The Battle of Malta on Natural8 began on 10th July 2022 and is one of Europe’s largest mid-stakes series. The series is now on its last leg and will conclude on 31st July. The month-long poker extravaganza had €25,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools, a leaderboard challenge, and a €2.5 million guarantee Main Event. There are also hotel packages to the live Battle of Malta Main Event which players do not want to miss.
On top of the 18 feature events, there are also dozens of daily tournaments with buy-ins ranging from €11 to €1,275. This is exciting for players as they will be able to win more with affordable buy-ins. Another amazing thing is that there are a lot of satellites that players can take advantage of. Join the epic Battle of Malta for a fraction of the cost with these satellite events.
There were more than €6,000,000 in total prize pools that were awarded across all events in the first week alone! This is in addition to €1,062,271 in prize pools for feature events that are yet to be awarded. Here’s a lowdown of the feature events in first week.
The Battle of Malta opened with the first feature event named King’s Landing Opener. Players had to pay a buy-in worth €110 to win from a €250,000 guarantee prize pool. However, due to a total of 3,775 entries participating in the event, the initial guarantee shot all the way up to €382,030. After 11 hours of play, player ‘Isujimi’ shipped the event after firing two bullets and became the first champion of the series. He took home €47,147.65 in prize money after eliminating ‘Blom96’ in the runner-up position for €35,770.11. The third-place finisher, ‘Arthur Conan’ fired four bullets and left with €26,823.81.
The second feature event was the Charge to Glory Bounty Turbo which had a buy-in worth €52.2 and an advertised prize pool of €100,000. The event welcomed a total of 3,419 entries and brought the prize pool to €170,950. The bounty event had a progressive bounty of at least €12.50 which was awarded to each player who got eliminated. After a six-hour long grind, the top three players, ‘Bernardo Granato,’ ‘holyshit9,’ and ‘SoloMid’ ended the event on a deal. Player ‘Bernardo Granato’ took the title and had a payday of €13,396.44. The runner-up was ‘holyshit9’ who walked away with €9,052.58 and the third place went to ‘SoloMid’ for €7,987.35.
The third feature event was a No-Limit Omaha tournament with a €100,00 guarantee. The event had a total of 240 entries and the final prize pool reached €125,400. The winner was online poker streamer Michael Lakovlev aka ‘Minthon’ who shipped the event after firing three bullets. He went home with €28,188.44 after defeating player ‘Gergo Nagy’ who finished in the runner-up position for €20,781.99.
There was another progressive bounty event that took place called Bounty for the Knight. The event had a €210 buy-in event and had an advertised guarantee of €200,000. This was quickly surpassed and the final prize pool generated was €270,800. There were a total of 1,354 entries who participated and the event had a progressive bounty of at least €50 on each player. The tournament ended with player ‘NewBeerBro’ clinching the title with a bounty worth €15,623.52 and a total prize money of €26,285.23. He busted player ‘Yabba Dabba Doo’ in the runner-up position for €15,276.53.
The Tallinn Summer Showdown was the next event with an original guarantee of €100,000 and a buy-in worth €55. The tournament attracted a total of 2,235 entries and the final prize pool reached €113,091. The event lasted for eight hours and player ‘hmhm’ took home the title and a pay cheque of €14,291.86. The runner-up was ‘Wherismyluck’ who had a payday of €10,733.69. The second runner-up was ‘Deo1983’ who fired six bullets and walked away with €7,760.67.
The second week of the series will have five more feature events that players must look out for. They are as follows:
There is also a leaderboard that you can play for where the top 25 best performing players in the series will win an entry to The Battle of Malta Main Event that will be held in October 2022. They will also win a 5-star hotel package.
Donna Amo was a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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