Robert Berglund Wins Record-Breaking 2016 Battle of Malta

Malta is a popular choice among tourists, and each year around 1.2 million people visit the beautiful central Mediterranean island located between Sicily and North Africa. This year’s Battle of Malta (BOM), too, proved a popular affair, with 1,813 players entering the poker event, making it the biggest ever held in the country.
The €550 buy-in event featured a prize pool worth €879,305, and following six days of action it was Robert Berglund who would eventually triumph over his competitors to lift the trophy, and collect a first place prize of €160,000 ($176,031). Haling from the Swedish town of Falun, Berglund traveled to the tournament with his friend Rasmus Eriksson, who remarkably also managed a 3rd place finish, good for a €67,000 ($73,713) payday.
In fact, Scandinavian players turned out in force for the Battle of Malta, and also recording impressive performances was Sweden’s Jonas Hähnert who finished 9th for €14,540 ($15,997), and Norway’s Robert Eik who finished 7th for €29,000 ($31,906).
By the time three-handed play had been reached, Berglund and Eriksson were joined on the final stretch by Ireland’s John Finnighan. However, Eriksson shoved his short-stack preflop holding K-4 and was subsequently called and eliminated by Berglund (9-7) after the board ran out 9-5-Q-3-Q. This left Berglund and Eriksson to duke it out for the title, but the heads-up battle proved a brief affair, and after Berglund (J-10) and Eriksson (A-5) went all-in preflop, the dealer laid out a 9-8-6-9-J board to consign John Linkins to a runner-up finish worth €110,000 ($121,021), while Robert Berglund was crowned the 2016 Battle of Malta champion.
Final Table Payouts:
1: Robert Berglund €160,000
2: John Linkins €110,000
3: Rasmus Eriksson €67,000
4: Gonzalo Fernandez €56,000
5: Lawrence Brandt €46,500
6: Flaviano Cammisuli €37,500
7: Robert Sverre Eik €29,000
8: Giorgio Ligasacchi €21,400
9: Jonas Hähnert €14,540
Now into its fifth year, the PokerListings sponsored Battle of Malta is promoted as one of Europe’s best low buy-in poker tournaments, and in 2014 won the European Poker Award for being the best under $2k event. During its inaugural year, the BOM Main Event attracted 342 players, which by 2014 had grown to 1,447 entries, before this year’s tournament took the attendance levels to record heights.

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