888Live Festival Opening Event at Aspers London

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888Live London Festival headed back to Aspers Casino in Stratford City, London for the second festival to be held at this location.

The series kicked off with an Opening Event boasting a guarantee of £120,000. With so much up for grabs along with an affordable £220, the locals were out in force.

By the start of play on Day 2, 771 entries had contributed to a massive prize pool of £152,658 – crushing the guarantee by almost £33,000!

The top spot boasted £26,000 along with 81 places paid and a min-cash of £400.

Days 1 and 2

There were 4 planned Day 1s scheduled for the following dates:

  • Day 1a - Thursday at 6pm local time, 5th October
  • Day 1b - Friday at 6pm local time, 6th October
  • Day 1c - Saturday at 2pm local time, 7th October
  • Day 1d - Saturday at 6pm local time, 7th October

Day 2 was scheduled to start on 8th of October at 1pm local time. Registration remained open until the start of play on Day 2.

On Day 1a, there were 182 entries, 246 on Day 1b, 268 on Day 1c and 70 on Day 1b for a total of 766.

Of the total entries in the Opening Event:

  • 21 players made it to Day 2 from flight A
  • 39 survived from flight B
  • 47 from flight C
  • 17 from flight D

In addition to the survivors from the four Day 1s, five entries were added before start of play on Day 2 – thereby increasing the total entries in the Opening Event to 771.

With the four Day 1s combined – plus the 5 registrants on the day – 129 players kicked off the action on Day 2.

Biggest Hand of the Event

The biggest hand of the day occurred right before the final table bubble. Christopher Kyriacou woke up with Aces and Rytis Taujanskas found himself in the unfortunate position of being all-in pre-flop with pocket Kings.

Even more unfortunately for Taujanskas, Kyriacou had him covered.

Taujanskas: K♣K♦

Kyriacou: A♥A♣

The flop was clean: 3♠2♣2♥ despite Chris’ fears.

Then came the turn - K♥ - and Taujanskas allowed himself to celebrate momentarily.

Only one of the two remaining Aces in the deck could save Kyriacou…

River: A♠ and then we were down to the final Nine.

Winners and Payouts

In addition to the prize money all nine players received a ticket to the 888Live London Festival Main Event.

The 9 finalists settled into play at around 10:30pm local time. However, it wasn’t until around 4am that a deal was made between the 3 remaining players announcing Christopher Kyriacou as the ultimate champ.

Place Winner Country Prize (GBP)

1. Christopher Kyriacou - GB - £20,000 *after 3-way deal

2. Ka Him Li - GB - £17,900 *after 3-way deal

3. Terry Simpson -GB - £17,675 *after 3-way deal

4. Tom Hughes - GB - £8,430

5. Vincent Anderson - GB - £6,210

6. Gabriel-Antonio Gusetoiu - ES -  £4,950

7. Stylianos Papatolias - GR - £4,050

8. Javier Dopazo - ES -  £3,150

9. Phi Bang Vo - GB - £2,293

Creating a Live Poker Dynasty

This latest 888Live Festival is part of the 12-month partnership between 888poker and Aspers Casino Westfield that is directed at a wide range of players.

And, by allowing players to qualify online for, we at 888poker have created an atmosphere that gives everyone a chance to play live poker.

The 888Live London festival Opening Event was just a taste of what scintillating action is to come.

Team888 ambassadors, Kara Scott, Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Sofia Lovgren and Natalie Hof will all be there. Parker “Tonkaaaap” Talbot will once again partner up with the inimitable David Tuchman to provide commentary from our feature table.

Topping all that is the incomparable Tiffany Michelle who will also be in attendance – bringing her poker props as well as verbal chops to the table. 

This festival series is a 12-day affair – running from 5th of October until the 16th of October.

See you there!

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