The festival, which features a total of 25 tournaments, is being held from April 20 to 26 at the InterContinental Conference Centre in St Julian’s, one of the island’s top tourist resorts. In addition to the flagship €500,000 guarantee Main Event, the first Battle of Malta of 2022 will also include numerous other tournaments ranging from €65 buy-in turbo satellites right up to the DomusBet.it €1,100 High Roller.
The €555 buy-in Main Event starts April 21 with unlimited re-entries and a total of five starting flights. Each Day 1 gives players a 25,000 starting stack and 40-minute levels (or 20 minutes for the final Day 1e turbo) and will play down to 15% of the field – with all survivors making the money.
In addition to the Main Event and the High Roller, other events on the schedule include super satellites, a Pot Limit Omaha tournament, bounty tourneys and three late-night €120 buy-in “Survive your Day & Battle” events. Casino Malta is also partnering various big-name sponsors to provide a host of other fun tournaments. These include the €110 OlyBet Play & Win NLH, the €150 Poker League of Nations Ladies event, the €330 Tallinn Summer Showdown – which has an added Summer Showdown Main Event ticket for the winner, a €200 NLHE tournament sponsored by Gioca con Il Cuore and the debut €120 Let’s Play Poker Live side event. There are also side events sponsored by AmazingBet (€300 buy-in), PokerMaps (€350 buy-in) and the Israeli Poker Championship (€300 buy-in). The final event of the festival – which starts at 11pm on April 25 – is the “See you BOM 2022” tournament that includes an added Main Event ticket for the October edition of Battle of Malta.
Live satellites will be held at partner casinos across Europe and players will also be able to qualify online on various sites. Italians will be able to play online Day 1s on AmazingBet and DomusBet. There will also be numerous satellites for the Main Event at Casino Malta in the run-up to the start of the festival.
The Battle of Malta – a former “Event of the Year” at the European Poker Awards – has a growing reputation as the #1 destination No Limit tournament for low to mid-stakes poker players. With its superbly sunny weather (more than 300 days a year), stunning beaches and thriving nightlife, Malta is a near-perfect location for a poker tournament. St Julian’s is one of the island’s top tourist resorts with a wealth of amenities including clubs, restaurants, cafes and bars. The Hotel InterContinental is Malta’s largest 5* hotel.
Malta recently relaxed its Covid restrictions making it even easier for players to visit the island and Battle of Malta will be following all necessary guidelines to keep the event safe for both players and staff.
Battle of Malta was held online in 2020 and 2021 with two very successful festivals on GGPoker. The last live Battle of Malta was in 2019 an dwas won by Moldova’s Serghei Lisii for €247,167 after he cut a heads-up deal with Dutch pro Steven van Zadelhoff. The Main Event broke records for the eighth year running with 4,657 entries and a €2,258,645 prize pool. There were more than 13,000 tournament entries overall during the festival.
Designed for low to mid-stakes poker players, Battle of Malta was first held in 2012 and has been one of the most popular stand-alone live poker events in Europe. Dates for the October Battle of Malta will be announced later in the year.