888 Poker Holds $2.5 Million XL Series

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888 Poker’s XL Series offers players 3 tickets to a share of a $2.5 million guaranteed prize pool. It’s all for new players signing up at 888 Poker for their first real money account with the site. No deposit is even required to take advantage of this offer, though you can get up to a $400 welcome bonus when you make your first deposit. But you’ll get your 3 freeroll tickets just for signing up. Then, the top 100 players from each daily freeroll tournament will advance to the Super XL Series Main Events as follows:

First place each day gets a $500K Super XL Main Event seat.
Second through 4th places each get a $200K Super XL Opening Event seat.
Fifth through 12th places each get a $50K Super XL Mini Main Event seat.
Thirteenth through 42nd places each get a $30K Super XL Mini Opening Event seat.
Forty-third through 47th places each get a $10K Super XL Mini Turbo Deep Event seat.
Forty-eighth through 52nd places each get a $3K Super XL Mini Nitro 4 Max Event seat.
Fifty-third through 100th places each get a $1K Super XL Micro Main Event seat.

The promotional period for 888 Poker’s $2.5 Million XL Series is November 3 to December 8, 2013. Extensive terms and conditions apply to this promotion so be sure to read up on them before beginning to participate. They include information for VIP, MVP, and High Roller players, Mobile players, New Members, and information on Super XL Leaderobards and TrT awards, or Tournament Tickets, among other important promotional details.

Wynn Resorts Gives Nevada 888 Poker

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Poker players living in Nevada will soon be able to play online poker with other Nevada players through 888 Poker, in partnership with Wynn Resorts.

In the latest legal U.S. online poker partnership of a cascade of them to hit the news desk these past months (and for months to come in the foreseeable future) Wynn Resorts has partnered up with 888 Holdings, owner of 888 Poker among other online gambling sites, to offer its unique brand of online poker to players throughout the state of Nevada, where intrastate online poker has now been legalized and regulated. That makes Wynn Resorts, owned by Steve Wynn, the latest member of the All American Poker Network or AAPN that 888 Holdings set up along with Avenue Capital Group in order to offer legal intrastate online poker in states where it’s legal.

Currently, partnerships with land-based casinos already established in these areas is the only way an online poker site can apparently set up shop in the newly budding intrastate U.S. online poker market. Originally the news was that Wynn Resorts would be partnering with Poker Stars for its intrastate online poker offerings, but after the debacle of Black Friday, 2011, Wynn Resorts backed out of all talks with PokerStars, which is how AAPN and 888 Holdings was able to get a leg in the door.

So far, the states where online poker is now legal are Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware, and 888 Holdings’ Brian Mattingly is already getting in a stake in every one of these markets.

Next 888 Poker $250K Whale Tournament This Sunday

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Every month 888 Poker holds The Whale, a tournament with a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool. They hold it on the fourth Sunday of every month, which means that the next $250K Whale tournament is coming up in just about a few days: this Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Notice that because September 1st was on a Sunday this year, there are actually five Sundays this month. So this is the time to secure your seat in the event.

888 Poker’s $250K The Whale takes place at 18:00 GMT this Sunday for a $530 direct buy-in. Registration is open now. Players start with a 10,000 chip starting stack and the blinds go up every 25 minutes.

There’s still time to win your seat in this Sunday’s The Whale tournament through 888 Poker’s step satellite tournament series.

Step 1 has a $0.09 + $0.01 buy-in, is a rebuy/add-on event, and takes place all day, every day, at each event awarding one seat into Step 2

Step 2 has a $2.70 + $0.30 direct buy-in, plus rebuys and add-ons, and it takes place all day, every day as well, at each event awarding one seat into Step 3.

Step 3 has a $20 + $2 direct buy-in plus rebuys and add-ons, and also takes place all day, every day, awarding at each event a seat into Step 4.

Step 4 is the final step in the series, costing $100 + $9 to buy-in directly and taking place every day at 11:00, 19:00, and 23:05 GMT, each time awarding one $530 seat in the next $250K The Whale tournament, which right now is this Sunday, September 22, 2013.

888 Poker Holds Knights of Prague Satellite Series

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888 Poker is now holding a promotion it calls the Knights of Prague, in which the most successful contenders will walk away with an $1,800 prize package into the second annual 888poker Prague Championship, to be held from December 6 to 9, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic.

There are two ways to win a seat in the 888poker Prague Championship II: either by playing your way up through a series of satellite tournaments, or you can skip straight to the qualifier itself.

The satellite series into the 888poker Prague Championship II Qualifier starts with a Step 1 event that has a $0.90 + $0.10 buy-in. It’s a rebuy and add-on event and awards a seat in Step 2 for every $11 in the prize pool. It takes place every day, every 3 hours. The Step 2 event has a $10 + $1 buy-in and allows one 2nd chance rebuy. It takes place daily and awards a seat in the qualifier for every $200 in the prize pool.

The 888poker Prague Championship II Qualifier takes place once every other Saturday for a buy-in of $180 + $20 and awards one $1,800 prize package at each event.

Each $1,800 prize package includes the 330 EUR buy-in for the Prague Championship (a two-day event), $550 for expenses, a 3-night stay in Andel’s Hotel with WiFi and breakfast included, an invitation to a welcome reception with canapes and drinks the afternoon of the 6th, an invite for you and a guest to a VIP party the evening of the 6th.

888 Launching Online Poker in New Jersey

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888 Poker will soon be launching for players in New Jersey. The state recently passed in-state gambling legislation that allows online poker sites to apply for licenses to legally operate within their borders. 888 Holdings is simply one of the first to get all its ducks in a row.

The other two states that have moved ahead with legal intrastate gambling are Delaware and Nevada. 888 plans to set up shop in both of these states as well, but made the decision to start with New Jersey as it saw that state as the one with the most potentially lucrative market.

CEO of 888 Holdings, Brian Mattingley, would not comment on the company’s marketing budget for this New Jersey launch, but he did say that current annual gaming revenue forecasts from its New Jersey operations are $450 million.

888 will also be making its poker and casino software available to Caesars Interactive Entertainment to offer players at its land-based properties in states that have passed gambling legislation like New Jersey, including promising to open up a brand new 888 branded Caesar’s online poker room and casino in New Jersey.

Meanwhile last quarter from all its operations combined 888 reported a $97 million revenue, $22 million of which came from poker.

The 8 other Atlantic City Casinos have all signed partnerships with online gaming companies and will soon be following in 888 and Caesar’s joint footsteps. Atlantic Club Casino and the Revel Casino have yet to announce their online gaming partners, but the others have, and they are as follows:

Borgata/Boyd Gaming with bwin.party
Golden Nugget with Bally Technologies
Resorts Casino Club with Poker Stars
Tropicana with Gamesys
Trump Plaza with Betfair
Trump Taj Mahal with Ultimate Poker

888 Poker Holds WSOPE Paris Satellites

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The World Series of Poker Europe is coming to Paris, France, and you can win a seat in the big event at 888 Poker now, with grand prize packages valued at $17,000 each, including a seat in the WSOPE Paris Main Event.

Every other week, on Sundays, 888 Poker is holding another WSOPE Paris 2013 Qualifier, for a $500 + $25 direct buy-in, awarding at each one at $17,000 grand prize package to the WSOPE Paris Main Event.

Players can avoid that direct buy-in by winning their seat in the qualifier through a Step Three satellite taking place Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 6:05 pm GMT for a $105 + $10 direct buy-in.

Or players can win their seat in the Step Three satellite through a Step Two Satellite, each taking place the same days, two hours earlier, for a $23 + $2 direct buy-in. And there are two ways players can win seats in Step Two, through a Step One qualifier with a rebuy and addon and a $1 + $0.10 buy-in, and a Step One satellite without a rebuy or addon, and a $0.50 + $0.05 buy-in.

Finally, players can win seats in the Step One with no rebuy or add-on by making a deposit (1st time or reload) of at least $10 into their 888 Poker real money account.

The $17,000 WSOPE Paris Main Event prize package comes with the winner’s entry into the event, worth €10,450, accommodations at the Grand Hotel Barriere for as long as you’re in contention, or between October 18 and 24, whichever comes last, $1,500 for traveling costs, an 888Poker swag bag, and an 888Poker/WSOPE VIP event invitation.

The WSOPE Paris Main Event expects to pull in a prize pool of more than $4 million.

888 Poker Sending Players to FA Cup Final

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888 Poker is now holding a promotion to send players to the upcoming FA Cup Final. The top prize in this competition is a full corporate box at the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on May 5, 2012. That’s VIP entry for you and up to 9 guests including drinks, food and $2,000 for travel and accommodation expenses. You and your party also receive an assortment of 888Poker merchandise to enjoy.

The tournament at which this prize will be given away, the Corp Box (10 Seat) for FA Cup Final, takes place on Sunday, April 29th, 2012 at 19:05 GMT. It has a $1,000 + $50 direct buy-in, but players can avert that cost by winning a seat in the event instead through a satellite tournament.

The satellite series starts with buy-ins as low as $0.55. These Step 1 events take place twice daily (three times on Saturdays) at each running awarding 1 seat in the Step 2 event for every $11 collected.

The Step 2 event takes place once each on Tuesdays, Thurdays and Saturdays for an $11 buy-in and awards 1 in 5 players a seat in the Step 3 event.

The Step 3 event takes place once each on Tuesdays, Thurdays and Saturdays as well, this time for a $50 buy-in. It also advances 1 in 5 players to the next level, in this case Step 4.

The Step 4 event takes place on Sturdays only and has a $230 buy-in. From this event 1 in 5 players will move on to the Corp Box for FA Cup Final where the prize package will be won.

888 Poker Introduces Monthly Bonus Box

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888 Poker has just introduced the monthly Bonus Box. Now, every month, each and every 888 Poker member wil receive in their email inbox $5 free to use on the site, along with an assortment of other personalized prizes.

Each player’s bonus box includes the $5 Free-A-Month cash top-up and entry into 6 months worth of $10,000 Poker Shop Freeroll with prizes of new iPads, iPads and more up for grabs. Then, each individual player’s monthly Bonus Box will also include a personalized prize that may include freeroll entries, free spins at on 888 Poker’s casino games or even more cash top-up for your 888 Poker cash game or tournament bankroll.

In order to win your Bonus Box every month, first check your email inbox on or after the first Monday of any month. If you’re already an 888 Poker member and you don’t have a Bonus Box email in your inbox each month, that means it may be getting sent to the trash by your email software’s junk filter.

In this email will be instructions for registering for your next Bonus Box Challenge. Follow those registration instructions and complete your Bonus Box Challenge, whatever it happens to be that month. Examples of challenges include earning a certain number of status points or playing a certain number of cash hands or tourneys.

Once completed, you will receive an email congratulating you and along with a monthly reminder each month for 6 months to claim your BonusBox. After the first 3 months, you need to keep earning 10 Status Points per month to continue being eligible for your Bonus Box.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With 888 Poker’s Happy Hangover

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Players at 888 Poker this month can look forward to a shot at a free instant bonus, a free trip to Dublin, Ireland and a piece of $5k, all in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. They’re calling it the Happy Hangover and it’s easy to see why.

First prize is a $3,000 trip to the 2012 Irish Poker Open on April 8th to 9th. It includes the buy-in to the No Limit Hold’em Freezeout main event, worth €1,000, along with $1.5k for travel and hotel expenses and an 888Poker “live event merchandise kit”.

The runners up in the $5,000 St Patrick’s Day Hangover Freeroll will share $2,000 cash.

To win a seat in the $5,000 St Patrick’s Day Hangover Freeroll where all these prizes will be given away, on March 18th, 2012 at 7 pm GMT, just make a deposit of any amount into your 888 Poker real money account before March 18 using the promo code IRISH2012.

Also when you make your deposit using this promo code, you’ll receive an Instant $10 bonus free.

Registration for the $5,000 St Patrick’s Day Hangover Freeroll starts 6 hours prior to the shuffle up and deal. The Irish Open of Poker is Europe’s longest standing live tournament of poker.

In other 888 Poker news, the site’s annual satellite series for the World Series of Poker Main Event has begun. Running every other Sunday, these qualifiers cost $525 to buy-in directly, although you can win seats through much cheaper satellites now at the site.

Carbon Poker & 888 Poker Updates: Free Training and $3,000 Mardi Gras Celebration

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Carbon Poker now offers its players a brand new feature that gives them a unique opportunity to up their game. It’s a new membership club in cooperation with Carbon Poker that grants its members poker training by over 30 coaches, professional poker players all of them, as well as more than 40 new poker vidoes per month added to a library that already contains over 1,000 poker educational videos. Members also get to participate in active user forums.

Membership at Drag The Bar usually costs $30 per month, but as a Carbon Poker player you can get it for free, simply by meeting certain rake requirements. All you have to do is pay $1 in rake while playing online poker at Carbon Poker and you’ll not only earn membership for the remainder of the current month for free, but membership for the successive month as well. To get a third free month of Drag The Bar, just rake $500 in that second month ends.

You will not lose any points in redeeming this offer, nor are there any playthrough requirements as there are with many bonuses.

In other online poker news, 888 Poker is celebrating this year’s Rio Carnival taking place Feb 18 – 21 by offering its players a $10 Samba Bonus. Just deposit at least $30 by February 21 using the promo code SAMBA888. What’s more, make that deadline and you also get a ticket in a $3,000 Rio Rumble tournament taking place February 22. That’s an exclusive $3,000 guaranteed tournament with no other way to enter.