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  1. With the postponement of the World Series of Poker, and live poker taking a back seat in general, we decided to check in on some of the 888poker ambassadors to see how they are coping with quarantine, how they are passing the time away from the live felt, and what they are most looking forward to when the coast is finally clear. Normally right about now long-time 888poker ambassador Kara Scott would be preparing to spend the summer at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in preparation for her high-profile assignment as the lead sideline reporter for ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Instead, Scott is currently quarantined with her immediate family in Italy but she is still in the habit of creating poker content. Her new podcast, The Heart of Poker, launched in late January and in recent weeks has featured high-profile poker personalities that include fellow 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche, Danielle Andersen, David Williams, Brad Owen, and Maria Ho. Other than poker, what activity have you missed the most since the lockdown began? I've really missed wandering around our city every day, going to the market to buy fresh food, or having a drink outside with friends. We've been living on the family farm since February which means we've been really lucky to have access to fresh food now that it's spring, but not being able to just buy the things I want has been aggravating. I have some serious food allergies so I don't do well when I can't buy my own food! What's the best TV show or movie you've discovered during lockdown? I didn't discover it during lockdown but I'm re-watching Killjoys which is just fantastic. I'm a big sci-fi buff and this show has really great action but also a lot of heart and humor and I love that. What is the biggest frustration you’ve had during lockdown? No Wi-Fi! Can you imagine months with no Wi-Fi? The phone signal in most of the house is so poor that I have to turn airplane mode on and off again just to kickstart it into downloading every photo on Instagram. I think it's been the number one reason for my blood pressure raising over these months. Plus, it's just ridiculously hard to work and every file I send takes an hour. What's the one thing about live poker that used to tilt you that all of a sudden you miss? The late nights. I've always been really bad at playing poker after midnight so tournaments that start late just crush me. But now... I'd LOVE a chance to be up at 1 am playing live poker and then going for a drink afterward. What have you found to be a silver lining surrounding quarantine? I really hope that people generally remember and keep some of the good habits we've gained through this. Food preservation and reducing food waste are huge issues for the world and when you don't have easy access to the shops, we all have to be better and using everything in the fridge before it goes bad. How are you using this time to work on your poker game? Oh boy. My poker game has NOT improved in this time. See my above lack of Wi-Fi. What is something new that you have learned or are trying to learn during lockdown? I've been working on learning more about online marketing and using social media (specifically Instagram) better. I really love photography and I've recently been trying to schedule time to go outside and take more pictures. The farm is one of the most beautiful spots in the world so I have a lot of choice for photos! What's the first place you're going to travel to once we're able to? Canada! I'm not sure when I'll be able to but I really want to go home and see my family. My father had a heart attack last month during the quarantine and it was terrifying to be so far away and not able to help or be there to support my Mom. Thankfully, he's doing a lot better now and is recovering well. It definitely focuses the mind though and has given me a real drive to go home to spend time with them all. Scott’s The Heart of Poker podcast is available to download through Apple iTunes and to keep up with her live chats, she can be found on Instagram under her own name, karascott.
  2. After a successful 2019 season, 888poker has announced the dates and locations for their 2020 888poker LIVE tour. This year, 888poker will be making at least seven stops around the world including a return to popular poker spots in London, Bucharest, Sochi, and Barcelona. The tour will also return to Tallinn, Estonia for the first time since 2016 and kick off the entire tour by holding their first-ever Main Event in Madrid, Spain. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] In addition to providing players unique poker experiences on their own tour, 888poker announced their continued sponsorships of some of the most popular poker series in the world. 888poker will be on hand as a partner with CNP Spain, The Battle of Malta in October and, of course, the 51st Annual World Series of Poker taking place this summer in Las Vegas. First Leg Of The Tour The action kicks off when 888poker travels to Madrid for the first time from January 23- February 3. 888poker is holding nothing back for their first stay at Spain's Casino Gran Via by bringing a €1M GTD series with an €800,000 GTD Main Event and the promise of getting the opportunity to play alongside a host of their ambassadors. Expected to be on hand are 2014 WSOP Champion Martin Jacobson, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman, Vivian Saliba, Sofia Lovgren, Ana Marquez, Daria Feschenko, and Dominik Nitsche. Literally two days after the Madrid stop is in the books, the team returns to the UK from February 5-9 for the first of their stops at the Aspers Casino in Stratford for the 888poker LIVE London Weekend. From there, the tour returns to Bucharest from March 23-29 for their popular stop in Romania’s capital. Last year, local grinder Darius Neagoe picked up the first recorded cash of his career by taking down the Main Event for over $69,000 and a trip to Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Barcelona then provides the backdrop for the tour’s fourth stop of the year as players enjoy the action on and off the felt from May 14-25 at 888poker LIVE Barcelona. The Main Event Then, in the middle of summer, 888poker plans to be on hand as a premier sponsor of the biggest event of the year, the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event. As a key sponsor, 888poker is one of the only place players can win a seat to the Main Event online. Not only is 888poker providing direct satellites and all-encompassing packages to the Main Event, but they are helping players win a seat to their own branded $888 Crazy Eights event at the WSOP. A Strong Second Half After players recover from the summer grind in Las Vegas, the 888poker LIVE tour continues with a return to Casino Sochi in Sochi, Russia from August 6-14. Then, it’s a return to Tallinn from September 1-7. It will mark the first time 888poker has brought a Main Event to Estonia since 2016. Right after Tallinn, in October, 888poker will once again gather their ambassadors and fight in one of the biggest live tournaments of the year, The Battle of Malta. Finally, 888poker ends their year with the 888poker LIVE London Festival from November 16-29 on their home turf in London at the Aspers Casino in Stratford. All of that action coincides with 888poker’s partnership with CNP Spain and their five live tour stops taking place all across Spain from February to November. 888poker LIVE 2020 Schedule of Events DATES EVENT Jan. 23 - Feb. 3 888poker LIVE Madrid Feb. 5-9 888poker LIVE London Weekend March 23-29 888poker LIVE Bucharest May 14-25 888poker LIVE Barcelona July 1-14 World Series of Poker, Las Vegas August 6-14 888poker LIVE Sochi Sep. 1-7 888poker LIVE Tallinn October TBA Battle Of Malta Nov. 16-29 888poker LIVE London Festival Partnership With CNP Spain 2020 DATES EVENT Feb. 17-23 CNP Valencia April 20-26 CNP Malaga June 15-21 CNP Sevilla Sept. 7-13 CNP Alicante Nov. 13-23 CNP Madrid
  3. In the first week of February 2019, 888poker LIVE makes their return to Aspers Casino in London for their first live event of the year. From February 7-10, 888poker will host another one of their famously fun live events in the heart of London. The Aspers Casino, which played host to nine 888poker events in 2018, will once again be ground zero for the thriving London live scene. The 888poker LIVE Kickoff Event is a £440 buy-in event with a £120,000 guarantee. The tournament has a nice structure for the buy-in. It starts with a 30k starting stack and 40-minute levels. Players can re-enter a maximum of three times in case things don't go according to plan. Also featured is the big blind ante and a 30-second shot clock to make sure the tournament moves along smoothly. A Look Back This event has proven to be an 888poker LIVE favorite. In 2018, players flocked to the Aspers for the event as 547 entries pushed the prize pool to over £216,000. Once the tournament played down to four-handed, and after a few hours of grinding it out, the final four opted for an ICM deal that guaranteed each of them no less than £23,000. With the most chips at the time, UK grinder Jonathan Bowers was crowned the winner and took home £30,630 for his efforts. Bros vs Pros Returns In 2019, the Kickoff Event hopes to be bigger than ever. 888poker is adding to the fun with the return of their Bros vs Pros promotion. One lucky 888poker player will win themselves a trip to London for themselves and two of their best friends. The trio will participate in the festival, battle it out against 888poker ambassadors Vivian Saliba, Ana Marquez, Dominik Nitsche and World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson. To add to the experience, 888poker will throwing in some Premier League tickets for good measure. Win Your Seat On 888 Of course, players are more than welcome to show up and directly buy in to the events. However, for players looking to get in for the minimum, 888poker is running a series of satellites that start for as little as one cent. 888poker has a series of Steps to Live Events satellites that works their way from $0.01 into shots at winning seats into their live events. A player can start at the very bottom or jump in anywhere in the Steps system and work their way up. In addition to the 888poker Steps to Live Event satellites, 888poker is offering a number of direct satellites to win a seat to the Kickoff Event. Every Tuesday players can win their seat in the $55 Seat Qualifier satellite. One out of every ten players will grab an entry with two seats guaranteed. The $55 satellite can be stepped into through a $5.50 sub-satellite. For players looking for the VIP treatment, every Sunday, through January 31, 2019, there is a $109 satellite that offers the full Kickoff Event Package. Winners of the 888Live London Kickoff Package will receive the £440 entry into the tournament, an extra $300 in travel expenses, some 888poker LIVE gear and $350 for three nights accommodation. These satellites come with a three package guarantee. The $109 satellite for the full package can also be satellites into through a $16.50 sub-satellite. For local value hunters and players looking to take a trip to the wonderful city of London, mark your calendars for February 7-10. Join 888poker, and their team of ambassadors, at the Aspers Casino for the 888poker LIVE London Kickoff Event.
  4. Ana Marquez is rapidly approaching the one year anniversary of partnering with 888poker in an ambassador role. The Spanish poker pro, has accumulated over $1.3M in total lifetime earnings and is a 10-year veteran of the live poker scene. While she continues to see her poker resume continue to soar, it’s the work of being an ambassador that she really hopes to grow in the next year. “I really, really love being an 888 ambassador,” Marquez said. “They make the game super fun and I love going to their events. The vibe is so relaxed and friendly and they really make poker so enjoyable. “Being a part of the team gives me a better opportunity to do a log more things with poker besides just playing. I would really like to give back to the poker community and, side by side with 888, I have a better chance of helping spread the credibility of the game and give it a good reputation around the world, as well as bringing the game to female players, which I think is super important.” Being from Spain, Marquez is tasked in part with helping grow the game in what many feel continues to be an emerging poker market. Marquez, along with big-name pros like Sergio Aido, Adrian Mateos and recent PokerStars PSPC Champion Ramon Colillas are part of a growing contingency of top-flight Spanish pros born from the growth of online poker. “I think the poker boom [in Spain] happened back in 2011-12, maybe a little earlier,” Marquez said. “When it got nationalized it suffered. Luckily, I’m pretty sure we are about to go through a second poker boom thanks to the expansion of the market…fingers crossed!” The role of representing a poker site can be stressful with media obligations, live event appearances, and social media duties. Marquez’ duties as an ambassador don’t stop with 888poker. She’s also a representative for the Poker League of Nations, which is the world’s largest woman’s poker organization as well as a member of No Limit Gaming, a professional esports organization formed by poker professionals. However, for Marquez, the pressure of so many roles has not been an issue. “If anything it’s super motivating. I not only want to do good for myself but I also want to make my team proud and represent them around the world the best I can. “It’s been a great year," she added. "Hectic like always, and it has added more traveling to my schedule but what can I say…I love doing what I do.” Becoming an ambassador is a dream scenario for many. Travel the world and play poker events, with plenty of the expenses picked up by the sponsor company. Marquez enjoys those benefits but ultimately hopes to use the platform to be seen as an example of someone that is good for the game. “This game has given me so much and I love it,” she said. “I owe the game the wonderful life I’m living and I want other people to have the same opportunity I did. “As a woman, I would really life email numbers to increase substantially. Also, I would like to see the future of poker more legitimized and even treated as a mental sport in which the work and effort we put in to be at the top is recognized outside our community. “Poker doesn’t always have the best reputation outside the community, mostly because of the misunderstanding of how it works. This could be a deterrent to some people to jump in the game and give their passion a chance. I really want to help spread the positive facets of the game and, most importantly I would love to inspire people to follow their dreams.”
  5. “It was impressive.” Ana Marquez’ reaction the first time she ever walked the halls of the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino and into the Pavillion for her first World Series of Poker is the same as thousands of first-timers every single year. “Walking up the stairs in the first door where it says ‘WSOP’ gave me goosebumps…it still does!” Marquez said. “Once inside, I had never seen such a big place full of poker tables and tournaments running. It was truly amazing.” The World Series of Poker has that effect on people. Marquez, an 888poker ambassador and a 10-year veteran of the live poker scene picked up her first cash in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Tournament back in 2011, finishing in 32nd place for $14,852. However, at her first WSOP, tournaments were not her main focus. She was busy taking advantage of the myriad of cash games that are always running 24/7. “I was playing more cash games during my first WSOP. I took some small shots and sold some action.” Marquez recounts. “Unfortunately, back in the day, I didn’t have the opportunity we have today with the super-value satellites to the WSOP that 888poker is offering right now.” Like many fans who make their way to the Rio for the first time, Marquez was simply happy to take all of the sights and sounds of the Amazon room in. “The whole experience was really cool,” she said. “But seeing legends like Phil Ivey was the most exciting moment.” Ivey sightings seem to get tougher every year, but still, to this day, players and fans who roam the halls of the WSOP will see some of the biggest stars of the poker world jumping in tournaments, taking their shots. Now, with over $1.3M in lifetime earnings, $168K of that coming in summer WSOP events, Marquez herself is one of those players that fans are looking to snap a selfie with. When those fans ask her for some advice as they take their seat in their first tournament she uses her own early WSOP experience to give them some words of wisdom. “Look at it like it’s just another tourney! We all know that the experience is too exciting to actually do that, so let's just say have loads of fun and enjoy it to the max!” But Marquez is quick to add that she learned that lesson herself in her first Main Event. “[I remember] to play them like any other tournament. I do not like how I played the Main Event my first time because my game was too passive. The tournament was so special to me that I was too cautious and didn’t get to do much with my stack.” It was clearly a lesson she takes to heart. In 2018 Marquez made the final table one of the toughest tournaments of the summer when he picked up over $67,000 in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max event. This year, in 2019, Marquez bubbled the final table of the record-breaking $1,500 Millionaire Maker, finishing in 10th place for over $95,000. Ana Marquez and thousands more will make their way to play the 2019 Main Event when it kicks off on July 3.
  6. After four days of play, Tom Marchese defeated the 536-entry field of the inaugural partypoker MILLIONS Vegas at the ARIA Resort & Casino to take home the $1,000,000 first place prize. Packed with superstar talent, the $10,000 buy-in event exceeded the $5 million guarantee, generating a prize pool of $5.36 million in partypoker’s first foray into Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker. The trip to Sin City paid off for partypoker in what was a dream final table lineup packed with some of the biggest names in the game of poker vying for the MILLIONS title and seven-figure payday. Perhaps the biggest of those names at the final table was that of Chris Moneymaker. The Poker Hall of Fame nominee entered the final table as one of the chip leaders but after losing a clash with Sergio Aido, found himself with a vulnerable stack. After Marchese opened from early position, Moneymaker three-bet from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. Marchese made the call holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The flop came [poker card="2c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5h"]. Moneymaker bet the flop and Marchese called. The turn provided Marchese the [poker card="8s"]. Moneymaker checked and Marchese took the lead putting out a healthy bet, which Moneymaker called. The river was the [poker card="4h"] and after Moneymaker checked for a second time, Marchese moved all-in. Moneymaker quickly called with his overpair but after being shown Marchese’s set, the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion headed for the cage to collect his $80,000 prize for finishing in ninth. Germany’s Tobias Duthweiler was the next to exit the final table after shipping his short stack in holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="js"]. 888poker sponsored pro Ana Marquez reshoved with the [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"]. The race was on and the board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"][poker card="th"][poker card="ad"] giving Marquez the hand and Duthweiler $100,000 for finishing in eighth place. Rainer Kempe shipped his stack in holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="ts"] in late position, however Marchese looked down at [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"] in the big blind and made the call to put Kempe at risk. Kempe was going to need some help, but the board of [poker card="7h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="7s"] provided little drama. Kempe, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion, finished his tournament in seventh place adding $130,000 to his over $20 million in career live earnings. The next elimination happened when Jeremy Ausmus opened the hand with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] only to be three-bet all in by UK online phenom Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford who picked up [poker card="th"][poker card="tc"]. Ausmus made the call and Beresford saw the bad news. The flop fell [poker card="3d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6h"] providing little help to Beresford who was going to need to spike a ten or running straight cards. The turn was the [poker card="qs"], leaving Beresford drawing to two outs. The river was the [poker card="7h"] and Beresford exited in sixth place, collecting a career-high live cash of $170,000. Already with a massive chip lead, Marchese added to his stack in a hand with Sergio Aido. Marches raised under the gun with [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"] and Aido put in his remaining chips holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="3d"]. After a short deliberation, Marchese called and the flop came [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="jc"] offering Aido a few extra chop outs. However the turn was the [poker card="9s"] and the river was the [poker card="th"] sending Aido to the rail in fifth place for $230,000. Marchese wasn’t done knocking players out and his next opponent was poker legend Freddy Deeb. Marchese put in a raise holding [poker card="9s"][poker card="9d"] and Deeb made his all in move holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"]. Marchese made the call and the flop came [poker card="7c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9c"] giving Marchese top set. Deeb needed running cards to get out from under but the turn was the [poker card="2d"] and the river the [poker card="8s"]. Deeb finished in fourth place for $319,200, his largest cash since 2015. After Ausmus picked up chips off Marchese, the two of them had a large chip advance over Ana Marquez. After battling for some time, Marquez’ tournament came to an end in a blind on blind confrontation with Ausmus. From the small blind Marquez put her short stack in holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="2h"] and Ausmus made the quick call with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="qd"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Ausmus a pair, taking away some outs for Marquez. The turn came [poker card="3s"] and the [poker card="5d"] river saw the 888poker ambassador exit in third place for $445,000. Heads up play began with Marchese holding a sizable chip lead that was quickly equalized by Ausmus. Although he got close to Marchese at one point, Marchese never relinquished the chip lead and Ausmus soon saw the gap widen as Marchese eventually opened up a 4:1 chip advantage. The pair of Aria regulars battled for quite some time until the final hand of the tournament saw Marchese open with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] only to be shipped on for 14bbs by Ausmus. Marchese eventually made the call and Ausmus turned over the [poker card="kh"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out clean for Marchese with a [poker card="5c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="7d"] flop and a turn [poker card="ah"] which left Ausmus drawing dead to the river [poker card="4h"]. Ausmus finished as the runner-up, settling for $650,000. Tom Marchese picked up an even $1,000,000 for first place, the seventh seven-figure score of his career. partypoker MILLIONS Final Table Payouts 1. Tom Marchese - $1,000,000 2. Jeremy Ausmus - $650,000 3. Ana Marquez - $445,000 4. Freddy Deeb - $319.200 5. Sergio Aido - $230,000 6. Conor Beresford - $170,000 7. Rainer Kempe - $130,000 8. Tobias Duthweiler - $100,000 9. Chris Moneymaker - $80,000
  7. Ana Marquez was announced as the latest professional to join the 888poker ambassador ranks during this summer's World Series of Poker, and the Spaniard is very much looking forward to having the opportunity to promote and help the growth of poker. Marquez has been a familiar face in poker for many years and previously used her role as a member of Team PokerStars Pro to help raise the awareness of poker in Europe. With the new shared liquidity regulations in the Spanish poker market in place, Marquez, alongside fellow Spanish 888poker ambassadors, Marti Roca de Torres and Fernando Pons, will have the chance to greater promote the game to their nation. Marquez returned home from Las Vegas off the back of a sixth-place finish in Event #28: $3,000 No Limit Hold'em - 6 Handed for $67,116 and gave PocketFives her thoughts on her new ambassador role. "I went to 888Live Bucharest back in February and had a great opportunity to meet the team. I connected well with everyone and was happy to get to understand why they call it the '888 family'," said Marquez. "This new role as an ambassador means a lot to me. More than ever, I have the responsibility to be an example and to promote and help the growth of the poker industry. As an ambassador for 888Poker, I will have that opportunity proudly representing a company that shares a lot of my values." The '888poker family' has grown significantly in recent times with the addition of Roca de Torres and Pons alongside Sweden's Martin Jacobson and Brazil's Vivian Saliba. Marquez joins Saliba in the ranks of female 888poker ambassadors alongside Natalie Hof, Sofia Lövgren, and Kara Scott. With more being done to present women with the opportunity to get involved in poker, Marquez has seen an increase in participation but believes it is still a long process. "I think the number of women in poker is low, but since I joined the Poker League of Nations (an organization that advocates for female poker) as an ambassador for Spain, I have realized that there are a lot more women than I thought. "It's getting better, but there's always room for improvements. There is a cultural stigma with women and poker, and even though it is slowly changing, there is still a lot of work to be done." With the previously mentioned shared liquidity legislation in effect across European countries, Marquez believes it's a positive change and presents an opportunity to expand the market and diversity of competition with a greater online game selection and increased prize pools. All of which should aid in the expansion of poker in Spain, Italy, France, and Portugal. As for Marquez, her new role will present the opportunity to build upon the $1,259,531 live tournament cashes she has to date as well as her secondary ambassador role with the newly created 'No Limit Gaming' stable alongside players such as Fedor Holz, Steffen Sontheimer, Manig Loeser and Stefan Schillhabel. "The next twelve months are looking pretty busy." said Marquez, "There are so many live stops this year it's crazy! I will be traveling a lot and be working on some other projects, but I'm excited about the work that’s coming. "I like the concept of No Limit Gaming and creators of this project. I think that opening up poker to the eSport’s market could become another significant outlet for the poker community," said Marquez. Marquez will have the opportunity to join her fellow ambassadors on the upcoming 888poker LIVE tour stop in London this November.
  8. 888poker LIVE is not going to let 2019 go without one final end-of-the-year poker festival. The 888poker party continues as the live tour returns to the UK from November 21 - December 2 offering players a nine-event tournament schedule that culminates in a £500,000 guaranteed Main Event. The final stop of the year is at London’s Aspers Casino in Stratford, London and 888poker is pulling out all the stops to bring recreational players and pros together to an event that is being billed as 888’s biggest live event of the year. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Nearly the entire roster of 888poker ambassadors has agreed to make the trip including World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson, Kara Scott, Vivian Saliba, Sofia Lovgren, Ana Marquez, former #1-ranked PocketFivers Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman and the newest ambassador, Russia’s Daria Feshenko. The schedule is ideal for players looking to give their bankroll a boost without putting it all on the line. There are nine events with buy-ins that range from as little as £60 up to the £2,200 High Roller. The action kicks off with 888LIVE’s popular Opening Event, a £440 buy-in tournament with a £100,000 guarantee that gives recreational players both a deep 30K starting stack and 30-minute levels. In May, the same tournament was run and it attracted 207 runners which generated a prize pool of over £129,480. The UK’s Paul Noble took home the trophy and a career-high cash of £26,530. Of course, all eyes will be looking ahead to the £1,100 buy-in £500,000 guaranteed Main Event. The tournament features a 30K starting stack, 40-minutes Day 1 levels, 60-minute Day 2 levels and the promise of a high five-figure first-place prize. There’s five starting flights and players who end up on the wrong side of variance can re-enter at will. If that weren't enough at stake, the winner of the 888LIVE London Festival Main Event will also take home a package to the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. For those hoping to take a shot in the Main Event but perhaps don’t have the current bankroll to buy in directly, there are plenty of satellite options available on 888poker. In fact, the 888poker satellite tree starts for as little as $0.01. Players can grind their way up to, or buy-directly into, the $109 buy-in 888poker LIVE London Festival Main Event Qualifier where winners take away a $2,200 package to the festival that includes a seat to the Main Event as well as $450 for three nights accommodation and $350 of pocket money to help you get to the event. In addition to the marquee events of the festival, players can dive into live versions of their favorite online tournaments including The Hurricane, The Swordfish and The Whale. Take a look at the entire schedule below. 888poker LIVE London Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN GTD 11-21 Opening Event Day 1A £440 £100,000 11-22 Opening Event Day 1B £440 £100,000 11-23 Opening Event Day 1C £440 £100,000 11-23 Opening Event Day 1D Turbo £440 £100,000 11-24 Opening Event Final Day - - 11-24 The Hurricane £110 £5,000 11-25 The Swordfish £80 £3,000 11-26 The Turbo Deepstack £60 £3,000 11-27 High Roller Day 1 £2,200 £50,000 11-28 High Roller Final Day - - 11-28 Main Event Day 1A £1,100 £500,000 11-29 Main Event Day 1B £1,100 £500,000 11-29 Main Event Day 1C £1,100 £500,000 11-30 Main Event Day 1D £1,100 £500,000 11-30 Main Event Day 1E Turbo £1,100 £500,000 11-30 Pot Limit Omaha £125 - 12-01 Main Event Day 2 - - 12-01 The Whale £150 £5,000 12-01 Ladies Event £100 - 12-02 Main Event Final Day 2 - -  
  9. Meet and greets, international flights and a steady dose of the poker grind. This is the life of a poker ambassador. Part of the job description is setting providing a positive image for the game of poker, mixing it up at the poker table and making sure that your fans can come along for the ride. For the stable of 888poker ambassadors, their social media content is how they stay connected to the poker community and provide a window into what it’s like to travel the globe, spinning it up and living your best life. Sometimes it’s about just hanging out... Table for four. While not everyone could make it out for dinner and drinks, Natalie Hof takes a photo with poker pros Felipe Ramos and Jeff Gross (and his wife Emilia) in Miami Beach.  
  10. Sunday proved to be the biggest day 888poker XL Blizzard action so far with another five tournament form the 34-event schedule taking place and over $280,000 in prize pools up for grabs. Event #10 - $100,000 Tune Up ($160 buy-in) Just two days after standing on the stage in the PokerGO Studios and accepting the PocketFives Legacy Award, 888poker ambassador Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman was back in online poker action and firing on all cylinders. He hit the final table of Event #10 ($160 $100K GTD Tune Up) looking to add another significant score to his All-Time Online Money List leading $15.8M in lifetime earnings. Moorman battled through the 539 players field (205 rebuys), navigated a tough final table that included fellow 888poker ambassador Ana ‘AnaMarquez’ Marquez (7th - $3,627) and Canada’s Michael ‘wywrotx’ Wywrot (4th - $8,593.20). Finally, Moorman, after having fired four bullets in the tournament, bested fellow UK grinder ‘Kroat.’ to take down home the title and $21,092.40 - the largest first-place prize to be awarded in the 2019 XL Blizzard to date. As for ‘Kroat.’, in addition to his fantastic runner-up finish where he collected $15,456 for finishing in second, he also performed in one of 888poker’s 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event mega satellites, picking up a $12,600 package to the summer series. And, if that weren’t enough rungood for one day, he also took first place in the 888poker $50,000 Whale, chopping up the Sunday Major for a haul of $15,750.41. Final Table Payouts 1. Chris ‘888Moorman’ Moorman - $21,092.40 2. Kroat. - $15,456.60 3. Kondogbia - $11,383.20 4. wywrotx - $8,593.20 5. Assad91 - $6,026.40 6. LprMessiah - $4,743 7. AnaMarquez - $4,627 8. CKLouis - $2,511 9. Mootter - $1,707.48 Event #9 - $100,000 Mega Deep ($215 buy-in) The other six-figure guaranteed tournament on the schedule was the $215 buy-in $100,00 Mega Deep, one of the most popular tournaments of the week on 888poker. 534 total entries helped create a guarantee-smashing prize pool of $106,800. Canadian ’69Gronk87’ took home the second largest payout of the day with his $20,494.92 first place prize, defeating Latvia’s ‘eight0808’ in heads up play. ‘eight0808’ earned $15,219 for second place while the UK’s ‘easylimp888’ took home $11,214 for his bronze medal performance. Swedish crusher Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen finished the tournament in fourth place, adding $8,544 to his already impressive $5.4 million in lifetime career earnings. Odeen currently sits as the #81-ranked player in the world. Final Table Payouts 1. 69Gronk87 - $20,494.92 2. eight0808 - $15,219 3. easylimp888 - $11,214 4. Perrymejsen - $8,544 5. strange jelly - $5,980.80 6. FiestaFiesta - $4,539 7. jt7b12f - $3,471 8. GherilaZ - $2,403 9. PokerJoe332 - $1,772.88 Event #11 - $50,000 Mini Tune Up ($16.50 buy-in) Players really took to the $16.50 buy-in of the $50,000 Mini Tune up as 3,066 players (867 rebuys) juiced the prize pool to $58,995, ensuring that the majority of the final table would walk away with four-figure scores. Romania’s ‘eduardokhaan’ earned the top prize of $8,792.61, fending off Russia’s ‘carnival007’ who finished as the runner-up, earning $6,430.45. Final Table Payouts 1. eduardokhaan - $8,792.61 2. carnival007 - $6,430.45 3. Sniper2020 - $4,660.60 4. MelvinDow - $3,480.70 5. denyagent - $2,442.39 6. MrNorway74 - $1,769.85 7. Mirale23 - $1,179.90 8. EnjoyLife666 - $707.94 9. s.gomiak - $530.95 Event #12 - $10,000 Micro Tune Up ($5.50 buy-in) The micro-stakes grinders came out in force to battle in the $10,000 GTD Micro Tune Up. 2,151 players plus 822 rebuys helped push the prize pool to $14,870. Sweden’s ‘Tommykorberg’ and Russia’s ‘softipml’ wrapped the tournament in a heads up deal that helped both of them turn their $5.50 buy-in into healthy four-figure scores. ‘Tommykorberg’ took home the largest portion of the prize pool, claiming $2,312.33 and the XL Blizzard title while ‘softipml’ added $1,800.60 to his bankroll. Final Table Payouts 1. Tommykorberg - $2,312.33 2. softipml - $1,800.60 3. lesnik55 - $1,276.90 4. AXau777 - $958.79 5. buttloverr - $704.60 6. sye_wbc - $561.89 7. Skjellbreit - $419.19 8. samanas13 - $280.94 9. Freshmaker65 - $173.92 Event #13 - $20,000 Late Tune Up ($55 buy-in) In the late tournaments, 420 players (121 rebuys) took a shot at ending their weekend with a win. The $27,050 prize pool meant that all five of 888poker’s XL Blizzard events surpassed their guarantees on the day. Malta’s ‘todacage’ nearly 100x his $55 buy-in by taking down the Event #13 XL title and banking $5,190.96 for first. ‘_SNS_’ from Ukraine finished as the runner up, earning $3,854.62 for his efforts and Canada’s ‘Nordybordbrg’ finished in third place for a $2,840.25 payday. Final Table Payouts 1. todacage - $5,190.96 2. _SNS_ $3,854.62 3. Nordynordbrg - $2840.25 4. Wei2good4Yu - $2,164 5. zaSPARTAK - $1,514.80 6. uzversiu - $1,149.62 7. _FALCON_$879.12 8. quiestce - $608.62 9. Blahaj - $449.03
  11. 888poker is returning to the beautiful city of Bucharest, Romania for the 2019 888poker LIVE Bucharest Festival from March 4-10 at the Intercontinental Hotel. Hot on the heels of 888poker’s LIVE London Kickoff Event, the Bucharest festival brings a week’s worth of action headlined by an 888Live Main Event that offers the winner both a healthy first-place prize and also a $12,600 package to fly to Las Vegas and play in the Main Event of the 2019 World Series of Poker. Festival Highlights This year's €888 Bucharest Main Event is sure to be a good one. Players have four starting flights to choose from and unlimited re-entries, in case things don’t go as planned. The tournament will have 40-minute levels, a 30K starting stack, play with the big blind ante format and, to keep things moving along, include a shot clock. Last year, Romania’s Andrei Racolta bested the 469 entry field to for his career-high cash of $86,700. This year, the winner will also book a six-night stay in Las Vegas to represent 888poker and play in the WSOP Main Event. In addition to the $10,000 WSOP seat and hotel accommodations at the Vdara Hotel, the winner be given an extra $1,000 for travel and expenses. In addition to the Main Event, the seven-event series includes a signature 888poker LIVE Opening Event. This €230 tournament gets underway on March 4 and features two starting flights, 30-minute levels, and allows players two re-entries per flight. Last year, this tournament generated a prize pool of over €72,000 and paid out multiple five-figure prizes including over $17,000 for winner Narcis-Gabriel Nedelcu. The 888poker €1,700 High Roller is also back on the schedule with 30-minute Day 1 and 40-minute Day 2 levels and unlimited re-entry. Leading up to the event players can take their shot in one of the two €200 live satellites to the High Roller. Last year, 888poker ambassador Ana Marquez defeated the 34 entry field and took home $32,068. The festival is surrounded by a two-day Deepstack Event, the Ladies Event, and two different Turbo events in addition to a number of €115 live satellites to the Bucharest Main Event. Ambassadors On Hand Defending High Roller champion Ana Marquez will be one of a number of 888poker ambassadors who will be participating in the 888poker LIVE Bucharest Festival. Joining her in the events will be Vivian Saliba, Dominik Nitsche, 2014 World Series of Poker champion Martin Jacobson and the leader in all-time online poker cashes Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. Qualify Online Satellites for the 888poker LIVE Bucharest Festival are underway right now on 888poker. Players can qualify for the live event by playing online and working their way up into the $109 satellite. Satellites start for a little as $0.01. Winners of the $109 888Live Bucharest ME Package Qualifier tournament will receive a package that covers just about everything (valued at $1,900). It includes a seat into the Bucharest Main Event, four nights stay at the International Hotel and €200 to help pay for travel expenses. Plus, upon arrival, 888poker will provide all qualifiers with an 888LIVE kit which will include some 888 gear. All qualifiers can be found under the Live Events tab in the 888poker client. 888poker LIVE Bucharest Festival Schedule of Events Date Event Buy-in 03/04 Opening Event 1A €230 03/04 Satellite To Main Event €115 03/05 Opening Event 1B €230 03/05 Satellite To Main Event €115 03/06 Main Event 1A €888 03/06 Opening Event Day 2 03/06 Satellite To Main Event €115 03/06 Turbo Bounty €230 03/07 Main Event 1B €888 03/07 Ladies Event €60 03/07 Satellite To Main Event €115 03/07 Satellite To High Roller €200 03/08 Main Event 1C €888 03/08 Satellite To Main Event (Turbo) €115 03/08 Main Event 1D (Turbo) €888 03/09 Main Event Day 2 03/09 Deepstack (Day 1) €330 03/09 Satellite To High Roller €200 03/09 High Roller (Day 1) €1700 03/10 Deepstack (Day 2) 03/10 Turbo Deepstack €220 03/10 Main Event Final Day 03/10 High Roller Day 2
  12. One of Europe’s largest tournament series, The Battle of Malta, returns in October and its title sponsor, 888poker, is bringing out their big guns for an all-out war on the felt. Nearly the entire roster of 888poker ambassadors will be making the journey to the beautiful island of Malta from October 15-22 to enjoy some sun, sand, and the on-the-felt competition. [ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="888poker"] Vivian Saliba, Ana Marquez, Sofia Lovgren, World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson, and the newest addition to the roster, Daria Feshchenko are headed to Malta to play host to the players and take their seat in the €555 Battle of Malta €1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event. “Malta is a wonderful island and the casino is located next to the sea,” Sofia Lovgren said. “You can take a swim in the seat or a morning jog along the beach and walk there before the poker tournament. You can also enjoy a nice dinner with a nice sea view at the dinner break.” In fact, it wasn’t a difficult sell to get the 888poker pros to agree to make the trip to Malta. It’s not only the amazing weather, the fantastic food, and the island life that attracts players to the tournaments, it’s the competition and the camaraderie. “The live stops are amazing for so many reasons, being able to visit new places while playing poker and also getting to see friends and other poker players are one of those aspects,” said Vivian Saliba. “Poker is still a social game and I can say that some of the closest people in my life I’ve met in the poker world.” “It’s truly a privilege to get to travel the world and represent and give poker the attention it deserves,” Martin Jacobson added. “Interacting with fans always fuels me with energy and the passion I have for the game.” Those very same people that are happy to meet the pros away from the table are the ones that are sitting between them and the Battle of Malta trophy. It’s a minefield for the ambassadors, as most players know who they are and what they’ve accomplished in poker. “I find for the most part people tend to play more cautious but then you have others who can’t wait to run a big bluff against you. It’s important to pay close attention to be able to differentiate between the two,” said Jacobson. “I’ve experienced players acting and playing very weird against me and I’m pretty sure that was personal,” said Saliba. ”On the other hand, some players may think a pro makes magic with the cards so they decide not to play a hand against you because they might feel intimidated. “We are all there to play our best and at the table, there is no mercy,” said Lovgren. The Battle of Malta Main Event is a five-day affair but throughout the entire week, there are plenty of side events with buy-in starting as low as €60 and going as high as the €1,320 High Roller. Both in the card room and outside there’s something for everyone to look forward to. “To speak honestly, I feel like a tourist!” said Daria Feschenko who will be representing 888poker in her first event outside of her home country of Russia. “I’ve never been to Malta, but I’ve seen the pictures. The area looks great and the weather should also be awesome.” “I’m super excited to explore Malta as it will be my first time there,” Saliba said. “I am also looking forward to meeting my teammates and play live poker!” “I’m looking forward to being able to play a relatively small buy-in with a huge prize pool. I’ve never player Battle of Malta but I’ve heard that it’s a great atmosphere and a lot of fun all around.” For Ana Marquez, the weather may be nice and she enjoys hanging out but she’s got her eye on one thing and one thing only. “Getting the Battle of Malta trophy. It’s pretty cool.” The 2019 Battle of Malta takes place from October 15-22 at The Intercontinental Hotel in the seaside town of St. Julian’s. Online satellites are running right now on 888poker.
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