PokerListings Battle of Malta 2014!
What a blast!
The 2014 Battle of Malta is in the history books and after another record-breaking year and a bigger and better festival than ever before we couldn't be prouder of the poker showcase BOM has become.
A few of the new records the 2014 Battle of Malta set in only its third year of existence:
- Biggest field for a poker tournament ever held in Malta: 1,447 entries (Main Event)
- Biggest single-day attendance for any poker tournament ever held on Malta: (926 entries, Day 1b)
- Biggest prize pool ever for a €550 buy-in tournament in Europe (€701,795)
- Biggest first-place prize for a €550 buy-in tournament in Europe (€140,000)
- Biggest standalone poker tournament (ie non-tour affiliated) in Europe for 2014
With 593 entries the €220 Siege of Malta Second Chance event also shattered expectations and delivered a €24,000 first-place prize while the €330 Deepstack event also amazed with 266 players and a €77,046 prize pool. Check the full results and payouts for all events right here.
Word has also clearly spread we've got a good thing going as the big-name pros came out in force including Leo Margets, Johnny Lodden, Luca Pagano, Fabrice Soulier, Dominik Nitsche, Rupert Elder, Dermot Blain, Sofia Lovgren, Luca Moschitta, Andreas Hoivold, Marcin Horecki, Steve Watts, Gaelle Garcia Diaz and more.
A special thank you also goes out to our 2014 Spirit of Poker Award winners Thor Hansen, Dominik Panka and Shannon Shorr (by video) who showed they were more than deserving winners and our host Maria Ho, who was a true pleasure to work with and showed just why she is such a fantastic ambassador for the game of poker.
We're extremely thrilled with the overall result but we welcome all feedback from players, sponsors and guests on how we can continue to grow and improve the Battle of Malta for 2015 and beyond. We want it to be the absolute #1 destination poker tournament for the low and mid-stakes poker player and one of the biggest tournaments in Europe for years to come.
Please email our Tournament Coordinator Ivonne Montealegre at battleofmalta (@) pokerlistings.com with your input - and to make your reservation for Battle of Malta 2015! Details to come soon!
Latest BOM News
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Live Tournament Videos
GPI's Alex Dreyfus: It's the Right Time to Start Sportifying Poker
Two and a half years ago Alex Dreyfus bought the Global Poker Index with the intention of making it the worldwide standard for poker rankings. He now says he's accomplished that goal and is looking forward to making poker a mainstream sport. Dreyfus competed in the PokerListings Battle of Malta, the biggest poker event in Malta's history, and says the event's low buy-in and major-tournament feel are a key way poker brands can attract new players to the game. Dreyfus says it's a format that's largely missing from the European tournament scene but that globally it's actually the fastest-growing style of poker event. Dreyfus goes on to explain his new projects the Global Poker Masters and the Global Poker League, two new initiatives to make poker more marketable to a mainstream audience. Through both events Dreyfus hopes to create a system where the best poker players in the world don't have to buy-in to major events, but can instead compete for big prizes supported by team owners and advertising sponsors, similar to professional golf. Check out the full interview and stay tuned for more interviews and highlights from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Jan Peter Jachtmann Rates Best German PLO Players, High-Stakes Scene
Jan Peter Jachtmann is a high-stakes poker player from Germany who specializes in Pot-Limit Omaha but he took a shot in No-Limit Hold'em at the 2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta. Jachtmann runs down the list of who he thinks are the best German PLO players, plus talks about the new season of German High Roller, the country's most successful televised high-stakes cash game. Jachtmann also discusses his print magazine POKERBLATT and it's future after PokerStars recently pulled their advertising purchases. Check out the full video and keep watching for more from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
BOM Host Maria Ho Recaps Action-Packed 2014 Battle of Malta
PokerListings.com has been to poker tournaments all over the world but we've never seen an event with the passion and excitement on display at the 2014 Battle of Malta. It not only broke it's own record for the biggest poker tournament in Malta history, with 1,447 entries, it brought together hundreds and hundreds of amateur poker players from all over Europe and gave them a major international tournament experience at a buy-in that's accessible even to low-stakes players. BOM Host Maria Ho did an amazing job anchoring the videos and interacting with fans and players, and she's back for one final event recap video to show you everything the Battle of Malta has to offer. After four huge days of poker Bulgarian Antoan Katsarov made a heads-up deal with local Maltese poker player Alan Brincat that saw Katsarov take home €122,000 and a killer Battle of Malta trophy. Check out the video for the winner interview, tons of footage from the Main Event and side tournaments, plus an inside look at the BOM VIP Player Party that was definitely one of the best parties in the poker world. The Battle of Malta will be back next year, bigger and better than ever, and we hope to see you there.
Katsarov Beats Brincat in Record-Setting 2014 Battle of Malta
The 2014 Battle of Malta was the biggest poker tournament Malta has ever seen and after four action-packed days of poker it was Bulgarian Antoan Katsarov edging out the local favourite Alan Brincat to take the title, the trophy and the first-place prize. The two fought it out until the casino's 5am hard-stop and since Katsarov had roughly 65 per cent of the chips he became the 2014 Battle of Malta champion. The top two prizes were chopped according to chip equity which worked out to €122,750 for Katsarov and €107,250 for Brincat. BOM Host Maria Ho was on hand to present both players with their trophies and bring you up to speed with the daily highlight video. Check that out for a quick wrap-up and keep an eye out for the full 2014 Battle of Malta recap video coming soon.
Girls, Drinks, Dancing at Off-the-Hook BOM VIP Player Party
The Battle of Malta VIP Player Party was definitely not your average poker party. The vibe was electric, the women were beautiful and the drinks were flowing. Hundreds of poker players descended on The Villa at Le Meridien to relax after a few days of intense poker action, and the party did not disappoint. Check out our full VIP Party video for a taste of the action and keep it locked on PokerListings.com
Rupert Elder: “After Taking a Break I'm Back and Ready to Play”
Former EPT Champion Rupert Elder took a break from poker for almost a year but is back in action at the Battle of Malta and says he's more motivated than ever to crush on the felt. Elder has been living in Edinburgh just a few blocks from fellow poker pro Dominik Nitsche. During his time off Elder joined a table-tennis league but admits he mostly just shows up to tournaments and loses. Elder has earned almost $2 million playing live poker tournaments but says with its small buy-in the Battle of Malta reminds him of the tournaments he used to play when his career was just starting out. Elder says it's great to play an event where the emphasis is on fun but you can still win a massive prize. Check out the full interview and keep it locked on PokerListings.com for more video updates from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
BOM Highlights Day 2: Bubble Bursts, Quest for a Champion Begins
261 players returned to the felt for Day 2 of the 2014 Battle of Malta and with 170 getting paid it didn't take long before we found ourselves on the bubble with a shortstack all-in and at risk. Check out the daily BOM Highlights show featuring Maria Ho to see the bubble hand, plus footage from the packed BOM VIP Player Party at the Villa at Le Meridien overlooking the Mediterranean. Day 2 finished with 35 players and tomorrow we'll be playing down to a champion. €141,000 is on the line for first, plus one of the coolest trophies we've ever seen, so it's safe to say the remaining players will be battling hard when they hit the felt. Check out the highlight video for a taste of the action and stay tuned to PokerListings.com tomorrow to find out who becomes the 2014 Battle of Malta champion!
Brendan Doogan Qualified for Battle of Malta for 1 Cent
Scotsman Brendan Doogan has been playing low-stakes online poker for years and decided to take a shot at the step-satellites for Battle of Malta on 888poker, starting at just 1 cent. He fought his way through six different qualifiers to win his BOM package and managed to cash in the Main Event for €1,250. Doogan says he's had a blast and he'll be playing tons more qualifiers in the future. Check out his conversation with BOM Host Maria Ho to hear more about his incredible journey. Stay tuned to PokerListings.com for more video updates from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Sofia Lövgren Folds Jacks Preflop Against Aces, Kings and Queens
Swedish poker pro and 888poker ambassador Sofia Lövgren is a local and no stranger to the PokerListings Battle of Malta. This year she's had a crazy time on the felt and managed to dodge a serious bullet by folding pocket jacks when three of her opponents had pocket aces, kings and queens. A jack hit the flop but there was also an ace so it's a good thing she was able to let them go. Lövgren chats with BOM Host Maria Ho about what it's like living in Malta, what she thinks of the biggest poker event ever held on the island and how she got her start playing poker. Check out the full video and stay tuned to PokerListings.com for more video updates from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Day 2 Shuffle Up and Deal and Thanks to Battle of Malta Sponsors
BOM Host Maria Ho is still in this event but took a few minutes to announce shuffle up and deal and to thank all our amazing sponsors that made the Battle of Malta the biggest poker tournament in this island's history. 888poker, Betsafe, Betsson, Everest Poker, Poker 770, RedBet, TurboPoker, Planet Win 365, NordicBet, BetClic have all sent qualifiers here to the Battle of Malta to help crush the €500k guaranteed prize pool by over 40%. Check out the full video and keep an eye on PokerListings.com for more updates from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
BOM Highlights Day 1B: 1,447 Players Build €700k Prize Pool
The second Day 1 flight is done at the 2014 Battle of Malta and with a final count of 1,447 entries it's officially re-set the record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta. It also crushed the €500k guarantee by over 40 per cent. Check out the daily highlight video featuring BOM Host Maria Ho and tons of up-close footage straight from the Battle of Malta. We spoke to poker players from all over Europe and we also attended the BOM Hilton Cocktail Party that went down last night right next door to the casino. Tomorrow we'll be playing down to the final table and you can follow all the action with videos, news, interviews and photos on PokerListings.com.
Ex-Footballer Steve Watts Learned Poker from Britain's Best
Steve Watts used to play professional football for Sutton United but after suffering a career-ending injury a few years ago he's turned most of his attention to poker. Watts is now competing at the 2014 Battle of Malta and spent a few minutes speaking with BOM Host Maria Ho about what drew him to the game of poker. Watts got his start on the felt playing with some of the best poker players in the UK including The Hit Squad's Praz Bansi and James Akenhead. Watts tells Maria about how his fellow footballers used to lose their shirts in games of poker on the tour bus and how the excitement of going deep in a big poker tournament rivals the experience of scoring goals on the pro-football pitch. Check out the full interview and stay tuned to PokerListings.com for all the action from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Poker Players Relax at Battle of Malta Hilton Cocktail Party
Last night poker players at the Battle of Malta took a break from the action on the felt and headed next door to the Hilton for the first BOM Player Party of 2014. The vibe was stylish and relaxed as players enjoyed a few drinks, live music and an awesome local DJ. Andreas Hoivold, Sofia Lovgren, the Swedish House Hostesses and tons of players all got together to share war stories and unwind before another massive day of poker. Keep it locked on PokerListings.com for all the action from the biggest poker tournament in Maltese History.
BOM Highlights Day 1A: Battle of Malta Crushes €500k Guarantee
We're only through the first of two Day 1 flights at the 2014 Battle of Malta Main Event but we've already blown right past the €500,000 guarantee. Check out our first daily highlight video featuring BOM host Maria Ho for an inside look at all the action here at the Portomaso Casino. Tons of big name pros were in attendance including Johnny Lodden, Andreas Hoivold, Dermot Blain, Sofia Lovgren and many more, along with hundreds upon hundreds of hungry amateurs from all over Europe and beyond. In addition to a massive field, today was also special because PokerListings.com awarded this year's Spirit of Poker Awards to two very deserving players. Both Dominik Panka and Thor Hansen were presented with medals. Keep an eye on PokerListings.com for full live coverage, news, videos and photos covering all the action from the biggest poker event ever held on the island of Malta.
Full Tilt's Dermot Blain Takes on 2014 Battle of Malta
Irish poker pro Dermot Blain has played major poker tournaments all over the world but this is the first time he's ever competed at the Battle of Malta. It's safe to say the Full Tilt pro is enjoying himself. Blain got to Malta early to take advantage of the weather and to go scuba diving but now that the tournament has begun he's all business. Well, maybe not all business. In addition to playing the BOM Main Event he's also considering taking on the €3,800 BOM High Roller. Blain says the low buy-in and huge prize pool is the biggest reason he came to the event, as well as checking out some of the sights he saw last time he was in Malta. Check out the video interview to get to know Dermot Blain a little better and find out what he sees in the Battle of Malta.
Daniel Negreanu Wins First Ever WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event
Daniel Negreanu has closed out this event, winning his fifth gold bracelet, over $1 million and the first ever WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event title. We speak with Daniel in this exclusive winner interview about what the win means and what it took to make it happen.
Daniel Negreanu Going for Fifth WSOP Gold Bracelet
Daniel Negreanu is no stranger to WSOP final tables and he's got a commanding lead at the 2013 WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event. This also marks the third consecutive main event he's cashed in, including Las Vegas and WSOP Europe. And if Kid Poker can close out this tournament he'll earn his fifth WSOP gold bracelet.
Daniel Marton: From Pub Poker to the Big Leagues
Australian Daniel Morton got his start in poker in the pub leagues playing for fun but now he's at the final table of the inaugural WSOP Asia Pacific main event with a shot at $1 million. Marton doesn't consider himself a poker pro but he also doesn't have a day job. Watch the video and decide for yourself.
Local Businessman Mikel Habb Going for $1M at WSOP APAC
Mikel Habb is only a recreational poker player but tonight he's got a shot at winning $1 million and the first ever World Series of Poker Asia Pacific main event title. We caught Habb on a break from the final table to talk about why he loves poker and what's so special about this inaugural event.
Russell Thomas at WSOP APAC Main Event Final Table, Finally Reading Books
This is the second WSOP Main Event final table for 888poker pro Russell Thomas and we caught him on the break to see how he does it. Since earning $2.8 million at last year's October Nine final table Thomas has been traveling the world, playing poker and fulfilling his lifelong dream of reading more books.
Looking Inside Poker's Greatest Minds with Ivey, Negreanu, Hellmuth and More
Have you ever wondered what's going on inside the minds of the world's greatest poker players? Today we give you a special peek at what players like Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia and Sam Holden are really thinking when they're staring people down at the poker table.
Behind the Scenes at Caesars Cup with Esfandiari, Merson, Warne
The third ever Caesars Cup played out today at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific and we're taking you behind the scenes. We speak to Team Americas' Antonio Esfandiari and Greg Merson, plus Team Asia-Pacific's Shane Warne to find out what the pros think about this made-for-TV tournament.
888poker Qualifiers Storming WSOP APAC Main Event
The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific main event is in the money and a few of the players still in are particularly pleased since they qualified online through 888poker for a lot less than the $10k price tag. We speak to 888poker pro Sam Holden plus three qualifiers who traveled here from all over the world to visit Melbourne and take a shot at the $1 million first-place prize.
Jonathan Karamalikis Loves the Freedom of Pro Poker
Jonathan Karamalikis is one of Australia's most successful professional poker players and he got his start playing online without ever depositing a dollar. Karamalikis grinded free money poker on the internet and got his bankroll rolling with a $3 win on UB. Since then he's raked in millions of dollars both online and live. We caught Karamilikis on a break from the WSOP APAC main event, just days after his runner-up finish in one of the first ever gold bracelet events in Australia.
APL Pub Poker Growing the Game Big Down Under
Poker is getting huge in Australia but it's not just big buy-in events like the World Series of Poker. All over the country people are playing real money poker in pubs and bars through organizations like the Australian Poker League sponsored by 888poker, and some of them are even winning their way to the big leagues. Today we chat with former Crown Poker director Jonno Pittock plus a few amateur poker players who won their way into the WSOP Asia Pacific main event through their local bar.
Duhamel Excited about Poker Exploding in Australia and Quebec
2010 world champion Jon Duhamel is at the center of poker's exploding popularity in Montreal and he sees the same thing happening here in Australia. Duhamel is still in on Day 2 of the first ever World Series of Poker Asia Pacific main event and we caught him on the break to find out more about what the former champ is up to down under. Keep it locked on PokerListings.com for all your WSOP APAC video content.
Negreanu: “Haters Stop Hating” on Ivey's Bracelet
We caught a particularly excited Daniel Negreanu on a break from the first ever WSOP Asia Pacific main event to talk about poker down under and Phil Ivey's ninth gold bracelet. Negreanu was at the final table with Ivey, busting fourth, so he knows what he's talking about from firsthand experience. Listen to Kid Poker in all his frenetic glory, straight from the floor of the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
How Social Media and Technology are Changing the Poker World
The poker world is always changing, always evolving but in recent years the biggest developments we're seeing are coming by way of new technology and the exploding popularity of social media. We speak with poker Twitter king Daniel Negreanu plus Jess Welman and Jonno Pittock from the WSOP live streaming webcast to shed some light on how these new tools are changing the poker world. Keep checking PokerListings.com for all the action from the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.
Dan Shak Gets a Bigger Sweat from Poker than High Finance
Commodities trader Dan Shak is used to dealing with millions of dollars through his hedge fund but he told us he gets more of a sweat at the poker table. Shak has been crushing the high-stakes live tournament circuit, racking up over $5.3 million in earnings since 2004. We caught the newly-minted Ivey Poker pro on a break at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific main event to find out what it's like to juggle careers in poker and finance while traveling around the world.
Ivey, Hachem, Warne Intro WSOP APAC Main Event
The first ever World Series of Poker Asia Pacific main event is up and running and was kicked off this evening in Melbourne by a group of massive names in poker and sport. Phil Ivey, Greg Merson, Joe Hachem, Shane Warne and Aussie Rules Football star Heath Shaw all join the WSOP staff on stage to announce shuffle up and deal. Check out all the footage in this exclusive PokerListings.com video.
Jason Koon vs. The Mountain (Teaser for Short Documentary)
PokerListings.com brings you a teaser for its upcoming short poker documentary with high-stakes poker pro Jason Koon. We learn about climbing the stakes in poker and moving forward in life from one of the brightest minds in the poker world. Jason Koon has racked up almost $3.5 million in live tournament earnings and routinely plays some of the biggest buy-in poker events in the world. Koon is an American but after online poker was shut down in the US on Black Friday, he moved to Vancouver to continue to play poker on the internet. Now he lives with fellow high-stakes pro Ben Tollerene and uses Vancouver as a launching pad to travel the world playing poker. In the next month PokerListings.com is shooting a special short poker documentary to tell Jason Koon's unique story. Check out this short teaser now and keep an eye on PokerListings.com for the full documentary coming soon!
Xuan Liu Poker Mini-Doc: Easy Game Episode 8
The eighth and final episode of PokerListings.com's short poker documentary series takes us to Toronto, Canada to get to know one of poker's fastest rising stars, Xuan Liu. A respected online and live pro, Liu has been immersed in the live tournament circuit for the last few years. She's already made two major final tables and she's got more than $1.4 million in live earnings. But in addition to much success at the poker felt, we learn that Liu's values go far beyond becoming the best poker player in the world.
Easy Game Episode 7: Matt Salsberg
Matt Salsberg has written and produced TV shows like Weeds and Entourage but in the last couple years he's spent at least as much time at the poker table as in the writer's room. For the seventh episode of our short documentary series Easy Game we fly to LA to talk to Salsberg, his family and Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. We also follow Salsberg to the LA Poker Classic to speak with long-time WPT commentator Mike Sexton.
Easy Game Episode 6: Terrence Chan
Terrence Chan has been a big part of the poker world for more than a decade. First as a member of the team that developed PokerStars and later as a high-stakes, heads-up Limit Hold'em specialist. You could say Chan had it made. So why did the 32-year-old from Vancouver, Canada put it all on the line to pursue a career in mixed martial arts? In the latest episode of our poker documentary series Easy Game, we follow Chan in Vancouver to find out.
Easy Game Episode 5: Dan 'Jungleman12' Cates
In the fifth episode of our ongoing poker documentary series Easy Game we travel to Malta to bring you the legendary Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates. Cates is one of the most successful high-stakes poker players in the world and he gives us his poker story plus insight into the world of online nosebleed cash games. Keep an eye on PokerListings.com for more episodes in the Easy Game series.
Easy Game Episode 3: Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb is one of the original online tournament grinders and we flew to Mexico to shoot the latest episode of Easy Game as he played the biggest tourney in online poker, the WCOOP Main Event on PokerStars.com. Deeb shares his story and tells us how a college dropout from New York became one of the most successful online poker players in the history of the game. Stay tuned for more episodes of our Easy Game mini-documentary series as we show you the many sides of online poker culture.
Easy Game Episode 4: Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger
In Episode 4 of our ongoing poker documentary series EasyGame we travel to Toronto to visit the formerly number one ranked online poker player on the planet: Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger. Over the last few years Benger has made millions of dollars playing poker on the internet, and that was all after being one of the world's top-ranked Counterstrike players. Playing video games took Benger around the world as a teenager but it was nothing compared to what he's accomplished in poker. Join us as we tell the story of one of the most competitive and successful gamers ever.
Easy Game Episode 1: Barry Greenstein
PokerListings.com is kicking off its new poker video series "Easy Game" with one of the greatest poker players to ever play the game. Barry Greenstein has been one of the most successful poker pros in the world for decades and he invited PokerListings.com into his home to give you the benefit of his experience.
Easy Game Episode 2: Matt 'ADZ124' Marafioti
Matthew Marafioti is one of the most controversial poker players in the world. He's won millions of dollars playing online and live but his career has been plagued with criticism for his extravagant lifestyle and outspoken personality. In this new video series PokerListings.com explores one side of Matt Marafioti in his home in Toronto, Canada.