Battle of Malta - Live Updates

Day 3 Live Updates

10/01/2013 (7 months ago)

2014 Battle of Malta Plans Begin, Reserve a Seat Now!

Battle of Malta
BOM 2014 Just 360 Days Away.

Pretty much all we have left to say about the 2013 Battle of Malta is "wow." Just wow.

Interest for BOM 2013 was truly off the hook with buy-ins skyrocketing from 352 in 2012 to 888 in 2013.

Players from as far away as Costa Rica and Australia came to play and over 100 people were paid out with an amazing $100k USD paid out for first.

For a 550 buy-in tournament on a tiny (albeit beautiful) island in the Mediterranean, that's an incredible turn of events. And a phenomenal ROI for the average player.

Secure a 2014 Battle of Malta Seat Right Now!

Batte of Malta

Tbh, it also took us a bit by surprise. Registration lines were long and it put us in a situation where we couldn't accompany everyone due to a lack of available dealers on the island.

To anyone left out of the event we apologize and guarantee this will not be the situation next year. We also promise a tournament that will raise the bar for the low- to mid-stakes player in a similar way as we have in 2012/2013.

We've also already received a ton of requests from people who want to secure a seat for the 2014 Battle of Malta so we're opening up a non-obligation starting list asap.

To secure your seat just send us an email at battleofmalta@pokerlistings.com. Please include your name and date of birth.

Your seat will be reserved until one month before the tournament starts. Putting yourself on the start list is no commitment in regards to payment, etc.

Further information will be sent out at the latest six months before the 2014 tournament.

Jukka The Dudesons
Jukka Dudeson was a revelation.
 

BOM = Spirit of Poker

From all of us at PokerListings we thank you tremendously for your support.

To our VIP guests Dan "Jungleman12" Cates, Ashton Griffin, Johannes Strassmann, Andreas Hoivold, Sam Holden, Giovanni Rizzo, Sofia Lövgren, Lauri Pesonen, The Dudesons, Puma Swede and Sasha Daygame, thanks for adding so much to the amazing atmosphere.

And to our first-ever Spirit of Poker award winners Naoya Kihara, Luca Moschitta and Pierre Neuville, thanks for being such continued inspirations both on and off the felt.

Check out our 2013 recap video with our world-class host Kara Scott below!


Average Stack
17,760,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
09/29/2013 (7 months ago)

Louis Cartarius Claims 2013 Battle of Malta Title

Louis Cartarius
Louis Cartarius

He came out of nowhere but German Louis Cartarius is the 2013 Battle of Malta Champion.

Cartarius entered the final table second to last in chips but bided his time and made some power moves when play got three-handed.

He made a few bold moves against Norwegian Ambjorn and that gave him enough momentum to beat local Konrad Abela heads-up.

In the end Cartarius outlasted 888 entries, secured the €80,000 first-place prize and a sweet trophy that should make the flight back to Frankfurt a good one.

The online grinder said this was by far the biggest live tournament score of his career.

It’s been a blast over the last week with tons of poker, parties and general good times in sunny Malta.

Thanks to everyone who took part and we’ll see you next year.

Here are the complete final-table payouts:


  • 1. Louis Cartarius – €80,000
  • 2. Konrad Abela – €52,000
  • 3. Ambjorn Haga – €32,000
  • 4. Arthur Popov – €23,630
  • 5. Lauri Pesonen – €19,000
  • 6. Alessandro de Ioco – €15,000
  • 7. Sonny La – €12,000
  • 8. Guiseppe Polichetti – €9,500
  • 9. Daniel Lucasz – €7,300
Average Stack
17,760,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
09/29/2013 (7 months ago)

Konrad Abela Finishes in Second Place

Konrad Abela
Konrad Abela

Konrad Abela came within one spot of becoming the first Maltese person to win the Battle of Malta but it wasn’t to be.

In the final hand of the 2013 Battle of Malta Abela shoved all-in for his last 5 million with A J but got called down by Louis Cartarius A Q.

As with almost every board dealt tonight, it had a couple twists and turns.

The flop came J 7 4 and gave Abela a pair of jacks and reignited the mostly Maltese crowd who were cheering for Abela.

The crowd was silenced, however, when the turn came Q and then finished with the 4.

Both players looked shocked but happy after the final hand was dealt.

Abela picked up €52,000 for coming in second place.

Average Stack
17,760,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
09/29/2013 (7 months ago)

Louis Cartarius Slays Ambjorn Haga

Ambjorn Haga
Haga axed.

At time it seemed he was unstoppable but the reign of massive Norwegian Ambjorn Haga has come to an end.

Haga got all his chips in the middle against Louis Cartarius.

Cartarius: 8 8

Haga: 5 5

Cartarius had Haga dominated but the Norwegian had gotten out of some tight spots before.

The flop wasn’t good for Haga, however, as it came 8 3 3.

“I’m gonna need help,” opined Haga.

He got it when the turn came 5 giving him a boat of his own and one slim chance to win the hand.

The river came… K!

Haga finishes in third place for €32,000.

Chip counts entering heads-up:


  • Cartarius: 10.1 million
  • Abela: 7.6 million
Average Stack
8,880,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
09/29/2013 (7 months ago)

Double-Ups For Everyone

Konrad Abela
From almost zero to hero.

Just as we entered 150,000/300,000 blind levels with a 10,000 ante, Louis Cartarius scored a massive double up.

Cartarius opened the pot for 600,000 and Ambjorn Haga decided to shove his massive stack in the middle.

Cartarius called and flipped over A Q, which had Haga’s K-J dominated.

The rollercoaster board ran out K 8 7 9 4 and gave Haga a pair of kings on the flop but ultimately gave Cartarius the pot when he hit a flush on the turn.

Cartarius briefly took the chip lead but then doubled up Konrad Abela on the next hand, which gave Abela the chip lead and bumped Cartarius down to last.

It’s kill or be killed out there.

Here’s how it all shook down after the dustup.

  • Konrad Abela – 7.1 million
  • Ambjorn Haga – 5.7 million
  • Louis Cartarius – 5.5 million
Average Stack
5,920,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/29/2013 (7 months ago)

Haga Retakes Lead from Cartarius Thanks to Huge Call

Ambjorn Haga
The boss is back.

Ambjorn Haga is back in the driver’s seat at the final table of the 2013 Battle of Malta. 

Haga opened the pot up for 400,000 and Cartarius called from the big blind.

The flop came Q 7 4 and both players checked. The 6 peeled off the turn and Louis fired 450,000 into the pot.

The Norwegian called and the board finished with the 6 on the river. Louis kept the pressure on and made a massive 1.4 million bet.

Haga went deep into the tank and considered his options. Finally Haga decided to call. It was the right choice as Cartarius tabled J 9 for air. Haga had that easily beat with A 4 for a pair of fours.

After the hand Haga skyrocketed to about 10 million chips.

Here are the updated counts:


  • Ambjorn Haga – 10.1 million
  • Konrad Abela – 4.2 million
  • Louis Cartarius – 3.1 million
Average Stack
5,920,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/29/2013 (7 months ago)

Louis Cartarius Scores Massive Double Against Haga

Louis Catarius
Out of nowhere!

We have a new ballgame ladies and gentleman.

German Louis Cartarious just won the biggest hand of the tournament thus far against Ambjorn Haga.

Haga opened a pot for 320,000 and Cartarius straight-up shoved all-in for his 3.46 million chip stack.

Haga thought for several minutes about his decision but eventually decided to call with A 9. We had ourselves a classic race situation with Cartarius holding 4 4.

The flop was a dozy. It came… A K 4.

Haga had flopped a pair of aces but they were crushed by Cartarius’ set of fours.

The board finished with the 7 and finally 7 giving Cartarius an unnecessary boat.

Haga has officially been dethroned and we have a new chip leader in Cartarius.

Here are the updated chip counts:


  • Louis Cartarius: 7.06m
  • Ambjorn Haga: 6.275m
  • Konrad Abela: 4.4m
Average Stack
5,920,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/29/2013 (7 months ago)

Arthur Popov Popped in Fourth

Arthur Popov
Arthur Popov

Arthur Popov has been short-stacked for much of the final table and did a great job surviving but finally succumbed to the rail.

Ambjorn Haga opened to 1.5 million, which easily covered Popov’s 1 million stack, and Popov decided to call.

Both players flipped over their cards:

Haga: 9 6

Popov A 3

The board ran out A-K-9-9-5 giving Popov a pair of aces but giving Haga the checkmark with trip nines.

“Nice hand,” joked Haga.

“That wasn’t very nice,” quipped Popov back.

Popov picks up €23,630 for coming in fourth place.

Haga is once again pulling away with over 8 million chips.

Blinds are now 80,000/160,000 with a 20,000 ante.

Average Stack
5,920,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/29/2013 (7 months ago)

Lauri Pesonen Drops Out of BOM in Fifth

Lauri Pesonen
Pesonen punted.

Finnish online grinder Lauri Pesonen made an exceptional run in the 2013 Battle of Malta but will fall short of the ultimate prize.

Pesonen was down to 12bb and decided to make a move with 9 7 and Louis Cartarius called him down with A-8 offsuit.

There was an ace on the flop that proved to be more than enough to send Pesonen packing. Pesonen earned €19,000 for coming in fifth.

Cartarius is starting to make up some ground on Haga and we may be setting ourselves up for an epic heads-up match.

Here are the chip counts after the hand:

Ambjorn Haga: 7.3m

Louis Cartarius: 5.3m

Konrad Abeba: 2.7m

Arthur Popov: 1.5m

Average Stack
4,440,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
09/29/2013 (7 months ago)

Haga Sends De Ioco Packing in Sixth

Alessandro De Laco
Hard to get away from A-K.

Can anyone stop rampaging Norwegian Ambjorn Haga?

Alessandro De Ioco is the latest player to fall at Haga’s hand.

De Ioco bet 400,000 pre-flop and Haga raised to 800,000. De Ioco moved all-in and Haga immediately called with A A.

De Ioco had A K but is effectively crushed.

The flop provided some hope for De Ioco as it came K 7 3 but the 9 turn and 8 river quickly snapped the door shut.

De Ioco picks up €15,000 for coming in sixth place.

Here are the chip counts after the hand:


  • Ambjorn Haga 8.2m
  • Louis Catarius 3.7m
  • Konrad Abela 2.6m
  • Lauri Pesonen 1.8m
  • Popov 1.4m
Average Stack
3,552,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
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Event Information

Event Name
Battle of Malta 2013 Main Event
Venue
Malta
Date
2013-09-26
Final Day
2013-09-30
Buy In
550
Entrants
888
Prize Pool
430,680
First Prize
80,000

Event Chip Leaders

7 months ago
Player Chip Count
1 Louis Cartarius 17780000

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