Antoan Katsarov wins Battle of Malta

Antoan Katsarov wins Battle of Malta

Monday, 10 November 2014

The third edition of the PokerListing Battle of Malta is in the book with Antoan Katsarov taking the honours at what proved to be a record-breaking event.

The Bulgarian pocketed a first prize of €122,750 after topping a massive field of 1,447 runners at the Portomaso Casino. That impressive turn out was a record for an event staged on the tiny Mediterranean island.

With 35 players left heading into Sunday's finale a long day was always on the cards and that was how it proved. With a dozen players remaining and the clock already past 8pm the players were given the chance to play down to nine and return the following day or carry on until 5am when the casino's hard stop rule would come into play if required. They opted for the latter and a very late night ensued.

After the challenges of Ireland's Declan Connolly, Frenchman Hugo Lemaire, Poland's Oskar Szwed and Swede Pär Ebenhardt fell by the wayside it was left to home player Alan James Brincat and Katsarov to battle it out for the title.

Sadly, time proved to be the eventual winner with Katsarov declared the winner as he had the bigger stack when the clock struck 5am.

The final table positions and payouts were as follows:

1 Antoan Katsarov, Bulgaria €122,750*
2 Alan James Brincat, Malta €107,250*
3 Pär Ebenhardt, Sweden €53,000
4 Oskar Szwed, Poland €42,500
5 Hugo Lemaire, France €32,000
6 Declan Connolly, Ireland €23,000
7 Pontus Dargren, Sweden €16,095
8 Johan Krans, Sweden €12,100
9 Wouter Beumers, Netherlands €9,100

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