2015 BOM Smashes Records, Wins Hearts, Pays Out €874,940
It came in with a blaze of glory, and it went out with a blaze of glory.
The 2015 Battle of Malta kicked off five days ago with a cadre of armored knights escorting host Maria Ho into the tournament room to announce the shuffle up and deal.
It ended about 30 minutes ago in the corner of the Portomaso Casino with a multi-national (and talented) final table, a raucous rail and three players walking away with over €100,000 scores - for a €550 buy-in tournament!
Needless to say, it was a blast from beginning to end. With 1,804 entries it again smashed its own record for biggest tournament on the island of Malta. With an eye-opening €874,940 prize pool, it also smashed its €500,000 guarantee.
First-prize was pegged at €165,000 but after a three-handed deal between Nicolas Proust, Henrik Jacobsen and Hendrik Koops, all three walked away with over €100,000 - Koops with €125k, Proust with €110k and Jacobsen with €102 - the exact prize 2nd-place was supposed to pay.
The 29-year-old tennis coach who's taking some time off to explore poker for a year is a fitting champ for a tournament aimed at melding the amateur and professional worlds for the most fun and passionate tournament possible.
It would take another few hours to run through all of the names and faces that made the 2015 Battle of Malta the most memorable yet, from Tournament Coordinator Ivonne Montealegre to our genrous sponsors 888poker, NordicBet, BEtsson, Betsafe, RedBet and more, to all of the Portomaso staff and the amazing dealers.
Host Maria Ho also deserves special recognition for her indomitable spirit and infectious personality as do all of the amazing pros who took time out of their schedule to share the BOM experience.
Humberto Brenes, Anatoly Filatov, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Fabrice Soulier, Andreas Hoivold, Felix Stephensen, William Hung, Ken Lennaard and Sabina Hiatullah were just a few.
Read below for all of the day's action and check our new section for a full recap. See you next year!
Maria Ho Recaps Action-Packed BOM 2015
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