At a fast-paced final table that only lasted five hours, Israel’s Lipszyc pushed through to take down the €200,000 top prize in his first big live poker tournament. In the last hand his pocket fours held up against the A-4 of runner-up Yaron Borenstein. The story of Lipszyc’s journey to the Battle of Malta title is the stuff poker dreams are made of. Lipszyc, who said “99% of the players in this field had more experience than me,” won a satellite in his hometown in Israel that gave him a full package for the Battle of Malta. He then cruised all the way through a field of 2,074 entries. It was the biggest field ever at the Battle of Malt and Lipszyc was stunned and overwhelmed when it was over.