Kara Scott Wraps Record-Setting 2013 Battle of Malta

Published on 30 September 2013 by Pokerlistings 2412

The 2013 Battle of Malta set the record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta and we're recapping the entire event right here with BOM host Kara Scott. From the VIP parties to the sport yacht cruise with the Dudesons, all the way to Louis Cartarius's victory over a field of 888, we've got all the action for you right here.

Reporter: The 2013 Battle of Malta is over, and we can honestly say it blew away all of our expectations. In fact, it set a record for the largest poker tournament ever held in Malta.


Reporter: Before this event got started, poker listings guaranteed a 200,000 euro prize pool. With 888 entries, we more than doubled it. Pros, celebrities and recreational players from all around the world came here to play a little bit of poker and check out everything Malta has to offer. The Portomaso Casino was absolutely packed.


Reporter: Headlining the list of celebrities was the Finnish stunt crew known as The Dudesons. Jukka Hilden, the rockstar of the Dudesons, made a really deep run here, finishing just short of the final table in seventeenth place.

Jukka: What's next for me? I mean I just moved my flight for tomorrow, so I still have the whole day here in Malta. Thirty degrees outside, sun is shining. So I think I wanna go and enjoy myself a little bit. Rock and roll lifestyle. The Battle of Malta has been awesome like everything we've done here. It's something that I want to come again to next year.

Reporter: But the Battle of Malta went far beyond what was happening at the felt. Players retreated to VIP parties and plenty of fun in the sun.


Reporter: But of course, the main attraction at The Battle of Malta was the poker. One hundred players walked away with cash in their pockets, but it was Louis Cartarius who went the distance and became the second ever Battle of Malta champion. Louis pocketed 80,000 Euros after outlasting a tough final table and besting Konrad Abela heads out. Cartarius is a young aspiring player from Germany and this was the biggest live score of his career so far.

Louis is the second ever champion here at The Battle of Malta. Talk to me about what it means to have a trophy and a title.

Louis: It's good. It's my biggest life score so far, and it's my biggest tournament cash as well. What can I say? I'm glad, of course.

Reporter: Going forward? You have more tournaments on the horizon, and will you come back to The Battle of Malta?

Louis: I mean, I guess I have to come back now. But I would anyways. It's been a nice trip as well. Malta's really great.

Reporter: Congratulations.

Louis: Thank you.


Reporter: The Second Battle of Malta was a massive success. It set records and proved that there's a huge demand for low-buying events that balance the action both on and off the felt.

Ivonne: You get to this room, and it's so exciting because you get a WSOP feel... without the stress. People are having fun. We're hosting great parties at night, so in that sense, Battle of Malta number two gives you the feel, without the sweat. It's a very friendly tournament.

Reporter: That's it for us. From the 2013 Battle of Malta. Next year we'll be back, bigger and better than ever. And we hope you'll be here with us.