Here at 888poker, we continue on our quest to create BIG entertaining poker events with affordable buy-ins for all our players.

This year, 888Live Festival Series and Local Events include stops in London, Rozvadov, Barcelona, Dublin, Vienna, Madrid and even Sao-Paolo!


Team 888 Kara Scott on the Live Poker Circuit

888poker Ambassador Kara Scott shared her thoughts about the increasingly popular 888Live events, whilst reflecting on recent changes in the Live poker industry.

“An important issue in the live poker industry today is the discussion of how – or whether - to provide all players (regardless of level) with the same great poker experience.

“From working with 888poker over the past year, I have actually seen first-hand how committed they are to putting their players’ needs at the forefront of the decision-making process. I've long been an advocate for providing great customer service, not just for the pros, but for the recreational and part-time players as well.
In fact, that's one of the reasons I joined the 888 team!

“It's great to see how the industry now seems to be looking for new and better ways to give players that positive sense of fun and belonging in the live arena, and even better that they're listening to what the players want. We're an incredibly diverse bunch, so there's a lot of listening to be done!

“888poker have succeeded in delivering fantastic live tournaments while providing a great poker experience to their players. This remains the top priority and continues to be a major focus in most of our conversations.

“When players approach me to share their stories of how fun an event was or to tell me how they feel taken care of by 888poker, it always makes me feel very proud to be part of the 888poker team.

“Since the inception of 888Live, the players have come first at 888poker, as they consistently offer affordable buy-ins alongside impressive guaranteed prize-pools.
Barcelona is expected to be our biggest Festival to date, and I can’t wait to get together with the 888team for yet another incredible poker event!”

incredible poker event

Dominik Nitsche & Sofia Lovgren

Dominik Nitsche’s Take on the Poker Festivals

German pro and 3-time WSOP bracelet winner, Dominik Nitsche, gave us his take on live poker events and the 888Live Festivals:

“The thing I like most about the new 888 events is how they are a complete poker festival with high rollers and side events. Meaning that even if you bust out early from the main event, there is always something else to play!

“When thinking of an 888Live event, I can say the whole vibe around the event is something unique. It feels a lot friendlier, and you can tell that this is an event made for the players to enjoy and not to squeeze every last bit of rake out of them.”

Team888 Excited about 888Live Barcelona

Swedish pro and Team888 ambassador, Sofia Lovgren, sounded excited heading to Barcelona:

“888Live events are bigger and better from one location to the other. The Barcelona Festival is great for both recreational and professional players, the mix of players creates a well diverse field which supports the game of poker. It’s the perfect time to hang out with poker friends, catch some sun and make a deep run just before the WSOP; I plan to go ALL IN!”

Team888 Brazil’s Bruno “Foster” Politano, Nicolau Villa-Lobos and Bruno Kawauti will be attending 888Live next destination in Barcelona.

We are thrilled to see our Brazilian teammates joining us for a poker celebration.

Bruno “Foster” Politano: “The atmosphere in 888Live events is amazing. You can feel that the company is putting the players first, giving them the chance to play with our amazing 888team. I absolutely love the 888Live events in Brazil and will love even more the upcoming in Barcelona! Hahaha.”

Nicolau Villa-Lobos added: “888 tournaments are amazing!! I remember the first one I attended in Mazagan and it still one of my best memories around the globe. Meeting people from around the world to play poker and party in amazing locations, it’s really incredible. The way 888poker hosts their players is definitely unique.”

Bruno Kawauti: “The way that 888poker treats the players is different than any other place I played in. The qualifiers really feel at home. Every time I play an 888 tournament, I feel like the company is closer to the players than other companies.”

We heard from online poker's top all-time money leader Chris “888moorman” Moorman as well: “I think the 888live events are great tournaments for all types of players. They feature a range of buy-ins and a good mix of participants from beginners to seasoned pros. I believe the 888live events have a much more relaxed environment surrounding them at the table as the buy-ins are more affordable for players. As a result, they are much more fun to play in, and everyone at the table manages to have a great time.”

Natalie Hof, another member at 888poker team added:
“I love the unique atmosphere in 888Live festivals + the whole organization which is nuts. As an 888ambassador I’ve participated in both London and Rozvadov and we definitely made it BIG. I would honestly recommend these festivals to anyone due to having both lower and higher buy-ins in all festivals. I can’t wait for Barcelona in May, it’s a wonderful place for playing poker and hanging by the beach if you bust- a Win Win situation”.

Twitch star and our 888Live commentator, Parker “Tonkaaaa” Talblot shared his thoughts:
“888live is exciting for a very simple reason... it’s new! Not only are they at really fun places... King's Casino, Barcelona, the incredible spot in Aspers own 888 room but I'm really excited for the turnouts and prize pools. As they grow and expand I'm really curious to see what we can build!”

Which events do our ambassadors plan on winning?

Kara: “I'm calling London! I'm going to use Barcelona as my warm up (and absolutely try to take it down). But London feels like home turf to me, and I've done well there in the other two 888poker main events I've played, even coming 3rd in the first I played with an 888poker patch on, so it feels like mine :)”

ambassadors plan on winning

Chris Moorman: “I plan on winning the event in London as I've always wanted to win an event in my home city and getting so close in the high roller last year has wet my appetite to do this even further!”

Bruno Politano: “I will win Barcelona’s for sure - Main Event 1st place :)”

Nicolau Villa-Lobos: “I always had a great connection with Barcelona, this might be the one! Haha!”

Bruno Kawauti: I plan on winning the Main and the High-roller, but probably will spew in the High-roller and win the ME lol.”

Tonka: “If getting a chance I’d love to win the Aspers one in London.”

Natalie: “I think Barcelona is the place with most value for the players.”

New Travel Partnership for 888Live Events

For this event, 888Live is joining forces with MainEventTravel (MET). The new partnership involves the launch of a unique new system for 888poker’s online qualifiers.

Instead of the traditional methods used by most sites, MET has created an entirely new concept enabling 888Live qualifiers to fully customise their travel options to get the maximum value from their packages.

Players can choose the exact days of their stay, choose from a wide range of hotels and take advantage of any budget options available! Managing Director Fraser MacIntyre said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with 888Live for the Make It Big Festival in Barcelona – and proud to be launching a brand new online system for 888Live’s prize package winners. By putting complete control into the hands of the player, we can ensure that they get the very best out of their visit to Barcelona.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

See you in Barcelona!

April   London UK
May 888live Festival Barcelona Spain
May   London UK
June   Dublin Ireland
July   London UK
August 888live Festival Sao Paolo Brazil
September   Madrid Spain
October 888live Festival London UK
November   London UK
December   Vienna Austria
About the Author
Chad Holloway is a 2013 WSOP Bracelet winner who has previously worked for PokerNews as a managing editor and live reporter
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