Picture Perfect! 2018 Battle of Malta Begins in Style

We expected big things for the start of the 2018 Battle of Malta, and we were not disappointed.

Moving to the spacious InterContinental Hotel and Casino Malta for the first-time this year, the Eden Arena was decked out in its Sunday best to greet the players on Day 1a today. Not only was there plenty of elbow room (and registration points) for everyone to breathe easy, the room was awash in red and blue balloons. They weren’t there just to help set the festive mood – they were actually used to highlight the table numbers!

And that was only the beginning.

Laura Cornelius, Live Stream Ease BoM Into Action

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New host Laura Cornelius was on hand to kick off the shuffle up and deal and when the chips settled into play we found some familiar faces around the tables. Sofia Lovgren, Ana Marquez, Espen Uhlen Jorstad, and two-time final-tablist Jonas Hähnert were all here.

So were former Premier League footballer Anthony Gardner, WSOP November Niner Fernando Pons and Austrian chess wiz Ivo Donev.

Did we mention former Battle of Malta Main Event champion Nicolas Proust?

By the end of the day 451 entries had made it into the prize pool to make it the biggest Day 1A since the BoM moved to more than two Day 1 flights in 2015. For reference, last year’s Day 1a had 320 entries. Play ran through 16 levels and ended the night in the money with 68 players left. Those players have all been paid out €500 but they can also choose to forfeit their stack and come back again tomorrow.

Any difference in prize money will be paid out when we starting busting people on Day 2.

Koops There It Is!

The chip leader for Day 1A is Alexander Koops with 497,000. Here are the counts:

#1 Koops Alexander Klass Mathias Netherlands 497,000
#2 D’alterio Luigi Italy 461,000
#3 Privitera Fabrizio Italy 454,000
#4 Zegal Stanislav Germany 434,000
#5 Amar Nir Italy 362,000
#6 Sele Per Steinar Norway 339,000
#7 Terziani Stefano Italy 330,000
#8 Ben Shlomo Yaakov Israel 313,000
#9 Fredrik Ellingsson Karl Sweden 310,000
#10 Pierreyves Jean Francis Joubert France 306,000
#11 Cutri’ Luciano Italy 285,000
#12 Neukirch Jonas Germany 279,000
#13 Hudson Thomas James England 276,000
#14 Stanevicius Auris Lithuania 269,000
#15 Jukka-Pekka Peltoniemi Finland 264,000
#16 Romano Maurizio Italy 242,000
#17 Nicolas Yan Proust France 218,000
#18 Lappas Charalampos Greece 217,000
#19 Evans Lena Ngoc 198,000
#20 Richnau Alexander Robin Erik Sweden 190,000
#21 Meller Guy Germany 176,000
#22 Kambov Viktor Vasilev Bulgaria 164,000
#23 Adam Milewski Poland 157,000
#24 Benta Sebastian 155,000
#25 Samuele Lo Presti Italy 154,000
#26 Rafal Skrzypnik Poland 152,000
#27 Even Soensterudbraaten Norway 141,000
#28 Fenech Philip 141,000
#29 Sammut Clint Malta 140,000
#30 Valter Proia Italy 140,000
#31 Geci Endrit England 138,000
#32 Lovelock Colin Eric United Kingdom 133,000
#33 Ghosh Kingshuk United Kingdom 130,000
#34 Filatov Mikhail Czech Republic 129,000
#35 Castillo Antonio Maria Iniesta Spain 129,000
#36 Sahlstroem Robert Marcus Martin Malta 129,000
#37 Mazet Florence Yvette Suzanne France 128,000
#38 Netzer Shai 125,000
#39 Guarnuto Dario Italy 124,000
#40 Verrina Carmine Italy 124,000
#41 Puchol Vina Alvaro Fernando Spain 123,000
#42 Kitsios Georgios Greece 119,000
#43 Mr Cezar Iustinian Laurentiu Romania 117,000
#44 Baccassino Mattia Italy 113,000
#45 Bahar Yitshak Zah 112,000
#46 Guimond Florin Nico France 102,000
#47 Caplau Joanny France 100,000
#48 Aki Paveli Vartinen Finland 93,000
#49 Stropoli Julien France 93,000
#50 Formica Salvatore Italy 91,000
#51 Riskevicius Vytautas Lithuania 82,000
#52 Toledo Rafael Malta 78,000
#53 Stachyra Artur Piotr 71,000
#54 Appleyard James England 69,000
#55 Comesana Pedro Vidal Spain 66,000
#56 Gabriele Re Italy 63,000
#57 Scalia Marco Paolo Italy 60,000
#58 Zapf Manuel Germany 59,000
#59 Ioannou Ioannis Cyprus 58,000
#60 Hosia Akseli Veli Johannes 55,000
#61 Jorstad Espen Uhlen Malta 49,000
#62 Broden Jonas Gunnar Sweden 46,000
#63 Ho Ting United States 44,000
#64 Della Ventura Sergio Domenico Italy 40,000
#65 Kasten Per Thorben 39,000
#66 Cormack Francis Harold Ireland 34,000
#67 Vadenbring Nils Gustav Malta 27,000
#68 Penney Steven John England 25,000
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