Smörgåsbord! Swedish Pals Cap Spectacular 2016 Battle of Malta!
What a way to wrap up the biggest Battle of Malta yet.
A record 1,813 players (9 more than last year) piled into the Hilton Hotel and Portomaso Casino this week to put €550 (or twice that) on the line and strive for poker glory in the Battle of Malta main event.
Combined, they built another record-setting prize pool of €879,305 and from beginning to end delivered on exactly what the BoM promises. A super fun, super high-value poker holiday with a major poker tour feel.
Today the final 9 of those battlers returned to the cash-game area of the casino to divvy up over €540,000 of it. And two best friends from Sweden took the lion's share of it.
Robert Berglund and Rasmus Eriksson began playing poker together six years ago in Falun, Sweden, and every year for the past three years have traveled to Malta to put those skills to the test.
A small cash from Rasmus last year was all they had to show for it until the past two days when they captured our imagination with parallel runs to the final table.
In the end Rasmus fell in third and Robert claimed the title, but when Rasmus stormed from the rail to embrace his friend after the final hand it was easy to see both had won.
Their third friend who made the trip, Johan Hinders, had 15% of each so he also gets to enjoy the spoils, making it quite possibly the best week three poker friends can ever share together.
With an extra side bet last longer for a free dinner, we're pretty sure none of them care who pays for the smörgåsbord. And that's what the Battle of Malta is all about.
Massive thanks to all who played theirhearts out today, including runner-up John Finnighan Linkins and Gonzalo Fernandez, who if not for a wild runout in a three-way pot might be holding the trophy himself tonight.
Good night from the Battle of Malta! And see you all (and a few more of your friends) next year!
Watch Final Table Highlight Video
Today's final table was the most exciting in Battle of Malta history and you can experience it for yourself in just three minutes.
Check out the highlights below and check back tomorrow for a full recap of the 2016 Battle of Malta.