Zirio and Vivaldi take charge at Battle of Malta


Well-known tournament directors Rodolfo Zirio and Luca Vivaldi are both playing a leading role in the upcoming Battle of Malta. The event is taking place from October 25-30 at Casino Malta, in the InterContinental Conference Centre in the heart of buzzing St Julian’s and features a €1,000,000 guarantee Main Event.


Zirio and Vivaldi are both well-known figures on the European poker circuit and have worked closely together for many years.


Zirio will be attending Battle of Malta as Tournament Director. He has been working in casinos since he was 18 and has worked at hundreds of poker tournament for all the leading tours including PokerStars and the European Poker Tour, the WPT, the WSOP, Winamax, the Irish Open and the Barrière group.


He is currently cash game floor manager for JP McCann’s festivals including the partypoker Irish Open and Norwegian Masters. He said: “I have a great relationship with Casino Malta and have worked there several times in the past. Now that Battle of Malta is part of their business, I get the chance to become involved not only as Tournament Director but also in recruiting and managing staff.  It’s a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.


“I am still in love with my job and poker tournaments – they give me such great moments and let me travel the world. The Battle of Malta is an amazing event and I’m thrilled to be taking a part in it. It is also be great working with Luca – we have been friends for nearly 20 years.”


Vivaldi has been responsible for early planning of this year’s Battle of Malta including devising the schedule and tournament structures. He is one of Europe’s best-known tournament directors and a key member of the PokerStars live events team as well as working at the WSOPE and Irish Open.


This year’s €550 buy-in Battle of Malta Main Event feature unlimited rebuys for the first time and has three start days with 40 minute blind levels, all playing down to the money. Players can surrender their stack to rebuy the next day with late registration open until Level 10.


The first Battle of Malta in 2012 attracted 349 entries, creating a total prize pool of €169,265. The event has grown year on year and in 2017 Battle of Malta once again broke its own record with a staggering 2,074 entries, making it the largest poker tournament ever held in Malta. This year’s Battle of Malta promises to be the biggest yet.

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