Battle of Malta – the perfect poker destination for sun-loving Brits

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The Battle of Malta is a perfect destination for British poker players, combining both a superb poker experience with the chance to enjoy a really great holiday resort.

 So says Grosvenor Ambassador Jamie Nixon who has played at Battle of Malta twice and absolutely loves it. The 32-year-old Geordie, who lives near Leeds with fiancée Ellie, was one of thousands of players who competed at the last Battle of Malta which was held in April.

 

The Battle of Malta – a former “Event of the Year” at the European Poker Awards – was launched in 2012 and is now widely regarded as the best poker festival on the continent for low to mid-stakes poker players. The highlight of the forthcoming event this Autumn is a €1 million guarantee Main Event which is expected to attract a gigantic field. The festival takes place from October 4 to October 12 at the InterContinental Conference Centre in the buzzing tourist resort of St Julian’s. 

 

In addition to the flagship €1 million guarantee Main Event, Battle of Malta will also include dozens of other tournaments ranging from €65 buy-in turbo satellites right up to the €1,100 High Roller. The schedule includes a €1,100 High Roller, the Battle of Malta’s first Mystery Bounty tournament, super satellites, a Pot Limit Omaha tournament, numerous bounty tourneys and a €110 Ladies event. 

 

Nixon said: “I think the thing that I like most about Battle of Malta is that when you’re inside the venue, you really feel like you’re at a poker festival and the atmosphere is amazing, but when you go outside, you’re in a great holiday resort! It’s the best of both worlds and having the two together is really spot on.”

 

There is no doubt that Malta is a superb holiday destination with more than 300 days of sunshine every year, gorgeous beaches and a thriving nightlife scene in St Julian’s. The resort has a wealth of amenities including clubs, restaurants, cafes and bars while the Hotel InterContinental, where the festival is held, is Malta’s largest 5* hotel.

 

Nixon added: “The Intercontinental is a beautiful hotel, really nice – and the room where the tournament is held is very, very big but still has a great atmosphere. It’s a similar vibe to those huge rooms at the World Series – it’s just really exciting to see so many players at the tables. Also, the feature table is right in the middle of the room so wherever you’re sitting, you can still see it. That’s great.

 

“I’d say there are actually a lot of similarities between Grosvenor’s massive Goliath event and the Battle of Malta. There are lots of recreational players so that makes it more of a party atmosphere and if you pick up a cash or two, that’s a bonus. It’s a really good atmosphere. Everyone is there to have fun.”

 

 The Spring edition of Battle of Malta attracted more than 2,500 entries to the Main Event creating a €1,244,160 prize pool which easily smashed the €500,000 guarantee. Italian player Giuseppe Rosa won the €555 buy-in event for a monster prize of €200,340. Nixon managed to finish in the money with a €750 min-cash but he fared better in the €1,100 High Roller where he placed 20th for €1,500.

 

Another big advantage of the Battle of Malta for British players is that you can speak English almost everywhere. Malta was part of the British Empire for over 150 years – until independence in 1964 – so it is hardly surprising that many aspects of life there also feel very familiar. 

 

Nixon added: “Despite the tournament being a really fun international affair, Malta is a great place to go for us Brits as English is the official language. That helps a lot when you’re in the big important pots!”

 

Nixon, who has been a member of Team Grosvenor since the start of 2021, is already having a stellar year at live events and managed three great High Roller runner-up finishes in a month in the Spring including the UKIPT London High Roller for £40,323 and the Irish Open High Roller a week later for €44,600. He said: “It was a bit of a crazy month but it gave me a reputation for being a “bottle job” – that is, you get heads-up and then you bottle it! Everyone was making a few jokes about me needing a heads-up coach but I hadn’t played many High Rollers at that point so I was very pleased. Then I went to Vegas and gave it all back!” 

 

Online satellites are running now on GGPoker for October’s €1 million guaranteed Battle of Malta Main Event.

The satellites are running daily until September 11th giving all players the chance to win a Battle of Malta worth €1,275 prize package for as little as €6.

 

The GGPoker satellites follow a “steps” format with buy-ins set at €6, €15, €55 and €125. Each €1,275 prize package includes the Battle of Malta €555 buy-in along with four nights for the prize winner and guest at the luxurious InterContinental Hotel where the tournament is being held.

 

Battle of Malta is held in collaboration with Casino Malta where all the action will take place. 

 

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