888poker LIVE makes their return to the Aspers Casino in London from November 22 to December 3 with a 12-day festival full of tournaments that every poker player can get involved with.
The 10-event series provides a wide variety of buy-ins, including the Main Event that has a $500,000 guarantee and will feature appearances by former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions. It will be over a week of non-stop poker action. Whether you are looking to mix it up in some small stakes tournaments or play for the big bucks, 888poker LIVE has a tournament on the schedule worth jumping into.
The Opening Event
The first event on the schedule is aptly named the Opening Event. It is a ₤220 buy-in event that, if history is an indicator, will provide maximum bang for the buck. The structure is solid for his level of buy-in as it starts with 30,000 in chips and 30-minute levels.
There are four flights for players to choose from beginning on November 22. Last year at this time 888poker held a similar tournament called the 888Live Local London tournament. The buy-in was identical and even without a full festival surrounding the event, the tournament drew 529 entries generating a prize pool of ₤155,825. The top five players all turned their ₤220 into five-figure scores with local grinder Christopher Vernon taking home the first place prize of ₤19,670 (over $26,000 USD).
The tournament should see no fewer than 500 entries over the four flights and with the support of a full festival could even exceed the numbers posted in 2017.
Taking place on the first Monday of the festival, November 26, The Swordfish is a tournament for anybody and everybody. It starts with the smalled buy-in of the entire schedule at only ₤60. Even for that small of an entry fee, the structure should appeal to players of every experience level with 15,000 chips and 25-minute levels. This provides players who may not have as much live experience a chance to get involved, make a move or two and fire away without having to put up the buy-in of a major Main Event.
Now, the prize pool isn’t going to be anywhere near that of the Opening Event but neither is the time commitment. The Swordfish is a one-day tournament and will likely be one of the small fields. If a player is looking to have a little fun and fade fewer players, they could always splash around with The Swordfish.
In addition to The Swordfish, the schedule offers The Hurricane, The Whale and a Turbo Deepstack all of which have buy-ins less than the Opener.
The High Roller
On the other end of the tournament spectrum is the High Roller which comes with a buy-in of ₤2,200. Along with the increased price point comes a deeper structure. The two-day tournament provides 100,000 in chips and 40-minute levels.
There’s going to be some big money at stake here. In October 2017, during a previous London Festival, 69 players ponied up the buy-in and the prize pool swelled to ₤136,626, well over double its ₤50,000 guarantee. The UK’s Jamie Lunt ended up as the official winner after a heads-up deal was agreed upon. Lunt walked with ₤34,985 ($46,130 USD) for first place.
If the ₤2,200 High Roller isn’t enough to get your blood flowing, there’s a ₤5,000 Super High Roller slated to run on the final two days of the schedule.
Pot Limit Omaha
Sick of No Limit Hold’em? The Pot Limit Omaha event is the only chance on the schedule for players to compete in a game other than NLHE. Traditionally, during the 888LIVE events, the PLO event isn’t one of the better-attended events. This year it takes place on the same day at the final two starting flights of the Main Event. So, if you have already made Day 2 in the Main Event but still have the urge to play, try playing the great game of PLO.
The tournament starts with 30,000 in chips and 25-minute levels, however with some much Main Event action going on the field will likely be slightly easier to navigate than one of the other featured events.
The Main Event
Of course, it should be no surprise that the Main Event is the must-play event of the series. It comes with a $500,000 guarantee and promises to be a star-studded affair. Plenty of 888poker ambassadors like Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Parker ’tonkaaaa’ Talbot and more are likely to be on hand. In addition, 888poker will be importing a host of former World Series of Poker champions. Joe Cada, Scott Blumstein, and 888poker ambassador Martin Jacobson are all expected to be on hand.
Last year, the Main Event of the London Festival paid out the largest first place prize of the series. UK pro Tom Hall bested the 427 player field and brought home 78,888 ($104,170 USD) for first place.
888poker is hoping that this year will be even bigger and have already begun running qualifiers and handing out packages for the Main Event which include extra cash to assist with travel and lodging.
Full Schedule of Events
|11/22||888Live London Opening Event – 1A||₤220|
|11/23||888Live London Opening Event – 1B||₤220|
|11/24||888Live London Opening Event – 1C||₤220|
|888Live London Opening Event – 1D||₤220|
|11/25||888Live London Opening Event – Final|
|11/27||The Turbo Deepstack||₤80|
|11/28||High Roller – Day 1||₤2200|
|11/29||High Roller – Final|
|888Live London Main Event – 1A||₤1100|
|11/30||888Live London Main Event – 1B||₤1100|
|888Live London Main Event – 1C||₤1100|
|12/01||888Live London Main Event – 1D||₤1100|
|888Live London Main Event – 1E||₤1100|
|Pot Limit Omaha||₤125|
|12/02||888 London Festival Main Event- Day 2|
|Super High Roller Day 1||₤5000|
|12/03||888 London Festival Main Event- Final Day|
|Super High Roller Final Day|