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We're only through the first of two Day 1 flights at the 2014 Battle of Malta Main Event but we've already blown right past the €500,000 guarantee. Check out our first daily highlight video featuring BOM host Maria Ho for an inside look at all the action here at the Portomaso Casino. Tons of big name pros were in attendance including Johnny Lodden, Andreas Hoivold, Dermot Blain, Sofia Lovgren and many more, along with hundreds upon hundreds of hungry amateurs from all over Europe and beyond. In addition to a massive field, today was also special because PokerListings.com awarded this year's Spirit of Poker Awards to two very deserving players. Both Dominik Panka and Thor Hansen were presented with medals. Keep an eye on PokerListings.com for full live coverage, news, videos and photos covering all the action from the biggest poker event ever held on the island of Malta.
Welcome to the Battle of Malta. It's day 1A and we are just minutes away from announcing shuffle up and deal. So without further ado, let's get this party started. By the time registration closed today we had 521 players registered and with 670 confirmed and paid for tomorrow, we have officially smashed the €500,000 guarantee.
But today it wasn't just a huge field, it was filled with top pros like Johnny Lodden, Sofia Lovgren, Dermot Blain and tons more all took to the felt trying to make it through to day two. But it just wasn't professionals competing, we've had loads of amateurs from Europe and beyond all fighting toe to toe at the Battle of Malta.
But there was way more happening than just the main event today. Pokerlistings awarded 2014 spirit of poker awards to two great poker players younggun Dominik Panka and Norwegian living legend Thor Hansen. Keep an eye out for the full video with interviews from Hansen, Panka and Shannon Shorr who couldn't be here to accept his award. Right now we are going to take a break to check on the first Battle of Malta player party going on right next door at the Hilton. So make sure to check back tomorrow for videos and an inside look.