Introducing The Festival Online Powered by 888poker (July 7 – August 1)

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888poker and The Festival have finally introduced an online version of the Festival Series starting July 2022. 888Poker and the festival are introducing this online poker series to take place on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Traditionally, these have always been the 3 busiest days for poker tournament grinders.

This online series will feature 21 events that will have a combined guaranteed prize pool that is expected to exceed $720,000. This festival is expected to run from July 10th to July 31st. 4 of the biggest events in this festival will offer participants 6-figure guaranteed prize pools for players to test their prowess.

The first series of festivals will be held on July 10th and will commence with 3 online tournaments. The first tournament will be an opening event that will require a $109 buy-in and will offer participants almost $100,000 in cash prize winnings. The second event will be a $40,000 High Roller tournament with a buy-in of $525.

The last tournament to round out the first trio of tournaments, on the other hand, will be a $5,000 guaranteed Pot-Limit Omaha with a $109 buy-in. The Main Event will not take place until July 31st and will cost $215 to buy into. Although the Main Event will not come until the end of July, there will be plenty of satellites all through the series to keep punters occupied.

The players of the Main Event will settle down at the final table with 15,000 chips in hand and will play to a 12-minute clock. The tournament will then pause once the final table whittles down to just 9 participants. The 9 participants will face each other on August 1st, where the coverage will be broadcast directly via 888Poker’s Twitch channel. 

The satellites will cost participants a mere penny to enter but it will give poker players and 888 customers a chance to compete for a slice of the guaranteed $150,000. To urge more customers to sign up for the Festivals, 888 Poker requires gamblers to have an account already created on the 888 platforms.

Once customers create a brand-new account, they will be rewarded with a free $88 for cash games and tournament tickets. Customers in the UK will also be treated to an extra £20 just for signing up. Customers’ first deposit will be matched 100% in releasable bonuses of close to $400. 

This may be the first online installation of the Festival online. However, 888 has previously organized similar in-person events in Tallinn and Bratislava. The Festival Tallinn Main Event saw Eirik Kristiansen from Norway capture the top prize of €56,100. This was Kristiansen’s highest ever score after outlasting close to 550 opponents.

All through the Festival Online, 888 will be providing customers with a special incentive. 888 will be running daily leaderboards that help to add almost $10,000 to a customer’s bankroll daily. To gain access to the reward, all a player has to do is take part in 10 or 30 blast tournament that will award 2 points for each win and a point for every third or second place finish.

Trying to replicate the results of the 888poker XL Spring Series

Not too long ago, the 888poker XL Spring Series kicked off on May 22nd and run through to June 7th. Online poker players on the 888 platform were treated to 37 events with a wide variety of buy-ins ranging from a mere $11 to a much larger $525. The tournament promised to surpass the total guaranteed prize pool of approximately $1.5 million.

The Spring series began with a $109 Opening Event, which guaranteed participants a prize pool of $120,000. Another tournament, the $11 PKO Triple Threat, was held on the same day to cater to players with smaller bankrolls. This tournament offered players a chance to win a slice of the $15,000 guaranteed.

The opening event was followed by a $215 Freezeout that offered a guaranteed prize pool of $25,000. On June 1st a $109 PKO Eight-Max with a $30,000 guarantee was also organized. Another intriguing event that helped poker lovers entertained throughout was the $55 Triple Threat PKO which offered participants a guaranteed prize pool of $40,000.

For high rollers, the $525 tournament that was scheduled on June 5th was everything it promised participants and more. The high roller event offered a $50,000 guarantee and was scheduled to take place on June 5th. The highlight of the show, however, was the XL Spring #37.

The XL Spring #37 had a $250 buy in but promised an impressive $500,000 as guarantees. The XL Spring tournament ran from June 2nd to June 6th and consisted of 10 starting flights. The Main Event was held in a multi-day format and at the beginning of every Day 1, online poker players were awarded a starting stack of 10,000 chips.

With this tournament, 888 was aiming to attract poker players of all bankrolls, as well as various skill levels. Those looking to participate could easily claim their place in the Main Event as well as in the other smaller tournaments. The freerolls and satellites were availed almost daily thus allowing players to earn seats to most of the series.

In the end, the series saw all the 37 events taking off without any hitches. In total, the tournaments catered to a total of 20,107 poker players and managed to successfully award cash prizes worth an amazing $1,538,695. After all was said and done, the highlight of this series appears to be the $500K GTD Multiflight Main Event that attracted 1,978 poker players who rebought 195 times.

The final entry field of 2,173 would result in a $510,655 prize pool with close to 330 surviving to Day 2. When the players returned on Day 2, it did not take very long for the winner to be crowned. It only took approximately 90 minutes for the winner, “Instinctym” to emerge. 

Final Thoughts

888 Poker is one of the biggest poker sites in the world. As such, when the brand organizes a poker tournament, it almost always attracts some of the biggest names in the poker scene. With such events, it is no wonder that the brand keeps expanding and gaining traction among experienced and new poker players alike.

Author: Erika Woods