A new month has kicked off with another one of the major poker tournaments on the GGPoker Network (GGPN), with the first two champions crowned in the Battle of Malta Online. It was also a busy weekend for high stakes poker players. Let’s take a look at some of the results below.
Yet another edition of the popular $210 Beat the Pros bounty tournament took place on October 31st. A field of 1,165 entries created a prize pool of $233,000, surpassing the guarantee by more than 10%.
With highlighted players as targets to secure entry into a $5,000 Freeroll, it became an even bigger challenge for them to make deep runs. However, three popular streamers managed to reach the final two tables. Once Belarmino De Souza bowed out in 15th place, it was Hristo “icho” Anastassov that cashed for $2,027.73 in 13th place.
GGPoker StreamSquad member Kevin Martin was the next to bust, losing kings to the ace-king suited of “Kukunder”. Fellow countryman Patrick “Egption” Tardif remained in contention, but had to settle for $3,448.04 as the final table bubble boy. “Kukunder” then busted in 9th place and the biggest slice of money went to Israel’s “caaaamel” who earned $31,666.78.
While the Casino Employees Event did not kick off, both other scheduled Battle of Malta Online tournaments determined a champion and easily surpassed their slated guarantees.
It kicked off with Event #1 King’s Landing Opener, which came with a price tag of $110. A whopping 4,913 entries turned that into a prize pool of $497,195.60, and the top 791 finishers all earned at least $202.58.
Natural8 Team Hot member Pete Chen was among those to collect a min cash, while Torsten “jektiss” Brinkmann made a pay jump to $223.16. Friend of Natural8 and No Limit Gaming co-founder Stefan Schillhabel earned $483.87 for 97th place and was the last featured player in contention.
The UK’s “Jbradley”, who regularly takes advantage of the Tournament Staking feature, made it all the way to 11th place for $2,565.36. The final nine players all took home at least $3,706.80.
Arthur “meiiYunqi” Conan continued his hot streak of success with a third place finish for $33.734.59, while “Bostero247” ($58,660.73) and “SQDR” ($60,518.25) then cut a deal with the latter ending up as the winner.
Event #3 Kings of Tallinn Main Event attracted an equally impressive field of 3,906 entries for $215 each, creating a prize pool of $772,606.80. Four players earned their buy-in back thanks to the Early Bird bubble protection feature, while 647 players collected at least $385.67.
Two featured players reached the top 100: Andrii “BabyShark19” Kozlenko and Damian Salas. Austria’s Jans Arends bubbled the final table, turning his 3rd entry into $4,253.68. Notables on the final table included Vinicius “pfckb” Steves (8th place for $8,761.75) and Vladyslav Korbut (5th place for $25,901.20).
“CheekySleek” earned $53,350.50 as the 3rd place finisher, while “Lirenzo19” cashed for $76,568.03. However, it was the biggest name in contention that topped it all, as Ori Hasson won the ring and top prize of $109,892.30.
The Side Event results count towards the Player of the Series Leaderboard, which will award €50,000 in Battle of Malta live event packages.
Let the Battle Begin drew 2,670 entries for a $100 buy-in, and Mario Mosboeck was a notable finalist, winning $18,164.66 for their 3rd place finish. “sididoma” ($31,128.14) and “888pruha” ($30,104.17) from Russia then cut a deal in heads-up.
In the $525 Bounty Hunters Malta HR, Andreas Christoforou earned the top prize of $54,802.10 in a field of 725 entries after defeating Bruno Volkmann ($20,486.99) in heads-up.
Four card aficionados entered the fray in the $525 PLO Crusaders Bounty Quest, with 190 of them generating a prize pool of $95,000. Rui Ferreira, Dan “iStayOn5” Colpoys and Maxi Lehmanski all reached the final table, on which Arvi Vainionkulma ($17,963.72) defeated Sebastian Sirkorski ($9,469.76) in heads-up.
The $3,150 Bounty Grand Master HR drew 100 entries, with some of the biggest names in poker battling it out on the virtual felt. Daniel Dvoress, David Peters and Dario Sammartino were the first casualties on the final table. Julian Stuer and Artur Martirosian followed soon after. Andras Nemeth collected $32,384.88, and red-hot Aussie Michael Addamo cruised to a $70,336.69 payday.
In the $315 Bounty Grand Master edition, 1,495 entries generated a $448,500 prize pool. “Mr_3rdBullet” entered just once to claim $46,809.26 in a heads-up deal with Aki “Seabossss” Virtanen ($25,305.54).
The $2,100 PLO Crusaders HR drew 92 entries, with Japan’s “Bill Thunder” emerging as the winner for $43,388.19. In the $250 edition, 317 entries emerged with Canada’s “Lokfable” becoming the eventual champion and taking home $14,017.75.
Last but not least, two turbo and two hyper Side Events took place with Miguel “FreshlyBaked” Seoane amongst the winners. The UK-based Spaniard came out on top of a field of 170 entries in the $1,050 Bounty Hunters Castle Siege HR for $34,107.99.
A total of 340 entries emerged in the $840 High Rollers Marathon, and “GROSZEK 5” from Poland topped it for $50,679.05. The $2,100 High Rollers PLO Bounty with 81 entries ended with the victory of Dante Goya ($50,189.06) in heads-up against Simon Lofberg ($14,297.80).
Idris Ambraisse almost notched up another victory in the $1,050 High Rollers Main Event in a field of 196 entries, collecting $29,403.97 for 2nd place. “riverphoenix” won it for $38,539.78.
In the $5,250 High Rollers Blade Prime, eight players out of 65 entries cashed, including notables like Laurynas Levinskas, Elio Fox, Isaac Haxton, Daniel Dvoress and Adrian Mateos. Joakim Andersson followed up his MILLION$ victory with a 3rd place finish for $48,080.20. Roman “RRomashka” Emelyanov finished 2nd for $63,551.89, and Thomas Muehloecker collected $100,985.36.
The Mulligan edition then drew 52 entries, and Andersson cashed once more. “Pluto The Doggo” ($99,358.89) defeated Elio Fox ($61,094.80) in heads-up.
Natural8 Team Hot ambassador Bryan Paris then streamed his deep runs in the $1,050 GGMasters High Rollers and the $525 High Roller MILLION$ on his Twitch channel.
In the former event, the American expat came up short in 25th place for $4,818.40. Big names went all the way as Wai Kiat “Mr Lee” Lee (8th place for $$17,372.80) and Stefan Jedlicka (4th place for $62,638.90) reached the final table. The UK’s Jon “JPC123” Clark finished 2nd for $118,940.60, while “DerEinzahler” (which in German means “The Depositor”) took it down for $163,897.70.
The time to shine for Paris then came in the $525 High Roller MILLION$, which saw 440 players return for the final day. With a share of $1,500,000 up for grabs, Paris made it further than Artur Martirosian, Simon “FiestaPagana” Mattsson, Tobias Schwecht and Charles “TheMadQueen” La Boissonniere. However, Paris’ run ended in 3rd place for $129,391.05. “N0tToday” ($188,837.10) and “UknowConcoo” ($275,594.55) earned the biggest paydays.
In the popular $150 GGMasters, 3,889 entries pushed the prize pool to $536,682. Brazil’s “Sitting Outi” took home $76,719.35 without any deal after defeating “Pythagoras11” ($53,454.33) in heads-up, after more than 11 hours in total.
The multi-flight $100 Global MILLION$ saw 1,313 Day 1 survivors return to the tables, and heads-up brought a deal between “wisechinese1” ($126,197.36) and “jjj_333” ($101,863.34).
Last but not least, the $10,300 Super MILLION$ played down to the nine-handed final table. In a field of 153 entries, the top 20 spots were paid. Among those to cash but bow out before the tournament went on break were Aleksejs Ponakovs, Joao Vieira, Andras Nemeth, Mark Radoja, Matthias Eibinger, Stephen Chidwick, Ivan “zufo16” Zufic and David Peters.
The shortest stacks currently belong to Ami Barer, Timothy Nuter and Niklas Astedt, all who have at least $42,160.06 locked up. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier is in the middle of the pack, along with Christian Rudolph and Kenneth “rebuyguy” Smaron. The two chip leaders are Ludovic “Gr4vyB04t” Geilich and Elio Fox, and all will be battling for the top prize of $321,948.95.