Since 2012 the Battle of Malta was held in St. Julians in the heart of Malta – for the first years in the Portomaso Casino, later in the Olympic Casino Malta. This year the prestigious tournament will find shelter online as the Coronavirus prohibits live events of that size.
Instead of the Olympic Casino, GGPoker will host this year’s Battle of Malta and the operator is looking to turn the event into one of the largest low buy-in tournaments ever held online. GGPoker will guarantee a main event prize pool of no less than $3,000,000 while keeping the buy-in at $550. This means is already guaranteed that the Battle of Malta will break its own prize pool record again for the 8th year in a row. Last year 4,657 entries generated a prize pool of $2,258,645. We already know, this number will be surpassed this year. Here’s how the Battle of Malta grew over the past 9 years:
|2012||349||€ 169,265||Nicodemo Piccolo|
|2013||888||€ 430,680||Louis Cartarius|
|2014||1447||€ 701,795||Antoan Katsarov|
|2015||1804||€ 874,940||Nicolas Proust|
|2016||1813||€ 879,305||Robert Berglund|
|2017||2074||€ 1,005,890||Nadav Lipszyc|
|2018||3816||€ 1,850,760||Julien Stropoli|
|2019||4657||€ 2,258,645||Serghei Lisii|
|2020||????||at least $ 3,000,000|
The full schedule for the Battle of Malta 2020 will be released shortly. It will run for the first three weeks of November and feature a multitude of side events, satellites, and cheap qualifiers.
John Scanlon, Director of Live Events & Sponsorships at GGPoker said: “I’m genuinely excited to announce that the Battle of Malta 2020 will be hosted at GGPoker. It’s an honor to be unveiled as the organizers’ preferred online partner, and I’m confident that this year’s Battle of Malta will be bigger and better than ever!”
Slawomir Świtalski, General Manager of Casino Malta explained: “It is with a heavy heart that Casino Malta had to postpone the much-awaited Battle of Malta live event, but we’re elated to partner with such a prestigious brand as GGPoker. We look forward to seeing everyone in Malta in 2021 for a very special Battle of Malta.”
This summer GGPoker already became the temporal home for the WSOP and hosted the largest online event ever held online – the $25,000,000 gtd. WSOP Online Main Event. The WSOP at GGPoker was an instant success and it is to be expected that the Battle of Malta will also be hugely successful in this year’s online edition.
We’ll update you about the schedule and structure shortly. Meanwhile you can join GGPoker and take advantage of their extensive Welcome Bonus and Honeymoon Offer for new players.
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