Feb 8, 2018
$565 Buy-In WPT500 London Boasts $1 Million Guarantee
Los Angeles, CA (February 8, 2018) – World Poker Tour® today announced it has partnered with 888poker and Aspers Westfield Stratford City to bring a WPT500™ event to London. The WPT500 London festival takes place March 23-April 2, 2018, and the highly accessible tournament offers huge opportunity with a $565 buy-in and a $1 million guaranteed prize pool.
Players will have plenty of chances to participate in WPT500 London, and starting flights have been conveniently spread out across 888poker and three different Aspers properties. Although the live portion of the WPT500 London festival runs March 23-April 2, 888poker will host one opening day online on March 11. Then, Aspers Westfield Stratford City in London will have four starting days spread across March 23-25 and five spread across March 29-31. Additional Aspers properties, Aspers Casino Newcastle and The Casino Milton Keynes, will host three starting days each from March 23-25.
Players are allowed to play multiple Day 1s in an attempt to qualify for Day 2 with a larger chip stack than previously earned. Those qualifying for Day 2 with multiple stacks will take their best stack forward and forfeit all other chip stacks. Not only will players have opportunities to play in more than one starting flight, but each starting flight will play down to the money. That allows for players to play and cash in multiple starting flights before taking their best stack forward to Day 2 on Sunday, April 1. The final table will take place Monday, April 2, and is to be live streamed around the world.
“WPT500 is an exciting, world-class event that offers players a $1 million guaranteed prize pool,” said Richard Noble, COO of Aspers. “The tournament cements Aspers Westfield Stratford City’s position as the leading 24/7 entertainment destination, based in the heart of East London.”
“888poker is proud to partner with WPT and Aspers on this exciting initiative,” said Guy Cohen, SVP head of B2C for 888holdings. “We constantly strive to connect our players to the most prestigious poker events worldwide, both live and online. With its affordable buy-in, massive $1millionguarantee, and added online accessibility, WPT500 London is exactly the type of tournament we look to include in 888poker’s offering to our players.”
Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, added: “Home to an extremely dedicated community of enthusiasts and some of the world’s greatest poker players, the incredible city of London is a perfect location for a WPT500 event. To date, WPT500 events have attracted more than 25,000 entries and awarded nearly $14 million in total prize money. Backed by the support of our partners, Aspers and 888poker, we look forward to building off this success.”
Both Aspers and 888poker will have loads of satellites on offer, including those for as low as one cent on 888poker.
Additionally, players in Aspers’ weekly tournaments will have the unique opportunity to win into WPT500 London through the venue’s Second Chance Tournaments. Any player who plays a weekly tournament at Aspers will automatically qualify for the Aspers Second Chance Tournament on Sundays at 2 p.m. local time. With fifteen percent of each weekly tournament prize pool transferred to the Second Chance Tournament, it is estimated that more than £4,000 will be up for grabs, plus players will have the chance to win seats into the WPT500 London event.
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About Aspers Westfield Stratford City
Aspers Westfield Stratford City is the company’s flagship UK casino. As well as two bars, one with a terrace overlooking Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and a restaurant offering à la carte modern cuisine, the casino features 60 live gaming tables, the largest Poker Room in London with over 400 seats, plus over 300 slots machines, electronicgamesand sports betting terminals. The casino is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is easily accessible from Central London.
888 is a global gaming entertainment destination,withlocalised offerings providing players with the games they want in the language they speak with significant functionality and interactivity. The 888 gaming experience is now available in 19 languages in over 150 countries and provides something for players of all abilities.
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