Swords Drawn for the Battle of Malta Spring Edition

Jonathan
04 Apr 2024
Jonathan Raab 04 Apr 2024
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  • Battle of Malta Spring Edition Starts April 3rd
  • €500k guaranteed €600 buy-in main event
  • Mixed games schedule including H.O.R.S.E, Pot Limit Omaha and Sviten
Swords Drawn at the Battle of Malta
Swords Drawn at Battle of Malta, picture courtesy of Casino Malta (credit: Casino Malta)
Battle of Malta (BOM) Spring Edition is about to get underway at Casino Malta with a €500,000 guaranteed main event.

The Battle of Malta is the most famous poker event on the island and one of the biggest low-stakes tournaments on the planet. It began in 2012 when over 1,700 players entered the €550 buy-in main event. The event has grown almost every year since it began and now they stage two Battle of Malta editions per year. The main festival is in the autumn and that is the really big one, which last year broke its own record with xxxx players in the main event. 

The Battle of Malta Spring edition, which starts on April 3rd and concludes on the 10th, also features a packed schedule of side events and satellites. The spring/summer edition was launched in 2022 and although it is not as big an event as its big brother later in the year, this little sister is also a significant event, with €500,000 guaranteed, for a €600 buy-in. Last year this same event attracted a field of 1,992 in the main event, creating a prize pool of €1,075,112 and was won by Italian Daria Barone for a €156,500 payday. The €530 + €70 main event has five starting days, the first of which is on Thursday April 4th.

The €600 Battle of Malta Main Event Schedule

DateStart TimeBuy-InEvent
Thursday 4th April13:00€530+€70NLH Battle of Malta Day 1a
Friday 5th April13:00€530+€70NLH Battle of Malta Day 1b
Saturday 6th April13:00€530+€70NLH Battle of Malta Day 1c
Saturday 6th April20:00€530+€70NLH Battle of Malta Day 1d (turbo)
Sunday 7th April10:00€530+€70NLH Battle of Malta Day 1e (turbo)
Sunday 7th April19:00€530+€70NLH Battle of Malta Day 2
Monday 8th April13:00€530+€70NLH Battle of Malta Day 3
Tuesday 9th April13:00€530+€70NLH Battle of Malta Day 4
Wednesday 10th April14:00€530+€70NLH Battle of Malta Day 5 (Final Table)

Battle of Malta Live Satellites

As is usual at big poker festivals, there are several satellites included in the schedule, to enable players to win their way into the main event (and later in the festival to the high roller) for a fraction of the usual buy-in. There are two per day for the main event for the first four days of the festival. Satellites are now operating as milestone satellites, whereby players win their seat when they have reached a target of 100,000 chips. Play starts with 10,000 chips per player.

DateStart TimeBuy-InEvent
Wednesday 3rd April17:00€60+€10Battle of Malta Main Event Satellite
Wednesday 3rd April21:00€60+€10Battle of Malta Main Event Satellite
Thursday 4th April11:00€60+€10Battle of Malta Main Event Satellite
Thursday 4th April21:30€60+€10Battle of Malta Main Event Satellite
Friday 5th April11:00€60+€10Battle of Malta Main Event Satellite
Friday 5th April21:30€60+€10Battle of Malta Main Event Satellite
Saturday 6th April11:00€60+€10Battle of Malta Main Event Satellite
Saturday 6th April21:30€60+€10Battle of Malta Main Event Satellite
Sunday 7th April11:00€100+€20NLH High Roller Satellite
Sunday 7th April22:00€100+€20NLH High Roller Satellite
Monday 8th April11:00€100+€20NLH High Roller Satellite
Monday 8th April22:00€100+€20NLH High Roller Satellite

Side Events at the Battle of Malta

Running alongside the main event for the first few days of the festival is another marquee event with more than one starting day. This is the Mistery (sic) Siege of Malta, which is a mystery bounty tournament with a €450 buy-in that runs on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th. Later in the festival there is also a high roller tournament sponsored by Amazingbet, with a €1,100 buy-in. There are also several other side events sponsored by different online poker rooms.

Fans of Omaha and mixed games, of which there is a thriving community in Malta will also be pleased to see several non-hold’em events make their way onto the tournament schedule. There is one such event every day from 4-9 April, including two H.O.R.S.E tournaments, three Pot Limit Omahas and one Sviten competition. 

DateStart TimeBuy-InEvent
Thursday 4th April17:00€300+€30Pot Limit Omaha (4 Cards)
Friday 5th April21:00€300+€30H.O.R.S.E
Saturday 6th April19:00€300+€30Sviten
Sunday 7th April14:00€300+€30Pot Limit Omaha (4/5 Cards)
Monday 8th April18:00€300+€30Pot Limit Omaha Bounty (4 cards)
Tuesday 9th April17:00€300+€30H.O.R.S.E

Battle of Malta Coverage

Live reporting of the festival is hosted on the event’s website, with live streaming of the final table on Wednesday 10th April. Other video coverage throughout the week will be hosted by Jason Glatzer and Patrisha Rimfire. PokerWired will be at the event and will bring you further news of the festival as it progresses.

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