Mark your calendars for the latest addition to the 888poker LIVE schedule!

From March 4-10, the 888poker LIVE Bucharest Festival will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel, and if last year’s series is any indication, it’s shaping up to be a big one. The stop’s €888 buy-in, €300K GTD Main Event will award the winner a package to the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas along with the first-place money. The series will run from March 6-10 and start players with a 30K starting stack, offer a big blind ante format, and utilise a shot clock.

Often called the “Little Paris of the East,” Bucharest is a hot spot for poker players. In fact, we’re excited to announce that 888poker Ambassadors Vivi Saliba, Ana Marquez, Dominik Nitsche, and 2014 World Series of Poker champ Martin Jacobson will all be in attendance. They look forward to getting in great action on the poker tables and taking in the city off the felt.

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is known for is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and Art Nouveau architecture. The city is a mix of French-designed municipal buildings intermingled with utilitarian structures, parks, bookshops, and museums.

Best of all, drinks are cheaper than most European cities, so grab a beer at Caru' cu Bere, the Old Town’s most famous beer hall.

888poker LIVE Bucharest Schedule

The 888poker LIVE Bucharest Festival kicks off on Monday, March 4 with the €230 Opening Event Day 1A at 17:00. Day 1B will take place at the same time on Tuesday, March 5 with the surviving players from both flights returning to play down to a winner on Day 2 at 14:00 on Wednesday, March 6. That Opener will start players with 15,000 in chips, play 30-minute levels, and offer a two-re-entry option.

There will also be a €115 buy-in Satellite to the €300K GTD Main Event at 21:00 on both Monday and Tuesday, as well as one on Wednesday at 17:00.

Then, at 13:00 on Wednesday, March 6, the €888 buy-in, €300K GTD Main Event kicks off with the 1A flight. Players will start with 30,000 in chips, play 40-minute levels, and have the option of unlimited re-entries. Also, on Wednesday there will be a €230 Turbo Bounty at 20:00.

Thursday, March 7 will be a busy day as Day 1B of the Main Event will take place at 13:00 followed by the €60 buy-in Ladies Event at 15:00. At 17:00 there will be a €115 Satellite into the 1C flight as well as a €200 Satellite to the High Roller at 20:00.

Day 1C of the Main Event will take place at 13:00 on Friday, and there will be a final Day 1D Turbo flight (20-minute levels) at 21:00. A €115 Satellite into that last flight will be held at 16:00.

On Saturday, Day 2 of the Main Event commences at 13:00, but those not in it are free to jump into the €330 Two-Day Deepstack an hour later. A 16:00 there will be another €200 Satellite to the €1,700 buy-in High Roller, which kicks off at 20:00. The High Roller features unlimited re-entries, a 50,000-starting stack, and 30-minute levels.

The final day of the festival – Sunday, March 10 – begins at 13:00 with Day 2 of the Deepstack and a €220 Turbo Deepstack tournament. The €300K GTD Main Event final day gets underway at 13:15 (final table levels increase to 60 minutes) with Day 2 of the High Roller starting 45 minutes after that. In other words, four champions will be crowned that Sunday.

As previously mentioned, the winner of the 888poker LIVE Bucharest €300K GTD Main Event will also receive a 2019 WSOP prize package, valued at $12,600. The package includes six nights (July 4-10, 2019) at the luxurious Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas, a $10,000 WSOP Main Event buy-in, $1,000 for travel and expenses (paid directly to your 888poker account), and an invite to a Welcome Party at the Vdara Hotel. Additionally, winners will be provided transportation from Vdara Hotel to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and be given an 888poker LIVE kit.

888poker LIVE Bucharest Schedule

Monday March 4th at 17:00 - Opening Event 1A €230 buy-in / 15,000 / 30 min / 2 x re-entries

Monday March 4th at 21:00 - Satellite to Main Event €115 buy-in / 10,000 / 15 min / Unlimited re-entries

Tuesday March 5th at 17:00 - Opening Event 1B €230 buy-in / 15,000 / 30 min / 2 x re-entries

Tuesday March 5th at 21:00 - Satellite to Main Event €115 buy-in / 10,000 / 15 min / Unlimited re-entries

Wednesday March 6th at 13:00 - Main Event (1A) €888 buy-in / 30,000 / 40 min / Unlimited re-entries

Wednesday March 6th at 14:00 - Opening Event Day 2 - Final

Wednesday March 6th at 17:00 - Satellite to Main Event 1B €115 buy-in / 10,000 / 15 min / Unlimited re-entries

Wednesday March 6th at 20:00 - Turbo Bounty €230 buy-in / 15,000 / 15 min / Unlimited re-entries

Thursday March 7th at 13:00 - Main Event (1B) €888 buy-in / 30,000 / 40 min / Unlimited re-entries

Thursday March 7th at 15:00 - Ladies Event €60 buy-in / 10,000 / 15 min / Unlimited re-entries

Thursday March 7th at 17:00 - Satellite to Main Event 1C €115 buy-in / 10,000 / 15 min / Unlimited re-entries

Thursday March 7th at 20:00 - Satellite to High Roller €200 buy-in / 15,000 / 15 min / Unlimited re-entries

Friday March 8th at 13:00 - Main Event (Day 1C) 30,000 / 40 min / Unlimited re-entries

Friday March 8th at 16:00 - Satellite to Main Event (1D Turbo) €115 buy-in / 10,000 / 15 min / Unlimited re-entries

Friday March 8th at 21:00 - Main Event (1D Turbo) €888 buy-in / 30,000 / 20 min / Unlimited re-entries

Saturday March 9th at 13:00 - Main Event Day 2 (40 min levels)

Saturday March 9th at 14:00 - Deepstack (Day 1) €330 buy-in / 20,000 / 40 min / Single re-entry

Saturday March 9th at 16:00 - Satellite to High Roller €200 buy-in / 15,000 / 10 min / Unlimited re-entries

Saturday March 9th at 20:00 - High Roller (Day 1) €1,700 buy-in / 50,000 / 30 min / Unlimited re-entries

Sunday March 10th at 13:00 - Deepstack (Day2) (40 min levels)

Sunday March 10th at 13:00 - Turbo Deepstack €220 buy-in / 20,000 / 15 min / Freezeout

Sunday March 10th at 13:15 - Main Event Final day (40 min / Final table 60 min)

Sunday March 10th at 14:00 - High Roller (Day 2 w/ 40 min levels)

Satellite Into the 888poker LIVE Bucharest Festival

Remember, you can win your way into all 888poker LIVE events through our online Qualifiers for as little as 1¢. Play in our round-the-clock satellite tournaments and climb your way to the top for a minimal investment.

Satellites are running now on 888poker.com, 888poker.es, and 888poker.it. Lucky winners will receive an 888poker LIVE Bucharest Festival package valued at €1,700 ($1,900) that includes an €888 Main Event buy-in with a €300K GTD prize pool, four-night International Hotel accommodations from March 3-10, €200 for travel, and an 888poker LIVE kit. Additionally, there will be special qualifiers for Romanian players that offer just an €888 seat.

888poker LIVE Bucharest Festival Satellites

Here’s a look at the 888poker.com satellite schedule:

  • $109 “888Live Bucharest ME Package Qualifier” – Runs every Wednesday at 18:20 GMT, leading to $1,900 holding tank.
  • $16.50 “888Live Bucharest ME Package Satellite” – Runs every day at 19:02 GMT, gives one seat to the $109 Qualifier.

A Look Back at 2018’s Festival

You might remember that last year’s Main Event crushed its €288K GTD by drawing 469 entries, which created a €360,192 ($439,580) prize pool. Andrei Racolta won that tournament for €71,042 ($86,700).

Other winners from last year’s festival included Narcis-Gabriel Nedelcu, who topped a field of 385 entries to win the €230 Opening Event for €14,055 ($17,275); and Ana Marquez, who navigated a 34-entry field to win the €2,200 High Roller for €26,080 ($32,068).

Click here for a full recap of last year’s 888poker LIVE Bucharest.

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Chad Holloway is a 2013 WSOP Bracelet winner who has previously worked for PokerNews as a managing editor and live reporter