That's our new motto here at 888poker as we aim to take our live events to the next level. In fact, when you think live events by 888, just think three words. Bigger. Better. Different.
Over the past couple years, one thing has become apparent -- the poker community loves festivals, which is why we at 888poker have decided to revamp our live offerings by making them bigger. In addition to 888Live local events, we are proud to introduce 888live festivals, which are more like a celebration of poker. These events are designed to give players a better poker experience. A greater variety of tournaments, longer structures, a wider range of buy-ins, and bigger guarantees are some of the things you'll find at every 888Live festivals.
These tournament series will be held at different locations three times a year beginning with our first-ever festival in one of the biggest cities in the world – London. From October 13-23, 888poker will be at Aspers Casino in London for the 11-day 888Live Festival.
The Inaugural 888Live London Festival Kicks Things Off in a Big Way
The 888Live London Festival will be hosted by our Team888 Ambassador, Kara Scott. it is expected to attract the largest prize pool that any of our live events have had to offer.
The stop will feature a wide variety of tournaments – from a £120 Lightening 6-Max to a £2,000 High Roller -- a mega wide range of buy-ins. We estimate the total event prize pool to be over $500,000, while the Opening and Main Events will boast £100,000 and £200,000 guarantees respectively.
The Opening Event, a £220 buy-in, will kick off the festival and feature three starting flights with Days 1a and 1b at 18:00 on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14. Then, on Saturday, October 15, Day 1c will begin at 13:00.
Other events on the schedule include a daily £120 Turbo Mega Deepstack, a £400 Mega Knockout Event on Friday, October 21, and the highly anticipated £880 888Live Festival Main Event from Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23.
Here's a look at the full schedule:
|Day||Date and Start||Event||Buy-in||Stack||Level||Info|
|Thursday,||13/10/2016 18:00||888Live London Festival - Opening Event Day 1A||£220||25000||30/40 min||£100,000 GTD|
|Friday,||14/10/2016 18:00||888Live London Festival - Opening Event Day 1B||£220||25000||30/40min||£100,000 GTD|
|Saturday,||15/10/2016 13:00||888Live London Festival - Opening Event Day1C||£220||25000||30/40 min||£100,000 GTD|
|Saturday,||15/10/2016 15:00||Lightening 6max 36 cap||£120||20000||15 min|
|Sunday,||16/10/2016 12:00||888Live London Festival - Opening Event FINAL||40 min|
|Sunday,||16/10/2016 17:00||Lightening 6max 36 cap||£120||20000||15 min|
|Sunday,||16/10/2016 19:00||Turbo Mega Deep||£120||20000||15 min|
|Tuesday,||18/10/2016 14:00||Super satellite Main||£50||3000||15/30 min|
|Tuesday,||18/10/2016 17:00||Lightening 6max 36 cap||£120||20000||15min|
|Tuesday,||18/10/2016 18:00||Turbo Mega Deep||£120||20000||15 min|
|Tuesday,||18/10/2016 20:00||Super satellite Main||£50||3000||15/30 min|
|Wednesday,||19/10/2016 14:00||Super satellite Main||£50||3000||15/30 min|
|Wednesday,||19/10/2016 15:00||High Roller Day 1||£2000||60000||40 min|
|Wednesday,||19/10/2016 17:00||Lightening 6max 36 cap||£120||20000||15 min|
|Wednesday,||19/10/2016 18:00||Turbo Mega Deep||£120||20000||15 min|
|Wednesday,||19/10/2016 20:00||Super satellite Main||£50||3000||15/30 min|
|Thursday,||20/10/2016 12:00||888Live London Festival ME Day 1A||£880||30000||60 min||£200000 GTD|
|Thursday,||20/10/2016 15:00||High Roller Day 2||40 min|
|Thursday,||20/10/2016 17:00||Lightening 6max 36 cap||£120||20000||15 min|
|Thursday,||20/10/2016 18:00||Turbo MegaDeep Omaha||£250||20000||15 min|
|Thursday,||20/10/2016 20:00||Super satellite Main||£50||3000||15/30 min|
|Friday,||21/10/2016 12:00||888Live London Festival ME Day 1B||£880||30000||60 min||£200000 GTD|
|Friday,||21/10/2016 17:00||Lightening 6max 36 cap||£120||20000||15 min|
|Friday,||21/10/2016 18:00||Mega Knockout Live||£400||20000||15 min|
|Saturday,||22/10/2016 12:00||888Live London Festival ME Day 2||60 min|
|Saturday,||22/10/2016 17:00||Lightening 6max 36 cap||£120||20000||15 min|
|Saturday,||22/10/2016 16:00||Two Day 25K||£220||25000||30/40 min|
|Sunday,||23/10/2016 13:00||888Live London Festival ME Final||60 min|
|Sunday,||23/10/2016 15:00||Two Day 25K Day 2||40 min|
|Sunday,||23/10/2016 17:00||Lightening 6max 36 cap||£120||20000||15 min|
|Sunday,||23/10/2016 18:00||Turbo Mega Deep||£120||20000||15 min|
Online satellites for the 888Live Festival are already running on 888poker.
Loads of players are expected to turn up for the 888Live Festival, which will be chock full of surprises including appearances by poker pros Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, and Sofia Lövgren, just to name a few big players. Nevertheless, its not going to be an easy task for them, as they will also carry a $888 bounty on their heads.
Going Big at Aspers London
Located at Montfichet Road Olympic Park, 312 The Loft, London E20 1ET, United Kingdom, Aspers London was established in 2011 and has quickly risen to become one of the top of venues in the UK.
Over 600 employees cater to an average of 4,000 people a day so it's no surprised to see that Aspers London has put a lot of emphasis on customer service. With 40 tables and cash games running around the clock, you never have to wait long to get a seat in the poker room.
"Over the past four years we have taken time to build a new live poker community at Aspers. We have been very conscious to ensure that it is a room for all, no matter if you are playing poker for the first time or you are a hardened pro we strive to ensure everyone feels welcome and that they belong at Aspers," Head of Poker at Aspers Westfield Stratford City John Scanlon previously told 888poker. "It’s a pretty special place to play poker and with the new partnership with 888 things are going to get a hell of a lot better in the coming months."
Things to Do at Aspers London
In addition to great poker, Aspers London offers top quality dining and nightlife. For those looking to grab a bite to eat, Clary's Restaurant is the place to be.
Intrested in taking in a game while enjoying a drink? The biggest action on the biggest screens can be found at Tanzibar, Aspers luxurious sports bar. With 27 wall-to-wall multi-media screens, there is not a bad seat in the house. Sandwiches and cakes are also served.
Prefer to party the night away? Look no further than the spacious, stylish, and unique Sky Bar & Terrace. With a cutting-edge design, comfy sofas, and a signature white bar, it's the perfect place to enjoy chilled beers, premium champagnes, and expertly mix cocktails. There is also a carefully selected wine list.
Oh, and for anyone winning who win a big tournament and wanting to celebrate, Sky Bar offers a special VIP area suitable for up to 60 people. There's really no better spot to let your hair down.