Big-name poker pros are starting to make plans for the 2014 €500,000-guaranteed PokerListings Battle of Malta.
Andreas Hoivold, Paul Jackson, Louis Cartarius and Luca Pagano are the latest players to confirm they'll be joining host Maria Ho at the felt for the small buy-in, big-value event this November.
Hoivold played the tournament last year and actually finished in 30th place for €2,350. The Norwegian will be looking to improve on that result this year.
Meanwhile German Cartarius was the outright winner of the 2013 Battle of Malta and took down €80,000 for his efforts.
“I guess I have to come back now,” said Cartarius right after winning. “Malta is really great and it’s been a nice trip.”
Pagano, Jackson, Ho Hit BOM for First Time
Luca Pagano is one of the most well-known Italian players and a member of Team PokerStars Pro. One of the most influential players in Italian poker history, the 2014 BOM in Malta will be a short journey from home for Pagano.
The U.K.’s Paul Jackson has over $1.4 million in lifetime tournament earnings and played one of the most memorable hands in the history of poker against Phil Ivey at the 2005 Monte Carlo Millions.
They will all be joined by BOM Spokesperson Maria Ho for five days of entertaining poker action and VIP parties along the beaches of Malta.
The €550 buy-in 2014 Battle of Malta will take place Nov. 6-9 at the Hilton/Portomaso Casino in St. Julian’s, Malta.
The event has grown every year of its three-year existence and last year 888 runners created a prize pool of €430,680, smashing the €200,000 guarantee and setting a record for the largest poker tournament ever held in Malta.
This year that guarantee has been bumped to €500,000 and a full 1,400 players are expected to pack our new state-of-the-art venue.
Players still have a chance to grab significantly discounted early bird packages until the end of May for €1,300 that include buy-in, accommodations, VIP tickets and more.