Welcome to the coverage of the 2023 Battle of Malta Autumn Edition at the luxurious Casino Malta and the adjoining Eden Arena at the Intercontinental Malta. History is set to be made today as Wednesday marks the start of the biggest guaranteed event on the island in the €1.5 million guaranteed Battle of Malta €600 Main Event.
The weather is absolutely perfect outside and we expect equally scorching poker action throughout the week with a robust schedule boasting €2 million in total guarantees along with cash games running around the clock across a variety of games and stakes on the casino floor.
The Main Event boasts six opening flights from Oct. 18-22 with each flight playing down to just 15 percent of the field with the surviving players already in the money. The event is a deep-stacked affair with players starting off with 25,000 in chips good for 250 big blinds for those getting into the battle early on during the first two blind levels. The first four opening flights, including today’s Day 1a boasts 40-minute blind levels with breaks every two hours allowing players to enjoy the action and build up their stacks with the final two opening flights featuring quicker 20-minute blind levels.
Late registration remains open until the dinner break, ensuring that even those who are fashionably late can still join in the thrilling action. With several hundred players expected to grace the tables today, the competition promises to be fierce, with each participant vying for what promises to be a massive prize pool.
Players surviving any of the opening flights will merge to battle for the title for four more days of play from Oct. 22-25 until the latest Battle of Malta Main Event champion is crowned.
Italy’s Dario Barone comes in as the defending champion after outlasting a field of 1,992 entries in the Spring to win the coveted trophy along with the €156,500 top prize. Meanwhile, Greece’s Dimitrios Anastasakis is the defending Battle of Malta Autumn Edition champion after navigating through 4,342 entries to win the €285,900 top prize.
In addition to coverage of the Main Event, expect sporadic updates from all of the amazing side events throughout the week.
Legends will be made over the course of the next eight days.
So, buckle up, poker fans, as the Battle of Malta kicks off today. So be prepared to witness exhilarating moments, daring bluffs, and strategic maneuvers that will define the destiny of these skilled players. Stay tuned for our live updates, memorable hands, and the emergence of a true poker champion as we embark on this extraordinary journey together.