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“The 8-Team” Launched by 888poker for 2017 WSOP


A team of poker players, known as “The 8-Team”, will be sent by 888poker, the official sponsor of the World Series of Poker, to the 2017 World Series of Poker.   A lucky qualifier has a chance to become part of the team with an opportunity to fly the 888poker flag at the 2018 WSOP.

Five teams, each from a different country and featuring a team captain, a wing man as well as a qualifier will be selected to represent Germany, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada and Sweden at the upcoming 2017 WSOP Main Event.  The longest lasting qualifier out of the five qualifiers will be awarded a value-packed package to the 2018 WSOP Main Event.

888poker have already chosen the captains while the wing men will be revealed within the next few weeks and the qualifiers are due to be chosen from everyone who qualifies for a 2017 WSOP Main Event package online at 888poker, which any player can participate in for as little as $0.01.

The captains that have been selected for the 8-Team are members of 888poker’s choice team of ambassadors.

Chris Moorman, who will be captaining the United Kingdom, has close to $15 million in online tournament winnings and $4.6 million from his live poker achievements.  Moorman, a recognized winner is a player worthy of being the captain of any poker team.

Bruno “Foster” Politano, who has already enjoyed a taste of WSOP success, will captain Team Brazil.  Politano finished in eighth-place in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, returning home with $947,172.

Parker Talbot, known as “Tonkaaaa” will be in charge of Team Canada. Talbot is endeavoring to win his first WSOP cash this summer.

Sofia Lovgren, will be leading Team Sweden and although primarily a cash game player, she is also no slouch in poker tournaments.  Lovren played her way to 12th place in the Millionaire Maker event at the 2016 WSOP.

Dominik Nitsche, one of the most successful poker players of recent years will lead Germany.  Nitsche has won three WSOP bracelets and over $6.5 million in live poker tournament winnings.

Players who download 888poker via PokerNews and make a deposit of $20 using the bonus code ‘PNWSOP30” will be rewarded by 888poker with a WSOP Step 5 satellite ticket valued at $30 for free.



WSOP Takes Aim at Stalling with New Clock Rules


The World Series of Poker is the latest poker tournament to apply methods that were structured to speed up play and has announced that it has changed the rules for the 2017 series that will profoundly change the way that players can put “on the clock”.

Several poker tournament series have endeavored to speed up the pace of play and prevent stalling over the past few years.   The Action Clock, a tablet-like timer set was put into operation in the poker table in front of the dealer in the World Poker Tour’s WPT Tournament of Champions.

“Shot Clocks” has been introduced by PokerStars in almost all of their tournaments at $10,000 and higher, starting at PokerStars’ Championship Bahamas.  Among the first to make use of timers and time extension chips was the ARIA High Roller series with the Super High Roller Bowl.

Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu, a participant in all of the above tournament series, has been pushing for changes that reduce tanking in poker and recently wrote in his blog that he believed that it would be only a matter of time before a clock was added to at least a few WSOP events.

Negreanu wrote that he did not enjoy playing most hold’em tournaments without a shot clock and that in any of the no limit hold’em events that he does happen to play, he will take advantage of his right to call for clocks on any habitual tankers.

The WSOP have introduced a rule change for 2017 that will allow players to call the clock on other competitors quicker, and a tournament supervisor may put a clock on any player that is felt to be deliberately stalling, without any prompting from a player at the table.  The WSOP, however, feels that the use of the clock should be based on “the game situation”.

According to Greg Himmelbrand, a professional poker player, the only negative that he sees is the potential for a vindictive tournament supervisor to abuse the ability to call a clock on a player without another player requesting one.  He went on to say that he expects that it will only be used in blatant stalling situations and that it will help keep the game going.




888Live Festival Barcelona Due to Attract the Stars


The last installment of 888poker’s popular and value-packed 888Live Festival will be held in Barcelona for 12 days of poker between Thursday, 11th and Monday, 22nd May 2017.

The festival offers a total guaranteed prize pool of over €700,000 and is due to take place at “Gran Casino de Barcelona” shortly after the completion of the 888Live Kings Festival in Rozvadov.

As predicted, the Main Event, High Roller and probably a number of the higher buy-in side events, are attracting the attention of some of poker’s elite.

Amongst those who are expected to attend the festival are Cate Hall as well as trash talking William Kassouf, high stakes cash game guru Patrik Antonius and the man known as The Grinder”, Michal Mizrachi.  Several members of Team 888 will also be heading to Barcelona for the festival, including 888poker Ambassadors Kawra Scott, Bruno Kawauti, Bruno “Foster” Politano, three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche, Sofia Lovgren, Nicolau Villa Lobos and Natalie Hof.

Players are being offered qualifiers to the Main Event and the Opening event with a $30 buy-in and a $12 buy-in, respectively by 888poker and also have an opportunity to win their way into the festival satellite tournaments with buy-ins of a mere $0.01.

888poker revealed that before the festival commenced in October of 2016, the average live prize pool for a Main Event was $55,412.   The festival kicked off with the 888Live Festival in London offering a $250,000 guaranteed pool and has since then grown considerably, ensuring a guaranteed pool of at least $500,000 in this month’s festival in Barcelona.

Catalin Pop won the 888Live Main Event in the latest festival that was held in Rozvadov, granting him a seat in the Barcelona tournament.  Pop has revealed that he is hoping to walk away with the title, but has advised other hopeful players to “have patience, be aggressive and not be afraid to bust”.

Although there is more than enough poker action at the 888Live Festival Barcelona there will also be two major sporting events taking place in Barcelona during 888poker’s visit.  The legendary FC Barcelona soccer team will be hosting Las Palmas on 14th May and the Spanish F1 Grand Prix is being held between 12th and 24th May 2017.

Live Poker Tournaments Scheduled for UK and Ireland during May


Over a dozen significant live poker tournaments have been scheduled to take place next month in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

With the 2017 World Series of Poker only a couple of weeks ago poker players from the United Kingdom and Ireland have a number of chances to buy into live events in their countries throughout the month of May as can be seen from the schedule of live poker tournaments set out below.

Major live poker tournaments in the UK & Ireland during May

Date Tournament Location
May 1-7 2017 Genting Poker Series Mini Genting Casino Blackpool
May 4-7 Grosvenor 25/25 Series Grosvenor Casino Portsmouth
May 5 £10,000 Gtd Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds
May 5-7 £100,000 Gtd DTD200 Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham
May 5-7 Bristol Rainbow Poker Masters Series Rainbow Casino, Bristol
May 5-7 150 Monkeys Green Isle Hotel, Dublin
May 5-7 PokerStars Megastack London Hippodrome Casino, London
May 11-14 Grosvenor 25/25 Series Grosvenor Casino Bradford
May 11-14 Super Stack Scotland Alea Casino, Glasgow
May 12-14 PokerStars Megastack Leinster Regency Airport Hotel, Dublin
May 14 Mini Monthly Special Grosvenor G Casino Reading
May 14-16 £100,000 Gtd DTD200 Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham
May 15-21 2017 Genting Poker Series Leg 8 Genting Club Westcliff, Westcliff-On-Sea
May 18-21 Grosvenor 25/25 Series Grosvenor G Casino Dundee
May 19-21 Ulster Poker Festival Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan
May 19-21 The Big One in Cavan Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan
May 21-23 £100,000 Gtd DTD200 Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham
May 21-28 2017 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Leg 5 Grosvenor G Casino, Reading
May 21-28 Yorkshire VGCPoker Championships Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds
May 24-29 The Fitzwilliam Poker Masters Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin
May 25-28 888Live London Local Aspers Casino Stratford, London
May 25-28 PokerStars Live London Series Hippodrome Casino, London
May 28-30 £100,000 Gtd DTD200 Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham

Three popular Grosvenor 25/25 Series events will also take place in May, namely in Bradford, Dundee and Portsmouth, each carrying a £25,000 guarantee for the £220 buy-in.

Grosvenor Casino is also running the Reading leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour that has a £550 buy-in as well as a number of satellites and side events scheduled for 21st to 28th May.

Four DTD200 tournaments with a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool are scheduled to take place from Friday through Sunday each week during May at Dusk Till Dawn.

Three major tournaments by PokerStars are running in May, the first being the PokerStars Megastack costing £170 to enter.  There is also a £330 High Roller event and the PokerStars Live London Series on 25th to 28th May with a buy-in of £275.




$7.5 Million Guaranteed XL Inferno Championships Announced by 888poker


888poker has revealed that, following the success of its Super XL Series, it will be running a trio of online poker tournament festivals over the following twelve months.

The $7.5 million guaranteed XL Inferno Championships is the first of the festivals and kicks off on Sunday, 7th May 2017.  This will be followed by the XL Eclipse Championships that is scheduled to be held in September and the finale – the XL Blizzard Championships early next year.

With a huge schedule of 197 events, the XL Inferno Championships is the largest ever series in terms of total events.  It will also be 888poker’s richest online series with a whopping $7.5 million guaranteed which is a 50 percent increase over any of its previous Super XL Series.

The XL Inferno Championships will begin with a $109 XL Inferno edition of the Sunday Lightning with a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000 that will be followed by a $300,000 guaranteed event later that day at a cost of only $160 to enter.

Three of the tournaments that are due to take place on Tuesday, 16th May 2017, namely the $100K Mini Super High Roller, the $10,000 Turbo and the $1,500,000 Million Main Event are special tournaments that will help the “Raising for Effective Giving” (REG) and “Global Poverty Charity Portfolio”.  888poker will donate all fees from the above three tournaments, which is a fantastic way to contribute to worthy causes without affecting the tournament’s prize pool.

Included in the XL Inferno Championships schedule is a Champion of Champions event.   Only those who won one of the 197 XDL Inferno Championships tournaments are eligible to enter this special event.

A 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event package will be awarded to the winner of the Champion of Champions event while the runner-up will be given a Crazy8s WSOP Side Event package and a $1,050 Main Event Qualifier ticket and the player coming third will receive a Crazy8s WSOP Side Event package.

The fifth and fourth placed players will receive a $600 tournament ticket while those finishing from sixth to fortieth will receive a $55 tournament ticket.



888Live Barcelona Festival to Take Place between 11th and 22nd May 2017


888poker will be offering over €700,000 at the 888Live Barcelona Festival that is scheduled to be held at Gran Casino de Barcelona across 12 days of tournament between Thursday, 11th May and Monday, 22nd May 2017.

Last year’s guarantee for the first 888Live Main Event in London was $250,000 which was bolstered to $280,291 by the end of registration while the visit to Rozvadow in February had the guarantee of $320,000 smashed with a massive $439,419 in the prize pool.

Catalin Pop, who won the 888Live Main Event in Rozvadov, securing a seat to the Barcelona event, has advised players to have patience, be aggressive, and not be afraid to bust.

The event is bound to inspire professional players to win big and will also motivate lower stake players to qualify for as little as $0.01 via

888Poker Ambassadors Kara Scott, Bruno Kawauti, Sofia Lovgren, Bruno Politano, Domonik Nitsche, Nicolau Villa Lobos and Natalie Hof will be attending the festival and are all hopeful of running deep in the main event.

Those attending the event will find that Barcelona is one of the most diverse cultural centers in Europe with works of Antoni Gaudi which are bound to inspire and sights such as Barcelona Cathedral and Casa Mila on their doorstep.

Chris Moorman, 888Poker ambassador revealed that he thinks the 888live events are great tournaments for all types of players.  He added that they feature a range of buy-ins and a good mix of participants from beginners to seasoned pros.  Moorman also said that he believes the 888live events have a much more relaxed environment surrounding them at the table as the buy-ins are more affordable for players.  He went on to say that as a result, they are much more fun to play in, and everyone at the table manages to have a great time.

According to Swedish pro Sofia Lovgren, the Barcelona Festival is great for recreational as well as professional players.  She added that it is the perfect time to hang out with poker friends, catch some sun and make a deep run just before the WSOP.




Sky Poker Launches UKOPS XIX


Tuesday, April 11th will mark the start of the 19th Sky Poker UK Online Poker Series (UKOPS) event. The online poker site will host 44 exciting online poker tournaments, with a guaranteed prize pool of at least £250,000.  Players can look forward to seven days of full online poker action with buy-ins suited to every pocket – starting at just £5.50 and climbing to £530.

Sky Poker UK Online Poker Series kicks off with a £2,000 Deep Stack event – a £22 buy in and a £2,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Another exciting event on April 11th is the UKOPS 02 £15,000 High Roller Single Rebuy with a buy in of £220 and a whopping £15,000 prize. Follow this on the same day with the Sky Poker £15,000 Bounty Hunter event that carries a buy-in of just £110.

Each night of the event will feature a Main Event and a Mini Main Event. If you play both events each night, Sky Poker has an extra special incentive for you. If you reach the six-handed final table of each tournament, you could win a bonus worth up to £5,000!

The Sky Poker UK Online Poker Series (UKOPS) event also features an online leaderboard for the duration of the tournament. The objective is to cash in any UKOPS event and you’ll earn points toward the festival’s leaderboard. If you are among the top 20 earners in the series, you could earn yourself tickets to Las Vegas satellites with a value of up to £1,260.

Sky Poker is considered one of the UK’s leading online poker rooms. No download is required to enjoy the excellent range of games. The site offers Texas Hold’em and Omaha in a variety of exciting tournaments and cash games. Players who want to join in the fun can sign up for a free account and then register their preferred form of payment. Play real money games to earn earn poker points and climb the six loyalty levels to earn better bonuses and rewards.

Australia Bans Online Poker with New Laws


As Australia passes new legislation that will essentially ban all forms of online poker, many are wondering how this will affect the greater global online poker industry. Last week, poker players Down Under were dealt a significant blow when the federal government passed the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016.  Gambling authorities’ justifiable desire to prevent match fixing during sports snowballed into a review of the entire industry last and eventually a proposal to rehaul Australian gambling legislation.

Top gaming companies have already indicated that they will be exiting the Australian online gambling market, if they haven’t already done so. PokerStars will stop offering real money online poker, but has indicated that its brand will remain in place to offer play for fun games. Earlier this year, 888 announced that it would be leaving the market before the anti-gambling law was made official.

Leading up to the passing of the legislation, online poker proponents fought a fierce battle to have poker recognized as a game of skill. This would have provided online poker with a last minute reprieve from being included in the new Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill. However, federal lawmakers voted against the carveout by a large majority, and the death knell was sounded for online poker in Australia.

In the meantime, groups such as the Australian Online Poker Alliance vow that they will continue to fight the law, especially since no date has been set yet.

Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm, who fought unsuccessfully for the online poker carveout said about the new bill: “It’s stupid! If you want to play poker, there are lots of opportunities in Australia, at casinos and tournaments. It’s not as if there isn’t a great deal of poker playing already, but they’re just stopping it online. The whole world is online now.”


Action Packed March for UK Poker Players


Live poker players in the UK are enjoying a thrilling month of action-packed tournaments at great locations. So far, they’ve played through the 2017 GUKPT Manchester Festival, the PokerStars Live London Series at the Hippodrome in London and the Grosvenor 25/25 Series.

Some of the events still ahead of us this month include the Unibet UK Poker Tour, which kicked off last year and proved to be hugely popular among players during the 2016 season. It’s definitely worth signing up for these tournaments that take place at the Rendezvous Casino in Brighton from the 17th. Not only is the poker tour a great way to pitch your poker skills against others from the UK, but it also gives you a run for you money. There is a guaranteed prize pool of GBP 40,000 up for grabs in the Unibet UK Poker Tour, which has the backing of one of the top names in the business.

Another great branded series to look forward to this month is the Genting Poker Series, with points in Sheffield, Reading and Liverpool.

Of course, there is no forgetting the 2017 Irish Poker Open Festival which kicks off in Dublin this month. If you want to earn entry into this EUR 50,000 guaranteed event, play at sites such as PartyPoker or Betfair Poker where satellites put you in line to win your way into the festival.

Looking ahead up until the end of the month, UK and Irish players should diarize the dates of the following events:

March 13th to 19th – 2017 Genting Poker Series at Genting Club, Sheffield.

March 16th – 19th – Grosvenor 25/25 Series at Grosvenor Casino, Luton.

March 17th – 19th – Unibet UK Poker Tour 2017 at Rendezvous Casino, Brighton.

March 23rd – 26th – Grosvenor 25/25 Series at Grosvenor Casino, Bournemouth.

March 23rd – 26th – London Deepstack at the Poker Room (aka The Vic in London.

March 26th – April 2nd – 2017 GUKPT Edinburgh at the Grosvenor Maybury Casino in Edinburgh.

March 26th – April 2nd – 2017 Genting Poker Series Mini Reading at the Genting Club Reading.

March 26th – April 2nd – 2017 Genting Poker Series Mini Liverpoo at the Genting Club Queen Square in Liverpool.

March 27th – April 8th – The Irish Poker Open Festival at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.


New MEGASTACK Live Tournament Series Announced by PokerStars


In a month full of live poker action in the United Kingdom, players will find room for one more. PokerStars recently announced that it would be rolling out new a new MEGASTACK tournament series that will debut at the PokerStars LIVE in London at the Hippodrome Casino. The dates of the tournament are April 7th to April 9th.

The MEGASTACK tournament is aimed at recreational poker players with features such as flexible schedules, smaller buy-ins and a big starting stack.

It will cost GBP 170 to buy in to the series, and players will be given 50,000 in chips. There will be three opening flights in the series, and each flight will allow one re-entry.

“While we highlighted some of the big events coming up this month, we’re also glad to concentrate on the other end of the poker spectrum, with a series of smaller grassroots tournaments aimed at recreational players looking not only for a great live poker experience, but that first step up in their poker career towards PokerStars Championships and Festivals,” notes PokerStars in its popular blog.

Following the April MEGASTACK tournament series, more dates have already been set for follow-up tournaments at Hippodrome Casino.

These are:

  • May 5th – 7th
  • June 30th – July 2nd,
  • September 22nd – 24th
  • October  20th – 22nd

In addition, the MEGASTACK tournaments will also take place at a number of European destinations at live PokerStars events. The online poker giant said that it would publish the dates and locations of the European events as soon as they become available.

It will be possible to qualify for all the events through PokerStars satellites online.

“We know it’s not always easy to find the time to play live tournaments, with one eye on your straight draw and the other on the clock as you try to work out if you can make it to work on 45 minutes sleep,” reads the blog. “That’s why MEGASTACK events are designed to fit your schedule rather than that of your boss, taking place from Friday to Sunday, leaving you all the time you need to enjoy the game.”

PokerStars explains that players will playing in the “confines of London’s premier poker destination.”

“You might not be able to play football at Wembley, or Rugby on the turf at Twickenham, but you can play in poker’s equivalent, enjoying the same surroundings as the high rollers for a small taste of what it’s like to compete in one of poker’s most prestigious arenas.”


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