Countdown to BOM 2016: Live Satellites Begin at Portomaso!


82 days. 21 hours. 10 minutes (give or take when you read this).

It's hard to believe it's come around already but the countdown to the 2016 PokerListings Battle of Malta is on.

With less than 3 months to go we’re in the heat of preparations and about to enter a new phase: our live qualifiers at the Portomaso Casino in Malta.

With 11 satellites already on the schedule and 2 special editions to be added, chances to get in on the cheap are plentiful and frequent with seats not only to the BOM main event but the Siege of Malta and Grandmaster High Roller, too.

3 Main Event Tickets GTD Saturday

This year the Battle of Malta will run from November 2-7 with a full slate of side events to go along with the signature main event.

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Apart from the €550 buy-in, €500,000 Guaranteed ME there's also the Siege of Malta Second Chance, Grandmaster High Roller, PLO Knight's Crusade, NLHE Win the Button and the Deepstack Turbo.

Online qualifiers for full packages are currently running but there are also plenty of clubs/casinos across Europe offering live tournaments where you can win tickets for Europe’s best low buy-in poker event.

In Malta the Casino Portomaso will be the host of all the live satellites with the first one running this Saturday, Aug 13. It's a €55 + €5 freezeout with 1 re-entry and 3 main event seats guaranteed.

Following up all the way until the end of October is a series of satellites with plenty of twists, including qualifiers for the Siege and the High Roller event and team, bounty and guaranteed prize pool events.

Big Value, Plenty of Options

All live satellites at Portomaso will have a €55+5 buy-in and start at 8 PM with a few different variations. Satellites will run on Saturdays or Tuesdays where you can earn tickets for the BOM.

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The Kick-off on Saturday, Aug 13, as mentioned, has three main event tickets guaranteed.

The Super Value Satellites will have two tickets for the “Siege of Malta” added for the top two players.

The Tag Team tournament will be a unique event on September 3. Two players will form a team and change every level. They will have the right to take two time-outs, but there won’t be any breaks.

The Extravaganza events will have five representatives of the BOM participating with a bounty on their heads. Eliminate one of them and you’ll get a raffle ticket for a main event seat.

There will also be one single satellite where the winner gets a High Roller ticket instead of the main event. The Road to the Battle of Malta events will have further bounties and even five seats guaranteed in the October satellites.

Also, like last year, a BOM satellite Leaderboard competition will run with big prizes for the Top 10 finishers. Here's the Portomaso satellite schedule for the next four weeks:





Aug 13


3 ME seats guaranteed

Aug 20

Super value

2 Siege tickets added

Sept 3

Tag Team event

2 players per team

Sept 10


Bounties carry raffle tickets

Find the complete schedule/formats for the BOM satellites and the Leaderboard competition here.

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