For the ultimate live event of the year 2019, 888poker headed to one of its favourite locations – London! The weather may not have been the best, but things definitely heated up in the High Roller and Main Event.

The £500,000 guaranteed Main Event not only met that threshold, but it also smashed it by an additional £12,820 with a healthy £100,000 going to the winner - and a 2020 WSOP Main Event package.

Main Event Day 1A

Day 1A of the £1,100 buy-in Main Event kicked off on Thursday 28 November and promised to bring in the early birds for this event. All in all, 58 entries (including 6 re-entries) made the trip to Aspers Casino in Stratford, London in hopes of parlaying the £1,100 entry into a Day 2 run.

After eleven levels at 40 minutes apiece, 13 players were left standing, bagging and tagging chips for Day 2 on Saturday, 1 December. Also bagging and tagging on Day 1A was 888poker ambassador and 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event Champion, Martin Jacobson with a not-to-shabby 60K chip stack.

(WSOP) Main Event Champion, Martin Jacobson with a not-to-shabby 60K chip stack

High Roller Happiness for Moorman

The £2,200 buy-in was nothing to sneeze at, but 39 entries came together to create a prize pool of £77,220 in this prestigious event at the 2019 888poker LIVE London Festival.

In the running was Team888’s, and all-time winningest online tournament Pro, Chris Moorman. Despite fellow Brit, Benjamin Winsor, pulling into a 2-1 lead in heads-up play, Moorman doubled-up to claim the top spot.

Winsor got short-stacked and pushed with A-3 into Chris’ A-9. Moorman’s kicker played, and it was all over for Benjamin. Chris bagged £27,000 to add to his already astronomical lifetime earnings.

Moorman wins 888pokerLIVELon High Roller

Final Result £2,200 High Roller

888poker-LIVE-Final-Stop-in-London-Is-a-Roaring-Success

Main Event Day 1B and 1C

Days 1B and 1C saw even more players brave the UK weather at a chance of bagging a piece of the £500,000 GTD prize pool.

Day 1B, the second starting flight, attracted 62 unique players of which 14 re-entered. Of the 62 players, only 24 made it to Day 2. Some prominent names in the baggers and taggers were three 888poker ambassadors. Fresh of his £2,200 High Roller victory, Moorman needed just one bullet to secure a seat on Day 2. Joining him was fellow teammate, Sofia Lovgren, however, Ana was an early casualty.

Moorman and Sofia make Day 2 of 888pokerLIVELon

Day 1C brought even more punters with 111 unique runners and 16 re-entries for a total of 127 entries. – of which 49 survived to Day 2.

Main Event Day 1D and 1E

With the first three starting flights in the back, the Main Event was well on the way to meeting the £500,000 guarantee. Day 1D attracted 165 unique runners with 39 re-entries for a total of 204 entries.

Day 1E was the turbo flight, and another 41 entries were added to the prize pool. Of the entries on Day 1D, 79 made it to Day 2, and from the final flight of the tournament, 19 punched their ticket to Day 2.

The 5 Starting Flights

Day

Unique Players

Re-Entries

Total Entries

Survivors

1a

52

6

58

13

1b

62

14

76

24

1c

111

16

127

49

1d

165

39

204

79

1e

38

3

41

19

Total

506

184

From the 888poker family, both ambassadors, Kara Scott and Ana Marquez were eliminated, but 888poker Qualifier, Adrian Constantin made the cut with a very respectable, 147,500 in chips.

Main Event Day 2

Day 2 would prove to be a roller-coaster affair for Team888 with 184 runners and a whopping £100K to play for; everyone was focused with their eyes on the prize. Twelve more players decided to throw their hats into the fray, boosting the prize pool to £512,820 and meaning that 63 places would be paid.

After much back and forth, only Vivian Saliba made it into the money and just shy of Day 3. She took home £3,530 for finishing in 26th place. The other 888poker ambassadors weren't so fortunate. Martin Jacobson was the first to fall, followed by Chris Moorman, Sofia Lovgren and finally Daria Feshchenko.

Vivian Saliba cashes in 888pokerLIVELon Main Event

By the end of the day, we were down to just 23 runners with everyone guaranteed to at least triple their £1,100 buy-in with a £3,990 payout.

888pokerLIVE London Ladies Event

As customary, 888poker had a Ladies Event. While the Main Event played on in the background, the main action was happening just across the way.

Unfortunately, as Team888’s Vivian Saliba was still in the running in the Main Event, she was unable to participate. Still, Sofia Lovgren, Kara Scott, Ana Marquez and Daria Feshchenko were able.

The £50 buy-in brought in 37 unique players with 22 re-buys, creating a prize pool of £2,765. This event proved more fruitful for Team888, with all four making the final 9.

 Team888, with all four making the final 9

Heads-up action greeted Sofia and Daria, but it was Sofia who prevailed. She took home the trophy, title and a £900 payday.

Final Result Ladies Event

Place

Winner

Country

Prize (in GBP)

1

Sofia Lovgren

Sweden

£900

2

Daria Feshchenko

Russia

£635

3

Helen Lamb

United Kingdom

£410

4

Ana Marquez

Spain

£330

5

Thanh Thom Pham

United Kingdom

£245

6

Andrea Tincombe

United Kingdom

£165

7

Katie Lindsay

United States

£80

 

Sofia Lovgren wins 888pokerLIVELon Ladies Event

888pokerLIVE London Main Event Final Day

It took a whopping 14 hours to whittle down the 23 runners on Day 3 to just one. – Adrian Constantin. It was just his night. He was on the brink of failure several times, managing to crack second-place, Leon Louis’ pocket kings to stay alive, on one occasion. At one point, heads-up, Louis had 90% of the chips but still managed to come up short.

Leon Louis and Adrian Constantin go head to head in 888pokerLIVELon Main Event

What’s even more remarkable about Constantin’s win is that he won his seat via an 888poker $33 online satellite! And, not only did he walk away £100K richer, he bagged a 2020 WSOP Main Event package, courtesy of 888poker.

Adrian Constantin wins 888pokerLIVELon Main Event

For both players, this was the biggest of their lives, and we wish them even more success at future 888poker LIVE events.

See you in Madrid!


Final Result 2019 888poker LIVE London £500K GTD Main Event

Place

Winner

Country

Prize (in GBP)

1

Adrian Constantin

Romania

£100,000*

2

Leon Louis

United Kingdom

£69,770

3

Manuel Bueno

Germany

£44,920

4

Egidijus Alsauskas

Lithuania

£33,230

5

Aleksandrs Golubevs

United Kingdom

£24,920

6

Nikolay Ponomarev

Russia

£20,100

7

Valdir Cordeiro dos Santos

Brazil

£16,660

8

Jose Echevarne Gomez

Spain

£13,280

9

Bhavin Khatri

United Kingdom

£10,000

* also received WSOP Main Event package, courtesy of 888poker

 

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