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Return of the BOM! Battle of Malta 2016 Set to Go Off Nov. 2-7
Over 2,000 players. A €1m prize pool. Four VIP player parties. The friendliest poker festival in Europe.
The PokerListings Battle of Malta will return for a fifth edition in 2016 and, like those before, expects to set a new level of success for low buy-in poker tournaments.
Official dates are now set for November 2-7 and include three Day 1 flights, an expanded lineup of side events and a special final-table reserved for the final day.
Details are still be fine-tuned but it's not too early to begin travel preparations for the best poker holiday festival on the continent.
Top Three Pocket Over €100k Each
What began in 2012 as a 342-player freezeout has evolved into a massive poker festival with a record-setting 1,804 runners in the main event last year.
Over €875,000 flowed into the Main Event prize pool and each of the top three players left with more than €100k including 2015 champion Nicholas Proust from France.
The Battle of Malta – named best tournament in Europe under $2,000 buy-in at the European Poker Awards – is aimed at recreational players but plenty of pros have discovered the event, too.
Apart from several great poker tournaments the BOM also offers the unique experience of a poker holiday in the Mediterranean, away from the meteorological misery that is Europe in November.
Package holders will be treated to five-star hotel accommodation at the Hilton Malta, which is being completely refurbished. A quick breakdown of Battle of Malta 2016:
- Dates: Nov 2-7
- Location: Portomaso Casino in St. Julian’s, Malta
- Main Event: €550 NLHE tournament; 1 reentry is allowed. Day 4 will be final-table day.
- Side Events: Siege of Malta Second Chance, PLO Knight’s Crusade and Grandmaster High Roller return. More side events TBD; further information to come here on main BOM page.
Day 1A (of three starting days) will be Wed. Nov 2. On Monday, Nov 7 the final nine (and their railbirds) will battle it out for an expected €150,000+ first-place prize.
Live Coverage, Spirit of Poker Awards and More
For the fourth time PokerListings will also host the Spirit of Poker Awards and honor poker players who’ve been role models to all of us.
Live updates from the tournament floor, daily news and video coverage from PokerListings’ international editors team give it the full flavor of a major tour event.
Four player parties are again scheduled beginning with a champagne reception followed by a cocktail party, the blowout VIP party and the Prosecco breakfast.
St Julian’s, where the tournament takes place, is the party area of Malta with countless clubs and bars so no shortage of nightlife can be found.
Satellites Begin Soon
As is tradition online satellites at several online poker sites will run throughout the lead-up to the festival.
PokerListings will announce the sites and schedules shortly.
Official live satellites will run at the Portomaso Casino over the summer with the final qualifiers running on Day 1A and 1B of the main event.
Check back to our BOM news section regularly to find out what’s new and be apart of the best low buy-in event in Europe!