior to the ante in all-in situations Day 1s end w/ 15% of the field remaining (all remaining players ITM) Player can forfeit his or her stack at the end of Day 1a or 1b but must announce before sealing chips in bag Day 2 will play 8 levels with no dinner break Day 3 will play down to the Final Table Levels will be 45 min when down to 6 players; 30 min when down to 3 players Battle of Malta Side Events See the full list of individual Side Event starting stacks, level times and structures on the Schedule page and the Structures page. Are You Ready for Battle? Early bird packages for the 2018 Battle of Malta are already available via the Battle of Malta website. Learn more about the hotel, casino and BoM venue there. Online satellites for 2018 BoM packages begin soon! Check our Battle of Malta Facebook page for updates and to ask any questions! Check the video to see the gigantic new space for BoM 2018! Visit www.pokerlistings.com
Battle of Malta Back in 2018 w/ €1,000,000 GTD Main Event!
More money, new ownership, new location, new dates.Europe’s best low buy-in live poker tournament is back and it's bigger and better than ever before. The Battle of Malta – awarded “Best Low Buy-in Tournament in Europe” in 2015 – will return in 2018 for its seventh edition. What’s New in 2018? More Money! For the first time the Battle of Malta main event will have a €1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool of! That’s twice the prize pool it used to have! New Ownership – PokerListings has sold the Battle of Malta to the Eden Leisure Group (ELG). The ELG is the owner of the new Casino Malta, the Hotel InterContinental (Malta’s largest 5-star hotel), the Holiday Inn Express and the InterContinental Arena Conference Centre. With its 3000m2 conference area formerly known as the Bay Arena, the Battle of Malta will now have room to grow even further. New Dates – The Battle of Malta will take place October 25-30. Despite the double in guarantee the buy-in remains at €550 but for the first time unlimited rebuys will be available, which will result in an even bigger prize pool. There will also be a range of side events which are still to be announced. New Location – The next Battle of Malta will take place in the middle of Malta’s entertainment centre in St. Julian’s. The InterContinental Conference Centre features a main area with enough room for over 140 tables, giving it a potential player field of more than 1,000 players every day! ELG and OEG Purchase Battle of Malta Over its six-year existence the BOM has grown every time. Starting out as a 350-player weekend event in 2012 with €150,000 guaranteed it has developed into a massive, week-long poker festival with nine different events. Nadav Lipszyc, a farmer from Israel, won the main event last year and cashed for €200,000 after beating out more than 2,000 entries. PokerListings decided to sell the Battle of Malta to the Eden Leisure Group and the Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) to give it the chance to grow even further. Not only is the ELG one of the biggest players in the hotel and casino industry in Malta, the OEG is also the owner of more than 100 gaming places in seven different countries. This will give players all over Europe the chance to play live satellites in a lot of different casinos across Italy, the Baltics and other countries. The OEG employs more than 3000 people and generated more than €215 million in revenue last year. The new home of the BOM. Elevating BoM to the Next Level Casino Malta owner Kevin De Cesare said, “Being the owner of the hotel, casino and event organization puts us in a unique position to be able to elevate this tournament to the next level. "Our two hotels provide the largest number of rooms situated around a Casino in Malta, our Arena can easily take some 140 poker tables all on one level and our Casino is significantly larger than any other casinos in Malta.” Moving the event to new and larger premises will ensure that the BOM can continue to grow in the years to come and establish Malta as the hottest poker location in Europe for small and mid-stakes players. PokerListings will accompany the new Battle of Malta and provide you with news about the schedule and additional events as soon as possible. About the Battle of Malta The inaugural Battle of Malta took place in 2012 had a single main event with a guarantee of €150,000. It attracted 347 players. Over the years, the main event has grown into the largest standalone tournament in Europe with a buy-in of under $2,000. In 2017 the winner took home €50,000 more than the original guarantee. The guarantee had been raised up to €500,000 and will reach €1,000,000 for the first time in 2018. While there was just one side event in 2012 (the Siege of Malta Second Chance) there were nine events in 2017 including a Ladies event, a High Roller event, a PLO event and several Hold’em tournaments. The Battle of Malta also features daily parties, free casino buffets for the players and, most of all, the chance to escape the early days of winter in Europe and spend them on a sunny island in the Mediterranean while simultaneously having the chance to win life-changing money playing cards.Visit www.pokerlistings.com
£120,000 GTD for 888poker Live London Kick Off at Aspers
With big events like the WPT Deepstacks Berlin, the PCA and the Aussie Millions in progress, it already looks like an amazing poker year is in store for 2018.When the first week of February rolls around 888poker joins the fray with its first London Poker Festival at the Aspers Casino. It’s a 4-day event with £120,000 guaranteed and a £440 Main Event buy-in. If you’re a low- or mid-stakes player who likes professionally run tournaments with great structures, set your eyes on East London right now. 888poker Live Kick Off By the Numbers The dates for the first event of 2018 in 888poker’s home casino are February 8-11. Aspers place to be. There will be four Day 1 flights across three days and one long final day to determine the winner. You’re free to choose your favorite flight and play either in the afternoon or in the evening but you’ll have to invest the £440 buy-in to be eligible to play (Well, actually, you don’t. More on that below). The prize pool for the 888poker Live Kick Off in London will be at least £120,000 so we’ll either see a field of over 300 players or an overlay – both heart-warming thoughts if you’re looking at spending February in London. 888poker Live Kick Off Overview Flight/Day Date Time Buy-in £/€/$ Re-Entries 1A Feb 8 6 PM 440/500/600 2 1B Feb 9 6 PM 440/500/600 2 1C Feb 10 2 PM 440/500/600 2 1D Feb 10 7 PM 440/500/600 2 2 Feb 11 1 PM - - All times are local time. The starting chip stack will be 25,000 chips and level times will be 30/40 min. 888poker guarantee £120,000/€135,000/$160,000 to be paid out to the players. Be there to claim your share. Qualify Online for Just $12! If you like to play 888poker events you know there are always ways to make it into the main events via online satellites. Get on the Fortune Trail, too. There are two different weekly direct satellites for the 888poker Live Kick Off – a $12 Seat Only and a $30 Full Prize Package satellite. The $12 Seat Only satellite runs on Wednesdays at 6:25 PM GMT. Winners will get a seat to the 4-day Kick Off event worth €500. The $30 Full Package satellite runs on Sundays at 6:05 PM GMT and the winner receive the ticket plus $300 for hotel costs and another $300 for travel expenses. That brings the value of that prize up to $1,200. As always you can use the 888poker steps system to get into the direct satellites without paying their buy-ins. The steps tournaments run 24/7 and you can choose any of the 1c, 10c, $1 or $5 buy-ins. Move up the levels or start wherever you feel comfortable. XL Blizzard Incoming! While you’re at it, note that you can also use the tickets you win in steps satellites to play in the inaugural XL Blizzard online series. It runs from January 18-28 and features 34 poker events with buy-ins from $8.80 to $2,100. The main event guarantees $1,000,000! 888poker is also running a freeroll promotion called The Fortune Trail. Just open the lobby and you’ll get invited to spin the lucky wheel. If you don’t have an 888poker account yet, we’ll help you get started with an $888 sign-up bonus.Visit www.pokerlistings.com
Jacobson Wins Whale, Volcano in 1st Week on 888poker
Champions gonna champion.Less than a month after the 2014 World Series of Poker Champion was signed by 888poker, he’s already causing a stir. The ink on his contract is barely dry but Martin Jacobson has already won his new sponsor’s most prestigious weekly event. Martin Jacobson Takes Down Whale Last Sunday the signature 888poker Sunday Whale was played as a special $1,050 buy-in edition with a guaranteed prize pool of $150,000. A total of 159 players including re-entries made for a $159,000 prize pool that was paid out to the top 15 players. Once a champ, always a champ. In a tournament that had 888 regs like Kannwas, Jan Graftekkel Arends, Christopher NigDawg Brammer, Fabrizio DrMikee Gonzalez and Jerry PerryMejsen Ödeen in the top 25, Jacobson once more proved his superiority. The tournament took eight and a half hours and Jacobson cashed for the top prize of $39,750. Astonishingly, this was already his second win in an MTT on 888poker since he signed his new sponsorship deal. On January 2 Jacobson won the $565 Volcano, another high-level Sunday major event on 888poker. That night Jacobson added $18k to his new online poker account. That’s two wins out of just six tournaments the Swedish world champion has played as an 888 pro. On a side note Jacobson was also the bubble boy of the New Year’s Special Whale on January 1 and just missed the money of the Mega Deep New Year’s Special on the same night. It seems like the relationship between Jacobson and 888poker has already turned out to be a win-win-situation. Whale $150k Guaranteed FT Results 1 Mjacobson888 $39,750 2 f0rmEiTseGal $27,030 3 lasochobi $20,670 4 farm_jim $14,707.50 5 PaDiLhA10 $10,335 6 cyrcyn27 $8347.50 7 B.Mitchell $6757.50 8 DosPoochies $5565 9 SalsaFiesta $4372.50 Ylitalo Wins Mega Deep for $25k Ylitalo joins in the fun. It was a weekend of Swedish success on 888poker. While Jacobson was taking down the “Whale” his countryman and former EPT London winner Robin Ylitalo was busy cruising through the $215 Special Edition Mega Deep. With 643 entries this was a much larger tournament to get through and consequently it took three hours longer than the Whale. Ylitalo eventually prevailed and earned $24,434 for his efforts. Niklas tutten7 Arendt, another Swedish player, also final-tabled this event to add to the feeling of Swedish dominance. $215 SE Mega Deep FT Results 1 Inho $24,434 2 Rickpereira7 $18,004 3 tikkapekka $13,503 4 GramNaKartke $9645 5 lasochobi $6430 6 dmg34 $4501 7 tutten7 $3215 8 ThalesLeite $2572 9 Anao19 $2096 It's been a good weekend for the Swedes but take note of Argentinian player lasochobi, who made it to the final table of both these events and finished in 3rd and 5th place! 888poker in January The Sunday Majors are not the only tournaments to go for on 888poker. Right now they’re preparing the first edition of the XL Blizzard, a 34-event series starting on January 18 with a wide range of buy-ins. Also, join the Fortune Trail. Just open your lobby and spin the Wheel. You''ll win freeroll tickets and much more. Create your own 888poker account within minutes. Download the software through PokerListings and start playing with an $888 bonus!Visit www.pokerlistings.com
WSOP Champion Martin Jacobson Signs with Team 888Poker
2018 has arrived and 888poker has apparently made the resolution to keep firing on all cylinders.Just weeks after signing rising Brazilian star Vivian Saliba – winner of the last 888poker Ladies Event in London – they’ve now added one of the biggest names in poker to the 888 pro roster. 2014 World Series of Poker champion Martin Jacobson is now a member of Team 888poker and together they have big plans to continue 'taking back the game' for the amateur player. Jacobson an All-Time Swedish Great Jacobson didn’t emerge on the poker scene when he made the final table of the WSOP main event like so many champions before him. Seasoned pro even before the big show. He was already an accomplished pro at the time with achievements under his belt like: 6th place in the $111,111 Big One for One Drop 10th place in the PCA Main Event Runner-up finish at the WPT Venice Final tables at EPTs in Hungary, Portugal, France and Germany His $10 million win in Las Vegas - the second highest prize money ever paid out in the WSOP main event and the only year the WSOP put a guarantee on the winner’s prize money - propelled Jacobson to the top of the all-time Swedish money list. But in fact he would have gotten there as well by now without it - that’s how big his lead in the national rankings is. Helping People Realize Their Dreams This comfortable position has enabled Jacobson to focus on things away from the poker table, too. He donated a quarter of a million dollars to the REG charity – of which he had become a member a few months prior – even before he sat down at the final table of the WSOP Main Event. He’s been even more active in charitable donations since. Helping others is at the top of Jacobson’s list of life hacks. “I want to help people realize their dream of starting from the bottom and eventually becoming a World Champion,” says Jacobson. “I believe that everyone who has accomplished great things in poker has an amazing story behind them because we all have a long journey behind us. From the moment we learnt the rules of the game until we start lifting trophies, there are no shortcuts.” The dream is real. Get an $888 Sign-Up Bonus! Jacobson joins a growing team made up of absolute top earners of the game like Chris Moorman and Dominik Nitsche, sports stars like Denilson, female aces Saliba, Sofia Lövgren and Kara Scott and promoters of the world’s fastest growing poker market – Brazil – like Nicolau Villa-Lobos and Bruno Kawauti. There are also now two former November Niners as one of Jacobson’s new team mates is Bruno 'Foster' Politano, who finished in 8th place in 2014, sitting right across from Jacobson. You always meet twice, they say. You can meet any of the 888poker pros at the tables but you need your own 888poker account. If you want to know how to open a poker account at 888poker, click through to our review page and we’ll show you how easy it’s done alongside an $888 sign-up bonus. Check back here for more about 888's new Fortune Trail promotion, the Lick-off in London and the latest edition of the Poker Brief.Visit www.pokerlistings.com
888poker Jackpotland Spins Until Dec. 31; Win $100k a Day!
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Liv Boeree: “Recreational Players are as Important as Pros"
Liv Boeree grew up in Kent, England and received a first-class degree in Astrophysics from the University of Manchester before she played poker.She made her first appearance in the Ultimatepoker.com Showdown in 2005 where she was coached by Phil Hellmuth and Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott. In 2010 Boeree won the EPT San Remo Main Event which at the time was the largest poker tournament ever played in Europe. She was then signed to Team PokerStars Pro and has been a banner member ever since. Liv Boeree, Most Inspiring Poker Player Her accomplishments on and off the felt are plentiful (European Poker Award for best female player three years in a row, first WSOP bracelet this summer, etc) but reached a new apex in 2017 when she was voted the Most Inspiring Player in our annual Spirit of Poker Awards. She’s easily one of the most popular players the game of poker has ever seen and the fact our voters selected her as MIP in a landslide only reinforces that notion. PokerListings met up with Liv at the PSC in Prague this week to give her the award and get her feelings on things. PokerListings: Congratulations on winning the PokerListings Spirit of Poker Award in the main category “Most Inspiring Player of the Year”! Liv Boeree: Thank you! It really means a lot to me. PL: You’ve become very much a role model in the industry. Does this lift you up or put pressure on you? LB: It’s definitely an honor and I hope my role-model-ness also includes all my screw-ups. Also, it’s nice to feel some pressure. It keeps you motivated. PL: Contrary to many other awards, this one is not determined by a panel of professionals but by the “average Joe” and readers of PokerListings. Does that make a difference? LB: Absolutely. First of all, the recreational players are the majority and they are as important as the professionals. Their opinions matter and they’re often a little bit more broad-minded people. So, it’s a big compliment. PL: A large part of your popularity comes from what you do off the poker tables. What are your current projects with REG? LB: There’s a project right now that involves Dan Smith and the Crowley brothers (ed. note: Martin and Tom, who are highly successful players in Fantasy Sports). They’re donating over a million dollars and REG is supporting them. I’m not directly involved in it but I’m happy to promote the initiative. As for myself and 2018, I’m looking at a couple of book projects. I can’t say too much about them now but one of them is poker-related and the other one is very un-poker-related. Both projects have their merits and I haven’t decided which one to go for yet. PL: Do you have someone to ghost you? LB: No. I’ll do it myself, unless I really struggle. PL: There are quite a few awards in the poker industry. Do you feel the Hall of Fame is the most important one? LB: Quite frankly, it means nothing to me. Maybe it should but it was never something on my mind that one day I want to be in the Poker Hall of Fame. In my mind it’s pretty much an expression of that you were around in poker in the late 1990s or early 2000s. If you were, you’ll be in it. If not, you know… PL: But you would be the first female player from Europe to be inducted. LB: So? It feels like the Hall of Fame is a very American thing. It would be a cool idea in some ways but it’s just nothing that’s ever been on my radar. I do think that there should be just one Hall of Fame but there should be a bit more of an international touch to it. PL: Would you like to come to the Battle of Malta next year? LB: There’s always a chance but I can’t say for sure now. All I can say is always invite me. PL: Thank you, Liv Boeree! Watch the video below for Liv’s response to winning the PokerListings Spirit of Poker Award for Most Inspiring Player of the Year. Visit www.pokerlistings.com