Another busy week at the online poker tables has concluded on the GGPoker Network (GGPN), with millions upon millions in prize money awarded to poker players from all over the world. Read on for a recap of the Battle of Malta (BoM) Online festival, which has crowned its fifth champion thus far.
The sole midweek tournament of the BoM festival in the last week was the $210 Event #4: Bounty for the Knight, which came with a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000. Progressive bounty events have proven to be very popular on the network, with 1,712 entries ensuring the top 242 spots would be guaranteed a portion of the cash prize pool.
Some notables that cashed were Erwann Pecheux, Niklas Astedt, Francois Billard, Joao Vieira, Robert Lipkin, Adrian Mateos and Pascal Hartmann. Patrick “Egption” Tardif continued his hot streak with a 22nd place finish for $2,543.69, in both bounties and cash prizes. Valerii “BigusDickus” Kutepov received $2,956.24 for 8th place, while Mark Herm bowed out in 6th place for $8,310.75.
Frenchman and Morocco resident Sonny “Sonny_Franco” added $9,723.48 to his bankroll. Hen “GeorgeTheVet” Rosilio was the next to bust in 4th place for $12,308.32. The fourth bullet of Miguel “PatoAgro88” Lopes turned into a payday of $16,047.53, which turned out to be more than the $14,891.44 of runner-up “Al PaTiNO” mainly due to the bounties.
However, it was Poland’s “Majlo987” who walked away with the top prize of $32,919.55 and BoM ring.
The guarantee was smashed in $1,200 Event #5: Grandmaster High Roller, which drew a total of 403 entries. The top 55 spots secured a portion of the $459,420 prize pool. Online streamers Ignacio “IgnaPoker” Molina, Fernando “Jnandez87” Habegger and Natural8’s Bryan Paris all bowed out before the money, while Canada’s “PUYA” became the bubble boy.
Among those to cash were Daniel “Razer2311” Rezaei, Daniel Hindin, Andrey Pateychuk, Dan Smiljkovic, Natural8 Team Bling member Anson “Tara@0z” Tsang, Chris Klodnicki and Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Kosei Ichinose who finished 27th for $3,206.71. Mikhail Semin reached the final three tables while Felipe Ramos earned $4,757.64 for 14th place. Jans Arends ended up ($5,795.08) bubbling the final table.
A whole host of notables reached the final table including Manuel “robocup” Ruivo, Urmo “PidrPan” Velvelt, Idris Ambraisse, and Davidi Kitai. Sean “BB164” Roberts secured a payday of $44,758.64, which then left Boris Kolev and Aleksei “JokerFace” Barkov to battle for the title. Kolev eventually finished in 2nd place for $60,893.20, with Barkov triumphing and taking home $82,844.18.
Super Sunday featured another two BoM Championship Events, including the $5,250 Event #6: High Roller Championship. The event met its ambitious $2 million guarantee thanks to a total of 495 entries. 71 players earned a portion of the eventual $2,475,000 prize pool.
Former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess bubbled, while online legend Chris Moorman was the first to min-cash for $11,454.16.
Koray Aldemir, David Miscikowski, Mikita Badziakouski, Fedor Holz, Isaac Baron, Yuri Dzivielevski, Enrico “GTOExploiter” Camosci, and Aliaksei Boika were just some of the big names that hit the rail before the final three tables were set. Sean Winter, Ravid “jerbi9999” Garbi and Sebastian Sikorski made it one step further. A trio of big names followed in Joao Vieira, Viacheslav Buldygin and Adrian Mateos.
Partypoker ambassadors Dzmitry Urbanovich and Kristen Bicknell earned $27,498.16 each, while Damian Salas earned the same when he bubbled the nine-handed final table. Plenty of big names were left including Dario Sammartino, Davidi Kitai, Event #5 champion Aleksei “JokerFace” Barkov (4th place for $172,318.98) and Kyle Menard (3rd place for $235,088.33).
Darren Elias eventually had to settle for 2nd place and $320,721.93, as online legend Bert Stevens scored another tasty victory for $437,548.65.
A strong turnout in the final starting days ensured $215 Event #7: Siege of Malta created a prize pool of $2,108,943.60. There were a total of 10,662 entries, thanks to 8,352 unique entries and a massive 2,310 re-entries.
With thousands of spots paid, the top 100 still included some notables such as online streamer Hristo “icho” Anastassov, Lars “schimmelgodx” Kamphues, Drew “BigPavelski” Soik, James “NoahNgeny” Williams and Samuel “PincheGordo” Roussy Majeau.
The final two tables also featured Vlad “CheckEtoFold” Martynenko (14th place for $7,017.88) and Jans Arends (11th place for $8,939.17). The event then wrapped up for the night when Jordan “JZOKI” Stankovic hit the rail in 10th place.
Shortest stack “AvtomobilYK” has seven-and-a-half blinds for the final table this upcoming Saturday. Douglas Ferreira as well as Yu Chung “WNCouple” Chang (who also sold 21% of his action via the Tournament Staking feature) are in the middle of the pack, separated by less than one big blind.
Mark Herm sits in 3rd place with 41-and-a-half blinds, while Canada’s “cbkme” leads the pack with 51 blinds. All finalists will have a minimum of $13,438.14 locked up, while the winner can look forward to a payday of $276,577.42.
The Battle of Malta runs on Natural8 from 1 to 22 November, and is happening online for the very first time! With 15 Ring Events, plenty of Side Events and a massive $30,000,000 in guarantees, players will be spoilt for choice.