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(Video) Maria Ho Breaks Down Top 5 Reasons to Play Battle of Malta
The 2016 Battle of Malta is less than a month away and BOM Host Maria Ho has five great reasons you should consider a last-minute trip.
Playing out November 2-7, the Battle of Malta boasts a huge €500,000 guaranteed prize pool for a buy-in of just €550, plus a massive schedule of parties and side events.
In its fifth year, BOM has quickly become Europe's hottest low buy-in poker event and in 2014 it won the European Poker Award for Best New Low Buy-In Tournament.
Battle of Malta offers recreational players a major tournament experience at a buy-in they can afford.
Complete with live media coverage, VIP player parties and huge prizes, amateur players can get a taste of what it's like playing at an event like the EPT without breaking their bankroll.
Check out the video below for Maria Ho's five biggest reasons to play Battle of Malta and reserve your spot not to join us this November.
Maria Ho's Top 5 Reasons to Play BOM
#5 – Amazing Location
I think there's huge value in going to a place where, not only can you play poker and you can have fun, but you could actually explore a little bit. There's history and it's all away from the poker tables.
For me, every year that I go back to Malta I feel like I'm discovering something new that I hadn't before.
So even though it's a small place, you feel like there's a lot of different things you can experience.
#4 – Friendly Atmosphere
What's really special about the Battle of Malta is that people go in with the mindset of having fun and obviously winning money is going to be important but it's almost secondary to that fact they're treating this like a vacation.
Every year that I've been at Battle of Malta I've met so many different people. You can come with one or two people but you can leave with so many new poker friends and I know I've connected with a lot of people at the Battle of Malta.
#3 – Four Different Parties
This might sound unprofessional but I kind of look forward to the parties more than the poker. There's four different parties. There's karaoke and clubs.
I think when you go to these parties you realize that people have a persona away from poker. Whether it's a pro you've seen on TV you got to play against, or just a recreational player you met the day before at your table.
It's fun to see people away from the poker table.
#2 – Tons of Side Action
If they unfortunately bust the Main Event, the best part is there's still many other things they can do poker-wise such as side events and cash games, so if you're really there to get a poker fix, you're for sure going to get that.
#1 – Low Buy-In, Huge Guarantee
For the Battle of Malta Main Event, for just €550 buy-in you get a shot at a €500,000 guaranteed prize pool.
I think now for recreational players, they look at the value of a poker tournament based on how big the prize pool gets, how many players there are, but what that means relative to maybe their paycheck.
I think when you can walk away with a six-figure score when you're just playing for fun, that's amazing for a lot of these people and it's going to change a lot of their lives.