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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.
The award-winning partypoker LIVE MILLIONS wraps up its inaugural season next month with the MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona. For nine days, beginning on April 7, the partypoker LIVE tour sets up shop at Casino Barcelona for nine action-packed events headlined by the €10,300 Main Event that carries a €10,000,000 guarantee. €23,000,000 Up For Grabs The MILLIONS Grand Final is one of the most ambitious stops of partypoker LIVE’s first season. Over the course of nine events, players will vie for a piece of the €23,000,000 (~$28,500,000 US) in guarantees. There are four Super High Rollers on the schedule including two €25,000, a €50,000 and the €100,000 Super High Roller - each of which is guaranteed for €2 million. For those players who want in on the action, but at a more manageable buy-in, the slate includes a pair of €1,000 tournaments, each holding their own €1 million guarantee. €10 Million Main Event Not to be missed though is the Main Event. Billed as Europe’s largest ever guaranteed tournament, the €10,000 buy-in carries with it a massive €10 million guarantee. Also promised, the top three finishers in the tournament will all walk away with at least €1,000,000 in earnings. In order to hit that lofty guarantee, the tournament will have to have no fewer than 1,000 runners either buy-in or qualify for the event. To that end, the tour is doing all they can to give players a path to taking their seat. There are four starting flights for the tournaments. Day 1A and Day 1B both take place on April 11 with the next two flights taking place the following day. Should a player go bust, they can re-enter once per flight as well as play multiple starting days with the largest stack earned moving forward. partypoker has also provided plenty of opportunities for players to win their way into the Main Event as there are five mega satellites that will take place at Casino Barcelona leading up to the Main Event. Additionally, players can qualify online for the live event. The structure of the event is similar to the Main Event of MILLIONS Germany with 40-minute levels on Day 1 and 1,000,000 in starting chips. Players can’t rest too comfortably though as the blinds start at a hefty 5k/10k with a 5k ante ensuring that even with 1 million in chips, the action will move quickly from the start of the first level. From Day 2 forward the structure slows down, offering 60 minute levels all the way until the beginning of heads-up play when the levels regress to 30 minutes. How to Follow The Action From daily live updates to the final table live stream, Mypartypokerlive.com will cover the event from start to finish. Sign-up for a Mypartypokerlive.com account to be able to follow the action and you'll also get a free $22 tournament ticket into your partypoker account. Forcing The Hand of History Throughout the entire first season of the partypoker LIVE tour, the company has been promoting their events through ambitious guarantees. While everyone will remember Viktor Blom’s courageous call to seal the victory of the MILLIONS Germany Main Event, from a business side - the €5 million guarantee was missed by roughly €150,000. That’s not a massive misstep by any means, but backing that up with a tournament that doubles both the guarantee and the buy-in is not exactly playing it safe. But partypoker has announced that they aren’t looking to “play it safe.” partypoker’s new ALL-IN campaign, which features new software, a new robust online tournament schedule and the end of the year $20,000,000 guaranteed MILLIONS online tournament, could really be bolstered should the company find a way to crush the MILLION Grand Final Main Event guarantee. Helping them no doubt will be their ever-expanding stable of pros including Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao, Kristen Bicknell, Sam Trickett and Fedor Holz, many of whom will likely be on hand to help welcome players and battle them on the felt. The Big Game Once again, partypoker is also bringing their high stakes cash game, The Big Game, with them to Barcelona. In addition to the 24/7 cash offerings of the casino, the tour will feature a streaming high stakes cash game featuring some of the games biggest names. All of the action begins on April 7 with the €1,000 Opening Event with a €1,000,000 guarantee and wraps up nine days later on April 15 with the conclusion of the Main Event.