The Battle of Malta day 1b came to an end late last night and it marked a new record, as the Battle of Malta 2014 is officially the biggest tournament to ever being held in Malta, with the second biggest prize pool ever. A total of 1,447 players paid the €550 buy-in, creating a €701,795 prize pool, which a total of 261 players will continue towards winning their share of on Day 2 later today.
Gino Censori from Italy is the overall chipleader going into day 2, as he was crushing day 1b and collected 427,500 chips from the 13.5 hours of poker play. 70 completely full tables were in action on day 1b and every time a player busted out within the late registration period, a new player was standing ready to take over the seat.
Day 2 Chipleader, Gino Censori
Overall day 1b had 926 registrations, which is more than double the amount that most other tournaments in Malta manages to get throughout their entire tournament. It is also a higher number than the total amount of registrations for the Battle of Malta 2013, which had 888 players in total.
Amongst the many players playing day 1b were some of the specially invited pro's, where most of them unfortunately hit the rail. Dominik Panka busted out again on day 1b, busting two times in two days, 888 pro Sofia Lovgren also busted out along with Luca Pagano and several others.
Later today the field will continue their play and once again it is possible for you to follow the action live from your computer, through Pokerlistings Live Reporting page, where some of the best live reporters in the world delivers all the action to you, so you can rail your friends, family or favourite pro.
Day 1B tournament Area
The players will also get to know the exact payout structure today, which is guaranteed to raise some pulses, as €700,000 has to be split amongst the players with around €100,000 for first place. It's also the day where the High-Roller starts, having a €4,180 buy-in, allowing only the players with a good bankroll to participate.
Finally it is also worth mentioning for all of you who are in Malta, that tonight is the night that Pokerlistings will be hosting their official Battle of Malta 2014 VIP After Party at the Villa in Le Meridien hotel. Here you'll get the chance to meet the team behind Battle of Malta, plenty of the pro's as well as your competitors from the main event. We can only recommend that you check out this party it is well known for being off the hook.
If you have a look here, then you can see all the video's from this years Battle of Malta, as well as footage from the previous years, where you can also see the videos from their parties. If you are not playing the tournament, this is a unique chance to feel the buzz and excitement that a big tournament like this provides.