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Battle of Malta Starting in Two Days

Battle of Malta Starting in Two Days

The Battle of Malta is one of the biggest tournaments hosted in Malta this year and it returns for the third year in a row, aiming to break the previous attendance records. The tournament attracts some of the best players from all over the world, as well as satellite qualifiers, online tournament pro's and local Maltese poker players.


The tournament has been created by, one of the biggest and most influential online poker affiliates, who wanted to create a unique experience for players of all stake levels. The buy-in is a mere €550, but players will be competing for a massive prize pool of at least €500,000, as that is the guaranteed prize pool in the tournament.


The 2013 Battle of Malta shattered all previous records in terms of attendees, having 888 players competing for the prestigious title, creating a massive prize pool of €430,000. But Pokerlistings believes that the tournament can grow even more and decided to guarantee €500,000 this year, creating the best value tournament you will be able to find anywhere in Europe.


It is no coincidence that the tournament is being held in Malta, as Pokerlistings and all the biggest online poker sites resides there, as well as due to Malta being very poker friendly and have an amazing community for poker players.


The fact that Malta also offers some of the best poker rooms in Europe in the Portomaso Casino, close to all the best hotels, restaurants and night clubs, has also helped making the decision very easy for them. Despite being held in the beginning of November, players travelling to the small nation will still experience summer like weather and most importantly a very friendly and professional experience.

Portomaso Casino Entrance

 The entrance of the Portomaso Casino

Pokerlistings also arrange player parties for those who plays the tournaments, having hosted a massive party last year in the exclusive Club 22 in the Portomaso Business Tower. This year they have decided to host two parties, the first one being a casual cocktail party in the five star Hilton Hotel on November 6th and the second being in the award-winning The Villa, overlooking the beautiful Balutta Bay.

 The Villa at Le Meridien

The Villa at Le Meridien, where Battle of Malta will host this year's biggest party

The Battle of Malta parties is well known for being a great additional experience while playing the tournament, with lots of professional poker players, industry people and casual players all having a blast together and enjoying the unique atmosphere that the Maltese clubbing scene brings.

 Battle of Malta Party

Last year's Battle of Malta party in Club 22

Battle of Malta has expanded their capacity for this year's event, now being able to accommodate 1,500 players in the grand poker room in Portomaso Casino. Pokerlistings has already confirmed a total of 30 pro's and celebrities who will attend the tournament, who will help create the atmosphere which players come from afar to experience.


Amongst the most well known players attending, we can mention Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Andreas Hoivold, Sofia Lovgren and Luca Moschitta, Johnny Lodden, Luca Pagano, Thor Hansen, Dominik Panka, Dominik Nitsche and Dermot Blain. Celebrity wise Pokerlistings also found some amazing people to attend, including Maria Ho, footballer Paul Jackson and Steve Watts as well as Russian superstars Anatoly Filatov and Konstantin Puchkov.

 Dan "Jungleman" Cates

Dan "Jungleman" Cates will also play Battle of Malta 2014

Besides the €500,000 guaranteed Main Event, Battle of Malta will also be hosting several side events, including a High-Roller, Pot Limit Omaha and Deepstack event. Below you can find a complete schedule of the tournaments and satellites for the Battle of Malta:


Wednesday November 5th

  • €50+5 NLH Battle of Malta Main Event Satellite at 19.00 CET

  • Registration for Battle of Malta Main Event Opens at 18.00-21.00 CET


Thursday November 6th

  • Registration for Battle of Malta Main Event Opens at 11.00 CET

  • €500+50 Battle of Malta Main Event Day 1A Begins at 14.00 CET

  • €50+5 NLH Battle of Malta Main Event Satellite at 21.00 CET

  • Battle of Malta Cocktail Party at Hilton Hotel at 21.30 CET


Friday November 7th

  • Registration for Battle of Malta Main Event Day 1B Opens at 11.00 CET

  • €500+50 Battle of Malta Main Event Day 1B Begins at 14.00 CET

  • €420+40 NLH Grandmaster High-Roller Satellite at 21.00 CET (Re-Entry Available)


Saturday November 8th

  • Registration for All Side Events Opens at 12.00 CET

  • Battle of Malta Main Event Day 2 at 14.00 CET

  • €3,800+380 Grandmaster High-Roller Day 1 at 18.00 CET

  • €200+20 Siege of Malta “Second Chance” Day 1 at 20.00 CET (Re-Entry Available)

  • Battle of Malta Official Limelight Party at The Villa in Le Meredien Hotel at 21.00 CET


Sunday November 9th

  • Battle of Malta Main Event Day 3/Final Table Day at 14.00 CET

  • Siege of Malta “Second Chance” Day 2/Final Day at 14.00 CET

  • €150+15 Pot Limit Omaha Knights Crusade Side-Event at 15.00 CET

  • Grandmaster High-Roller Day 2/Final Day at 16.00 CET

  • €300+30 Battle of Malta Deepstack Turbo Side-Event at 18.00 CET (Single Re-Entry)


You can register for the tournaments through Pokerlistings, where you can buy everything from a complete travelling package to buy-ins for the Main Event and all side-events. You can register and buy the packages by clicking here. Cash Games will be running around the clock while the Battle of Malta tournament series is running, with different games and stakes available. The casino will charge a maximum rake of €20 no matter what size the pot is.


Good luck to everyone who is going to participate in the Battle of Malta tournaments, we can assure you that you are going to have a blast playing in the amazing Portomaso Casino, along with thousands of other poker players.

News by Daniel Allermand
Daniel Allermand - Reporter

Daniel Allermand is a freelance writer, with more than 4 years of experience in the industry as an operator, affiliate and poker player. Daniel has decided it was time to try and bring more coverage about the industry to the general public by writing articles about everything from poker to casino.


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