Sharpen your skills, for the Battle of Malta has begun! 10th July 2022 marked the start of Europe’s largest mid-stakes series. This series will run through the entire month and end on 31st July. With €25,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools, a leaderboard challenge, and 75 main event and hotel packages to the live Battle of Malta Main Event, this is a battle you don’t want to miss!

In addition to the 18 featured events, there will be dozens of daily tournaments with buy-ins ranging from €11 to €1,275. There are also plenty of satellites that you can take advantage of if you want to join the battle for a fraction of the cost. 

More than €6,000,000 in total prize pools were awarded across all events just in the first week alone, with €1,062,271 awarded for featured events. 

Below is a summary of the featured events that happened during the first week.  

Event #1: King’s Landing Opener €110. 

The first featured event, which had a buy-in of €110, came with a €250,000 guaranteed prize pool. However, with 3,775 players, the prize pool shot past the guaranteed amount to €382,030. Re-entries were made available during the late registration period. After 11 hours, “Isujimi”, who re-entered twice, became the first featured event champion and took home €47,147.65 when he defeated “Blom96”, who left with a nice €35,770.11. 

Meanwhile, the second runner-up, “Arthur Conan”, who had 4 re-entries, left with €26,823.81. 

Event #2: Charge to Glory Bounty Turbo €52.50 [Ultra Deep]

The second featured event happened on the same day as well. The €52.50 event came with a guaranteed prize pool of €100,000 and attracted 3,419 players, bringing the prize pool to €170,950. This was a bounty event that had a progressive bounty of at least €12.50 that was awarded for each player eliminated. After more than 6 hours of gameplay, “Bernardo Granato”, “holyshit9”, and “SoloMid” came to a deal. “Bernardo Granato” was crowned the champion and received a total of €13,396.44 for his effort, while runner-up, “holyshit9”, and second runner-up, “SoloMid”, left the table with a total of €9,052.58 and  €7,987.35 respectively.

Event #3: Omaholic Knight Crusaders €550

The third featured event started on 12th July and ran over to the next day. The No-Limit Omaha event had a €100,000 GTD. With 240 players, the final prize pool became €125,400. After re-entering thrice, online poker streamer Michael “Minthon” Iakovlev finally emerged victorious when J of Spades appeared, giving him a Full House. He took home €28,188.44 after defeating Natural8 player “Gergo Nagy”, who bagged €20,781.99 for his effort. The second runner-up, “Mr-wen”, who was knocked out by “Gergo Nagy”’s two-pair (Q-Q-T-T-K), received €15,025.79.

Event #4: Bounty for the Knight €210

On 14th July, there was another progressive bounty featured event. The €210 buy-in event came with a €200,000 guaranteed prize pool, which was quickly surpassed and reached €270,800 when 1,354 players registered for the event. Compared to Event #2, this time, Event #4 had a progressive bounty of at least €50 for each player eliminated. 

Including a bounty of €15,623.52, player “NewBeerBro” won a total of €26,285.23 when they knocked out “Yabba Dabba Doo” (€15,276.53). Second runner-up “oscar22” left the table with €13,475.65.

Event #5: Tallinn Summer Showdown €55 [6-Max] 

The next event was the €100,000 guaranteed Tallinn Summer Showdown, which attracted 2,235 players. The guaranteed prize pool was exceeded by a slight margin and the eventual prize pool was €113,091. After 8 hours of gameplay, “hmhm” emerged as the champion and took a payout of €14,291.86. As the runner-up, “Wherismyluck” went home with €10,733.69. The second runner-up, who re-entered the event 6 times, was “Deo1983”, who left with €7,760.67.

What’s Coming Up Next Week

For Week 2, there will be 5 more featured events, so make sure you don’t miss it! 

  • Kings of Tallinn Main Event €220
  • Global MILLION$ European Cup, €1M GTD [Final Day]
  • Iron Throne Marathon €110
  • Bounty for the Queen €315
  • Three-Cities Challenge €330 [3-Stack]

Don’t forget that there’s a leaderboard challenge going on as well. Climb the ranks as you play, for the top 25 leaderboard winners will also win an entry to The Battle of Malta Main Event in October as well as a 5-star hotel package.

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