The inaugural 888Live Festival is kicking off in London between Oct. 13 and Oct. 23 at the Aspers Casino. Hosted by the second largest online poker website in the world, 888poker has launched this new series to give poker fans a chance to experience the 888poker’s live tournaments.
The 888Live festivals are a new introduction by the website based on the increasing popularity of live poker tournaments. 888Live festivals are bigger than the live events currently hosted by 888poker, having a greater range of games with longer structures, bigger guarantees as well as more variety in buy-ins.
888poker hopes the revamped format will improve player experience and engagement.
Under this series, there will be three festivals held in three different locations across the world. The very first festival is being held at London and will be hosted by Team888 Ambassador Kara Scott. Spread over 11 days, the festival will have 17 tournaments and a few satellites starting at $165 and going up to a high of $2,650. The total prize pool for the event expected to exceed $500,000.
The $135,000 (€100,000) guaranteed Opening Event will have a buy-in of $300 will start off the festivities. This tournament will have three starting flights enabling multiple opportunities for players keen to join the game. 888poker.com is running qualifiers for this event and the buy-in for this is just $30.
A $165 buy-in Lightening 6-Max tournament is scheduled to be held almost every day. The event has its origins in the tournament that’s held on the 888poker site and has a cap of 36 players although alternates can be used. Similarly the $165 Turbo Mega Deep tournaments will also be running throughout the festival, offering players a chance to play games with faster structures. Another major event is the £400 Mega Knockout Event will be held Oct. 21
The much-anticipated $1,080 Main Event has a guaranteed prize pool of $265,000 (£200,000). Players interested in participating can qualify for these via the online satellites being held at the 888poker website. Buy-in for these qualifiers are at $109. Satellites will also be held at the casino venue on multiple days. The other high stakes game included in the festival’s schedule is the $2,850 buy-in High Roller which is expected to attract some of the top poker players of London.
888poker expects the attendance of a number of major poker pros like Dominik Nitsche, Chris Moorman and Sofia Lövgren to be a part of the poker festival.