Battle of Malta Beats Guarantee with 349 Players

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349 players in total are competing in the PokerListings Battle of Malta.

Registration is closed at the PokerListings.com Battle of Malta and with 349 players in on the action the event has far surpassed its €150k guarantee.

153 players bought into the first Day 1 flight and 196 registered to play on the second.

With that total the prize pool has swelled to almost €175,000. Official prize numbers will be out soon but in the meantime players are busy fighting for a berth in the roughly 36 spots that will get paid.

The full payouts will be posted soon on the Battle of Malta page.

Among the almost 200 players who bought in today were a few notable names, including Pierre Neuville and Andrea Dato.

We also had the chance to speak with two qualifiers who came all the way here from the United States. Don Ford from St. Louis and Mark Mattsson from Chapel Hill, North Carolina were both last minute additions to the Battle of Malta lineup.

Pierre Neuville
Pierre Neuville
 

Keep an eye on the Battle of Malta page to read their stories later today.

Another pro who found his way to the felt today was Johannes Strassmann but it didn’t last nearly as long as he had hoped.

Short Day for Strassmann

German professional Johannes Strassmann was one of the Battle of Malta ambassadors but unfortunately was unable to survive even the first skirmish.

Strassmann has been taking time away from poker to focus on other interests – his last live cash was in 2010 – so we had high hopes for helping him get back to his winning ways here in Malta.

Details of his exit are still unknown, more to come later, but we do know Strassmann was out of the event and out the door before we could even get a photo.

Strassmann’s early exit wasn’t exactly out of the ordinary today, however, as we saw a few players hit the rail in extremely speedy fashion.

One unlucky Swedish player in particular lasted barely two minutes, going broke on the very first hand of the day with pocket kings against a flopped full house.

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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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