700 Strong Kick Off 11-Day 888poker Festival; Ivanov Wins #1

888live opening event finalists
Final table #1. Photo by William Powell.

The inaugural 888poker London Festival is underway and the beginning is promising.

700 players registered for the opening event over the weekend making it the largest low buy-in tournament in London so far.

With another full week to come at 888poker’s branded poker room at the Aspers Casino in London, pros and celebrities are congregating and it forebodes a highly successful main event to start on Thursday.

Ivanov Wins Opener

Svetlin Ivanov managed to become the last man at the table in the opening event.

svetlin ivanov
Photo by William Powell

He cashed for over £16k and also received a ticket to the main event worth £880.

The last four players agreed on an ICM deal and left £2k to play for the winner and £1k for second place.

Ivanov was second in chips at the time and managed to go all the way while then-chipleader Neil Barron had to settle for fourth place.

He still made more money than the runner-up.

Still the top four players split over £60,000, making it some pretty productive and profitable time spent at Aspers.

All the players at the final table also added an £880 main event ticket to their prizes, which is nice bonus.

They will, however, meet some stiff competition there – see below.

Final-Table Payouts for Event #1


Svetlin Ivanov

£16,440 + 880 Ticket


James Mitchell

£14,295 + 880 Ticket


Longbo Mi

£13,860 + 880 Ticket


Neil Barron

£15,405 + 880 Ticket


Artan Dedusha

£6,000 + 880 Ticket


Jose Luis Lopez

£4,780 + 880 Ticket


Michael Harb

£4,000 + 880 Ticket


Vitalli Seman

£3,000 + 880 Ticket


Michael Benson

£2,000 + 880 Ticket

Big Names Abound

As you’d expect the ambassadors of 888poker - Dominik Nitsche, Sofia Lövgren, Kara Scott and Chris Moorman - will all be there but the list goes on.

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Weisner joins in.

Poker icons Antonio Esfandiari and Michael Mizrachi announced their participation and you can expect them to play the high roller event starting on the 19th as well as the main.

Just days ago Melanie Weisner – this year’s second-last woman standing in the WSOP main event - announced she'll come to London to “take the bounties” of the 888poker ambassadors.

There will be extensive live streaming as 888poker will bring in David Tuchman, the anchor and voice of the WSOP live streams.

British footballer Teddy Sheringham has made an appearance in the opening event.

Sheringham is a living football legend in England, not only because of his involvements with Nottingham Forrest, Tottenham Hotspurs and Man United, but also because of that late equalizer against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in 1999.

Over the course of the next couple of days there’ll be plenty of side events for as little as £120, in case you’re in the area and would like to spend some time with the aforementioned players.

The Aspers Casino is located in the Westfield Mall in Stratford, London. There are still live satellites on location but you can also qualify online for 888poker events all over the world.

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