Small buy-ins, life-changing money and multiple chances to cash in the same event – that’s what 888poker and the World Poker Tour are bringing to Europe for the first time with the WPT500.
The WPT500 has already proved a huge hit at the Aria in Las Vegas so the WPT has now teamed up with 888poker to create a very special, $1,000,000 guarantee event in the UK this Spring.
WPT500’s unique formula will combine an online Day 1 on 888poker with live Day 1s at different Aspers Casino around the UK including Stratford in London as well as Aspers Newcastle and Milton Keynes. All the Day 1s have a $565 buy-in and will play down to the money – so everyone through to Day 2 will already have cashed at least once.
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The Online Day 1 on 888poker takes place on March 11 with live Day 1s running at three Aspers Casinos starting March 23. Aspers Stratford will have four starting days from March 23-25, then five more from March 29-31. The Aspers Casinos in Newcastle and Milton Keynes will each host three starting days from March 23-25.
Players can take part in as many Day 1s as they want and all Day 1 survivors can take their biggest stack through to Day 2 on April 1 at Aspers Casino in London. The formula gives everyone the chance to experience the unique atmosphere of a WPT event without having to fork out a massive buy-in.
888poker Ambassador Chris Moorman, the world’s top online tournament player and already a WPT champion, said: "WPT events are always a relaxed atmosphere with players from different walks of life. Even if I don't do well in a WPT event I'm usually enjoying myself at the tables while playing."
Day 2 – and the final day – will both take place at Aspers Casino in Stratford on April 1 and April 2. Triple crown winner and 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche said: “I love this event because I get to play Day 1 online! The WPT500 has everything that people enjoy about poker. There's nothing like playing deep in a tournament. I can't stress enough how important the structure is in a format like this. The WPT got it just right."
The WPT500 structure was designed by WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage. He added; “The WPT500 is a great event that works beautifully. It gives the smaller buy-in player a chance at life-changing money and allows players to cash multiple times in the same tournament.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with such a prestigious company as 888poker, and the smaller buy-in format fits perfectly with our promise to "take back the game". Affordable buy-ins with massive guarantees are what we’re all about, and that's what you're getting with this beast of a tournament.”