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Record-setting Battle of Malta awards nearly €900,000

16 Nov 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The 2016 Battle of Malta is the biggest poker tournament ever held on the isle of Malta.

By the time the last player had been counted there were a total of 1,813 entries, which is the most ever in the five-year history of the event. This year's event offered a prize pool of nearly €900,000 thanks to record-setting participation.

There were a total of 883 entries on Day 1c (the third day of the tournament), which is the highest ever Day 1 total and nearly triple the entire field of the inaugural BOM in 2012. A couple of very well-known Spanish poker pros helped push the field into record-setting territory.

Fernando Pons, hot off his ninth-place finish in the World Series of Poker's November Nine earlier this week, took a seat early on Day 1c. Leo Margets, a Battle of Malta veteran, took a little longer but also made her presence felt in the Grandmaster Ballroom at The Casino at Portomaso. Both players were still in the contest as of the dinner break.

There were plenty of other pros in the field, too, as Konstantin Puchkov, Luca Moschitta, Steven van Zadelhoff and Sofia Lövgren all played Day 1c.

The 2016 Battle of Malta edges the 2015 edition by a slim margin of nine entries but that was enough to set the record.

€160,000 were reserved for the first prize in this year's edition. Not bad considering the buy-in remains a modest €550. The final table offered €541,000.

The Battle of Malta has grown exponentially since its debut in 2012, which offered a modest €169,265 prize pool. This year's Battle of Malta featured returning host Maria Ho and attracted poker pros Leo Margets, Fabrice Soulier, Konstantin Puchkov and Chris Bjorin.

A number of celebs also bought into the action including Finnish DJ Amanda Harkimo, Norwegian rapper Petter "Katastrophe" Kristiansen and former Swedish National Team goalkeeper Magnus Hedman.
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