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  1. This weekend just got a little bit brighter for online poker players. The now legendary Sunday Sale at 888poker is back and gives those players the chance at massive prize pools at a decent discount. This Sunday, January 24, 888poker is hosting their usual assortment of tournaments but have cut the buy-in by 50% on three of the marquee events - all while keeping the guarantees the same as previous weeks. Things get underway at 16:30 GMT with the $20,000 guaranteed Monsoon. Instead of the normal $55 buy-in, grinders can get in on the action for just $27.50. Action starts with 50,000 chips and will play 12 minute levels. Players can rebuy up to three times in the first 3.5 hours of play. The Mega Deep could be the best value of all. Offering the biggest guarantee of the Sunday Sale tournaments at $100,000, the Mega Deep buy-in is just $55 this week instead of the usual $109. Action starts at 19:00 GMT and players are given a 50,000 starting stack with 12 minute levels. Players can rebuy up to five times in the first 3.5 hours of play. Wrapping up the hat trick of savings, the $30,000 guaranteed Whale has a $215 buy-in and starts at 20:00 GMT. Once again, players will all start with 50,000 chips and will play 12 minute levels. Players can rebuy up to three times in the first 3.5 hours of play. Sunday Sale Satellites for a Cent For players whose bankroll still can't afford the discount, 888poker offers an extensive satellite program for all three tournaments with buy-ins starting at - wait for it - just a penny. Dubbed the Pennybuy, the 1¢ buy-in events run daily and offer guaranteed seats to the $2.20 buy-in satellite which then guarantees between five and ten seats to the Sunday Mega Deep. Players can rebuy as many times as they want for 5¢ and can add-on up to three times for 20¢. Other satellites are available with buy-ins of 2¢ up to $16.50 giving players multiple opportunities to qualify no matter what their bankroll is. Finding the Sunday Sale tournaments in the 888poker software is simple. Just click on the Tournaments tab on the right hand side and then choose 'Sunday Sale' in the Category listing. All tournaments and satellites to those tournaments will then be displayed.
  2. It was another superb month on 888poker's virtual tables for PocketFivers with the top ten earners collectively winning $122,201.36. The month saw 888poker's XL Winter Series which was capped off by the $500k GTD Main Event PKO which saw one PocketFiver take home the biggest score of their online career on the platform. It was a December to remember for 'MflushN' with over $30,000 in prize winnings to scoop the title of top earner on 888poker for the last month of the year. Ending the year with a bang, the Brazilian bagged a $29,938 payday and posted his biggest win on 888poker with a fourth-place finish in the XL Winter Series $500k GTD Main Event PKO. With another final table and tournament cash of $315, 'MflushN' saw a total earnings of $30,252.69, which secured his top spot on the monthly top earners table. 'Scouse_AA' produced an impressive set of results to finish in second. The Liverpudlian strung together 24 cashes, four tournament victories, and two second places for a combined $14,988.47. The five-figure haul included two wins in the $33 BIG Fish and victories in the $5,000 Late Mega Deep and the $10,000 Monsoon. 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of Mario 'AKupaA' Sanchez joining PocketFives and they will hope the new year will be as kind to him as in December. A festive taking of $10,885 secured the Portuguese poker player the 11th spot in his country's rankings. Also, a winner of the $33 BIG Fish which netted a cash prize of $2,110, Sanchez's second-place finish for $3,486 in the $25,000 Sunday Challenge PKO was then bested, in terms of money won, by his 13th place finish in the XL Winter Series $500k GTD Main Event PKO $3,583. 'MflushN' may have eclipsed Sanchez in 888poker's flagship winter spectacle, but the Brazilian still has a long way to go to catch up with his European counterpart in total earnings. Sanchez sees out 2020 with over $2.5 million in lifetime earnings, almost $2 million more than the title holder. [table id=160 /] 'Momentum288' recorded the most cashes in December, claiming the top spot for himself after sharing the title last month with 'Cheloidpro9'. The Austrian's 66 cashes, four less than in November, was enough to eclipse 'KeyzerSozePT' who rocked up 64 cashes of his own. Another Portuguese poker player featured on this list, 'KeyzerSozePT' consistent performances earned him $10,373.89, a figure that dwarfs the $1,722.15 won by 'Momentum288'. It's not the first time 'HeateN' has cropped up in these reports but the PocketFiver keeps delivering the goods. 47 cashes including four wins was enough to take the #3 spot on this list. Predominately playing low to mid-stakes tournaments, 'HeateN' has managed to cash for $39,715 in tournaments since posting his first result on 888poker in December 2019 with a career-high cash of $2,020 after finishing third in the 888Millions Mini Deepstack back in September 2020. [table id=161 /] Both 'HeateN' and 'Scouse_AA' make appearances again with their four tournament wins each. And another month where plenty of PocketFivers won on three occasions with 'Tahiti75' notching the most earnings of $4,255.25 from those names on the list. [table id=162 /]
  3. Some players rocket up the PocketFives Rankings after a single score in a big event. Sometimes it's a player taking a shot in a tournament out of their normal buy-in range or maybe it's somebody riding a heater after winning their way in via satellite. More often than not, those players quickly fade into the distance of the PocketFives Rankings as similar results don't follow. Then there are players who continually put up strong results week in and week out and maintain their position in the upper echelon of the rankings. They use consistency as a means of maintaining their spot. 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche could easily be the poster child for that group. As expected, Nitsche turned in strong results in 2020 with a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker win, an European Poker Tour Online win, and managed to bank a six-figure score on his birthday on 888poker. All told, the four-time WSOP bracelet winner earned more than $1.34 million online in 2020. Despite all of his career success, which includes more than $6.5 million in online earnings, Nitsche had never won a SCOOP title. That changed in May when he took down Event #87 High ($530 NLHE) to grab the title and $82,365 and 353.56. And it was no easy task, in the end, Nitsche had to beat Georgios 'Geokarak' Karakousis heads up to claim victory. The 888poker Millions Superstorm Main Event in October had a $1 million guarantee and drew 3,196 entrants. After outlasting 3,192 of those players, Nitsche, who just happened to be celebrating his birthday that day, wound up chopping the tournament with the three other remaining players and banked $121,146 for coming out on top after the deal was made. That wound up being the third largest win of his online career. In November, Nitsche topped the 2,833-entry held in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Online Event #14 ($215 NLHE - EPT Online Cup) to take home $82,093 and add 752.73 PLB points to his total. That same day he also won a PokerStars High Roller Club event, beating 44 other players in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $3,331.31. The calendar turning to 2021 didn't change much for Nitsche. To date he's cashed 24 times with five of those adding to his PLB total. The highlight of that group was a win in a PokerStars Blowout Series Event #51 High ($530 Turbo NLHE) where he beat out 325 other runners to win $30,664.69 and 403.73 PLB points. Through just two weeks of the new year, Nitsche has already won $96,841.11 and added 1,092.47 PLB points to his total. All of that has placed Nitsche in the #1 spot in the German rankings where he has a narrow lead over 'nilsef' who held the top spot for most of 2018 and 2019. German Online Poker Rankings [table id=155 /]
  4. Even though Christmas has come and gone, the team at 888poker is still delivering presents to poker players around the world with their latest promotion, Turbo Gift Drops. To make these winter months more bearable, from January 11 through February 9 players on 888poker will have a chance of winning a variety of prizes every ten seconds. Players with a New Year’s resolution to take poker more seriously, have got the perfect footing to stick to their goals with the Made To Go Turbo Gift Drop giveaway on the new Made to Play software. Get Your Turbo Gift Drop with a Win on Every Spin Open the gifts that you really wanted for Christmas as getting your hands on these prizes has never been easier. All you need to do is play your favorite 888poker game of choice whether that’s cash games, MTTs, SNAP, or BLAST Sit-n-Gos. Without having to do anything, every ten seconds select tables will be chosen to receive a Turbo Gift Drop of up to $1,000. Players who somehow miss out on one of the prize drops will not be forgotten as they still get two daily free spins on 888poker’s Winner Spinner. With a guaranteed prize every time, the Winner Spinner helps players start the New Year off with a much-needed turbo-charge. What prizes can 888poker players look out for? There will be no January blues for 888poker players with a plethora of prizes up for grabs. There is no reason to still be disappointed with socks from Granny as 888poker is giving out the chance to win some amazing gifts. As an 888poker player, you can boost your 2021 bankroll with fantastic prizes such as: $1,000 in BLAST Tickets Cold hard cash MTT freeroll tickets Freerollin’ rollin’ rollin’ We know January can be a time where the zips around our wallets and purses stay shut, so do not miss out on the chance to get a slice of the prizepools on offer from these freerolls. Win tickets to these tournaments from either the Winner Spinner or Gift Drops, and to give everyone a chance to get in on the action some of these freerolls are no ticket needed! [table id=154 /] NT = No Ticket Needed GD = Gift Drop Spin = Winner Spinner
  5. The online poker explosion of 2020 proved to be a boon for PocketFivers, especially those who took advantage of the extensive tournament offerings over on 888poker. The online site spent the better part of the year giving players plenty of reasons to log on and play. From their Early Bird Rakeback promotions to the multiple $500,000 GTD XL Series Main Events, the data shows PocketFivers padded their bankrolls by making deep runs in some of the biggest tournaments the online site offered all year long. In total, the top ten PocketFives tournament players on 888poker earned more than $1 million over the course of 139 victories. Denmark’s ‘N33dCoaching’ led all scores in 2020 by earning $124,973 with a total of 221 cashes. A regular grinder of mid-high stakes tournaments, ’N33dCoaching’ put together his six-figure earnings with volume and consistency. He notched 10 wins with his biggest score coming in the April 5 edition of the $25,000 Sunday Challenge when he outlasted the field of 226 entries to earn a $5,529 payday. A late-year heater brought him three more important victories in a four-week span. First, he took down the $16.50 BIG Fish on October 17 for $2,835. Right before the end of the month, he booked another win in the October 30 $10,000 Mega Deep for $3,400. Just two weeks later ‘N33dCoaching’ grabbed the gold medal once again in the $12,000 Mega Deep for another $3,600, which proved to be a critical score to help him take down the 888poker Top Earners leaderboard. Just $3,390 behind ’N33dCoaching’ was online poker savant Peter ‘Belabacsi’ Traply. Traply, who currently sits at #2 on the Online Poker All-Time Money List, locked up a yearly total of $121,583 on 888poker to push his career online earnings to more than $18.4 million. Traply, playing under his screen name ‘kiskutya23’, made the money in 220 tournaments in 2020 and finished in the top spot in 16 of them. Of those 16 victories, 15 were good for four-figure scores and the total of those wins account for $32,898 of his earnings (27% of total scores). One of the most important of his year was his victory in the January 27 edition of the $3,000 Late Mega Deep for $1,924 which became a part of his 12th PocketFives Triple Crown, his first time achieving that accolade since 2013. Surprisingly, his biggest score of the year wasn’t one of those wins. In fact, it was a tournament where he didn’t even place in the top three. In the July 19 edition of the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep, Traply took home his biggest 888poker score when he finished in fifth place for $5,250. Traply ended the year as the #3-ranked player in Hungary and #156 in the world. Rounding out the top three is Germany’s ‘LIk3az0mbY’ who took home $115,698 over 367 in-the-money finishes. Like the two players above him, ‘LIk3az0mbY’ made his money by sticking to the grind. His 2020 highlights included grabbing a title in 888poker’s PKO Series by winning Event #27 ($20,000 Mini 6-Max) for $3,298. The very next week he hit what would be his high score of the year with a runner-up finish in the April 16 edition of the $20,000 Mega Deep for another $3,937. With the help of his results on 888poker, ‘LIk3az0mbY’ climbed into the top 10 online players in Germany and hit an all-time career-high of #858 in the world. 888poker Top 10 Earners of 2020 [table id=151 /]
  6. After 34 events and more than $1 million in total prizes won, 888poker’s XL Winter Series wrapped up on Sunday with ‘Kazi070486’ winning the $500,000 GTD Main Event PKO for $34,685 plus an additional $26,178 in bounties for a total score of $60,863. The final event in the nearly two-week-long series drew a total of 1,824 entries, which provided players some extra value to the tune of $44,000 in overlay. After eleven and a half hours, Russia’s ‘Kazi07086’ walked away with the outright win, besting Denmark’s ‘Acp0lle’ in heads-up play. As the runner-up, ‘Acp0ll3’ took home $34,683 as well as an extra $3,568 in bounties. Brazil’s ‘M.Flush.N’ took the final spot on the podium, finishing in third place for $21,506.78 plus $8,431 in bounties. The XL Winter Series Main Event was one of the biggest tournaments 888poker held all year and as such provided some of their largest paydays to their players. Six players turned their $250 buy-in into five-figure scores including Romania’s ‘Mr.Crusher’ (4th, $17,364), former top-50 worldwide ranked ‘peledazmogis’ (5th, $12,577), and ‘rivadeep’ (7th, $10,880) who despite finishing in seventh place, cashed for more than 6th place ‘Jarmoausalt’ (6th, $9,210), thanks to racking up $4,321 in bounties along the way. XL Winter Series Main Event Final Table [table id=147 /] XL Winter Event Series Highlights The $500K GTD Main Event was by no means the only tournament in the series that provided players an opportunity to build a healthy bankroll. There were plenty of highlights to be had, in which 888poker players turned smaller buy-ins into big-time scores. Right off the bat in XL Winter Event #1 ($50,000 Opening Event), the 511-player field bested the guarantee with a $51,100 prize pool. India’s ‘arucia’ and the UK’s ‘barrybarry15’ ended up making a heads-up deal, that awarded ‘arucia’ a first-place prize of $9,039 and ‘barrybarry15’ $8,048 as the runner up. Sweden’s 'TrollKnost8' also turned the $109 buy-in into a nice payday, grabbing $5,365 for third place. It’s tough to say what the highest value tournament of the series was, but Event #10 ($50,000 Tune Up) with its $55 buy-in might just be it. Players saw it the same way as 1,085 entries pushed the prize pool to over $54,000 giving the top eight players four-figure payouts. ‘pereleman’ ended up taking it down for $9,819 and the XL Winter title. Right behind him was Russia’s ‘Thundy100’ who locked up $7,052 as the runner up. ‘FlushJeZus’ also picked up nearly 100x the buy-in, taking the bronze for $5,289. Some of the biggest paydays came in Event #17 ($50,000 High Roller). The $320 buy-in was the biggest of the series, but that didn’t stop 154 entries from taking their shot at the $11,500 first-place prize. Previous XL Eclipse champ ‘Kannwas’ added another title to their poker resume when they defeated the UK’s ‘oldskool555’ for the outright win. The UK grinder took home an even $8K as the runner up and Russia’s ‘mao042’ rounded out the top three with a $6,075 score. In the end, it was the combination of value and the popularity of PKO’s that turned Event #33 ($50,000 Mini Main Event) into one of the most popular tournaments of the series. A total of 1,983 entries paid the $33 buy-in which crushed the guarantee to the tune of $59,490. Brazil took the top two spots with ‘afelipelli’ claiming the title and $3,555, plus an additional $3,338 in bounties, for first. His countryman, ‘JMBrotto’ settled for second place and a total score of $3,654. ‘heroes333’ almost got to the end, but finished in third place for a total haul of $3,083. 2020 XL Winter Series Winners [table id=149 /] * denotes deal
  7. November was a virtual feast for all of the PocketFivers who enjoyed the new “Made To Play” mobile poker platform over on 888poker. Whether they were taking advantage of the Early Bird Rackback program or just extracting the incredible value in the online site’s tournament schedule, it was clear that players had plenty to be thankful for last month. ’BillySlater’ took home the title of 888poker Top Earner for the month of November after putting together a string of nine cashes for a total of $20,373. A mid-stakes grinder, ‘BillySlater’ picked up his largest score across all platforms when he took down the November 8 edition of the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep for the $18,750 first-place prize. The very next day, he tacked on another $639 with a final table performance in the $10,000 Monsoon, a critical score that helped him lock up the Top Earners spot. Currently ranked as Chile’s #2-ranked player, ‘BillySlater’ has been an active PocketFiver since 2007 with career earnings totaling rapidly approaching $3.7 million. Additionally, he’s celebrated five online Triple Crown awards with his most recent achievement being earned this past September. Finishing in a close second was the UK's Feargus ‘EZPZ’ Murphy who ended the month having earned $19,986 on 888poker. Murphy registered 17 total results in November including five podium finishes. He has identical results less than one week apart when he finished as the runner-up in both the November 11 and November 16 editions of the $10,000 Mega Deep both of which paid him $2,669 for his effort. In between those tournaments, he booked a win in the November 13 $10,000 Monsoon for $2,505. While ‘BillySlater’ may have bested Feargus on the Top Earners list, Feargus has one-upped his fellow PocketFiver in the worldwide rankings. Whereas ‘BillySlater’ currently sits ranked #409 in the world, Feargus has him pipped with a ranking of #408. Rounding out the top three earners for November is Brazil’s Romulo ‘dred’ Barreto who did all his damage on 888poker in a single tournament. Barreto took a shot in the November 1 edition of the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep and didn’t miss. He bested the field of 674 entries to take home the $18,750 first-place prize, the second-largest score of his career. The score has helped him close in on a number of career highlights including hitting an all-time high in the worldwide rankings (#261) and needing less than $2,000 to eclipse the $500,000 career earnings mark. 888poker Top 10 Earners November 2020 [table id=139 /] There was a tie atop the Most Cashes list as both ’Momentum288’ and October’s Most Cashes winner Marcelo ‘Cheloidpro90’ Navarrete both captured 70 total results. ‘Momentum288’, who regularly plays at the lower end of the buy-in, earned a total of $1,856 which included a victory in $500 Turbo Deep. Navarrete turned his 70 scores into $4,334 and also picked up a win in a daily $500 GTD Turbo tournament. ‘steveysee’ finished not too far behind the list leaders with 62 in-the-money results in November. The grinder collected $1,288.77 for his efforts and added it to his impressive $625,738 in career online earnings. 888poker Top 10 Most Cashes November 2020 [table id=140 /] No one found their way to the top of the 888poker podium last month more than Stephen ‘sizzlinbetta’ Reynolds who notched five victories and finished the month with total earnings of $2,385. The Republic of Moldova’s ‘Blugaru007’ picked up four wins and after him, there were plenty of PocketFivers notched three victories. 888poker Top 10 Most Wins November 2020 [table id=141 /]
  8. Hot on the heels of their recently released “Made To Play” mobile poker app, more changes are in store for 888poker as they announced a rebranding of their championship online poker series from XL Blizzard to XL Winter Series. While the name may have changed the concept is the same, an 11-day series which kicks off on December 10 is filled with value-heavy tournaments for low-to-mid stakes players. The 2020 XL Winter series features 34 events with the majority of buy-ins ranging from $5-$50 and over $1 million in total prize money guaranteed. The Main Event The bulk of that guaranteed money is wrapped up in the highlight of the entire series, the $250 buy-in, $500,000 GTD Main Event. The Main Event takes place on Sunday, December 20 and for the first time in the history of the XL Championship series, it will be played out as a Progressive Knockout. The XL Winter Main Event follows a similar structure that has turned these championship events into the biggest tournaments of 888poker’s calendar year. Players are given a 30,000 chip starting stack and 15-minute levels. There is plenty of late registration time (270 minutes) and up to four reentries should things not go according to plan. In the end, whether the tournament hits the guarantee or not, the first-place prize will be in the high-five figures allowing a player to turn their modest buy-in into a potential career-high score. Spotlight Events In addition to the Main Event, the XL Winter Series schedule boasts a number of spotlight events that offer players prime bankroll building opportunities. Four different tournaments have guarantees of $50,000. On December 10, the first tournament of the series is the $109 buy-in $50,000 GTD Opening Event, an event which historically has been one of the biggest prelim events of a series. On December 13, the $55 buy-in $50K Tune Up promises players who make a deep run a nice payday as does the December 15 $320 buy-in $50,000 High Roller. Finally, at the very end of the series, running at the same time as the Main Event, the $33 buy-in Mini Main Event PKO gives players one last shot at a big-time payday for a modest buy-in. Livestream Freerolls Another new addition for the XL series is 888poker integrating their social media channels more than they have in the past. Like they did during their recently completed Millions Superstorm, players and fans can follow some of the biggest tournaments in the series in a series of livestreams hosted by David Tuchman and Nick Wealthall. Some of the 888poker ambassadors will also be sitting in on the broadcasts to break down the poker action. During each of the livestreams, 888poker will be giving away $109 and $33 tournament tickets and dishing out the information on three XL Winter Streaming Freerolls that take place alongside the livestream. 888poker Live Stream Schedule [table id=131 /] Of course, players looking to get into XL Winter events for the absolute minimum can win their tickets through 888poker’s satellite system, which offers entry for as little as $0.01. All XL Winter satellites can be found in the XL Winter lobby under the Tournament tab in the client. In addition to satellites and freerolls, XL Winter tickets are being given away throughout the entire series via 888poker’s new ‘Gift Drops’ which debuted along with their new mobile client. 888poker Full XL Winter Schedule [table id=132 /]
  9. In a career that has spanned more than 12 years, 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche has evolved from a small stakes online grinder to one of the most prolific high rollers in the poker world today. The results of his hard work speak for themselves as Nitsche has amassed more than $6.5 million in online earnings and an amazing $18.65 million in live earnings, a total which places him 32nd on the Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List. Even after so much success, Nitsche continues to grind. A successful week at the online tables helped Nitsche surge 27 spots in the online poker worldwide rankings to #68, one of the biggest moves inside the top-100 for the week. The rise in rankings helped him take over the #1-ranking in Germany and close in on a career-high spot of #60, which he last hit back in 2009. As Nitsche continues to climb the rankings, it makes for a good time to look back at some of the biggest scores in the DTO private poker coach’s history, including his most recent victory which added a major title to his long list of accomplishments. 2019 PokerStars WCOOP Just over a year ago, Nitsche booked the biggest win of his online poker career during the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker when he made a deep run in Event #25-H ($25,000 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller). The tournament drew 90 entries and generated a prize pool of over $2.2 million fueled by some of the toughest competition the poker world has to offer. Nitsche battled his way to the final table, outlasting the likes of Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen, Tim ‘Tim0thee’ Adams, and Mustapha ‘lasagnaaammm’ Kanit, all of who made the money. In the end, Nitsche ended up falling in fifth place walking away with $188,139. Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov ended up winning the event for more than $527,000. 2017 PokerStars SCOOP Two-and-a-half years prior to his big risk, big reward run in the 2019 WCOOP, Nitsche entered another high roller looking to take home a massive score. The field size in the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #15-M ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) was a good deal larger as 772 entries drove the prize pool to just over $1.5 million. Again, Nitsche made a deep run to the final table where he battled the impressive online poker talent of Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer and former #1-ranked Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson. Nitsche finished in fourth place that day but locked up a massive $115,800 score for his efforts. $5K High Roller One of the very first high roller tournaments in 2018 took place on January 3 that year and featured a who’s who of top online poker talent. The $5,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller was littered with notable screen names that finished in the money that day. Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich, Mike ‘telks’ Telker, Chris ‘Apotheosis92’ Kruk, and Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick all picked up huge scores that day. Nitsche surpassed all of them though and notched himself a podium finish with a third-place score of $82,445 which helped him get the year off to a good start. In the end, Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas bested ‘DEX888’ for the win and the $139K first-place prize. 2020 PokerStars SCOOP It seems that Nitsche only gets better with age as two of his top 5 all-time scores were won in 2020. The first of which took place on May 22 in the 2020 PokerStars SCOOP when Nitsche fired in the $500,000 guaranteed Event #87-H ($530 NLHE). The field swelled to 956 entries but Nitsche outlasted every single one of them, booking the win and adding the $82,365 first-place prize to what was, at that time, $5.8 million in online earnings. 2020 EPT Online Cup Nitsche’s latest major online score proves that while he may be known for crushing the small field, nosebleed buy-in tournaments he still has what it takes to work his way through a massive field MTT and get the win. On November 14, just over a week ago, Nitsche nabbed himself a title in PokerStars’ first-ever EPT Online series when he outlasted the massive field of 2,833 runners and took down EPT Online Event #14 ($215 NLHE, EPT Online Cup) for $82,093. Along with the major online title, Nitsche picked up 752.73 PLB points which sent him sailing past Germany’s ‘nilsef’ in the rankings and has positioned himself to reach ranking heights he hasn’t seen in over a decade. Since taking home the gold in the EPT Online event, Nitsche continues to add to his PLB point total, grabbing another 169.49 points with his runner-up finish in the $215 Fast Friday just last week. If Nitsche continues to grind the kind of volume he’s been putting in as of late, he’s a favorite to hit a new career-high ranking by the end of the year. Players can qualify for the online poker worldwide rankings by adding their screennames to their PocketFives profile.
  10. The month of October was scary good for PocketFivers over on the 888poker tables. In addition to racking up wins during the Millions Superstorm and taking advantage of the Early Bird Rakeback program, 888’s new ‘Made To Play’ mobile platform was rolled out at the end of the month giving players a brand new experience when it comes to playing poker on the go. No one had a better month on 888poker than former #1-ranked PocketFiver Aaron ‘aguskb’ Gustavson who, while playing under his screen name ‘YoureMagical’, took the title of Top Earner for October with a total of $21,526. Gustavos, who won the EPT London Main Event back in 2009 for more than $1.35 million, spent his time crushing the mid-stakes MTT schedule. He locked up 18 total results including a spotlight score in the 888Millions Sunday Special for $13,899. Gustavson found the podium four times, including a victory in the October 8 edition of the 888Millions $33 Big Fish for $1,959. That was the difference for him when it came to taking the leaderboard top spot and finishing in second place. However, it’s just a drop in the bucket for his outstanding online career in which he had earned more than $5.1 million to date. Michael ‘skeldon87’ Skeldon racked up 26 cashes for a total of $20,574.15 on 888poker to capture the number two spot. He kicked off the month with a pair of wins, the first of which came on October 1 when he took down the 888Millions Mini PKO 8-Max for $3,562. Three days later he grabbed gold again in the Mini Mega Deep for another $3,140. For his third victory of the month, Skeldon went the distance in the October 14 edition of the $10,000 Mega Deep which was good for $3,520. The mid-stakes grinder took home seven four-figure scores and an equal amount of podium finishes all of which has helped him to a career-high spot of #436 in the world, #40 in all of the UK. At the end of next month, he’s expected to soar past $700,000 in career online earnings. Rounding out the top three in earnings is another former #1-ranked PocketFiver in Sweden’s Anton ‘VnilaVader’ Herrmann. Herrmann put in slightly less volume than those players above him, and certainly less than what he did back in 2014 when he sat atop the online poker world. But he did manage to pick up two wins in his 13 total results which helped him take home a total of $18,716 for the month. Herrmann first knocked out the competition in the October 4 edition of the 888Millions Sunday Challenge PKO for $6,403 and then two days later grabbed the $3,438 first-place prize in the 888Millions Mega Deep. He added three more four-figure scores in the month and then called it a day, wrapping up his month with his final result on October 18. 888poker Top 10 Earners October 2020 [table id=116 /] For the first time in a number of months, the Most Cashes list has a new name sitting in the top spot. Ecuador’s Marcelo ‘Cheloidpro90’ Navarrete has wrestled the title away from Netherlands’ ‘HeateN’ by racking up 73 total cashes for a total of $3,385. This is a breakout month for Navarrete who has been a member since 2014 and plays mostly small stakes. His effort has made him a ranked player and lifted his total career cashes up over $30,000. Belarus’ ‘Glum’ took the second spot, earning 68 total results for a total of $1,839, five of which were good for wins. He tied ‘HeateN’ who also notched 68 results but took home just a bit more cash by locking up $2,389 and six victories. 888poker Top 10 Most Cashes October 2020 [table id=119 /] Those six victories for ‘HeateN’ was good enough for him to take the #1 spot on the Most Wins list. The grind continues for the micro-stakes crusher as he is just $15,000 away from eclipsing $200,000 in total career earnings. 'Glum's five victories was good enough for second place and following him, there is an extended tie for third place with multiple players able to lock up three victories in October. 888poker Top 10 Most Wins October 2020 [table id=120 /]
  11. Sao Paulo born Vivian Saliba has grown up with poker around her, first playing the game at 12-years-old and then accompanying her father to card rooms for the first time at the age of 17. Primarily a Pot Limit Omaha cash game player, but no stranger to poker tournaments, the Brazilian has put in strong performances during various years of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Most notably in 2017, she made the money in three No Limit Hold’em events and two in her specialized game of Pot Limit Omaha. But it would be a PLO hand, a game that has allowed her to amass a small fortune, that still gives Saliba nightmares to this day. “By the end of 2015, I decided to quit college and follow my dream as a professional poker player. The beginning of my career was a real rollercoaster and even though in 2016 I played WSOP events for the first time, I didn't actually play that many tournaments,” Saliba said. So, 2017 was the first time playing in her dream tournaments and marked a special year for her as a poker player. The tournament in question was WSOP Event #54 and was the most important tournament for her at the time due to the buy-in and what was at stake. “Back in 2017 during the WSOP in Las Vegas I was playing my first ever $10,000 buy-in event. That was a PLO event, my main game at the time, and still is nowadays. The tournament had 428 entries and I managed to finish it in 11th place.” Despite making it to the final two tables and winning $47,923 for her efforts but busting that event negatively affected her feelings as there was a strong desire to make It as a professional poker player “That tournament seemed to be the perfect opportunity, giving the high level of the competitors, price of the buy-in, prize pool and it being WSOP bracelet event.” Playing five-handed, holding an average stack of 30 big blinds, and playing her strongest poker variant, it was almost a certainty that Saliba would make the final table and be in with a chance of claiming the $938,732 prize. But of course, nothing is guaranteed in poker. Defending her big blind with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6d"] following a raise from the button, Saliba smashed the board making top set on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="6c"]2x flop. “I check-raised the flop with my top set and my opponent re-raised so that all the money is in the middle, he had [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="7c"]8x for an overpair and open-ended straight draw.” The turn card brought a jack, leaving Saliba pretty much dead as only the case nine on the river would have saved her from elimination. “If I had won this hand, I would be up to top-3 stacks of the tournament and also would bust my opponent. I was left with 3bb and on the next hand I end up busting. Looking back that is nothing I would do differently at that specifically play but I would definitely take it easier with myself," she said. “I literally had nightmares with this hand for months. I believed that I would never get so close to a WSOP final table ever again.” Despite the setback, in November of that same year she became part of the 888poker team, which was one of her poker career ambitions. Shortly after, the Brazilian recalled another hand that would make anyone shudder, but this time the 888poker ambassador was on the more fortunate side of lady luck. Playing Event #64 - $888 No Limit Hold’em – Crazy Eights in the 2019 WSOP with six players and eight big blinds remaining. Saliba ended up getting it all in for her tournament life with ace-four versus Ireland’s Patrick Clarke's ace-ten. Despite being dominated and in horrific shape, she out-drew her opponent to secure the full double up and keep her WSOP bracelet ambitions alive. “I won and he was left with a couple of big blinds and busted a few hands after. That bad beat gave me the chance of cashing for $131K more. “I imagine that my opponent must have felt very bad in this situation giving that he had me dominated, it was a huge event with a huge prize pool and we were all so close to the bracelet so the stakes were that much higher!” Vivian narrowly missed out on securing her first-ever WSOP gold bracelet, instead finishing in 4th place out of a field of over 10,000 entries for the biggest payday of her career for $308,888.
  12. It’s no secret that, for many, Halloween will be celebrated differently this year, with some of the world still in some form of lockdown as countries look to overcome coronavirus. Whether the thought of no trick-or-treaters brings you a smile or a tear, we can all say that we have at least one fond memory of the ‘spookiest’ day of the year. And after speaking with 888poker ambassadors Kara Scott and Sofia Lövgren, it is abundantly clear that they too look forward to the 31st of October. For Scott, growing up in Northern Canada meant that by October 31st, it was already way below zero and usually there was a lot of snow to deal with. That didn't stop any trick or treating, but it did mean having to wear a big parka and snow boots over the costume her mother had crafted for her. Whether Scott wanted to turn into a pumpkin, dragon, or witch, it seemed that her mother could turn a simple garbage bag with other everyday household items into whatever monster or ghoul her daughter desired. One thing that always fascinated Scott was the Halloween myth of finding razor blades in apples. For example, despite knowing everyone in their 600 person hometown, she, along with her brother and sister, recognized it was a longshot but that still wouldn’t deter Kara and her siblings looking for hours on end. “I loved Halloween as a kid. Dressing up and being silly has always been something that I enjoy," Scott said. “I love dress-up parties and festivals where everyone wears wild costumes and there were a few years while I lived in Brighton, UK that I got to do these things with awesome like-minded people. I threw a Star Trek party once, for someone named Kirk who had just become an airline Captain." “I made everyone dress up according to the theme and revelled in the whole thing as a huge Trekkie, I even have my own tricorder!” But having lived in Europe for the last 20 years, the face of 888poker has missed out on indulging in Halloween festivities with her most recent favourite ghoulish memory coming nearly a decade ago. “When I was in Santa Barbara about nine years ago was the last time I dressed up properly," she said. “I was Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim and it was the perfect costume. Combat boots instead of high heels, a jacket to stay warm and a cool wig. Top marks for that one.” And Kara’s fondness of Halloween is now being passed onto her young child now, with collecting costumes already it seems that Scott junior will be carrying on her mom’s fondness of the holiday. Sofia Lövgren’s early Halloween memories, like her colleague, include getting up to mischief with her family. “My brothers, sister, parents and I would buy pumpkins which we then made art with. We bought as big and heavy pumpkin as we could to carry home," Lovgren said. “We emptied the pumpkin filling and then I loved the tradition of carving evil faces onto them and then put them in our garden with candles inside.” But the Halloween highlight of Swedish born Lövgren’s childhood was always the trick-or-treating, (mainly the treating side of things) and experimenting with Halloween looks, which usually resulted in her favourite ghoulish get-up of a half skeleton face with the other half all glammed up. And Lövgren’s enthusiasm for Halloween continued into her adult life thanks to her parent's love of traditions, no matter the holiday. “I grew up with lots of decorations around me on big holidays as my mom and dad love traditions. I also try to carry on the traditions as a grown-up, especially during Christmas and Easter but also Halloween. Even today we all still love to cut Halloween pumpkins with candles.” But now more likely to been seen watching her favourite scary movie The Ring, rather than knocking on neighbours’ doors in the hopes of a waterfall of candy being dumped into her jack-o-lantern. In recent years, Lövgren usually finds herself around the poker table this time of year which has made for some more recent fond memories. “I was in Malta for the Battle of Malta 2015 which took place during Halloween. This event is always a blast and we decided to get Halloween face paintings and I made my favourite; one half evil face and half beauty face. “I actually hit the table with my face painting which was fun and then in the evening we also went out to party which turned out to be really great.”
  13. The 888poker Millions Superstorm online series came to a conclusion on Sunday night when 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche bested a total field of 3,196 runners in the $1M guaranteed 888Millions Superstorm Main Event to take home the $121,146 first-place prize. Nitsche, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, spent the day battling through the 567 players who managed to survive the opening flights of the event and make it to Day Two. By the time the final table got underway, the high-stakes pro had faded the majority of the field but found himself with fewer than seven big blinds. Despite that, he stayed out of trouble in the early parts of the final table and eventually eliminated his final four opponents to walk away with a six-figure score. After a few orbits at the final table, Lithuanian grinder ‘joolius’ was the first player eliminated. After ‘Artemka168’ opened holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"], ‘joolius’ moved all-in for his remaining 15 big blinds with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. ‘Artemka168’ made the quick call and the pocket kings held when the board ran [poker card="9h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ac"]. ‘joolius’ exited in ninth place for $15,000. After ‘GarbinaD’ opened from late position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"], Brazil’s ‘franguet’ made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2c"] and Rocha put in his remaining short stack with top pair and was called by ‘GarbinaD’s dominating ace. The turn was the [poker card="9h"] and the river came the [poker card="kh"] sending the Brazilian out the door in eighth place for $20,000. It didn’t take long before ‘dulek_jason’ hit the rail as well when he pushed his final seven big blinds in the middle holding [poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"] and was called by ‘Artemka168’ in the big blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"] flop kept ‘dulek_jason’ ahead in the hand but offered ‘Artemka168’ some additional straight and backdoor flush outs. The [poker card="6h"] gave ‘Artemka168’ even more opportunities but it was the [poker card="9c"] river than brought ‘Artemka168’ the straight and eliminated ‘dulek_jason’ in seventh place for $25,000. Minutes later ‘GarbinaD’ was involved in another elimination when they raised their [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"] from early position and ‘DreamLikeMe’ called with their tournament life on the line with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="5c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jc"] giving ‘GarbinaD’ a pair on the river and sending ‘DreamLikeMe’ out in sixth place for $30,000. Nitsche got to work five-handed when he put in a raise from the cutoff with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3d"] and the short-stacked ‘kiskutya23’ made the call for it all with [poker card="ks"][poker card="5d"]. Nitsche hit his ace right away on the [poker card="5s"][poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] flop but ‘kiskutya23’ also had a pair and some additional two pair and trips outs. But the [poker card="9c"] turn and the [poker card="th"] river did nothing to help ‘kiskutya23’ and they fell in fifth place for $45,000. The final four players began to talk about a deal as the original payouts had a steep increase with a $100,000 difference between second and first. It didn’t take long for all the players to agree to an ICM deal with $20,000 left for the eventual winner. Nitsche began four-handed play as the short stack but found a critical double that kept him alive and it started him climbing the chip counts. He picked up another major pot when ‘MrMarley83’ made his last stand by shipping [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"] under the gun and Nitsche made the called with [poker card="as"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="5h"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7d"] to give Nitsche top pair with a better kicker. Canada’s ‘MrMarley83’ finished in fourth place for $80,551.47, more than $20,000 than the original posted $60,000 prize for fourth place. Nitsche took over the chip lead and quickly took out another player when he limped on the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"] and was shipped on by ‘Artemka168’ who held [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. Nitsche made the call and saw the bad news that he was dominated. But the [poker card="td"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"] flop flipped the script and with his pair of tens, Nitsche held on through the [poker card="3h"] turn and the [poker card="jc"] river. ‘Artemka168’ walked away in third place with a $106,193.93 score. The final hand of the tournament saw ‘GarbinaD’ move all in with the shorter stack holding the [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"]. Nitsche made the call with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"] looked bad for ‘GarbinaD’ as it gave Nitsche trip nines. But the [poker card="jd"] turn brought in the straight for ‘GarbinaD’ and Nitsche left to look for an ace or the board to pair to win it all. It did just that when the [poker card="qd"] hit the river awarding Nitsche the pot and eliminating ‘GarbinaD’ as the runner-up and a payout of $112,609. With a little luck on his birthday, Nitsche pulled out the win and walked away with the $121,146.01 first-place prize to add to his more than $6.3 million in career online earnings and his $18.6 million in career live earnings. Final Table Payouts Dominik ‘888Dominik’ Nitsche - $121,146.01* ‘GarbinaD’ - $112,608.59* ‘Artemka168’ - $106,193.93* ‘MrMarley83’ - $80,551/47* ‘kistkutya23’ - $45,000 ‘DreamLikeMe’ - $30,000 ‘dulek_jason’ - $25,000 ‘franguet’ - $20,000 ‘joolius’ - $15,000
  14. During the month of September, PocketFivers continued to grind and thrive in the midst of the 888poker Millions Superstorm. With the bulk of the $8 million in total guaranteed prize pools up for grabs last month, players at every level were able to find no shortage of value and bankroll boosting opportunities. One of the biggest beneficiaries of all the action on 888poker was Ukraine’s ‘yarik1903’ who grabbed the top spot on the Top Earners list for the month of September. The former top-100 ranked player put in the bulk of his volume in the last week of the month and scored big with a victory in the September 27 edition of the $100,000 GTD 888Millions Sunday Special for $19,350. Add to that a runner-up finish in the $33 888Millions Sunday Big Fish for $2,821 and that amounts to the lion’s share of his $23,397 total monthly earnings. Although ‘yarik1903’ grinds less volume now than when he did when he was ranked #26 in the world back in 2014, his monthly haul was enough to help him leap to over $2.6 million in career online earnings. Cambodia’s ‘Kortex_67’ finished in second place on the 888poker Top Earners list playing under his 888 screen name ‘Creative.’. The online grinder amassed a monthly total of $22,109 to help him climb to become the top player in his country and hit a career-high ranking of #392 in the world. ‘Kortex_67’ took down the September 13 edition of the $100,000 GTD 888Millions Sunday Mega Deep for $18,890 and followed that up with a runner-up finish in the September 27 running of the 888Millions Sunday Challenge PKO for another $2,567. If he continues to put in the same amount of volume, there a good chance he’ll be able to hit the $51,000 he needs to eclipse the $500,000 lifetime total mark by the end of the year. The top 3 Top Earners is rounded out by former worldwide #1-ranked Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez who took home $19,375 from 888poker in September. The top-tier pro from Uruguay simply hasn’t been playing very much online poker over the past year, having already made more than $7.7 million in his esteemed career. But last month he decided to take a couple of shots during the Superstorm and walked away with a victory in the September 13 edition of the $100,000 GTD 888Millions Sunday Special for $19,350, which was essentially the totality of his earnings for the month. 888poker Top 10 Earners September 2020 [table id=113 /] For the third month in a row, the Netherlands ‘HeateN’ topped the Most Cashes list for the month of September. His 70 total cashes is a bit of a drop from his volume and results in recent months, but it was still enough to get the job done to be #1. The small-stakes grinder grabbed two gold medals and took home a total of $4,608. ‘HeateN’ held off another well-known name on the Most Cashes list as Russia’s ‘Neverhood007’ racked up 61 cashes and three wins for a total of $1,899 to grab the number two spot. Brazil's Daniel ‘dandeprimo’ Pedro de Primo Santos tied with ‘Neverhood007’ with 61 cashes, but was just slightly outearned taking home $1,783.28 in the month. 888poker Top 10 Most Cashes September 2020 [table id=114 /] There was also a tie atop the Most Wins list as both Sweden’s ‘Mr.kantarell’ and ‘Kotofei5’ from the Republic of Moldova picked up five gold medals in September. With 30 total scores, ‘Mr.kantarell’ picked up the win 16% of the time and racked up $3,460 in the month. ‘Kotofei5’ earned money 21 times and his five wins represented a nearly 24% victory-when-cashing rate and helped the small-stakes grinder to $1,226 in total earnings. 888poker Top 10 Most Wins September 2020 [table id=112 /]
  15. Just when you thought the schedule of major online poker tournaments was about to take a breath, here comes this Sunday’s slate of events in 888poker’s Millions Superstorm Series. Online grinders take note: September 27 is one of the biggest days in 888poker’s month-long, $8 million guaranteed Millions Superstorm Series. On this one day, there are 15 tournaments, promising nearly $400,000 in total prize money, two of which boast six-figure guarantees. So even though the World Series of Poker Online may be over and the World Championship of Online Poker has crowned its Main Event winner, poker players looking for value and the opportunity to take home a title still have more to play for. Six-Figures On The Line Of course, Sunday is the biggest day of the week in online poker, and this week 888poker is offering a pair of tournaments fit to be a part of the Sunday Majors. The first is the 888 Millions Sunday Special, a $215 buy-in tournament with a $100,000 guarantee. With long levels and 50,000 in starting chips, the Sunday Special promises to live up to its name. Plus, for recent depositors, there is a 30 seat freeroll satellite taking place the day before, so players who plan on making an effort to play in this one can plan ahead and take a shot at a free ticket. Starting just one hour later, is 888poker's marquee weekly tournament, the $109 buy-in $100,000 Mega Deep. The schedule staple often provides five-figure paydays for those that make it to the end and savvy players know that, on occasion, this tournament has the possibility to provide players a little bonus in the form of an overlay. Mid-stakes Menu While it’s true that the biggest buy-in events carry the biggest guarantees of the day, mid-stakes players have more than their share of bankroll boosting opportunities this Sunday. Seven of the 15 tournaments on tap have a buy-in between $20-$55, all with healthy guarantees. But perhaps the best value of all of those tournaments is the $55 buy-in, 888 Millions Mini Sunday Special with its $50,000 guarantee. Even if $55 is slightly out of reach, 888poker is running plenty of $5 satellites to help lower stakes players find their way into the Mini Sunday Special. Plenty of PKOs 888poker has also packed its Sunday schedule with a number of their popular Progressive Knock Out tournaments. Bounty hunters can stay in action all day by playing in any or all of the seven PKO tournaments on the schedule. For those that enjoy playing on the high side, the $88 buy-in PKO 8-Max offers a $15,000 guarantee and the biggest bounties of the day. But, for those who want the same PKO action but at a smaller price point, check out the $7.50 PKO 8-Max with $6,000 up for grabs. The guarantee is roughly half of the larger tournament but at less than 1/10th the price. While Sunday is indeed the biggest day of the week, players can participate in the 888poker Millions Superstorn all the way through Sunday, October 11. 888poker Millions Superstorm Sunday Schedule [table id=108 /]
  16. [caption width="497"] The PocketFives Open returns Sunday to 888 Poker[/caption] On Sunday at 19:00 UK Time, the PocketFives Open for non-US players returns to 888 Poker. This is the first PocketFives Open since November and, this time around, there's $2,000 in added cash and prizes. Here are the details: Name: PocketFives Open Date: Sunday, March 13 Time: 19:00 UK Time Site: 888 Poker Prizes: $1,000 in cash added, 20 months of Tournament Poker Edge training added, 10 PocketFives t-shirts added Buy-In: $11 Tournament ID: 77885700 Password: pfivesopen 888 is generously adding $1,000 in cash to the prize pool, which will be distributed to the top five finishers. The winner of the PocketFives Open gets $400 in added cash, second place gets $250 in added cash, third place gets $150 in added cash, fourth place gets $125 in added cash, and fifth place gets $75 in added cash. This is in addition to the regular prize pool, which will be distributed just like any other tournament on 888. Here's the full list of added prizes in the PocketFives Open, which includes training from Tournament Poker Edge as well as PocketFives gear: 1st place: $400 added + 1 month of TPE + 1 P5s t-shirt added 2nd place: $250 added + 1 month of TPE + 1 P5s t-shirt added 3rd place: $150 added + 1 month of TPE + 1 P5s t-shirt added 4th place: $125 added + 1 month of TPE + 1 P5s t-shirt added 5th place: $75 added + 1 month of TPE + 1 P5s t-shirt added 6th place: 1 month of TPE + 1 P5s t-shirt added 7th place: 1 month of TPE + 1 P5s t-shirt added 8th place: 1 month of TPE + 1 P5s t-shirt added 9th place: 1 month of TPE + 1 P5s t-shirt added 10th place: 1 month of TPE + 1 P5s t-shirt added 11th - 20th places: 1 month of TPE added Anyone with an 888 account is welcome to play and, again, this promotion is only open to players outside of the United States. If you don't already have an 888 account, you can sign up through PocketFives, deposit at least $30, and play in the PocketFives Open. When you do, you'll get a free PocketFives t-shirt delivered to your door. Just e-mail PocketFives support to claim it. This is the 46th running of the PocketFives Open. The reigning non-US champ is Poland's 'michal1h', who won it back on November 11. The very first PocketFives Open winner was 'BubbaKGB', who won the Open on PokerRoom in December 2005. Other winners have included PocketFives Elite member 'wackyJaxon' and former 27th ranked player Frank 'gator93' Hernandez. Check out the official PocketFives Open thread here.
  17. In January, the fourth edition of the 888poker Super XL Series exceeded all expectations, covering all of its guarantees by an average of 210%. Due to its popularity, the site is bringing the series back in May, this time guaranteeing $3 million over 40 events, including a $1,050 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed Main Event. The series, which runs from May 14-22, will continue its tradition of offering a Mini, Turbo and Main version of each event. Entries start as low as $5 and max out at the $2,100 buy-in, $400,000 High Roller Event scheduled for Monday, May 16. With its $3 million guarantee, 888poker is upping the ante from its previous series, which boasted just $2 million in guaranteed cash. The first event on the docket, the $88,888 Crazy 8 Super XL Kick Off, is an $88 buy-in tournament featuring the same structure that will be used in the $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event of the 2016 WSOP. The winner of 888poker’s version will not only receive the largest chunk of the prize pool, but will also be rewarded with an entry into the WSOP live event. "I will be playing on 888 a lot practicing and trying out a few new, different things I have been working on," said 888 pro Dominik Nitsche. "I just heard there will be another XL series right before Vegas, so that's amazing news as it will give me a chance to get in some big tournaments before playing the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl." Super XL satellites are already running on 888poker and are offered as low as $0.01. Players will additionally have the chance to qualify in two mega satellites. The first costs $160 to enter and takes place on Sunday, May 5 at 18:35. A minimum of 15 seats will be up for grabs in that tournament. The second is a $215 buy-in satellite which takes place on Sunday, May 22 at 15:05 and will award 50 seats. The January edition of the series proved a major success for 888poker and Finland's ‘jnevanli’ bested the UK's ‘carmen.1957’ in the Main Event, taking home a $182,663 payday. Here’s a look at all of the series’ main events: Super XL 1 - $88 buy-in, $88,888 Crazy 8 Super XL Kickoff (18:00, Saturday) Super XL 4 - $215 buy-in, $150,000 Mega Deep (16:30, Sunday) Super XL 7 - $600 buy-in, $200,000 Whale (18:00, Sunday) Super XL 10 - $160 buy-in, $15,000 Omaha Event (18:00, Monday) Super XL 15 - $2100 buy-in, $400,000 High Roller Event (18:00, Tuesday) Super XL 18 - $109 buy-in, $30,000 8-Max Event (18:00, Wednesday) Super XL 21 - $160 buy-in, $10,000 Americas Event (23:00, Wednesday) Super XL 24 - $55 buy-in, $40,000 R&A EVENT (17:00, Thursday) Super XL 26 - $215 buy-in, $75,000 Quarterback Event (18:00, Thursday) Super XL 29 - $150 buy-in, $25,000 Knockout Event (18:00, Friday) Super XL 32 - $160 buy-in, $50,000 6 Max Event (18:00, Saturday) Super XL 35 - $215 buy-in, $150,000 Mega Deep (16:30, Sunday) Super XL 36 - $1050 buy-in $1,000,000 Main Event (17:00, Sunday) Full schedule here Sign up here for 888poker and get a 100% deposit bonus up to $600.
  18. [caption width="640"] 888 is looking for player feedback in the form of a town hall this Saturday.[/caption] With competition in the New Jersey online gaming market on the rise, Garden State operators are working diligently to promote their US brands and fine-tune their products to keep current players happy. 888, for its part, is taking a novel approach to gathering feedback from customers and plans to hold a New Jersey town hall meeting Saturday, May 21. "Online gambling in New Jersey has grown to be a $150+ million industry in just over 3 years," the company said in a press release. "888 was one of the first movers in the market, and its software powers 888poker/casino, WSOP.com and Harrah’s online casino in the Garden State." The inaugural meeting is being held at The Fireside Grill on 135 S. Main St. in Marlboro, NJ from 1-3pm. Attendees will enjoy complimentary refreshments and have the chance to pick up some 888poker swag. Players are encouraged to attend and discuss their experience on the site, and offer their thoughts and ideas about how the product can be improved. “We want to know what we are doing well, what we need to improve, and what new things players would like to see,” continued the release. Company reps will also be on hand to answer any questions from players and media. Those interested in attending can RSVP by sending a message to the company’s social media accounts, Facebook.com/888pokerUSA or @888pokerNJ on Twitter. New Jersey’s 888poker/casino software offers a full suite of poker and table games and runs on the All American Poker Network (AAPN), a joint venture between 888holdings and Avenue Capital. The company also gives players the ability to play on the go with free Android and iOS apps.
  19. [caption width="640"] 888poker is giving players around the world the chance to star in their own poker story video.[/caption] Many poker players just want to maximize their profits when they sit down at the poker table. For them, it’s all about the money. But there’s another group of poker players who have another motivation in mind when they buy-in to a tournament or a cash game. They want to see their name in lights. They want to be TV stars. They want to be famous. And now 888poker has come up with a way to make that possible for online poker players around the world and they don’t have to throw a chair, berate some guy from Northern Europe or whine about their lack of luck. They’ve just got to play. 888 recently introduced a personalized video program that takes the last week of a player’s activity and turns it into a statistic-diven video that can be shared via social media with friends and family around the world. "888 was looking for a way to engage players in a new and powerful way in order to retain them. By using their stats and behavior and creating a personalized TV poker series; with a new episode each week, each player can see their progress and compete against themselves and other players,” the company said in a press release. Some of the 21 different data points that appear in the video includes an aggressiveness meter, a loose-tight meter, the number of knockouts recorded in tournaments and the nemesis for each player. As the player continues to create weekly videos the story will continue to expand to include more data including national rankings, gender and even playing patterns. If you want to become a star of your own poker video, sign-up for 888poker and get $88 free. "Poker is a skill game with a lot of statistics, so we can generate very personal and engaging content that can be interesting to the player and even improve [their] game," the company said. It’s also easy to share the video with friends and family around the world. Each video includes built-in share buttons meaning that putting the video on Twitter, Facebook or even WhatsApp is just a single click away. If you’re dying to be the star of your own poker video series, you might have to be patient. The program was initially rolled out to 10,000 users and quickly expanded to 20,000 users, all in English-speaking markets. As the program becomes more successful and popular, more users and more languages will be added. To learn more about the personalized video program visit 888poker.com
  20. [caption width="640"] Chris Moorman won over 0,000 in November playing live events in the United States[/caption] Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is easily the most decorated player in PocketFives history. He's the only player to earn more than $10,000,000 in lifetime online earnings and has more than $4,000,000 earnings than any other player. He's won the PocketFives Triple Crown a record 25 times and he's been the #1-ranked player in the world 13 times. With all of that success on the virtual felt, do not sleep on Moorman's track record on the live tournament scene. Over the last three weeks he has managed to add three more cashes to his resume, including the fifth runner-up finish of his career. The 31-year old 888 poker Ambassador started the month off by being part of a group of 17 players that qualified from The Commerce for December's SoCal Poker Championship. Moorman outlasted 3,498 other players in the $350 SCPC qualifier at The Commerce Casino to make his way to the SCPC Main Event which takes place at The Bike December 14-15. He followed that up two weeks later with a second place finish in the2016 LA Poker Open, also at The Commerce. The $1,650 buy-in event had a field of 345 and Moorman was able to outlast all of them except for Scott Stewart, the eventual champion. During heads up play, the final two players agreed to a deal that added $10,000 to second place, allowing Moorman to walk away with $85,510 for his efforts. As if putting in a dominating performance on the West Coast wasn't enough, Moorman then hopped a plane and headed to Florida to play the Seminole Rock N Roll Poker Open where he found himself at yet another final table. Moorman made his way through 72 other players in the $1,100 NLHE Turbo event to reach the final table before eventually finishing fifth for $5,670. The final table included November Niner Jerry Wong as well as Jean Gaspard and eventual champ, Peter Eichhardt. 888Live London Festival Main Event Is a Big Success Counting the $10,800 SCPC seat that he won, Moorman earned $101,980 in the month of November to bring his 2016 live earnings to $423,247. The bulk of that coming from his third place finish in the Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event in Barcelona, Spain in August. His recent scores pushed his lifetime live earnings to $4,524,426. He's cashed 53 times with 16 of those being final table appearances. His biggest score came in 2014 when he won the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic for $1,015,460.
  21. [caption width="640"] King's Casion in Rozvadov, Czech is the next stop for 888Live[/caption] In October, 888poker held its first ever 888Live Festival in London’s Aspers Casino, drawing players from across the globe for a 10-day live poker tournament experience. Now, the site is gearing up to visit the second destination on the series’ schedule, Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and this time promises players even more guaranteed cash. The festivities begin January 26 at Europe’s biggest card room, Kings Casino Rozvadov, and culminate with the €300,000 guaranteed Main Event on February 6. Players will vie for a total of €600,000 in prizes and have their choice of 13 total events, with entries starting from just €60. 888 will kick things off with a bang on Thursday with a €225 buy-in, €150,000 guaranteed Opening Event. Players will receive 30,000 starting chip stacks and will be allowed two re-entries, with late registration staying open for 11 levels. On Wednesday, February 1, the €5,300 buy-in High Roller tournament begins. Participants start with 100,000 chips and will battle for at least €100,000 in guaranteed cash over two days. That event allows for late registration up until the beginning of Day 2. The 888Live Main Event is slated to start on February 2, and is comprised of three starting flights. Players begin with starting stacks of 30,000 chips and can also register late up until the start of Day 2. Hosting duties will be split between 888 Ambassadors Kara Scott and Natalie Hof, with the latter taking over the German language content. 888 pros Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, and Sofia Lövgren will also make appearances, and will each have an $888 bounty on their head. Those who can’t make the trip can still catch a glimpse of greatness, as 888 will livestream feature tables throughout the series. 888Live London Festival Main Event Is a Big SuccessFestival qualifiers are already up and running on 888poker, with entries starting at just $0.01. Players can try and win their way to the Czech Republic the hard way in 24/7 satellites, or win Opening Event and Main Event entries in $30 and $109 tournaments respectively. Kings Casino, which only permits players 18 years of age and up, is located just five minutes from the German border at Waidhaus and offers more tournaments and cash games than any other card room in Europe. 888Live Festival concept After recognizing the popularity of recent live poker festivals, 888poker went back to the drawing board to revamp its own live offerings. As a result, the company created 888Live Festivals, which feature longer structures, a larger variety of tournaments and buy-ins, and bigger guarantees. The upcoming Kings Casino event will be the site’s second Live Festival, and is just one of three planned for 2017. Take a look at the full Kings Casino Festival schedule below: TOURNAMENTBUY-INGUARANTEE Opening Event€ 225€ 150,000 The Breeze€ 100€ 10,000 The Hurricane€ 115€ 15,000 High Roller€ 5,300€ 100,000 The Main Event€ 888€ 300,000 The Monsoon€ 100€ 6,000 The Swordfish€ 100€ 7,000 The Whale€ 110€ 15,000 The Thunder€ 60€ 5,000 The Mega Knockout€ 170€ 15,000 Turbo Deepstack€ 80-- Pot Limit Omaha€ 150-- The Lightning Six Max€ 110€ 6,666
  22. On Sunday, November 27, 888poker will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its popular Mega Deep tournament. To mark the special occasion, the site is boosting the event’s normal guarantee nearly fivefold to an impressive $500,000. The inaugural Mega Deep launched in January 2012, and started out as something of a well-kept secret amongst poker pros who frequented the event. Eventually, the $215 buy-in tournament attracted a mainstream following, and would soon become a leading weekly event. For the upcoming fifth anniversary tournament, the site has made a few notable changes. Aside from the increased prize pool, 888 will lower the length of blind levels from 30 to 20 minutes, while also allowing for one re-entry. The special Mega Deep event comes on the heels of the site’s Super XL Series VI, which played out in September and featured $4 million in guaranteed cash. That series is also quite popular with the poker community, and has seen continual yearly increases in its prize pool. A Favorite Amongst Pros Several 888 poker pros and ambassadors will be on hand for the Mega Deep celebration, including accomplished tournament specialist Chris Moorman. The British grinder, who boasts $4.4 million in all-time winnings, has played in countless events, but still considers the Mega Deep to be one of his favorites. Is Bitcoin Part of the Future of Poker? "With the amazing structure allowing for great flexibility of play, the Mega Deep has always been one of my favorite tournaments of the week," said Moorman. "Upping the prize pool to half a million dollars makes this a must-play for any aspiring or professional poker player." Poker pro Jonathan ‘jgjg3000’ Gill, who once made three Mega Deep final tables in a period of six weeks, will also be in attendance. "I will certainly be looking to play this event," said Gill. "The Mega Deep is a special tournament. Realistically it is what I believe to be the best structured MTT across all major sites, which I believe is partly the reason for my success in it. Weekly it attracts many players, whether online regulars or recs who have satellited in. It is hard to find a better weekly tournament." The Mega Deep also regularly draws some of the biggest names in the industry. Poker pros Felipe ‘mr.salgado’ Salgado, Peter ‘joeychestnut’ Murphy, and Marcelo ‘CHELitw’ Garcia Gonzalez are amongst the event’s past winners. The exclusive tournament is just a part of 888’s strategy to woo customers with creative promos and special events. In January, the site will kick off its second 888Live Festival, inviting players to Rozvadov, Czech Republic for what is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience. The 10-day event will take place at the biggest poker room in Europe, King’s Casino Rozvadov, and feature a €600,000 prize pool.
  23. [caption width="640"] 888 poker is sending Four Lucky Winners to watch the 2016 November Nine up close (Joe Giron/WSOP photo)[/caption] Every poker player dreams of entering the World Series of Poker Main Event and making an appearance in the November Nine. And each year hundreds of thousands of those same players watch from home as somebody else completes their dream. With the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table now less than a month away, 888 poker is sending four lucky winners to Las Vegas tor an up close experience as a new world champion is crowned. To win one of the four packages available, simply play in the 888 poker Facebook Trivia Game from October 2 - 7 and answer eight questions correctly. Trivia game winners will be emailed a ticket to an exclusive tournament on 888 poker which runs on October 11. Players can win only one entry to this tournament and the field is capped at 18,000 players. The top four finishers in this tournament will find themselves heading to Las Vegas. Each winner gets flights for themselves and two friends, accommodations at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, $900 spending money and tickets to all three days of final table play inside the Penn & Teller Theatre. Due to the U.S. Presidential election, the 2016 November Nine actually starts in October. The final nine players reconvene on October 30 for the first of three days of play. The 2016 WSOP Main Event champion will be crowned on November 1. The entire three days of play will be aired live on ESPN. The four winners of the 888 poker trivia tournament won’t be the only ones representing the online poker room that week. Two players at the final table will be wearing 888 patches after qualifying on the site for the Main Event earlier this year. Spaniard Fernando Pons is the shortest stack still in the tournament, but after qualifying for €30, he easily has the best ROI of any player. Meanwhile, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Griffin Benger also satellited his way into the Main Event on 888 poker. Benger had no intentions of travelling to Las Vegas for the Main Event before taking a last shot on 888 poker and winning a seat. Benger comes into the final table with the seventh-best stack. 888 poker WSOP qualifier Fernando Pons hoping to be the Chris Moneymaker of Spain For more information on how to enter this contest, visit the 888 poker Facebook page. *Note: contest is not open to players in the United States.
  24. [caption width="640"] Eliot Hirn won the 888Live event in Innsbruck, Austria earlier this year[/caption] For 10 days in October the city of London is going to be overrun by some of the smartest value-seeking poker players on the planet as 888poker brings the 888Live series to the English capital for the very first time. The Aspers Casino is hosting the 10-day festival beginning on October 13 with buy-ins ranging from £120 to £2,000. The opening event is a £220 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with a £100,000 guarantee. Players will have their choice of three starting days to play the event and grab their share of the first six-figure guarantee of the festival. Don't have an 888poker account yet? Sign up through PocketFives and get a $88 free and get started qualifying for 888Live London. The Main Event gets underway a week later on October 20. The £880 buy-in event has two starting days and comes with a £200,000 guarantee. And if that’s not a big enough event, the £2,000 buy-in High Roller event gets cards in the air on October 19. Players can begin the qualifier process on 888poker for as little as 1₵.. With the event being held in his hometown, you can bet that the all-time leader in online tournament earnings, and one of the most popular players in PocketFives history, 888poker pro Chris Moorman, will be in attendance. Other 888poker ambassadors who may be in attendance include Dominik Nitsche, Kara Scott and Sofia Lovgren. Previous 888Live events have been held in Innsbruck, Austria, Sao Paulo Brazil and most recently in Tallinn, Estonia. FULL 888Live London Schedule DATEEVENTBUY-INGUARANTEE October 13Opening Event Day 1A£220£100,000 October 14Opening Event Day 1B£220* October 15Opening Event Day 1C£220* Six Max Lightning£120* October 16Turbo Mega Deep£120* Six Max Lightning£120* October 18Turbo Mega Deep£120* Six Max Lightning£120* ctober 19High Roller£2000* Turbo Mega Deep£120* Six Max Lightning£120* October 20Main Event Day 1A£880£200,000 Turbo Mega Deep Omaha£250* Six Max Lightning£120* October 21Main Event Day 1B£880* Six Max Lightning£120* Mega Knockout£400* October 22Super High RollerTBD* Six Max Lightning£120* Two Day 25K£220* October 23Turbo Mega Deep£120* Six Max Lightning£120* Learn more about 888Live London on 888Poker.com.
  25. [caption width="642"] 888 poker has upped the guarantee to https://cdn.pocketfives.com/p5wp/2017/11/594950-888-xl-2017.jpg,000,000 for the fifth edition of the online series[/caption] 888poker is kicking off 2017 in grand fashion with the seventh edition of its popular Super XL Series, this time bumping up its guaranteed prize pool to $5 million, $1 million more than the previous edition of the event. The action takes place from January 19-31 and features 63 events, including Main, Mini and Turbo versions of each tournament. The Series culminates with the $1,050 buy-in, $1.5 million guaranteed Main Event on Sunday, January 29. The festivities begin with the $109 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Opening Event, which in the past has proven to be one of the most popular. The Series VI iteration of the tournament garnered 1,603 players who made a total of 733 rebuys. The resulting prize pool beat all expectations, surpassing its $300,000 guarantee by $51,000. Costa Rica’s Michael ‘AcesJoker88’ Acevedo claimed victory in that tournament, taking home $59,283. On Saturday, January 21 players will have another chance to battle for a $100,000 prize pool in the $88 buy-in Crazy 8 event. The tournament, which mirrors the starting stack and structure of the World Series of Poker’s $888 Crazy 8s, will also be offered in a Turbo and Mini format with buy-ins of $55 and $8.80 respectively. Sunday’s schedule is packed with big tournaments, including the $215 buy-in, $200,000 Mega Deep, the $160 buy-in, $300,000 Tune Up and the $600 buy-in, $250,000 Whale tournament. The Series’ $2,100 buy-in High Roller event plays out on Tuesday, January 24 and boasts $350,000 in guaranteed cash. The tournament is expected to be even bigger than its Series VI predecessor, which attracted 332 entrants and created a $664,000 prize pool. Germany’s ‘ICrushu556’ took the top spot in that event, banking $107,606 after agreeing to a three-way chop. “I'm excited that 888poker is pumping up the guarantees and putting more money into online poker,” said 888 Ambassador Chris Moorman in a release. “It's awesome to have multiple series throughout the year that gets everyone on the virtual felts for a couple of weeks. The Super XL Series is at the top of my list of must-play poker events. Now I just need to win one!” 888, which has padded the January Super XL prize pool with $1 million more than it offered in Series VI in September, has good reason to believe that January’s festival will be its biggest yet. Just four years ago, the site ran its inaugural Super XL Series, guaranteeing just $500,000 in the $600 buy-in Main Event. Compare that with Series VI, which surpassed its $1.5 million Main Event guarantee with a record $1.74 million prize pool, generated by 1,291 players. In that tournament, Canada’s ‘GetLuckyAK’ pocketed the $261,214 first-place prize after chopping with Sami ‘d144n1’ Kelopuro and 888poker Ambassador Dominik ‘888Dominik’ Nitsche. What’s more, all guarantees in the January 2016 Super XL Series IV were covered by an average of 210%. Finland's ‘jnevanli’ claimed victory in the Main Event that go round, defeating UK's ‘carmen.195’. At the time, the Main Event boasted a $1 million guarantee, with $182,635 set aside for the winner. “I think it's great to see how small we started compared to what we have become now,” said Nitsche. “It truly has gotten better each and every single time, and I know because I played pretty much all of them. For me, as an Ambassador, I like that I am able to offer input directly to our Poker Manager who always listens to feedback. I'm very confident the next XL Series will even be better than the last one.” Biggest 888poker Stories in 2016Series VII participants will also have the chance to place on the newly-introduced Super XL leaderboard, which awards the top 18 finishers a seat in the Super XL Champion of Champions event on Tuesday, January 31. The winner of that contest will receive a full package to the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, while all others will go home with a consolation prize. For those looking to get in on the action for less, 888poker is currently running daily satellites. Additionally, players who make a deposit of $10 or more using the code SUPER10 will receive three tickets to the daily Super XL Qualifiers.

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