888Live festivals traveled across the globe in 2017, setting up shop in locations such as London, Barcelona, and Minsk. The tour has yet to announce festival dates or locations for 2018 leaving some to wonder where they might travel to next. There are quite a few untapped territories for 888 to visit and with 2018 drawing near, below are five stops that could be made next year.
1. Playground Poker Club – Montreal, Canada
In only a few years, Playground Poker Club has set itself apart from many of its peers in terms of volume of tours that come through in a given year. In 2017 alone, Playground has hosted partypoker Live twice, including the first Millions North America event. This week, the World Poker Tour is making its second stop of 2017. 888 visited for a local event in 2016 and a festival would add more events and larger buy-ins to draw entrants.
There are only so many dates Playground can accommodate and should they secure a two-week time slot, the opportunity makes sense. 888 would be able to grow their Canadian market and promote the latest addition to the 888 team, Toronto’s Parker Talbot.
2. Le Croisette Casino Barrière – Cannes, France
Cannes has played host to the World Series of Poker Europe in years past and this year, WPTDeepStacks made their first trip there. The €1,100 Main Event drew 266 entries and it is fair to expect that 888Live could produce similar numbers.
The World Series of Poker Circuit is also in Cannes and the casino is ripe to add another strong brand to their yearly catalog. There are no 888 ambassadors who hail from France but having team members from the neighboring countries of Germany and the United Kingdom would do well for participation.
3. Hilton Prague Hotel – Prague, Czech Republic
Since 2007, Prague and the Hilton Hotel have played host to the final European Poker Tour (and now PokerStars Championship) event of the year. During that time, there has only been one other series hosted at the Hilton, and that was in 2010 when Unibet came to town.
The property appears to be well equipped to host another series and provided there are no major scheduling conflicts in place, 888Live has a second property in the Czech Republic to add to the schedule. This season, 888Live visited King’s Casino in Rozvadov.
4. Spielbank Berlin Germany – Berlin, Germany
Another property that has hosted major events in prior years, Spielbank Berlin is opening the 2018 World Poker Tour calendar with the WPT European Championship. In 2015, the casino hosted World Series of Poker Europe. 888 ambassador Natalie Hof hails from Germany, making the fit more seamless.
As 888Live adds more properties to its arsenal, familiarity will come in handy for those looking for a new destination. Assuming that the WPT European Championship draws well, 888 Live should be following up right behind with a festival of its own.
5. Undetermined Pennsylvania Location
Online poker is officially regulated in the state of Pennsylvania after a wait of many years and 888 is prime to jump in the marketplace. Having a tie-in with WSOP.com and the Harrah’s property in Philadelphia make an 888Live appearance there a natural fit. The largest hurdle to overcome is the scheduling of the event.
There is no definitive timeline for when online play will officially commence and should 888Live decide to host an event before the end of 2018, the need for online satellites is a must. Only time will tell when and where 888Live is to plant their roots in the state for festivals to come.