888poker has released the dates for its five 2024 888poker LIVE series events. The first of five festivals – with their main event entry fees yet to be determined – takes place in Spain’s capital, Madrid, in January.
888 describes the tour’s second stop, Bucharest, as the “Little Paris of the East” and says, “It’s the thinking players’ dream location, packed with art museums, landmark structures, and monuments.”
The tour then visits the ever-popular Barcelona and heads to the celebrated Grosvenor Victoria in London after a summer break for the World Series of Poker. It will conclude in October in Coventry.
The main event of the corresponding event in 2023 attracted 672 entries, each paying £888 to play. As part of a five-way deal, Yiannis Liperis was declared the winner. He collected £120,000 for his efforts.
888poker LIVE series dates
22-29 January 2024 Madrid
16-24 March 2024 Bucharest
8-20 May 2024 Barcelona
14-25 August 2024 London ‘The VIC’
10-21 October 2024 Coventry
UKPL for Poker Players With a Passion
Domestically, 888poker has also joined up with Grosvenor Casinos to create an exclusive new poker league, the UKPL (UK Poker League). Amit Berkovich, 888’s Head of Poker, had this to say about the new collaboration:
“The partnership between 888poker and Grosvenor Casinos has produced some fantastic live poker experiences over the past couple of years, and we are excited to take this successful collaboration to the next level.”
“We are thrilled to announce the new, year-round 888poker-Grosvenor Poker League (UKPL) that will reach even more destinations throughout the UK, bringing fantastic poker moments to players all over the country.”
“The UKPL is anticipated to become a significant fixture in the UK poker calendar for players with a passion for the game and aims to make incredible poker experiences accessible to players of all levels, in all corners of the UK.”
888poker LIVE UKPL 2024 Stops
16-21 January Grosvenor Casino Coventry
13-18 February Grosvenor Casino Edinburgh
5-10 March Grosvenor Casino Luton
16-21 April Grosvenor Casino Manchester
27 August – 1 September Grosvenor Casino Leeds
24-29 September Grosvenor Casino Victoria, London
10-21 October Grosvenor Casino Coventry
Main event entry for all 2024 UKPL events is set at £560. The online operator says side events will be identical at all league stops. They include £200, £330, £400, and £1,100 Hold ’em tournaments, a £150 seniors’ event and a £150 Omaha competition.
Poker’s New Record Hangs in the Balance
Guinness World Records has many poker-related records. Phil Laak playing poker for a continuous 115 hours is one of the better-known records listed by the reference book. The Irish-born poker professional set the record at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 2010. Over 117,000 people watched the attempt live online.
Last week, Guinness World Records announced another new poker-novelty record had been broken. The respected database, with over 53,000 listed records, released a video of his feat to show the world that Italy’s Rocco Mercurio had successfully balanced 255 poker chips on a single finger.
Guinness World Records’ social media feeds featuring footage of the new record quickly clocked up a million views. Rocco Mercurio is no stranger to the spotlight as he now has 26 World Records for feats such as ‘the most mugs held in one hand’ and ‘the fastest time to apply ten surgical masks.’
Travis Stitch is more of a poker specialist. The Canterbury Park (Minnesota) poker dealer has five Guinness World Records. His achievements include building a stack of 340 poker chips, dealing a deck of cards in 15.35 seconds, throwing 64 playing cards into a target in one minute, and shuffling 32 chips into a single stack!
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