Tuesday 8th November, 2016

Berglund wins Battle of Malta Main Event for €160k

By Mad Harper

Swedish player Robert Berglund has won the Battle of Malta Main Event for €160,000, the single biggest payout in the event’s history. Berglund beat Irishman John Finnighan heads-up while his friend Rasmus Eriksson finished third for €67,000. Berglund and Eriksson came to Malta together and will be taking a combined €227k back to their hometown of Falun in Sweden. The pair had a last longer bet (for an undisclosed sum) so Berglund’s haul may even exceed €160k.

Scandis dominated what has been described as a “crazy final table”. Including fellow Swede Jonas Hahnert and Norway’s Robert Sverre Eik, there were four Nordic players at the final however this was the first time a Scandinavian has won.  It was by far the biggest payday of Berglund’s live poker career; his previous best finish was fourth at the Poker-SM Main Event in June for SKr 225,350 ($27,131).

Finnighan earned €110k for his runner-up finish. It was another record-breaking year for the Battle of Malta with 1,813 entries to create a nearly €900,000 prize pool.

  1. Robert Berglund, Sweden - €160.000
    2. John Finnighan Linkins, Ireland - €110.000
    3. Rasmus Eriksson, Sweden - €67.000
    4. Gonzalo Pro Fernandez, Spain - €56.000
    5. Lawrence Brandt, USA - €46.500
    6. Flaviano Cammisuli, Italian - €37.500
    7. Robert Sverre Eik, Norwegian - €29.000
    8. Giorgio Ligasacchi, Italian - €21.400
    9. Jonas Hähnert, Sweden - €14.540

The award-winning Battle of Malta took place at Portomaso Casino and has broken its own attendance records every year since it launched in 2012. If you fancy a trip to this beautiful balmy Mediterranean island, the next event there is less than a month away: The Deepstack Open runs from the 2nd-4th of December