PokerListings Battle of Malta 2014!
The 2013 Battle of Malta made history as the biggest poker tournament ever held on Malta with a record 888 entries, a €430,000 prize pool and, importantly, an amazing atmosphere at the friendliest, high-value poker tournament in Europe.
We've upped the stakes again for 2014 with a massive €500,000 guaranteed prize pool, bigger and better parties, a BOM Grandmaster high roller event and more. Main Event dates are set for November 6-9, 2014 and reservations are open.
Our Battle of Malta Payment page is now online so wait no longer as tickets are going fast. Buy your package or buy-in directly to secure a spot in Malta's biggest live tournament!
If you attended BOM in 2013 you know the vibe was electric from beginning to end with top pros Dan "Jungleman12" Cates, Sam Holden, Luca Moschitta, Naoya Kihara and more plus amateurs from around the world bringing the spirit of great poker to the Portomaso Casino.
Come join us in 2014 at the premium low-stakes live poker tournament in all of Europe!
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Live Tournament Videos
2014 Battle of Malta Features Parties, Pros and €500k in Prizes
We spoke to poker pros Maria Ho, Kara Scott, Andreas Hoivold, Sofia Lovgren and Gaelle Baumann about what makes the PokerListings Battle of Malta so special. With a €500,000 guaranteed Main Event, new celebrity host and a packed schedule of side events and parties, the Battle of Malta will have tons to offer both on and off the felt. This November the Battle of Malta will set the record for the biggest poker tournament every held in Malta and poker pros from all over the world will be competing. Listen to five hugely successful poker pros explain why you should consider adding the Battle of Malta to your poker vacation schedule. Whether you qualify online or buy in directly for the affordable price of €550, you'll have the chance to play in one of the best-value poker events on the planets. Playing out November 6-9 at the beautiful Portomaso Casino, the 2014 Battle of Malta will be held in a new, bigger tournament room and will feature a brand-new High Roller Event. Go to http://www.pokerlistings.com/battle-of-malta for more information and to find out how to qualify!
Battle of Malta 2014: Europe's Hottest Low Buy-In Poker Event
Last year the PokerListings Battle of Malta set the record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta, and this November it's back, bigger and better than ever. With a bigger €500,000 guaranteed main event, a brand new high-roller tournament and a huge schedule of parties, the Battle of Malta goes way beyond the action on the felt. Let the battle begin!
Kara Scott Wraps Record-Setting 2013 Battle of Malta
The 2013 Battle of Malta set the record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta and we're recapping the entire event right here with BOM host Kara Scott. From the VIP parties to the sport yacht cruise with the Dudesons, all the way to Louis Cartarius's victory over a field of 888, we've got all the action for you right here.
Germany's Louis Cartarius Wins 2013 Battle of Malta
The second-annual PokerListings Battle of Malta is over and Germany's Louis Cartarius is champion. Cartarius beat local poker player Konrad Abela to claim the title and €80,000. Finnish pro Laurie Pesonen finished fifth and Jukka Hilden of the infamous Dudeson stunt crew narrowly missed out on the final table. Check out the daily highlight video for all the action!
Table Tennis Pro Victoria Lucenkova Deep at Battle of Malta 2013
Victoria Lucenkova is a professional table-tennis player and made a deep run at the 2013 Battle of Malta. She's dating a professional poker player and has traveled around the world to major live poker events. In this interview she tells us about how poker compares to her sport of choice, and her experience at the second-annual Battle of Malta.
Madness at 2013 Battle of Malta VIP Party
Things got real last night at the 2013 PokerListings Battle of Malta VIP party and our video crew was there to catch it all on camera. The Dudesons, Puma Swede, Dan "Jungleman12" Cates and hundreds of poker players all got away from the poker tables to de-stress and enjoy a few adult beverages.
Dudesons and Puma Swede Speedboating, Cliff-Jumping and Wakeboarding in Gozo
The Battle of Malta is about way more than just poker and today we took the infamous Dudesons and Swedish adult film star Puma Swede out in a brand-new Sunseeker sport yacht. We hit the islands of Comino and Gozo for some sun, cliff-jumping and wakeboarding before the poker tournament got underway.
BOM Organizer Ivonne Monteleagre Hits Record Numbers for Malta Poker
The 2013 Battle of Malta is the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta, more than doubling the €200k guarantee, and that's thanks in large part to event organizer Ivonne Monteleagre. We speak to the woman behind this event and she tells us why organizing a record-setting poker tournament brings her so much satisfaction.
Jukka Hilden of the Dudesons Makes Final 18 at 2013 Battle of Malta
Jukka Hilden, part of the infamous Dudesons from Finland, is still alive at the final two tables of the 2013 Battle of Malta. Hilden told us he doesn't know much about poker but judging by how he's playing at the table we're inclined not to believe him. Jukka is the rockstar of the Dudesons and tells us about poker, his philosophy on life and what he's been up to at the Battle of Malta.
The Dudesons Crash Epic 2013 Battle of Malta Day 2
Day 2 of the 2013 Battle of Malta saw the field cut down to the final 24 and we focused our attention on one of those players in particular. Jukka Hilden, part of the infamous Dudesons crew, is still alive in the event, gunning for a spot at the final table. The PokerListings video crew follows the Dudesons at the tournament plus takes them wakeboarding and cliffjumping on the island of Gozo.
Pierre Neuville Accepts Spirit of Poker Award at Battle of Malta
Belgium's Pierre Neuville won the PokerListings Spirit of Poker Award in the "This is 50+" category for proving that success at the poker table has nothing to do with age. Neuville played his first poker tournament all the way back in the 1960s and turned 70 earlier this year while attending the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. BOM host Kara Scott speaks to Neuville about what this award means to him.
Luca Moschitta is the Future of Italian Poker
Italian young-gun Luca Moschitta won the PokerListings Spirit of Poker Award in the "Here Comes the Future" category for best representing a brand new generation of poker players. Moschitta has already won an event on the Italian Poker Tour, and was one of the youngest players to ever achieve Supernova Elite status on PokerStars. BOM host Kara Scott speaks to Moschitta about what this award means to him.
Spirit of Poker Awards on Huge Day 1B of 2013 Battle of Malta
Day 1B at the 2013 Battle of Malta is over and the final numbers are spectacular. 888 entries absolutely crushed the €200k guarantee, but that wasn't the only exciting thing happening at the Portomaso Casino. Naoya Kihara, Pierre Neuville and Luca Moschitta all received their PokerListings Spirit of Poker Awards, and we caught the whole thing on camera.
Kara Scott Tells Us Why the Battle of Malta is the BOM
This is the second annual Battle of Malta and it's the second time Kara Scott has been gracious enough to host the event. Malta is one of her favorite places on earth and she tells us why she loves the island, and the Battle of Malta, in this new video interview.
The Dudesons Might Put Their Testicles on Your Poker Chips
The Dudeson's, Finland's answer to Jackass, are at the 2013 Battle of Malta and PokerListings.com caught them on video. These guys live the rock and roll lifestyle 24 hours a day but it doesn't look like they have a ton of experience playing poker. BOM host Kara Scott speaks to the Dudesons crew about how they approach the game, and what body parts might end up making an appearance at the table.
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.