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Former EPT Champion Rupert Elder took a break from poker for almost a year but is back in action at the Battle of Malta and says he's more motivated than ever to crush on the felt. Elder has been living in Edinburgh just a few blocks from fellow poker pro Dominik Nitsche. During his time off Elder joined a table-tennis league but admits he mostly just shows up to tournaments and loses. Elder has earned almost $2 million playing live poker tournaments but says with its small buy-in the Battle of Malta reminds him of the tournaments he used to play when his career was just starting out. Elder says it's great to play an event where the emphasis is on fun but you can still win a massive prize. Check out the full interview and keep it locked on PokerListings.com for more video updates from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
I used to play this kind of event quite often. There were a bunch of small 500 to one and a half k tournaments, even two k tournaments around Europe. I'd always thought they were a really good value and they're just kind of fun because they always have a really good atmosphere. Battle of Malta is definitely fun. I'm definitely having a good time especially having just stumbled up. Everyone is sort of chatting away at a table and you don't get into really intense reg on reg violence. Obviously its not great having Dominik Panka at my table. He's a really great player. And I just have a bone to pick with him, because busted me from an online satellite, that really annoyed me.
Definitely poker gave me the independence to take the time off if I wanted. I think it just got to the point where I was completely absorbed by poker. I needed to focus on other things. But now I'm back. And now I've got other stuff going on as well so it's quite good. I feel good. Yeah, having taken a break I definitely feel a lot more ready to play, a lot more motivated, so really ready to play lots of hands. I've been playing a ton online. So trying to see live tournaments and see what happens.