The perfect climate, amazing hospitality, buzzing nightlife and surprisingly low prices will impress any traveler.
Add in a €550 buy-in poker tournament with a €200,000 prize pool guarantee, and you pretty much have the makings of the perfect poker getaway.
After years of covering live poker tournaments and a smash-hit inaugural event, PokerListings.com is presenting its second-ever live event at the Portomaso Casino in Malta from Sept. 26-29, 2013.
With PartyPoker's own Kara Scott again as host and VIP treatment at the ready for all players, it's already one of the most talked about high-value tournaments for low- to mid-stakes players.
Below players can find all the info they need on how to qualify, how to get there, what to expect and more.
How to Qualify
Freerolls and weekly qualifiers are running currently at four major poker sites:
- 888 Poker
- Titan Poker
- William Hill Poker
- Party Poker
All are offering either freerolls or low buy-in qualifers that will award full $2,500 packages to attend the 2012 Battle of Malta.
Each package includes:
- €500 + €50 Buy-in to the Main Event with €150,000 Guaranteed
- 4 nights’ accommodation at 5-Star Hilton Hotel Malta
- Breakfast and buffet meal daily for the 4 nights
- VIP Opening cocktail party at Club Level 22
For full details on on the qualifers and freerolls on each site, check our comprehensive Battle of Malta How to Qualify page.
1. When is the tournament?
The tournament will be held from November 22-25, 2012. Players need to arrive Thursday the 22nd and depart Monday the 26th. Four nights accommodation is included.
2. Where is the tournament being hosted?
It will be held at the Portomasso Casino, right next to the preferred hotel Hilton Malta.
3. What is the airport code for Malta?
Malta airport code is MLA. Hilton hotel is easily accessible by taxi in less than 20 minutes. Flights are available daily from virtually all major European airports with incredibly low prices particularly in November.
4. What if players want to arrive early or stay longer?
Players will enjoy the lowest rate that the hotel can offer as part of the group but each player needs to arrange this directly with the hotel using the code POKERLISTINGS. To make additional reservations call +356 2138 3383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. What is the cost to bring a guest along?
The cost per night to bring a guest along (not playing the poker event) is €85 per night for accommodation in the player’s room. It includes breakfast and a daily meal.
If you buy the Friend package however, you friend can stay for FREE. Details on the Battle of Malta main page.
6. Are there other activities I can enjoy while in Malta?
The Hilton is conveniently located in Malta’s prime location for nightlife. In Paceville you will find restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs to suit any taste.
If fishing is your preferred activity, November is a perfect season for it. Diving, tours and many other activities are available.
7. What is the currency in Malta?
Malta uses the Euro as it is part of the European Union. You can find ATMs upon arrival at the airport.
8. Can I play the event and stay at another hotel?
We do take walk-ins at the Portomasso casino for the event, but players that purchase the package have preference and the tournament is capped.
We assure you that the rates for Hilton are unbeatable by hotels of inferior quality on the island. The 5-Star Hilton Malta offers a seafront location with a range of facilities for leisure and relaxation.
All suites for players are deluxe and will enhance their stay in this wonderful and magical place.
9. What is the weather like in Malta in November?
We're glad you asked. The average high temperature in Malta in November is 24 degrees celsius - much higher than all of Europe.
2012 Battle of Malta Tournament Schedule
Thursday November 22nd:
- Players arrive at Hilton Hotel, Tournament Starts at 4:00 pm, DAY 1A
Friday November 23rd:
- Play resumes for DAY 1B at 2:00pm
Saturday November 24th:
- Remaining players from Day 1s merge, tables collapse and flights combine for DAY 2, starting 1:00pm
Sunday November 25th:
- Final Table begins at 2:00pm
Monday November 26th:
- Players depart