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5 Innovations to Look For at the 2016 Battle of Malta
Every year we work hard to improve our signature poker event, the Battle of Malta.
This year, for its fifth edition, we not only have a multi-million dollar refurbishment of the Hilton Malta to go on about but several nice new features that players should appreciate.
Streamlined registration, special VIP party guests, a final-table live stream, a charity event - all of this and more you’ll find alongside our spectacular low buy-in, high-value Battle of Malta main event.
Read on to find out what else is new in 2016.
1. Final Table Live Stream!
For the first time ever the Battle of Malta main event final table will be live streamed!
That means you'll be able to see the hole cards of the final nine players and watch them battle it out for glory and a six-figure payday.
Sponsored by Betsson, Betsafe and NordicBet, we'll announce our main stream host shortly but you can expect plenty of guest commentators in the booth, too.
We're also working to provide a feature-table stream from Sunday as they play down to the final table. Check the Battle of Malta page here to find the stream.
2. Fernando Pons in the Field!
We’ve had WSOP November Niners at the Battle of Malta before – Pierre Neuville has played a couple of times and runner-up Felix Stephensen also made an appearance last year. But we've never had a Spanish Nov. 9er.
Until this year, that is. Fernando Pons is coming to BOM! As his chip stack suggested he might, Pons busted in 9th place last night during the early stages of the Nov. 9 but is taking some time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Las Vegas with his family.
He'll be back in the air shortly, though, and in the BOM Main Event Day 1C field on Friday.
3. Dutch DJs Deepend at VIP party
One of the signature features of the Battle of Malta is that there’s a party every day. The biggest one, however, is always the VIP party.
This party will happen at the Sky Club. It was a major hit last year and it’s going to be an even bigger one in 2016.
As a special treat we’ve invited the Dutch house DJ duo Deepend to spin the records. Deepend has millions of clicks for their tunes on YouTube and a signature hit song of the past summer.
On November 5, you'll here it live at the Sky Club.
4. Crazy Pineapple Movember
For all the crazy players among you, we’ll have a Crazy Pineapple tournament at the Battle of Malta. Even better you can contribute to charity while you play.
We’ve partnered up with the “Movember” movement and if you want to support the fight against prostate cancer, grow a moustache.
If you don’t grow a moustache, we’ll sell you one. Buy a moustache and support charity, play the Crazy Pineapple event and make this one of the more satisfying, hirsute days of your life.
5. Wait No More
In past years there were so many players trying to get into the side events there were waiting lists with hundreds of names.
This sometimes meant that players had to wait for hours until they could play. Nobody wanted to wait at the registration desk for that long so a significant number of players missed their tournaments.
This year, that won’t happen. When you register for a tournament that's full we’ll take your telephone number.
As soon as your name nears the top of the list you’ll get an automatic SMS notifying you so you’ll have enough time to make it to the tournament area before your first card is dealt.