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  1. It’s a New Year and with it comes a new season for the popular 888poker LIVE series. The online site has announced all the locations (and most of the dates) that it will be bringing its very own live tournament experience in 2018. All of the action begins on February 8 when 888poker Live returns to London’s Aspers Casino. The Kick-off Event features a €440 buy-in Main Event with four starting flights and heaps of satellites to help you get into the tournament for less. The London events are some of the most popular on the schedule with many of the 888poker Ambassadors attending. "I look forward to going back to London. I definitely look forward to playing in some of the juicy live cash games there," said 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche. The line-up of Team 888, including the newly signed former World Champ Martin Jacobson, will likely be in attendance to many of the scheduled events not only to provide a warm welcome for players but to put would-be champions to the test. You don’t have to wait long after London before jumping right back in as you can follow the 888poker team to the Marriot Hotel in Bucharest, Romania on February 28. They are offering up a two-day €220 tournament that features a €50,000 guaranteed prize pool as well as a package to the future 888poker LIVE Local London event for the eventual winner. Then, just before the start of summer, 888poker LIVE visits the beautiful Barcelona for a festival at Casino Barcelona from May 23 through June 4. Last year, the tournament drew 609 runners and generated a prize pool of over €584,000. In September the crew makes its way once again to South America for 888poker LIVE in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The location and date have yet to be announced but you can be certain that poker fans in Brazil will be eagerly anticipating the stop with Haroldo Ferriera de Silva, the 2017 888poker LIVE Sao Paulo champion, looking to defend his title. As the year begins to wind down the tour hits their home base of the Aspers Casino for the final time on November 23 through December 2. Last year, this was the event that was the debut of the tour’s use of a shot clock. The integration was so well received, it will now be used in all of the tour’s Main Events as well as the High Rollers. Finally, players get to open a holiday gift early by booking their trip to Lisbon, Portugal for the final event of the calendar year on December 11-16 with the locations yet to be announced. In addition to the six 888poker LIVE events, the online site is a sponsor of both the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker. The brand will have a presence at the WPT500 event taking place at London’s Aspers Casino on April 1 as well as their own signature event during World Series of Poker, Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights - the four-flight, unlimited re-entry, 8-max tournament that guarantees a first place prize of $888,888. Additionally, 888poker is a main sponsor of the WSOP Main Event once again. The fun begins in London on February 8, but players can qualify for both the London and the Bucharest Main Events right now, online in the Live Events tab on the 888poker client.
  2. 888poker LIVE makes their return to the Aspers Casino in London from November 22 to December 3 with a 12-day festival full of tournaments that every poker player can get involved with. The 10-event series provides a wide variety of buy-ins, including the Main Event that has a $500,000 guarantee and will feature appearances by former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions. It will be over a week of non-stop poker action. Whether you are looking to mix it up in some small stakes tournaments or play for the big bucks, 888poker LIVE has a tournament on the schedule worth jumping into. The Opening Event The first event on the schedule is aptly named the Opening Event. It is a ₤220 buy-in event that, if history is an indicator, will provide maximum bang for the buck. The structure is solid for his level of buy-in as it starts with 30,000 in chips and 30-minute levels. There are four flights for players to choose from beginning on November 22. Last year at this time 888poker held a similar tournament called the 888Live Local London tournament. The buy-in was identical and even without a full festival surrounding the event, the tournament drew 529 entries generating a prize pool of ₤155,825. The top five players all turned their ₤220 into five-figure scores with local grinder Christopher Vernon taking home the first place prize of ₤19,670 (over $26,000 USD). The tournament should see no fewer than 500 entries over the four flights and with the support of a full festival could even exceed the numbers posted in 2017. The Swordfish Taking place on the first Monday of the festival, November 26, The Swordfish is a tournament for anybody and everybody. It starts with the smalled buy-in of the entire schedule at only ₤60. Even for that small of an entry fee, the structure should appeal to players of every experience level with 15,000 chips and 25-minute levels. This provides players who may not have as much live experience a chance to get involved, make a move or two and fire away without having to put up the buy-in of a major Main Event. Now, the prize pool isn’t going to be anywhere near that of the Opening Event but neither is the time commitment. The Swordfish is a one-day tournament and will likely be one of the small fields. If a player is looking to have a little fun and fade fewer players, they could always splash around with The Swordfish. In addition to The Swordfish, the schedule offers The Hurricane, The Whale and a Turbo Deepstack all of which have buy-ins less than the Opener. The High Roller On the other end of the tournament spectrum is the High Roller which comes with a buy-in of ₤2,200. Along with the increased price point comes a deeper structure. The two-day tournament provides 100,000 in chips and 40-minute levels. There’s going to be some big money at stake here. In October 2017, during a previous London Festival, 69 players ponied up the buy-in and the prize pool swelled to ₤136,626, well over double its ₤50,000 guarantee. The UK’s Jamie Lunt ended up as the official winner after a heads-up deal was agreed upon. Lunt walked with ₤34,985 ($46,130 USD) for first place. If the ₤2,200 High Roller isn’t enough to get your blood flowing, there’s a ₤5,000 Super High Roller slated to run on the final two days of the schedule. Pot Limit Omaha Sick of No Limit Hold'em? The Pot Limit Omaha event is the only chance on the schedule for players to compete in a game other than NLHE. Traditionally, during the 888LIVE events, the PLO event isn’t one of the better-attended events. This year it takes place on the same day at the final two starting flights of the Main Event. So, if you have already made Day 2 in the Main Event but still have the urge to play, try playing the great game of PLO. The tournament starts with 30,000 in chips and 25-minute levels, however with some much Main Event action going on the field will likely be slightly easier to navigate than one of the other featured events. The Main Event Of course, it should be no surprise that the Main Event is the must-play event of the series. It comes with a $500,000 guarantee and promises to be a star-studded affair. Plenty of 888poker ambassadors like Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Parker ’tonkaaaa’ Talbot and more are likely to be on hand. In addition, 888poker will be importing a host of former World Series of Poker champions. Joe Cada, Scott Blumstein, and 888poker ambassador Martin Jacobson are all expected to be on hand. Last year, the Main Event of the London Festival paid out the largest first place prize of the series. UK pro Tom Hall bested the 427 player field and brought home 78,888 ($104,170 USD) for first place. 888poker is hoping that this year will be even bigger and have already begun running qualifiers and handing out packages for the Main Event which include extra cash to assist with travel and lodging. Full Schedule of Events Date Event Buy-In 11/22 888Live London Opening Event - 1A ₤220 11/23 888Live London Opening Event - 1B ₤220 11/24 888Live London Opening Event - 1C ₤220 888Live London Opening Event - 1D ₤220 11/25 888Live London Opening Event - Final The Hurricane ₤110 11/26 The Swordfish ₤60 11/27 The Turbo Deepstack ₤80 11/28 High Roller - Day 1 ₤2200 11/29 High Roller - Final 888Live London Main Event - 1A ₤1100 11/30 888Live London Main Event - 1B ₤1100 888Live London Main Event - 1C ₤1100 12/01 888Live London Main Event - 1D ₤1100 888Live London Main Event - 1E ₤1100 Pot Limit Omaha ₤125 12/02 888 London Festival Main Event- Day 2 The Whale ₤150 Super High Roller Day 1 ₤5000 Ladies Event ₤100 12/03 888 London Festival Main Event- Final Day Super High Roller Final Day
  3. [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.
  4. The 888poker LIVE London Festival from Aspers Casino at Westfield Stratford City wrapped up this week with Romania’s Adrian Constantin, an 888poker online qualifier, taking down the £1,100 Main Event for £100,000 and a trip to play in the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event. The final table was a dramatic 14-hour grind, full of twists and turns and a volatile heads-up match that saw Constantin battle his way back from the ashes to defeat eventual runner-up Leon Louis and lift claim the final 888poker LIVE trophy of the year. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Climbing up the chip counts was nothing new to Constantin as he started the final table as the second shortest stack. The first of the final table to fall was the UK’s Bhavin Khatri. After an open raise by Leon Louis and a flat from the small blind by Aleksandrs Golubev, Khatri shipped his 20 big blind stack in the middle with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. Louis let his hand go, but Golubev made the call from the small blind with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. The race was on. Despite the flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3s"] giving Khatri top pair but way behind Louis’ set of eights. The turn was the [poker card="3c"] and the river the [poker card="as"] sending Khatri home in ninth place for £10,000. Spain’s Jose Echevarne Gomez was the next to hit the rail when he shipped his short stack in the middle with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"] and found a called in Manuel Bueno holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="th"][poker card="3s"] gave Bueno top pair which held through the [poker card="5s"] turn and the [poker card="6s"] river. Gomez, an 888poker qualifier, exited in eighth for £13,280. Brazil’s Valdir Cordeiro dos Santos picked up [poker card="ts"][poker card="th"] and moved his twelve big blind stack in the middle only to run into Louis’ [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. There was very little drama for the pocket kings as the board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5c"], giving Louis his second elimination of the final table. The £16,660 payday marks a career-high cash for Cordeiro dos Santos as he hit the rail in seventh place. With six players left Constantin was consistently chipping up and pulling himself off the floor of the leaderboard. The same couldn’t be said for Russia’s Nikolay Ponomarev who found himself short-stacked and in the big blind and facing a raise from Bueno. Bueno had raised with [poker card="as"][poker card="2c"] and Ponomarev made the call from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"], leaving himself four big blinds behind.The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6s"]. Bueno shoved his ace-high, Ponomarev made the call for his tournament with top pair. Then the [poker card="ad"] peeled off on the turn, giving Bueno top pair. The [poker card="9c"] on the river was no help to the Russian who busted in sixth place for 20,100. An hour and a half of five-handed play took place before the next elimination. With only seven big blinds, the UK’s Golubevs shipped his [poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"] into the big blind of Egidijus Alsaukas who made the call holding [poker card="kh"][poker card="jh"]. Golubev was at risk and in trouble on the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="2d"] flop. The [poker card="2s"][ turn and the [poker card="9c"] river didn’t change anything and Golubevs, who was the Day 2 chip leader, finished in fifth place taking home £24,920. With four players left, Constantin surged into the chip lead to take a commanding lead over all of his opponents. As Constantin rose, Alsaukas' chip count declined until eventually, he clashed with Louis in a big hand. Louis raised from the button with [poker card="ts"][poker card="th"] and Alsauskas shipped his nearly 20 big blind stack from the big blind with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="6c"]. Louis made the call and promptly flopped a full house on a board of [poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"]. The turn was the [poker card="6d"] leaving the Lithuanian drawing dead to the meaningless [poker card="td"] river, which improved Louis to quads. Alsaukas was eliminated in fourth place for £33,230. At three-handed, there was a brief discussion of a possible deal that fell through and the three decided to play on. Fifteen minutes later, Bueno and Constantin found themselves in a big hand which sent Bueno to the rail. Constantin limped with the [poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"] and Bueno, in the big blind, checked his option holding the [poker card="qh"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="6h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"] flop provided trips for Bueno and an open-ended straight draw for Constantin. The [poker card="9s"] turn completed Constantin’s straight. He bet, Bueno raised, Constantin shoved and was quickly called by Bueno who saw he needed help on the river to survive. The [poker card="2h"] was not that help and he quickly headed to the cage to collect his £44,920 payday. Constantin held a 4:1 chip lead over Louis when heads-up play began but it didn’t stay that way for long. Louis won a big hand and promptly doubled into the chip lead. The lead changed hands again and eventually, Louis doubled through to nearly 14:1 lead. But Constantin did not give up and over the course of heads-up play, doubled his way back into contention and finally back into the lead for good. On the final hand of the tournament, Constantin raised with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"] and Louis made the call holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="4s"]. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"] and Louis once again just called the c-bet from Constantin. The turn was the [poker card="4c"], giving Louis two pair. Louis check-shoved his remaining chips and was snap-called by Constantin. The river came the [poker card="td"] giving Constantin the straight and the 888poker LIVE London title. Leon Louis finished as the runner-up, taking home a career-high cash of £69,770. After clawing his way back from the short stack multiple times, Adrian Constantin is the winner of the 888poker LIVE London Festival Main Event earning the £100,000 first-place prize and a $12,500 package to play in the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event. 888poker LIVE London Festival ME Final Table Results 1. Adrian Constantin - £100,000 2. Leon Louis - £69,770 3. Manuel Bueno - £44,920 4. Egidijus Alsauskas - £33,230 5. Aleksandrs Golubevs - £24,920 6. Nikolay Ponomarev - £20,100 7. Valdir Cordeiro dos Santos - £16,660 8. Jose Echevarne Gomez - £13,280 9. Bhavin Khatri - £10,000
  5. [caption width="640"] The Protection Poker Action Clock in use at the World Poker Tournament of Champions in 2016. (WPT photo)[/caption] It seems like it is only a matter of time before every major tournament around the world is using some form of shot clock for their marquee events. 888poker is trying to get ahead of that curve. Beginning with the 888Live London Festival this October, all 888Live Festivals will use the shot clock for bigger buy-in events. The move is part of 888poker’s 'Taking Back the Game' initiatives, launched in May. “Taking back the game is about going one step further for our players to create a fairer, more fun and progressive gaming environment. As a huge influencer in a fast-evolving market, it’s important that we listen to our players in order to enrich their experience in the most innovative ways possible,” said Itai Pazner, Head of B2C at 888Holdings. “We believe that implementing shot clocks in our 888Live Festivals is one more step towards us improving our games through cutting waiting times and creating a more even-handed poker experience.” The clock will be in use in London during the Main Event and High Roller at the Aspers Casino. “I’ve always been a fan of the Shot Clock, so when 888poker suggested adding it to the Main and the High Roller Events at the Festival I was fully on board. We are already in the process of converting three of our cash game tables to Quick Tables with a Shot Clock so it fits perfectly with the poker room strategy,” said John Scanlon, Head of poker at Aspers Casino. “We always put the player at the centre of everything we do at the 888poker Room at Aspers Casino and we believe that players will really enjoy this addition to our ever evolving customer offer.” The shot clock, which will be operated by the dealer, allows players a certain amount of time to make each decision. Each player will have a limited number of time extensions to use each day which allow the player an additional 30 seconds. If the clock reaches zero at any point, the player’s hand is dead. Various versions of a shot clock have been implemented in limited events around the world. The World Poker Tour introduced the Action Clock at the 2016 WPT Tournament of Champions, the Super High Roller Bowl has always used one and a number of PokerStars Live High Roller events have used the shot clock in recent years.
  6. The new season of 888poker’s LIVE tour kicked off with the 2018 Kick-Off Event at London’s Aspers Casino on February 8. The £440 buy-in Main Event carried a £120,000 guarantee but when 366 runners showed up, creating 547 total entries, during the four starting flights the guarantee was smashed creating a prize pool of over £216,000. The field was packed with some of the UK’s top talent as well as a number of 888poker ambassadors, including Sofia Lovgren, Natalie Hof, Vivian Saliba, Dominik Nitsche and online poker legend Chris 'moorman1' Moorman. But it was local UK grinder Jonathan Bowers ended up taking down the first event of the year, taking home the trophy and the £30,630 first place prize. The victory comes just four months after Bowers finished as the runner-up in October’s 888Live London Festival £2,200 High Roller. Bowers secured the top spot after the final four players battled it out for hours, attempting to eliminate a player. According to the 888poker blog, with over £100,000 left in the prize pool and the tournament pushing very late into the night the remaining four worked out a deal that gave chipleader Bowers the victory. Local player James Simms officially took second with a career-high cash of 28,460. France’s Eric Le Goff finished in third for 24,068 pushing him close to $300,000 in lifetime earnings. The final player in the chop was Ali Sakallioglu from the UK who also celebrated a career-best cash by taking home 23,280. In addition to the top 54 players earning a minimum of £975.00, organizers extended the payouts giving places 55-63 a seat to forthcoming World Poker Tour WPT500 event taking place at multiple Aspers Casinos beginning on March 23. Moorman Cashes In During the course of the Main Event, 888poker also held their LIVE Celebrity cash game featuring 888poker ambassadors Chris Moorman and Vivian Saliba. Joining them were a slate of local players, as well as Beth Cape and longtime poker broadcaster David Tuchman. The stakes were low enough to not get too serious - 2/5 with a mandatory 10 straddle. To spice things up, the players added the well-known seven-deuce game to keep things interesting. In the end, Moorman did what he does best, swallowed up the most amount of chips - walking away as the big winner. Next up for the 888Live tour is a stop in Bucharest, Romania at the JW Marriot Hotel beginning on February 28. The 888 Main Event comes with a €288,000 guarantee and a total of nine events. Qualifiers for the 888poker LIVE Bucharest Main Event are running now on 888poker.
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