BATTLE OF MALTA BACK IN OCTOBER 2020 + NEW SIEGE OF MALTA EVENT IN APRIL
Battle of Malta, Europe’s best low buy-in live poker tournament, is back next October and set to break records once again.
Casino Malta’s prestigious €1 million guarantee event is running October 13-21, 2020 in the spectacular Eden Arena at the InterContinental Conference Centre in St Julian’s. Casino Malta has also announced a brand new €500,000 guarantee event called Siege of Malta taking place in April.
Battle of Malta
This year’s €500 + €55 Battle of Malta Main Event smashed records for the eighth year running with 4,657 entries, generating a gigantic prize pool of €2,258,645. With 35 events on the schedule and more than 13,000 tournament entries overall, the Eden Arena was packed throughout the seven-day festival.
The award-winning Battle of Malta now has a solid reputation as the #1 destination tournament for low to mid-stakes No Limit Hold’em poker players.
Siege of Malta
Building on the success of Battle of Malta, the new Siege of Malta event – which comes with a very affordable €400 + €50 buy-in – looks set to attract thousands of players from all over Europe and beyond. The €500,000 guarantee event will take place just after Easter from April 15-20, also in the Eden Arena at the InterContinental Conference Centre.
Full schedule details for both the Battle of Malta and Siege of Malta festivals will be released shortly, along with information on how to qualify online. MainEventTravel.com will be the event’s Official Travel Partner for the third year running.
With year-round sun, beautiful beaches, thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of incredible history, Malta is a wonderful location for a poker tournament. It’s a warm and welcoming country with English as a first language and is already home to hundreds of poker players from around the world as well as numerous global gaming companies.
St Julian’s is one of the island’s top tourist resorts, with a wealth of tourist amenities including night clubs, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. The beach lies just a few two minutes’ walk from the tournament venue and the beautiful capital of Valletta is an easy 20 minutes’ drive away.
Battle of Malta history
Designed for low- to mid-stakes poker players, Battle of Malta has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2012 and is now one of the most popular stand-alone events in Europe. Battle of Malta won the 2014 European Poker Awards “Event of the Year” title in the category for buy-ins up to €2,000.
In 2018, the Main Event was given a €1 million guarantee for the first time but massively exceeded the expected turnout.
Battle of Malta was launched by PokerListings and is now operated by Eden Leisure Group which also owns Casino Malta, the Hotel InterContinental (Malta’s largest 5* hotel), the Holiday Inn Express, and the InterContinental Arena Conference Centre. Not only is the Eden Leisure Group one of the biggest players in Malta’s hotel and casino industry in Malta, but its sister company the Olympic Entertainment Group also owns more than 100 gaming operations in seven different countries, giving players all over Europe the chance to win their Battle of Malta seat in live satellites to be held throughout Italy, the Baltics and other countries.
For the second year running, MainEventTravel.com will be the event’s Official Travel Partner.
Battle of Malta Main Event winners 2012-2019
2012: Winner Nicodemo Piccolo, €35,000, 349 entries, total prize pool of €169,265
2013: Winner Louis Cartarius, €68,000, 888 entries, prize pool was €430,680
2014: Winner Antoan Katsarov, €122,750, 1,447 entries, total prize pool €701,795
2015: Winner Nicolas Proust, €110,000, 1,804 entries, total prize pool €875,000
2016: Winner Robert Berglund, €160,000, 1,813 entries, total prize pool €879,305
2017: Winner Nadav Lipszyc, €200,000, 2,074 entries, total prize pool €1,005,890
2018: Winner Julien Stropoli, €168,500, 3,816 entries, total prize pool €1,850,760
2019: Winner Serghei Lisii, €247,167, 4,657 entries, total prize pool €2,258,645