Gilboa Leads Final Table as 2015 Battle of Malta Hits Home Stretch

Published on 8 November 2015 by Pokerlistings 1176

Europe's biggest stand-alone poker tournament has reached the final table and Israel's Uri Gilboa is firmly in the driver's seat. Tomorrow afternoon Gilboa and his nine other final-table competitors will return to the Portomaso Casino to wage war on the way to the 2015 Battle of Malta title and the €165,000 first-place prize. The final table features players from five different countries and everyone who's made it this far is guaranteed at least €10,476. The prizes ramp up steeply towards the top of the payouts so all ten players will be battling hard in search of a big payday. Also wrapping up tonight were five side events with players taking home some of the coolest trophies in the poker world and some big cash prizes. Check out the video with BOM Host Maria Ho to get a taste for what all the hype is about and check back tomorrow starting at 2pm local Malta time for the conclusion to this year's Battle of Malta.

Maria Ho: It's Day 3 and we're one day away from crowning a champion. Welcome back to the Battle of Malta.

88 players made it through to Day 3 and by the end of the night just 10 were left.

Tournament Director: Congratulations to all of you. You are the Battle of Malta's final table.

Maria Ho: Tomorrow they'll all be back for the final table to play down to the winner who will walk away with over 165,000 euros.

Uri Gilboa will head into the final table as the chip leader but it's safe to say everyone still in is excited about tomorrow's finale.

Uri Gilboa: I can't compare it to any other feeling. It is excitement. For me the money is less important. It's more important to win. I'm very competitive and I like to win so I would give up half the money to take the prize.

In addition to the main event, five other side events played out with tons of players taking home big prizes and awesome trophies.

Jerry Makhalfa: I've been coming here for two years. It's improving a lot and I'll be back next year. I'm really happy to win the trophy and to be here with you guys.

Tomorrow the battle will resume and by the end of the day, we'll have a champion. Check back then for the conclusion of this year's Battle of Malta.