The series runs Nov. 1-22 with an overall guaranteed prize pool of $30 million. Players will find 15 championship events also awarding unique Battle of Malta winner’s rings.
A look at the Battle of Malta series at GGPoker
The live Battle of Malta was postponed this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Designed for low- to mid-stakes poker players, the series is one of Europe’s biggest and most-anticipated poker events.
A trip to Malta has become synonymous with fun and the lighter side of poker. That includes some unique names for tournaments during the series.
Names like Crusader’s Cup, King’s Landing, and Bounty for the Queen reflect the island’s unique culture and history.
“Due to the current situation, Casino Malta was ecstatic to be able to find a solution for this year’s Battle of Malta by partnering with such a prestigious brand as GGPoker,” Casino Malta general manager Slawomir Switalski said.
“With the help of this grand festival, our tiny, beautiful island of Malta will be showcased to a broader audience all around the world and we will be excited to invite everyone to our next live event in October 2021.”
The ring events are headlined by the $550 Main Event with $3 million guaranteed. That event features multiple starting flights beginning Nov. 8. Other highlights include:
- $5,250 High Roller Championship (Nov. 8) – $2 million guaranteed
- $215 Siege of Malta (multiple Day 1 flights beginning Nov, 8) – $2 million guaranteed
- $55 Mini Main Event (multiple Day 1 flights beginning Nov. 15) – $1 million guaranteed
Satellites underway, leaderboards awarding 2021 Battle of Malta packages
Qualifying tournaments for ring events are already underway for those looking to get in the action for a bargain price. Buy-ins start for only $0.55.
Battle of Malta organizers hope the series returns to a live venue on the island in October 2021. The GGPoker version of the festival’s Player of the Series leaderboard includes some live packages for next year.
The leaderboard will award more than €50,000 for the 2021 series. Those in the top 50 will receive prizes.
“With over $30 million to play for, this year’s Battle of Malta will be just as attractive to poker players as previous year’s live festivals,” said John Scanlon, GGPoker director of live events and sponsorships.
Here’s a look at the complete ring event schedule:
2020 GGPoker Battle of Malta
|1||Nov. 1||King’s Landing Opener||$110||$200,000|
|2||Nov. 1||Gaming Employees Championship||$100|
|3||Nov. 1||Kings of Tallinn Main Event||$215||$500,000|
|4||Nov. 5||Bounty for the Knight||$210||$200,000|
|5||Nov. 7||Grandmaster High Roller||$1,200||$250,000|
|6||Nov. 8||High Roller Championship||$5,250||$2,000,000|
|7||Nov. 8||Siege of Malta||$215||$2,000,000|
|8||Nov. 12||Bounty for the Queen||$315||$300,000|
|9||Nov. 14||Bounty Poker Tour Special||$105||$200,000|
|10||Nov. 15||Bounty for the King Royal Championship||$525||$500,000|
|11||Nov. 15||Mini Main Event||$55||$1,000,000|
|12||Nov. 19||St. Julian’s Bounty Feast||$105||$200,000|
|13||Nov. 1||Crusader’s Cup||$215||$250,000|
|14||Nov. 22||Main Event||$550||$3,000,000|
|15||Nov. 22||The Revenge||$315||$500,000|
GGPoker lands Guinness online poker record
In other GGPoker news, the site recently announced its inclusion in Guinness World Records. The site’s World Series of Poker Online $5,000 Main Event earned the record for “largest prize pool for an online poker tournament.”
That event produced a prize pool of $27,559,500 on Sept. 6, 2020. Guinness official adjudicator Michael Empric informed GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu when the record was verified.
The event lasted 150 hours, 9 minutes, 13 seconds from the first starting flight to the last hand. Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev topped the 5,802-player field to earn the $3.9 million and his first WSOP bracelet.
“This Guinness World Records title was on our radar from the very beginning,” said Steve Preiss, GGPoker head of poker operations. “Players and fans of poker expect nothing less than record-breaking prizes when it comes to the World Series of Poker, and GGPoker delivered.”
Players vying for a bracelet internationally certainly helped the series number. That has now broken records and adds to the series’ cachet.
“Breaking a Guinness World Records title shows what happens when you combine GGPoker’s amazing platform with the World Series of Poker brand,” WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said. “This will be a tough record to beat.”