Wednesday 4th October, 2017

888Live heads back to London

By Mad Harper

888Live is heading back to London this week with a giant 888Live London Festival featuring $800,000 in guaranteed prize pools across ten events at Aspers Casino. The 12-day festival starts on Thursday (October 5) and runs through to Monday, October  16.


The £1,100 buy-in Main Event runs October 12 to 16 and a host of big names are set to compete including 888poker Ambassadors Dominik Nitsche, online poker legend and WSOP bracelet winner Chris Moorman, poker personality Kara Scott and Sweden’s Sofia Lövgren. The festival  is the second 888Live London Festival at Aspers following a debut event last October.

MainEventTravel is 888Live’s Official Travel Partner for 888Live London offering great hotel deals near Aspers – including the Holiday Inn, Ibis and Westbridge.


Hotels aplenty

MainEventTravel.com has literally dozens of hotel options for the 888Live London Festival – ranging from luxury hotels just a stone’s throw from Aspers through to budget hotels, apartments and hostels in and around the city. If players want to spend more than they are allocated by 888 – to upgrade their hotel or extend their stay in London, they can simply top up their MainEventTravel account to pay for it. Alternatively, they can opt for budget accommodation and save credit on their MET account for future trips to 888Live events.


The 888Live London Festival will kick off with a £220 buy-in Opening Event, boasting a £120,000 guarantee. Other highlights on the schedule include the Main Event, which costs £1,100 to enter, has three start flights and has a £400,000 guarantee, and the £2,200 buy-in, £50,000 guaranteed High Roller. The 888Live London Festival will also feature live versions of 888poker’s most popular online tournaments including a £60 buy-in, £3,000 GTD “The Swordfish”; the £110 buy-in, £10,000 GTD “The Whale”; and £110 buy-in, £5,000 GTD “The Hurricane”, just to name a few. There will also be a £55 buy-in, £10,000 GTD Ladies Event as well as a £150 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event. the Ladies event champion will also get a WSOPE ME package. 888poker is currently offering round-the-clock satellites for the 888Live London Festival with buy-ins starting at low as 1¢.


Fab MainEventTravel service for qualifiers
Our partnership with 888Live gives 888poker’s online qualifiers a great way of sorting out their travel. Instead of the traditional methods used by most sites, MET enables event qualifiers to fully customize their travel options to get the maximum value from their packages. Each qualifier gets an 88poker credit on their MainEventTravel account and can choose exactly how they would like to spend it from the wide range of hotels available on the MET site. You can choose the exact dates of your stay – to ensure there are no wasted nights – and you can also top up your MET account credit if you want to upgrade your accommodation or extend your stay. You can also take advantage of any budget options available, thus leaving you with credit on you MET account to extend your stay without increasing spending, or perhaps put the funds towards a future leg of the tour.


Introducing the 888 Action Clock
In two of the events – the £1,100 buy-in, £400,000 GTD Main Event and £2,200 buy-in, £50,000 GTD High Roller – 888 is introducing the 888action Clock, thus becoming the first European tour to implement an action clock in events with big fields comprised of recreational players, online qualifiers, and poker pros.  “I’ve always been a fan of the Action Clock, so when 888poker suggested adding it to the Main and the High Roller Events at the Festival I was fully on board,” says John Scanlon, Head of Poker at Aspers Casino. “The Action Clock is not about putting players under unnecessary pressure; it’s about keeping the game running smoothly and ultimately providing all players involved with a better structure and overall experience. 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.”


Last year’s 888Live London
At the first 888Live Make It Big festival at Aspers Casino in London, 21-year-old Hong Kong-born Ka Him Li won the £880 Main Event after cutting a heads-up deal with Shah Raza. Li won £45,300 and his first trophy. Among the 36 players to cash were 888poker Ambassador Kara Scott, Michael Mizrachi and Leo McLean. There were 288 entries in total, creating a £228,096 prize pool. Meanwhile, French player Eric Le Goff triumphed over Tom Middleton in the High Roller for £30,000. Since that first London event, 888Live’s guarantees and player numbers have steadily increased.

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