If you’re an online poker player residing in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Poland, Sweden or the UK and want to win a trip to Las Vegas next month for the 47th annual World Series of Poker, 888poker wants to send you there.
A new promotion that kicked off last Friday and runs through May 20 will jet one player from each of those countries to the WSOP to compete in the $888 buy-in Crazy Eights event that begins with Flight A on July 1. Event #54 on the schedule, Crazy Eights is so named because of the $888 entry fee, $888,888 in prize money guaranteed to the winner, the 8-handed table structure, and the fact that 888poker is the official sponsor of the 2016 WSOP.
How to Get to Vegas
888poker is hosting WSOP League tournaments for two weeks from May 6-20 with buy-ins for as little as 10¢. When May 21 arrives, the top 27 players from each of the seven countries’ WSOP League leaderboards will be invited to special Grand Final Championships that take place on May 23.
The champion from each country – Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Poland, Sweden and UK – will win a $3,000 package to play in the Crazy Eights tournament at the WSOP. Incidentally, that event was cited by USA Today as being one of the best for first-time players.
Four separate Day 1 flights will be held from July 1-2 at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day, with players who bust out allowed to re-enter up to one time for each flight. Each Day 1 flight consists of eighteen levels at 30 minutes each. Players who survive Day 1 with their starting stacks of 5,000 chips are expected to be in the money when the event restarts on Day 2.
Pros of 8-handed Format
“In an 8-handed tournament, you will obviously see more hands per hour compared to a slow 10-handed game,” said 888poker pro Sofia Lövgren. “Eight-handed, your hands will be worth a little more, since there are less players in each hand. An 8-handed tournament is one of my favorite format live events.”
Players from Sweden competing in the 888poker WSOP League may find Lövgren seated at their tables. Likewise for German WSOP League players, who may have to do battle against 888poker pro Dominik Nitsche. Brazilian players would be wise to keep an eye out for the two Brunos, 888poker ambassadors Bruno Politano and Bruno Kawauti.
If you’re not located in one of the seven countries mentioned, or if you are but fail to advance on the leaderboard or win a Grand Final Championship, there are other ways to go to the WSOP via 888poker. Try the Step Satellites that start at just one penny and can win you a seat to the $10,000 buy-in Main Event.
888poker is keen to send as many players as possible to this year’s WSOP. Those who win the Crazy Eights packages will be representing their respective nations, so the winners have the chance to do their country proud!