Live poker tournaments continue to return around the world and 888poker Live became the latest last weekend. 888poker Live Weekend played out Oct. 28-31 at Grosvenor Casinos’ “The Vic” in London.
The event featured £444 buy-in with players qualifying in online satellites for pennies on the pound on the 888poker app.
The site’s latest XL series also recently concluded. And the new Triple Threat promotion promises more bang for the tournament buck. Here’s a look at some of the news from 888.
A look at the 888poker Live action
888poker Live Weekend may show how much players around the world are craving live poker. The tournament had a £50,000 guarantee, but attracted 386 entries and 304 re-entries for a £276,000 prize pool.
The event featured four starting flights, meaning plenty of opportunities to secure a Day 2 seat for Oct. 31. In the end, Keith Hoang walked away with the top prize of £71,740 and the winner’s trophy. This player from the United Kingdom battled Tamer Kamel heads-up for the title.
The final hand saw Hoang’s pocket Jacks flop a set against Kamel’s J-10 to secure the win. Kamel scored £49,405 for runner-up. The win notched the biggest tournament score of Hoang’s career.
Congrats 👏 to Keith Hoang on surviving a massive a field of 386 players to win the #888pokerLIVEWeekend event at the London VIC Grosvenor Poker.
He bags £71,400 for a weekend of poker and fun!
— 888poker (@888poker) November 1, 2021
Some members of Team 888poker turned out for the event including Vivian Saliba (pictured in lead image). 888 StreamTeam member Josh Manley also joined her in the field.
Manley has seen his Twitch stream grow in popularity as he continues to rack up online cashes. He didn’t cash in this event, but enjoyed his time getting back to the live action.
Of the 386 runners, 57 cashed for a minimum of £830. Making the final table guaranteed the final nine players at least £3,865.
888poker officials were pleased to see 888 Live return in a big way. Organizers have promised more live events in the coming months.
XL Autumn Series wraps up
In other news, the 888 XL Autumn Series recently concluded after awarding $2.3 million. The festival’s 28,860 entries helped surpass the series guarantee of $2 million.
The $1,050 Main Event highlighted the series with a $1 million guarantee and numerous starting flights throughout October. The event saw 948 entries with “23NoraB” taking the top spot for $185,220.
Brazil’s “Levin_kerbe” finished runner-up for $133,770 and the United Kingdom’s “nlfreddie” finished third for $99,813.
Another popular tournament was the $320 PKO with a $50,000 guarantee. The event produced 130 players with 23 rebuys. Malta’s “iTankAloT” topped the Ukraine’s “bloodusama” for the title and $14,068 with the runner-up earning $6,221.
Triple Threat promotion unveiled
888 introduced a new promotion this week offering the chance for players to win more guaranteed cash. The added money comes for the same buy-in amount in three of the site’s popular progressive knockout (PKO) tournaments.
These three special tournaments will run every Sunday from Nov. 3-28 at the same price points but with higher guarantees. The three tournaments receiving a boost include:
- $11 PKO Triple Threat 11 – guarantee upped to $15,000 from $8,000
- $22 PKO Triple Threat 22 – guarantee upped to $25,000 from $15,000
- $55 PKO Triple Threat 55 – guarantee upped to $50,000 from $20,000
888 is throwing in another extra. Players cashing in all three tournaments earn an extra cash prize. The site will also be running freerolls three times a week, granting tickets to all three PKO events.